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on 13 March 2017
Title: NIGHTMARE CITY (1980)
Label: ARROW VIDEO
Tranfer by: ARROW ?

ARROW now have released their BD set of the notorious italian film buffs dream NIGHTMARE CITY. Hurray! And what a mingle-mangle between euro zombie trash and low budget mercenary action flick this is. All you Bergman, Antonioni, Herzog, Fassbinder, Godard, Truffaut and what not more lovers (okay I am one of these too)...you might think this could be the worst movie of all time? You are wrong. It is one of the most funtime movies made in 1980 and it is still a whole lot of fun watching it today. Long before films like GROUNDHOG DAY (1993), NIGHTMARE CITY has a fantastic sarcastic ending. The Zombies are very agile and fast and it nearly seems like Umberto Lenzi sneers at the genre. The movie is well crafted, solidly acted and it has a very funny make-up style concerning the zombies. It "borrows" some musical elements from DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) and in general it also could be named DAWN OF THE DEAD ... ON SPEED. Totally crazy stuff here from Italy. If you are able to not take it serious than I can absolutely recommend this movie for genre film buffs and wannabes.

No Grain Baby, No Gain / The Transfer(s):
ARROW did a great job offering two different transfers and you are here to choose which one to see. First there is a 2K scan of the 35mm dupe negative and I label it under the category "nice to have but unimportant". It lacks level of details and sharpness. It simply looks flat because there is no texture (grain) to it. In my opinion it is not suitable for big screenings at all.

Second there is a 2K scan from the original camera negative and this transfer looks very filmic and has all the nice and fine grain structure filmfreaks and cineasts love about movies. There is a very rich level of detail either and the colors are brilliant (but slightly effected by the damage of the negative). Blacklevels are great and thats the same with the overall deep dimension picture. I couldnt spot DNR or edge enhancement or other digital destructive working filters and such monstrosities.
The side effects here are visible damages throughout the movie. This results in greenish flickering, dirt and stain due to the chemical corrosion of the film negative. But hey. This (the source) is analog film and photography/filming is nothing more than a chemical processes. This is not made to last in all eternity and we can be (very) happy the film negative could be saved by digitization. The way it looks now is a very good compromise and I am lucky being able to see NIGHTMARE CITY in this kind of quality. All former releases looked plain awful and barely filmic. Now after years ARROW VIDEO made it possible to watch this gross-out flick in high quality via very big projection. Maybe the damaged elements of this transfer are even increasing the feeling of watching a movie that was shot on real filmstock 37 years before. I love the way it looks and appreciate ARROWS decision to offer their BD set the way they did. Welcome to an authentic looking digital reproduction of a wonderful grindhouse movie.

Cut and Run:
The scanned source material is integral. NO inserts from different sources have been applied. I find this to be so damn important for a perfect filmic enjoyment.

Final Thoughts:
Fans, collectors and people with bigscreens or projectors can spent their money without any further doubts while they can live with the camera negative damages...and they should :) ARROW VIDEO made a fantastic collectors item with nice supplements and a small but top-quality booklet. And they left the choice of version to us. No wishes left here. The movie itself (camera negative scan) looks and feels filmic even via big screen projection. Maybe there will never be a better version of NIGHTMARE CITY out there. Okay, they will come out with a 4K scan for sure some day :):):) Highly recommended.

Run zombies, run!

Statement:
My ratings refer exclusively to technical aspects of BD sets. The more filmic / photographic a movie looks and feels via bigscreen projections and the more authentic to its camera negative (or other sources) the movie is scanned and digitally treated afterwards, the higher the ratings will be.
I do not rate movies at all. I just watch them and I think of them as artificial pieces of work where many efforts have been taken (including complex postproduction) to accomplish a vision of whatsoever kind. No movie ever shot has earned a 1 star rating on AMAZON or a 1 point rating on IMDB. Anyway, I could rate them because I have studied in private many publications about making films, their psychological impact, and the subject violence on film. And because I am a hobby photographer for years now I know much about frame compositions, color composition and different styles and so on. I am interested in the arts in general. I am also a hobby musician and sound designer with a little studio. So I even could rate the filmical scores. But hell...why should I? Things are what they are and nothing more or less. I like to think beyond mind constructed terms like good and bad. So called "objectivity" becomes fast diluted by personal preferences which results in comments of personal taste. And that should not be the base for a rating-scale which claims to be universal. When it comes to technical aspects thats a different kind of thing. DNR, edge enhancement or block noise and such things are obvious on big screens and we can speak of objectivity and measurability.

