Zombie (1979) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Zombie (1979) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Zombie (1979) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Zombie (1979) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci
STARRING: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson
Rated: UR/Region O/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
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 of 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 first 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. I said when they released this one on a new 4K transfer that until the day we actually have this movie on a 4K disc that Blu-ray will be as good as it gets and what a release it was. Well, here’s the 4K and they manage to pull even more detail out of that print and it’s by far the best restoration of an old horror movie on 4K I’ve seen. This is just a breathtaking release.

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 steller 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 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. It has extras on the 4K disc as well as the extras Blu-ray disc from the last release. 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 4K 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. Yes, 4K makes a difference and this looks amazing.

Extras

Disc 1 (4K)

  • 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
  • When The Earth Spits Out The Dead – 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
    DISC 2 (BLU-RAY)
  • 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

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%

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