Garnet Williams William Marshall finds a wooden vessel in a cave and opens it, unleashing the ancient demon Eshu, the demon god of sexuality among other nasty things. When Abby rips her clothes off in front of two church members Emmett says to her, "Whatever possessed you to do a thing like that? Wiggins Nancy Lee Owensby giving her a heart attack, Emmett calls his father in Africa and begs him to come home.
The mayhem all stems from the reckless mad scientist, Dr. Pretty soon, the entire cast including Fulci regular Cliver and Gay is fighting off hordes of the living dead, and the blood runs deep enough to require a raincoat.
The VHS editions from Wizard Video, Magnum Video who also issued a long out-of-print pan and scan laserdiscand a handful of public domain companies looked pretty wretched, suffering from greenish skin tones during the island scenes and muffled, scratchy audio.
The Japanese laserdisc under the Zombi 2 title looked substantially better, though the print was somewhat worn, with hissy sound. The colors were digitally enhanced and punched up a little too much for comfort on the laserdisc; for example, during a couple of faded scenes, the shadows glow an electric blue.
The fun bonus material includes the US theatrical trailer, a couple of TV spots, and some hilarious radio promos. Slater provides quite a few chuckles, including an amazing comparison between Fulci and Preston Sturges!
More oftenthough, the comments stray way off the subject and may not please Fulciphiles, but there are still some nice nuggets in here. In Britain the film fell afoul of the video nasty panic and was only available for years missing as much as four minutes, under the title Zombie Flesh-Eaters.
The German disc from Dragon, under the title Woodoo, is uncut and also features an Antonella Fulci interview. Now things get really complicated. Due to a rights snafu, both Media Blasters and Blue Underground wound up with the American DVD rights for the film, which resulted in the latter company issuing its version first.
Both versions are culled from the same master and contain the English and Italian audio tracks with optional English subtitles, in a more faithful 5. The transfer is an improvement over its predecessors, and both look very similar except for the BU one featuring a slightly cooler color palett e and the interlaced MB one looking slightly yellower.
The BU DVD contains the same barrage of trailers and TV and radio spots, while the Media Blasters edition confusingly branded under the title Zombi 2 includes a fun bonus interview with the portly New York boat zombie "Captain Haggerty" and a whole disc packed with interviews with most of the participants, including the FX artists and actors.
Die hards will want it, but neophytes will probably give up about ten minutes in. Also included are bonus interviews with costume designer Walter Patriarca and zombie actor Dakar, bonus zombie-themed trailers galore, and different still galleries, all spread out over two discs.
Of course, that was hardly the end of the road for what has now become regarded as one of the most significant zombie films in history. Incredibly, it even turned up famously in a Microsoft TV commercial for Windows 7 in !
The transfer supervised by cinematographer Sergio Salvati definitely looks more vibrant than others, with rich colors and, for once, consistent skin tones. Black levels are also deeper and silkier than before; for example compare this shot from the Blue Underground DVD, this one from the Media Blasters disc, and this one from the Blu-Ray.
Interestingly, this is the first home video version where you can clearly see that a bright red light is being blasted onto Gay during that underwater scene, an expressionistic flourish completely lost before when it turned into a dull, dirty purple color.
Both are in 7. English subtitles are offering as both SDH transcribing the English track and sound effects and a translation from the Italian track, which is very welcome; other subtitle options include Japanese, Chinese, Koren, Thai, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. The US and international trailers are included on the first disc in new HD transfers, plus a new hi-def poster and photo gallery, a brief new intro by director Guillermo Del Toro, and those TV and radio spots.
So, does it make a difference? The image quality is a pretty startling upgrade, with levels of detail never seen on video before or in most prints for that matter ; you can make out textures in the makeup and production design never visible before, including some wonderfully atmospheric mobile shots in the makeshift medical clinic on the island that simply looked drab and grungy before.
All other frame grabs seen in this review are from the Arrow. Audio is presented in LPCM mono in English and Italian with optional English subtitles for both language options which is just as wellboth sounding great, and you also get two new audio commentaries as well.
First up is crackerjack discussion with wri ters Stephen Thrower author of the excellent Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci and Alan Jones, and as usual, both of them are extremely articulate, smart, and funny, rattling off keen observations and bits of history about the film and keeping up the standard of their essential past work.
Also on the first disc is "From Romero to Rome: The usual barrage of promotional material is also included like the US and Vipco trailers and TV and radio spots. Now on to disc two which starts off with "Aliens, Cannibals and Zombies" is a substantial, minute video interview with McCulloch, who spends most of the time talking about the making of Zombie including thoughts on Fulci and his fellow actors as well as his start in acting doing theater and his starring roles in two other Italian cult favorites, Contamination and Zombie Holocaust.
He admits to never watching the latter film and speaks especially favorably of working for Luigi Cozzi, and his thoughts on working on multilingual Italian productions are always entertaining.
And watch your speakers -- the opening is really loud! Updated review on December 9, While MacColl is a little miffed to find out the house is next door to a cemetery irrelevant, but it does give the movie a cool title and the tomb of a Dr. Freudstein situated in the middle of their hallway, the family decides to tough it out and make the best of the situation.
Not surprisingly, nasty things begin to happen: A rare film that even Fulci haters tend to enjoy, House by the Cemetery contains his typically strong emphasis on atmosphere and shocking visuals but also devotes more time than usual to character development and surprising plotting, allowing the graphic gore to serve as a function of the story rather than an end unto itself.
In the last half hour, Fulci really shines and produces some of his finest work; the claustrophobic mixture of chills and supernatural poetry would do Mario Bava proud, with an unexpected but very satisfying supernatural resolution.
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