The House by the Cemetery (1981) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

The House by the Cemetery (1981) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

The House by the Cemetery (1981) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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The House by the Cemetery (1981) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci
STARRING: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni
Rated: UR/Region O/2:35/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Blue Underground

A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone-or something-is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

House by the Cemetary is one of the main three Lucio Fulci movies that I just LOVE. Sure, it has a plot but the weirdness and craziness of the movie are what make it for me. We open with a murder in a house that (as you should guess) is by a cemetery. A family soon moves in and then things get super weird with ghostly kids and such as the killing then keeps on again. There’s an eerie tone to this one and a very surreal nature. These are just two big keys to why it works. The other big reason it works is the violence and the blood. This movie gets pretty hateful from a violent point of view and it does indeed get violent. Next to Zombi and The Beyond, this is one of the first movies I’d suggest to someone who wants to dive into the world of Lucio Fulci. This movie is prime Fulci and prime Fulci is the best Fulci.

This release also comes with a new 4K transfer that does look miles above the old Blu-ray release and the UHD even pushes it way ahead of the last Blu-ray version that came out with a 4K transfer. Here we are in true 4K and this movie looks better than anyone could ever imagine and this stands next to the Blue Underground release of Zombie as one of the best 4K releases for older Grindhouse style movies that I have ever seen. It also comes with a disc packed with interviews and all the good stuff from the last release. Blue Underground has once again outdone themselves in going back and giving a big release of theirs an even bigger and better release (Always topping the one before). The 4K transfer alone would be enough for some, but this has a great list of extras. The movie is pretty darn solid as well. If you like violence and weirdness, which is basically the Fulci way, you’ll love what you get here with House by the Cemetary. This is one of the most brutal and bleak of Fulci’s movies. That’s also part of the appeal.

Extras

DISC ONE – 4K BLU-RAY

  • 4K 16-BIT RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Poster & Still Galleries
    DISC TWO – BLU-RAY
  • Meet the Boyles – Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco
  • Children of the Night – Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina
  • Tales of Laura Gittleson – Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander
  • My Time With Terror – Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo
  • A Haunted House Story – Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti
  • To Build a Better Death Trap – Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, and Actor Giovanni De Nava
  • House Quake – Interview with Co-Writer Giorgio Mariuzzo
  • Catriona MacColl Q&A
  • Calling Dr. Freudstein – Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
    ADDITIONAL SPECS AND CONTENT
  • Audio: English (Dolby Atmos, 5.1 DTS-HD, 1.0 DTS-HD); Italian (1.0 DTS-HD)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Français, Español, English for Italian Audio
  • Limited Edition Slipcover on First Pressing Only!
  • REGION-FREE

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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