March 1996, we lost one of my all time favorite film directors Lucio Fulci. My first Fulci film came in the form of me and my best friend, sneaking in a theater at the midnight movie, and watching The Beyond. I was a young kid, and I remember being terrified at the visions on the screen. I went home that night, and my mom asked me ” how was clash of the titans”. And I remember asking her if I can have the light on in my room. For a week, I could not sleep at night, that film messed me up so bad. A long story short, companies like Blue Undergound, god bless them for putting out the Fulci stuff on blu ray finally. Not only are they giving us an amazing picture quality and just unreal sound. And they are loading them full of bonus content. This is a fan putting out a collection for fans as well. Now, without any more further ado, this is Lucio Fulci’s Zombie.
Plot-Released in 1979. When a zombie is found on a boat. Peter West goes with Anne to go looking for Anne Bowles father. They arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. You get zombie vs shark. This is why we all hail Fulci as god..
Review-This is the ultimate Zombie release, presented in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored. I had the original Anchor Bay dvd, and I remember being so letdown that it was bare bones. This blu ray is a Fulci fan wet dream. You get all the Fulci staples, eyeballs being forced on a splinter very slow and gory, as well as the ripping off of what is popular in american horror at that time. With Fulci, the actors and script are almost non existent, what makes Fulci click is his nightmarish atmosphere and imagery. These are not hollywood zombies, so if you are expecting a fun humor filled zombie film, you are going to be very letdown. This is a gorehound zombie film. Most of the zombies in this movie look like they been dead and rotting for a while, and are very effective. This is a true zombie film. You get music that is stunning in its elevator gone to hell feel. It was like old school electronic music, but this soundtrack really emphasizes the feeling of dread in this movie. In Zombie, the fact is made clear that Voodoo, is the cause of the horror, and turning people into the living dead.
I am a huge Romero fan, and the original Dawn of the Dead is quite possibly the best zombie film ever to me. Fulci’s Zombie, which seems like an italian answer to Dawn, ranks a close second. This film is just fun. You get a underwater scene where a zombie fights a shark, that is just so damn odd and done so seriously, and you have to watch it just to see how absurdly fun it is. While, I am still a die hard fan of The Beyond, and that after 31 years is the greatest film by Fulci. Zombie is a easy second. Even though, Tisa Farrow stares at thin air for most of the time giving a poorly done, very robotic and emotion-less performance. Though, with this film the real stars are the zombies themselves, and they deliver. This is beyond a must for you blu ray collectors. To watch this tonight made old seem new again. Blue Underground really poured their hearts and souls into this release, and it shows. Finally a company run by fans putting out things for fans.
10 out of 10
Blu Ray Extras-
DISC 1 EXTRAS:
Audio Commentary with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
Poster & Still Gallery
Guillermo del Toro Intro
DISC 2 EXTRAS:
“Zombie Wasteland” – Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman OttavianoDell’Acqua
“Flesh Eaters on Film” – Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
“Deadtime Stories” – Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti
“World of the Dead” – Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
“Zombi Italiano” – Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
“Notes on a Headstone” – Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
“All in the Family” – Interview with Antonella Fulci
“Zombie Lover” – Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films