Fulci for Fake (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

Fulci for Fake (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

Fulci for Fake (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

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Fulci for Fake (2019) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Simone Scafidi
Starring: Sandro Bitetto, Fabio Frizzi, Antonella Fulci
Rated: UR/Region O/1.85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

He was known as The Maestro of Splatter and The Godfather of Gore. But who was the real Lucio Fulci? When an actor (Nicola Nocella of EASY and Pupi Avati’s THE YOUNGEST SON) agrees to portray the infamous director, he sets out to research the triumphs, tragedies and truths behind Fulci’s life, work, and legacy. Through never-before-seen home movies, rare behind-the-scenes footage from his classic films, audio confessions from Fulci himself, and revealing interviews that include composer Fabio Frizzi, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, a former actor/assistant Michele Soavi and for the first and final time, the dual participation of daughters Antonella and Camilla Fulci, writer/director Simone Scafidi creates an unflinching portrait of one of the most visceral, controversial and immortal horror filmmakers of all time.

Fulci for Fake is a movie that isn’t content with just being any old documentary. It takes things to a new level combining a bit of a storyline with the actual documentary. Presented with the plot that an actor is trying to learn about Fulci so he can play the legendary director in a movie role, we then are treated to this actor going to different people and what he hears makes up the documentary that the movie is. So, yes, at the end of the day you could just call it a documentary, but it at least takes away around getting from the usual point A to point B. That added bonus is supposed to be the appeal of this one. The rest is learning more about Fulci. Still, I can’t help but think we know just about everything we need or want to know about the legendary director just by watching extras on all his movies that have been released over the years. Even with that being my personal opinion on it, it is still good to hear from Fulci’s daughter, who I found to be the most interesting interview.

So, it isn’t always the most exciting thing I’ve seen but I will give it credit for stepping outside the box and just being a bit on the weird side. If you really think about it, it’s a fitting documentary for a director with such a reputation as Fulci. Even if the movie itself isn’t going to win you over all the way, we at least have even more in the extras. One of those things is an uncut interview with Camilla Fulci. We also have audio of the man himself, Lucio Fulci. I admit I wasn’t as interested in some of this as I was other parts because his days directing comedies and such don’t really interest me, but as a Fulci man and collector of all things that have to do with him. I liked it for what it was even if it doesn’t blow you away.

Extras

  • Interview with Director Simone Scafidi.
  • Crew Interviews.
  • Camilla Fulci Uncut – The first and only video interview with Lucio Fulci’s daughter.
    Lucio Fulci & Friends – Interview outtakes with Sergio Salvati, Fabio Frizzi, Paolo Malco, Michele Soavi and Enrico Vanzina.
  • The Eye Of The Witness – Biographer Michele Romagnoli recalls his relationship with the director.
  • Looking For Lucio – Rare home movies from Fulci’s private life and location scouts, with accompanying commentary by Romagnoli and Fulci.
  • Lucio Fulci’s Audio Tapes – Audio highlights from conversations between Fulci and Romagnoli for the writing of Fulci’s memoir.
  • Zombie Parade at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Trailer.

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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