Zombie (1979) (4K Remaster 3 Disc Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Zombie (1979) (4K Remaster 3 Disc Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Lucio Fulci
STARRING: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:40/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 3
AVAILABLE FROM Blue Underground

In Italy, it was considered the ‘unofficial sequel’ to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line “WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!” Tisa Farrow (THE GRIM REAPER), Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION), Al Cliver (CANNIBALS), and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by ‘Maestro Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time! Just in time for its 40th Anniversary, Blue Underground is proud to present ZOMBIE in a brand-new 4K Restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. This is ZOMBIE like you’ve truly never seen it before, bursting at the seams with hours of new and archival Extras!

I’m not sure I can fully go into detail on how important a movie like Zombie is to me. Truth be told this is a movie I own a whole host of releases of and the old Blue Underground DVD of Zombie was one of the very fist purchases I made when I started out my horror movie collection. I’ve got a VHS of it, I got the Blu-ray of it from both Blue Underground along with the Arrow version, and now I sit here trying to find the words to say for a movie I’ve reviewed a number of times before. But I can at least safely say that I have in my hands at this very moment the ultimate, begin and end-all version of this great and gory masterpiece from Lucio Fulci. The movie comes with a brand new 4K transfer and until the day we actually have this movie on a 4K disc this Blu-ray will be as good as it gets and what a release it is. This is a set that comes with not only the movie on a disc with extras, but another disc of extra that does include a surprise or two if you click around, but it also comes with the classic soundtrack on CD as well. That’s not even talking about the three different lenticular covers you have to choose from as well.

Truth be told, it doesn’t get better than this (Almost) 40th Anniversary release. And that’s coming from a guy who never thought anything would top the original Blu-ray release of the film Blue Underground. But here we have a stellar transfer with a deeper and more natural look for the film. It pulls even more details out of segments of the film that I didn’t even think it was possible to pull more details from. So regardless if you are seeing this movie for the first time or like me and now on your 7th or an 8th different copy of the film, this is the release you want to have your shelf. It packs a classic Zombie movie that influenced many other films of the same genre that came and are to come. And it packs lots of extras with interviews from people who love the movie and were part of the movie. Let’s also not forget the soundtrack that is just icing on this cake. Blue Underground had the release of the year when they released the first Zombie Blu-ray and I think it’s safe to say they have done it again with the three-disc limited release of Zombie. The movie is just some minor pacing issues away from being perfect but makes up for it with zombies fighting sharks, wood going into eyes, and necks bring bitten out. The rest of the release is as perfect as Blu-ray releases for classic horror movies get.

Extras

– NEW – Audio Commentary #1 with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
– Audio Commentary #2 with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
– NEW – Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
– Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots
– Poster & Still Gallery
– Guillermo del Toro Intro
– Zombie Wasteland – Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell’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
– BONUS CD – ZOMBIE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi
– BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Stephen Thrower

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%