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on 1 September 2017
Lucio Fulci had spent a number of years working in most genres of Italian films& TV(in a variety of different positions)including directing 'lizard in a woman's skin '& 'Don't torture a duckling ' 2 of the better Giallo films which did have their own style and weren't just reruns of previous Argento or Martino efforts and 'Four of the apocalypse'(1975) a decent but rather late eurowestern followed 3 years later by 'Silver Saddle',possibly the last italiowestern.After directing the reasonably successful 'The Psychic(77)He was entrusted with a budget of around$500,000 in1979 to direct a script titled Island of the living dead ,which became...Zombie flesh eaters akaZombi 2,Zombie,l'enfer des zombies and various other names .As you're considering buying a film that's almost 40 years old I won't go into plot details and analysis of a movie you most probably know plenty about but let youknow what your getting if you go for the 2Disc 2012 Arrow version .disc1 has the film in Italian& English with subtitles for both .The sound is in 'mono 2.0' .The film is in 2.35:1 and the picture looks good but I haven't seen it on a large screen so can't comment on how this compares to the Anchor bay release from that era.The highlight of the extras on disc1is the commentary by Fulci biographer Stephen Thrower & Alan Jones which is full of interesting facts and doesn't drag -the same can not be said of Calum Waddells' commentary track with the wife of the scriptwriter (!)Elisha Brigantine who is most interesting giving a female view on Fulci the rest of the disc has trailers, radio & TV spots. Disc2 has a 44min chat with Ian McCulloch ,star of Zombi', Zombie Holocaust & Alien Contamination .As he's not watched any of these films it's a bit of a grind.A 57min look at the 'rise and fall of the Italian zombie film' is better but still feels lacking in focus.A 28min Q&A (after showing of film)with composer and partial English speaker Fabio Frizzo is an audio visual pain.And almost last is a 25min look at the work at special effects man Gino De Rossi.last and least is 3mins of Callum Waddell looking at the original script of Zombi' with the actual writer (not his wife) .Not much of a disc2 I'm afraid& also no image gallery,but the discs do come in a reversible sleeve with a choice of 'classic video box' or new art work.Also included is a double sided poster 17"by13" with 2 classic images .A real highlight is a sturdy 40pg booklet that's interesting & has some good pics .So all in all a package that is good in certain areas and a bit slapdash in others. .........*I know a shark isn't really a fish..
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on 21 February 2017
The item came really fast, in perfect condition.Everything is as described. The story is great - classic zombie horror from 70's ,picture quality is perfect.100 % entertainment.The Blu-ray disc from BLUE UNDERGROUND is REGION FREE and uncut, which is good.The price is cheap so, don't hesitate - BUY IT NOW!
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on 6 May 2015
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on 16 June 2010
Good collection. But don't be fooled into thinking that in this "New" Boxset contains the Uncut version of Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters - as it's the old "Extreme version" with very small, and Un-noticeable (probably to anyone who sees this film for the first time) - snips with 2 seconds to the eye splinter scene, and about 10 secs to the zombies feasting on Paola Menards body. All thanks to the opressive censors hands at the BBFC! Why they didn't pass this Uncut back in '99 puzzells me.
The other movies contained in this set, well - Zombie Flesh Eaters 2: this print is shortened with dialog, I recommend that you obtain the US disc under the original title of Zombi 3, from shriek show/media blasters as it is the longest known version available.
Zombie Flesh Eaters 3: A very nice print of aka Zombi 4: Afterdeath, in nice PAL quality and with a nice slight LBX ratio of approx - 1.66, although their is aparrently a longer version out their with extra dialog scenes, this still makes for a good edition.
Zombi Holocaust (as an extra disc) is the same as the old Stonevision Ent. release.
I'm not saying to avoid this collection, because I usually have more than one version of a good horror/cult title in my collection.
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on 25 October 2015
A lot has been written about Lucio Fulci's Zombie flesh eaters, worshiped by fans but maligned by critics, my opinion is that this is one of the best and most entertaining horror movies ever made. As a director Lucio Fulci was usually thought of either as a genius (by horror fans) or a hack (by critics) and always divided opinion. My view is that his best films are thoroughly enjoyable and occasionally thought provoking (see Don't torture a duckling) while his worst films are absolute drivel! I believe Zombie is his magnum opus and I implore all horror fans who have yet to see this film to do so. The gore is of course what draws horror fans to this film but there is a cracking good story being told here, the atmosphere is tangible especially towards the end while the creative cinematography adds greatly to the feel of the film and the cast is good, especially Richard Johnson as Dr Menard. Looking at the film today some viewers will probably wonder what all the fuss was about in the '80's but I remember when this was new, just, and it's easy to forget just how successful this film was upon release in 1979. There are many versions of the film available to buy on amazon but this DVD release from Arrow is the one to get as it is literally packed with extras and the movie itself looks and sounds amazing making this the best release from Arrow yet. As a child of the '80's I remember the ridiculous video nasty era when it felt like every horror movie I wanted to see had been prosecuted and banned. Well now I have seen most of the films I craved back then and although some of them proved to be awful, some, such as Tenebrae, The Burning and in particular Zombie flesh eaters proved to be far from awful. This release from Arrow should be in every horror fans collection.
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on 6 March 2012
Zombie