All about Ev(m)e:
I am a collector of films for about 27 Years, own about 3.000 films (would be far more, but I often sort out transfers I dont like) and watch them in a home-cinema room via bigscreen projection. I am also a hobby musician and photographer with some experience scanning camera negatives in high definitions. I am fascinated by films from reels since I am a kid and spent hours for hours in cinemas and visiting film festivals.
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on 30 July 2006
I love late 70's and early 80's italian zombie/cannibal sci-fi flicks and have just caught up with this one. Surprisingly for an umberto lenzi film this is fairly goreless,if youve seen eaten alive(uncut) and cannibal ferox(uncut) you know that he likes to stick loads of bloody scenes in his films nd although there is some gore disappointingly it's slight compared to his other fims..still no matter,it's a fun rollercoaster of a movie,the zombies look crap and would give linford christie a run for his money in atheletics..lol i dont like running zombies and the make up fx on these are crap..not a patch on fulci's zombies. Theres some good moments and if you like most other italian horrors you'll prob love this..not the best of this sub genre but not the worse either.
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Am a big fan of Zombie films and Nightmare City is a whole lot of fun and a must for all Zombie fans.

And yet again Arrow have out done themselves with this brilliant release. They have tried their best to restore the film with two transfers. Arrow Negative Transfer which is from the original negative which sadly parts of the film show damage. Then the Dupe Reversal Transfer which limits the damage, but loss in resolution. For me they have done a good job 4/5. Their is a Featurette: The Limits of Restoration.

You do get a nice revisable sleeve AKA City of the Walking Dead.

You get two discs and booklet with information about the film.

The sound is in 1.0 Mono, Subtitles ENGLISH / ENGLISH SDH.
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on 30 August 2015
TV Reporter Dean Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) is assigned to the airport to interview an arriving scientist. The airport personnel are left confused when an unidentified Hercules lands without communicating with flight control. The emergency services are deployed to meet the incoming plane but as the doors open, all carnage breaks loose as an array of varying mutant maniacs spill out onto the runway. Among them is the scientist that Miller was sent to meet. There is an immediate onslaught. With the mutants seemingly impervious to bullets, they proceed to attack and devour anyone who stands in their way.
Of course, it’s a wonderful opening idea and Umberto Lenzi wastes little time in getting to the action. Forget the phrase ‘slow burner’, Lenzi doesn’t believe in it. However, examining his film too intently will reveal certain narrative flaws. Who was flying the plane? How did Miller know the scientist was going to be on that unidentified plane? These are the sort of question that simply needs avoiding.
So, in the true style of Lenzi, let’s cut straight to the chase. These mutants are most certainly zombies. It is also not a film to be taken seriously; it’s a ‘romp’ as filmmaker and Fangoria editor Chris Alexander so fondly describes it in his superb commentary. Lenzi’s zombies have often been described as ‘Pizza faced’, but think of a ‘burnt meat feast’ Pizza and you’ll be pretty close to the genuine article. You can even (to a certain extent) forget the story in general, it’s a pretty poor one and very little of it. We soon come to realise that these zombies are in fact, plague infested zombies and their bite contaminates their victims. Gore fans can also revel in the fact that these zombies can only be destroyed by a shot to the head…
The bottom line is to just enjoy Nightmare City; it’s a perfect beer and pizza festivity. I suggest simply soaking up the action, (and it is non-stop action). Forget the stupid script, the lousy acting and the terrible post production dubbing. Instead, smile at the pure carnage, the fun of those typical Italian set ups, the eye gouging, the head splattering and of course, the completely outdated approach of exposing women’s breasts at every given opportunity. Accept the film on that basis, and I’m sure you will enjoy this seminal cult classic. The film also contains a wonderful, minimalistic score from Stelvio Cipriani, and in a style that would later be adapted by the likes of John Carpenter and his contemporaries. The film has however, often been criticised for its ending, but it is an interesting concept to say the least. Depending on your perspective, some might even suggest it is an imaginative and fascinating ending. For first time viewers and without revealing any more information, I will let you decide for yourself.
Arrow’s superb package offers two High definition transfers of two different prints. Arrow provides a 2K restoration from the original camera negative alongside a Reverse Dupe Negative. The reason behind this decision is almost a necessity. Sadly, the original Techniscope negative has suffered from some severe photochemical decay. Misty yellows and varying forms of density and colour appear pretty much throughout the opening airport sequence and towards the film’s climax. I have to admire Arrow for the inclusion of the second Dupe version, it is a far cleaner version of the movie, but the payoff is a softer image. Whilst there is a drop in resolution, Arrow nevertheless seems to have a conscience, and I like that… Their actions seem to suggest that they cannot sleep soundly, until safe in the knowledge that they have provided everything they possibly could, and in order to compensate. Actually, the Dupe version isn’t too bad at all, I would perhaps suggest simply notching up your TV’s sharpness control by a few stops and the result should be more than satisfactory. The original negative version contains the Italian title sequence whilst the Dupe version contains the English title of Nightmare City; they are exactly the same film thereafter. Arrow has also provided audio tracks and subs for both versions. Overall, I think it’s a package that has been lovingly produced and Arrow should quite rightly be very proud of their achievements.

