Zombie [DVD] [1979]

  • SKU: 6716477
  • Release Date: 07/27/2004
  • Rating: NR
Released on DVD the same day as horror specialists Shriek Show offered a more feature-packed, two-disc Special Edition of the same film, director Lucio Fulci's gore-drenched zombie effort has been lovingly remastered by William Lustig and the folks at Blue Underground to offer a near-flawless transfer despite its relative lack of bonus materials. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer is simply the best presentation of this film on DVD to date. Rumor has it that both Blue Underground and Shriek Show have used the same print in striking their transfers, though Blue Underground's stellar transfer edges slightly past Shriek Show's with an image that is both sharper and offers more accurate colors and skin tones - making this the disc to buy if you're simply looking for the best transfer possible. With bright, vivid colors -- including reds that seem to leap from the screen -- rock-solid blacks, and little evidence of edge enhancement, the visual presentation here is near flawless. Audio presentation is solid as well, and with Blue Underground offering no less than six audio options (three in English and three in Italian) with optional English subtitles, viewers can choose to watch the film in a variety of ways. For purists, Blue Underground has included the original English and Italian Mono mixes, which place emphasis on the voice track and ring through loud and clear without distortion or hiss. Equally clean are the Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks, with the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, in particular, carefully updating the soundtrack by offering directional effects that remain faithful to the original mix while truly packing a punch that will undoubtedly satisfy those with solid home theater systems. As previously stated, the bonus materials presented here pale in comparison to the Shriek Show release, and though they are limited mainly to promotional materials, there are a few gems to be found. While the original Italian trailer doesn't shy away from revealing some of the film's more shocking gore effects, the U.S. trailer offers only brief glimpses of the zombie menace while warning viewers that they will be supplied with "barf bags" lest their sensitive stomachs have an adverse reaction to the wildly explicit gore. Television spots closely resemble the U.S. trailer by reiterating the warning of the aforementioned trailer, and radio spots featuring an ominous-sounding announcer are sure to send a chill down the spines of the easily frightened. Poster and still galleries offer a wealth of fantastic images, and in addition to the much talked about shot of the large zombie from the opening scene emerging from the New York harbor (on a poster apparently autographed by Fulci himself, no less!), viewers are also treated to a humorous shot of the same zombie relaxing with a cigarette between takes. For those wanting to learn more about the legendary Italian director, an extended bio traces his career from his earliest days training with Luchino Visconti and Michelangelo Antonioni to his touching final appearance at the 1996 Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in New York.
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Ratings & Reviews


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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 10)

Special Features


  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • Poster & still galleries
  • Lucio Fulci bio

Synopsis


Zombie
This audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome horror, Lucio Fulci, was posited as a semi-sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was released in Italy as Zombi. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh. The nauseatingly graphic set-pieces by Gianetto de Rossi include a close-up of a woman's eye being pierced by a large shard of wood and a zombie fighting a Great White shark underwater. This relatively well-made shocker was enormously popular worldwide and led to the zombie-gore film becoming the dominant motif of 1980s Italian horror. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tisa Farrow
    Tisa Farrow - Ann Bowles
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    Ian McCullough - Peter West
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    Richard Johnson - Dr. Menard
  • Al Cliver
    Al Cliver - Brian Hull
  • Olga Karlatos
    Olga Karlatos - Mrs. Menard



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Fulci's worst zombie film

    Posted
    Elephant

    This movie has a good following behind it, but I personally think it's all in the name. Fulci's other zombie films are much better than this one. Sort of in the same vein as his 'City of the Living Dead', but much more boring and far less gore. This film moves very slowly, not as slow as the Italian zombie film; 'Let Sleeping Corpses Lie', but pretty close. The acting is sub par for this era, and the dialog will make you laugh. There is hardly any gore at all in this film, and the gore that is in it doesn't show until the last 20min., which is easily the best part of this film. I think the only thing I really enjoyed about this movie, aside from the end, is the cover art. The artwork they used for this release of the film looks great, as does the original cover art with the zombie head.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing zombie makeup

    Posted
    GnomeChomsky

    This classic zombie film should be in every horror fan's collection. My favorite part of this film, and the aspect that really keeps you on the edge of your seat is the unbelievable score. Just hearing the music still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. The makeup is A+, best zombie makeup in any filmd I've ever seen. Also, lots of gore/graphic violence. Fulci's best film, hands down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fulci masterpiece

    Posted
    Horrorman

    This is a must have movie. Lucio Fulci created brilliance here. Great Story, grat acting. Zombie effects are brutal yet well done. You also get a underwater zombie/shark fight. The eyeball scene is gripping as well. Enjoy this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Zombie Classic

    Posted
    Otaku777

    A must have for any zombie fan. raw and gritty like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre . Make-up and gore add a realistic quality to this zombie-fest This movie had me locking the doors and windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    cult classic

    Posted
    pickman

    if you like zombie movies you'll love this one. the acting isn't the greatest but the zombies and gore are worth it. splinter scene will made chills go up and down your spine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie

    Posted
    Mustang
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    This is my favorite zombie movie. Fulci at his best. A must see movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic zombie film

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    Sebas
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    Great asset to any collector. Fantastic film for its time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great price!!!

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    Steve
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    Wrong region code. Great customer service!!! Good movie

    I would recommend this to a friend



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