Distributor: Blue Underground (US)

It actually doesn't matter which title you know this movie by, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie, Zombi 2, Island of the Living Dead, Woodoo, the list is probably endless. The film however is instantly recognisable as the greatest Italian zombie classic ever put to celluloid and is widely regarded by many fans as Lucio Fulci's finest hour.

So, what exactly is it that makes this film stand out from countless other releases which all flooded the market when Italian zombie movies were cool?

Filmed on location in the late seventies and starring then popular British actor Ian McCulloch of Terry Nation's post apocalyptic series Survivors, the film has a great deal to like. Scripting is tight and suspenseful providing a genuinely disturbing atmospheric setting which is further enhanced by the now classic soundtrack. What really sets this film apart however are the make up and special effects which have yet to be bettered in the zombie genre over 30 years later. Whether it's the army of decaying zombies slowly rising from the ancient cemetery, or the numerous sequences of outrageous violence and gore, the special effects have ultimately helped to keep this film at the top of most zombie collectors wants lists for over 3 decades.

Presented region free by Blue Underground, this new Blu-ray release is advertised as having undergone extensive remastering from the original negatives in a brand new 2K HD scan and the end result is certain be pleasing to fans of the film. Presented in a 1080p 2.35:1 transfer, detail is sharp with strong colour representation. Background images are especially enhanced particularly towards the final act of the movie and undoubtedly the more familiar you are with the film, the more detail you will suddenly notice popping up on-screen like never before. With a decent amount of depth also present in black levels, it goes without saying that this movie has never looked as good as it does in its current presentation.

Audio is presented with English DTS-HD 7.1 and Italian DTS-HD 7.1 options. Dialogue appears fresh and clear and the now famous score powers through your speakers providing an enriched atmosphere which will really draw you into the movie. Whether it is the sound of the ever nearing voodoo drums or the final shoot-out in the run down hospital, the audio track here provides a level of depth previously unheard.

Extras begin with a recycled DVD commentary with star Ian McCulloch who actually has some interesting things to say about his experience in making the film, however it is a shame that Blue Underground didn't invest in a new commentary track as McCulloch has attended a number of film conventions since the original was recorded and would probably have much new information and anecdotes to offer. Following the commentary there are a number of different interview segments all running at between ten and twenty two minutes which feature many members of both cast and crew.
Some of the interviews are inter-cut with convention footage of the actors signing posters and artwork for the many waiting fans whilst attending a Q&A session and there are also interviews with the composer who discusses his now legendary score and Lucio Fulci's daughter Antonella. Rounding off the extras package are the usual trailers and TV spots and an extensive picture gallery featuring some classic bloody artwork from around the globe and a handful of rare behind the scenes stills.

All things considered the film is a must own title for zombie collectors everywhere and the improvements in transfer and audio alone instantly justifies a purchase of this Blu-ray release. The film itself has quite simply never looked or sounded better and for a movie which oozes atmosphere, this new presentation will put you right back into the advancing zombie infestation like never before.

This really is one horror classic that richly deserves to be seen in all it's outrageous bloodthirsty crumbling zombie nastiness... oh and if you think you seen the film before...

You ain't seen nothing yet!