Darren Allison, Cinema Retro Magazine
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on 26 May 2015
A plane lands full of infected zombies, who get out and start killing and eating everyone they encounter. A TV reporter and his doctor wife try to do what they can to stop them.

An incredibly fast moving but overly silly Umberto Lenzi horror. The opening sequence is a fairly accurate account of how the film is going to develop, the action takes centre stage and this is definitely the strongest aspect of the picture. Lenzi never really lets the pace slip, with each attack scene coming thick and fast as to never really get boring. Stelvio Cipriani's deep and fairly brooding score tries and in some scenes adds a fair bit of tension that lacks in the narrative. There is however more than one problem, the make up effects on the zombies/monsters or whatever, is awful and is really fake looking, is just appears they dipped there face into a make up bag and went with it, it never does convince although some of the gore sequences and effects are better. The plot is another problem, the final twist is ridiculous, there is no narrative resolution, plot points come to nothing and it leaves the film with a completely vacant ending. Some of the dialogue is so bad its genius - lets go with emergency plan h and leave plan b- that takes a special writer, the dubbing is also quite poor but the acting is fine, somehow even with all the negatives this is such a watchable film, everything is just so silly or awful it makes it even more endearing, the pace is lightning fast, yes some of the make up's awful but at least they made an effort (well maybe) and there's plenty of blood and guts to keep the horror fan satisfied.

If you don't take it too seriously there's plenty to enjoy, it's a massive surprise how much fun it is, but if your looking for another Romero better to skip this one. Lenzi's second film on the Section 3 nasty list, along with Eaten Alive and his couple on the full Video Nasties list so the DPP were clearly gunning for him.
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on 24 April 2016
Awesome movie, loved it!
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on 12 October 2015
Umberto Lenzi's 1980 nuclear contamination movie 'Nightmare City' makes it's way onto Blu ray courtesy of Arrow Films in a new 2k restoration from the original camera negative and presented completely uncut and uncensored. Arrow dish out this madcap slice of Italian schlock in a double play format (with both a region free Blu ray & DVDs included), a plethora of supplementary material, reversible cover sleeve with classic and newly commissioned art plus another of their well produced glossy insert booklets.

