Zombie (1979) (Blue Underground Blu-Ray Review)

Now they can eat us stunning 1080p fashion!

Zombie (1979)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci (The Beyond)
Where to get it: Blue Underground

The Prologue:
Would I bet at all out of line if I went ahead and just called Tuesday, October 24th THE day of the THE most anticipated Blu-ray release of the year 2011? You see friends, if you couldn’t already tell, that is the day that Blue Underground are releasing Zombie (aka Zombie 2) on the format, a truly ULTIMATE edition of Fulci’s classic. Besides being in 1080p and presenting the film in the best look I have ever seen it in, you also get a whole other disc packed full of interviews by some very interesting people. Take my word on this, even if you own any other version of Zombie on DVD, this time around I recommend double dipping for this one. And that says a lot coming from me, I’m cheap.

The Movie:
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! Blue Underground is proud to present ZOMBIE in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. Each flesh-eating frame has been lovingly restored to skull-rotting perfection under the supervision of Cinematographer Sergio Salvati (THE BEYOND). Now fully-loaded with hours of brand new Extras, this is the Ultimate Edition of ZOMBIE!

The story here is simple, the time old Zombie tale of the dead coming back for reasons unknown and eating the living with the only way to stop them being to do some major damage to their heads. Why are they coming back? Voodoo? No more room in hell? Is the earth spitting the dead back out? Are they upset with the 1979 world series?? We don’t know and as the movie flows along you never will be too sure. But, that is OK! It’s a damn Zombie flick after all, we don’t really want a clear cut reason do we? All that matters is that we have blood, nudity, and some MAJOR spin tingling action going down on the screen. And of course, that is exactly what we get with this masterpiece from back in the day. 

The movie, like “Dawn” did the year before, starts out bloody, then slows down, then it’s a mix of both until the bloody end. Our main cast in this movie do a good job if you can get past the fact half the cast spoke English and half didn’t so we have some off audio dubbing that at times looks as bad as the old Kung-Fu flicks, but that is neither here nor there. We follow our top two people in this as they head from NY to an island in search of the main heroin’s father after his boat, with Zombie intact, washed up to the shore of NY (They also take with them two poor suckers they find on vacation at the docks). The story is very interesting and toss in some major blood shed for a movie in the 70’s (which is all intact here with this release) I’d say you have a great movie to spend a whole 93 minutes on…As if you didn’t already know that.

Also, one key gem to this movie that actually TOPS Dawn of the Dead (George, if you are reading this, I am sorry but it is true), is the zombies here actually look like what you would think a zombie would look like. They aren’t just slow moving mofos with some oddly colored green faces (Not that that doesn’t work OK in that other movie). The undead here in Zombie are rotting, decaying, and just look all around nasty and actually dead. I think when you look back at this film now you see just how much that helps with the overall effect. The movie also has more than one scene that are true blood classic. Like the “eye” scene or the “Zombie vs. Shark” scene. How can you be a fan of horror and zombies and not get a major kick from that? Add all I’ve talked about in with one of the most creepy and ironic endings in horror history, and you have one of the top zombie films ever to be made.

The Conclusion:
I won’t lie to you guys at all here, this film looks AWESOME on this Blu-ray. I am totally impressed with the transfer and the detail of this one. Most the time (as is kinda the case of House by the Cemetery) you get a lot of grain with the pictures, but I didn’t really seem to notice any of that here. The details look great, the blood looks down right beautiful, and I guess the best word to just use for describing this is, “Stunning”. Yeah, it’s an old film and it won’t be perfect in HD, but I think this one is pretty damn close. Not to mention this is one of the “must see” films for any horror fan. I think it’s safe to say the most wanted Blu-ray of the year without question delivers.

The Rating: (8/10)