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on 11 December 2009
Zombi 2 or zombie or even zombie flesh eaters (confused!) as its more commonly known in the u.k is the best of the low budget italian zombie films of the 70's and 80's. Directed by lucio fulci this was to be the first of a succesion of horror films the man would direct between the late 70's to the early 90's. Zombi 2 was intended to be an indirect follow up to Romero's Dawn of the dead which was retitled "zombi" in italy..hence this being called zombi 2. This is easily the best of Fulci's films..theres a lot of debate that "The Beyond" was his masterpiece but that film (although very good) fell into a lot of the trappings his later films had like incoherent scripts,bad editing etc where fulci had more input into the stories... but zombi 2 was written by a husband and wife team who had no connection to fulci hence it's much better written with clear pacing and structure. Its also got much better production values than his later films with the movie being shot in new york and the dominican republic and features several underwater sequences as well. The make up fx by Gianetto DeRossi are also amazing and the zombies in this look rotten to the core,unlike romeros blue zombies from his first couple of films. The gore sequences are impressive even to this day, though a clean dvd transfer can occasionally highlight deficiencies with the make up of the time. A great movie all round and its almost as good as the likes of dawn/day of the dead. The film stars english actors ian mc cullouch,Richard johnson and tia farrow (sister of mia)

There are a few editions of this film floating around. Avoid the u.k vipco release and the original anchor bay u.s edition is also fairly mediocre with an average transfer and little extras - though it does have an audio commentary. The edition you want to get is the shreik show 25th anniversary edition. the print has been remastered and looks amazing. It aslo ports over the commentary from the old anchor bay edition and includes a 2nd disc with lots of features. The highlight is the 98 min doc "building a better zombie" which interviews pretty much all the italian crew involved. Its mostly all in italian so there are subtitles for you but after 98 mins of reading subtitles it gets a bit monotonous. Sadly there are no interviews with any of the english speaking actors in it..we only get a very brief interview with al cliver (brian in the film) who does speak english but it would have been more interesting to hear from the actors over the editor and hairdresser ! luckily you can hear ian mc culloch on the audio commenatery which does deliver some interesting tidbits.

Graet film,great dvd..get this now !
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on 29 November 2015
Despite the minor glitch at the beginning of the initial discs, this is actually a great HD print of the film. Most of you guys know the story and you will have a challenge on your hand to find a serious gore hound that has not seen this fantastic movie uncut. Of course we all know that back in the day that the 'Strong Uncut Version' was banned for nearly 20 years.

Now we can legally see it in all its gory glory, eye splintering intact.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 October 2013
Being of a "certain" age and being British, I was firmly around at the time of the ridiculous "video nasty" mania that swept the UK in the early 1980s. Films that usually involved cannibals, either ferox, holocaust or zombified, and torture porn revengers et al, were banned, prosecuted or given a Viking burial at sea. One such film was Zombie Flesh Eaters (the best title the film has of the few it is known by), it became like the Holy Grail of video nasties, where to see it uncut would be like witnessing the last miracle performed by Christ. I never did get to see it back then, and as my horror leanings waned over the years I let it drift from my conscious. But now I'm here in my middle age and finding a new appetite for horror, I have finally managed to see the fabled shocker from Lucio Fulci.

In many ways it's a disappointment, I mean I understand that to view it now is never going to impact in the way that it did (could) in 1979, but casting aside for a moment the gore scenes, which I will get to, it's a bad film awash with badness, and not in a horror bad ass way. Much like the other Fulci film I viewed recently, The House By The Cemetery, ZFE is a series of blood and guts scenes strung together by amateurish filler. Be it bad acting, bad dubbing, hopeless dialogue and half hearted attempts at something cranial. However, if judging this particular Fulci film on its key horror scenes? Then it's got brains, imagination and style to burn. Marking it out as by definition a mixed bag genius disaster!

The zombies themselves are brilliant creations, all dripping with rotting flesh, caked in earth and having mother nature's insect creatures wriggling around their ravaged bodies. They shuffle along in classic Romero mode, and feast on flesh with carefree abandon. They are also perpetrators of some of zombie cinema's best moments, such as fighting a shark on the ocean bed, pulling a hapless female victim onto a wooden splinter - eye first! And one scene where they collectively rise slowly from the earth is atmospherically as creepy as it is stunning in its execution. It is these things that of course helped to make it a legendary part of the Italian Exploitation era, and it's these things that make it watchable still today, but let it not be said there is anything else worthwhile, because the rest is simply awful. 6.5/10
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on 25 February 2017
my fav horror movie off all time .
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