Synopsis:
Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City is a fast paced and deliriously campy gorefest from the golden age of spaghetti splatter cinema produced a year before the director subjected the world to his infamous and equally notorious Cannibal Ferox. Coming hot of the heels of Romero's incredibly popular and seminal Dawn of the Dead and Fulci's granddaddy of Italian morto vivente movies Zombie Flesh Eaters this was often incorrectly marketed as a walking dead movie despite director Umberto Lenzi being very insistent (especially in the special features on this very disc) that there are no zombies present in Nightmare City and that the vampiric ghouls in his movie have been contaminated by a huge dose of radiation and need human blood to survive. In fact despite being predominant in the Italian film industry at the time and working in pretty much every other conceivable category Lenzi never contributed to the Euro zombie sub-genre during it's hey day (the voodoo flick Black Demons didn't come till 1991) and was far better known for his cannibal films, tough poliziotteschi and giallo movies of the 70s. Exploitative, crude and clumsy in it's execution to many Nightmare City would be the epitome of bad movie making but with celebrity fans that include cult directors Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth and special effects legend Tom Savini (who is at present working on a remake) this has to be worth a look right?
TV reporter Dean Miller (Mexican actor Hugo Stiglitz) arrives at an unnamed European airport (actually an army base near Madrid) to meet Dr.Hagenbeck a world renowned atomic scientist and an expert in nuclear energy. As he waits patiently on the platform with his cameraman an unscheduled Hercules military plane lands on the runway and is soon surrounded by the army, police and airport security. As Miller's camera rolls the door of the plane opens and an army of disfigured, crusty faced and sure footed ghouls pile out shooting, stabbing and biting everyone in sight. With the alarming footage safe in the can Miller races it back to his network headquarters interupting an episode of a disco aerobics show for a breaking newsflash. Miller's broadcast is promptly pulled by the producer as guess what the govenment headed by General Murchison (Mel Ferrer slumming it more than he as ever slummed before) wish to keep this little inconvenience as quiet as possible. How the powers that be could ever conceive that that would be the case is anyone's guess as pretty soon the whole city and surrounding countryside is overrun by the bloodthirsty fast moving monsters with the epidemic spreading fast.
On paper the concept for Nightmare City sounds like the perfect early 80s Italian horror movie but unfortunately this is far from the case as there are a number of reasons and some of them especially glaring that stop Lenzi's film being the classic it could so have been. First and foremost Nightmare City is a terrible film. I'm sorry Umberto I loved Cannibal Ferox and Eaten Alive but the direction here is uninspired at best. The many action packed attack scenes look almost as if the director let the cameras roll, pointed them in the general direction of the action and told his performers to do as they pleased with the hapless cast running around the wide Technoscope frame like headless chickens. Fair play to Lenzi he does manage to fill every inch of the scope stage during these frentic moments but on the whole the choreography is inept often making these hyperbolic and supposedly intense sequences appear amateurish and unguided. Another major thing that is missing from Nightmare City is the atmosphere which made these Italian terror flicks as enjoyable as they were. Frequently the infected attack in broad daylight, en mass with guns, knives and other weapons with speed and agility giving more of an impression of terrorists than rampaging monsters making the film more akin to one of Lenzi's violent Euro crime movies. Ok so Lenzi didn't want to make a zombie picture but I'm sure this was intended as a horror and not an urban thriller. Exploitation levels are also at an all time high in Nightmare City with the mostly male infected creatures being more inclined to rip the clothes off their female victims before killing them. Regardless of this the body count is huge (the screen is littered with cadavers from one scene to the next) which brings me onto another reason why another problem could arise for fans of these particular films and that is the gore. Sure there is gallons of blood splashed across the screen but from the director of Cannibal Ferox this all seems relatively tame judging by the bar which had already been set by earlier European horror movies. This of course isn't helped by the special effects which are on the whole weak with bloodless throat sittings, less than visceral stabbings and characters being shot point blank with little to no impact although there are a handful of juicy headshots in the finalé. The make-up on the infected themselves is also slightly unconvincing but again you have to take into account that these are not zombies and the crusty, scabby sores may be more indicative of radiation burns than zombic pale faces and dead rotting flesh.
Nevertheless Nightmare City has amassed a huge cult following and a number of the reasons I cited as issues are also reasons why others love the picture. If nothing else the film is breakneck paced with Lenzi barely wasting a moment of screen time. Character development? Coherent structured storyline? Origins of the radioactive virus? Who needs it when you can have what is essentially one long chase scene punctuated by polo neck wearing bloodsucking radiation fueled freaks slicing and dicing their way around the sunny locales of Madrid. From the moment the infected spill from the belly of the military plane the speed never lets up for a moment until the decidedly infuriating ending(which I won't spoil here but did make me wish I had stopped watching five minutes earlier). Ending and production problems aside this still remains entertaining if your in the right frame of mind or in the company of those who have a similar liking to movies of this nature and thanks to the non Italian style of pacing (the vast majority of Italian movies were leisurely slowburners at best) this is at least never boring. The pounding Goblinesque music score also fits perfectly with the onscreen action swelling as the violence erupts on the screen and the expansive Techniscope lensing achieves in making Nightmare City appear far more epic than it has any right to be.

Picture:
According to the notes in the included liner booklet it appears if Arrow had an extremely difficult time bringing Nightmare City to Blu ray. For this restoration they utilised the original 2-perf Techniscope negative which was scanned in 2k and then graded. Unfortunately there was a massive problem with the negative which had been badly damaged having been subjected to photochemical decay. Despite a huge amount of effort to clean up the print it was impossible to eradicate all the problems meaning that print damage, stains and density fluctuations plague the image at certain points throughout the movie. Another source was found but despite being clean of damage was a 4-perf reversal dupe negative of to unacceptable quality to use for an HD master. Because neither of the prints were perfect Arrow have decided to include both versions on the new Blu ray release so the choice is down to the viewer. The badly damage original negative or the soft blurry reverse dupe.
Out of the two I prefer the original negative despite the issues outlined above so this is what I'll base the bulk of the review on.
Presented in an AVC encoded MPEG 4 1080p transfer and framed at the correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1 print damage aside this is a wonderfully natural looking and organic image. Detail and texturing is incredibly strong for an Italian title and is the best I have ever seen this film look. From close-ups of gore and the infected's ghastly make-up through to the thick material of sweaters and jackets this is incredibly crisp and solid. Contrast is superb showcasing some marvelously bright and clear exterior shots meaning that you can pick out intricacies in tree bark, foliage and grass as well as precise lines in buildings and vehicles. Depth in these scenes is also readily apparent and everything flows well in motion. Interiors too are strong from tiny details in the air traffic control booth through decorations in houses and the model city in the governmental building. Black levels are deep and inky and shadow detail is also very good meaning now the attack in the cellar is far more discernable as is the siege in the hospital and other lower lit passages. Colours are incredibly rich and vivid with primaries that truly pop from the deep blue of a stained glass window and the lush greens of the foliage through to bright yellows of a characters jacket and sprays of yellow flowers dotted in the grass. Thankfully reds too are perfectly rendered and nicely robust with excellent saturation which is ideal for the copious amounts of blood in the movie .
Naturally I will have to comment on the print damage which is an unfortunate but sadly irreversible blight on what could have been a terrific transfer. The main bulk of the anomalie happens during the scene of the military plane landing with large anounts of blotchy yellow chemical stains covering part of the image. This happens again at various points throughout the movie to a somewhat lesser degree but is still visible nonetheless. Another unwanted but again unavoidable problem is a distracting flicker and colour shifting which causes an odd pulsing effect. Again this happens at different stages of the movie and you don't need to have a trained eye to notice this. Regardless of these stability problems the sections of the print that a not affected are generally clean with only small traces of age related problems that I would have expected from a film like this anyway and for an Italian movie pressed onto Blu ray the grain structure is intact and looks totally natural and filmic throughout.
The alternate transfer is again presented in AVC 1080p but despite being clean and free from any real discrepancies is soft and smudgy with dull contrast and completely lacking in any real detail and depth. It's far from ideal meaning that despite the print damage the 2k negative version that remains the best viewing option and if anythimg kind of adds to the grungy grindhouse atmosphere.
As a footnote it is worth pointing out the 2k original negative version contained the Italian title sequence with the movie headed as 'Incubo' whilst the 4-perf incarnation presented the film with it's English title of Nightmare City.

Audio:
Arrow provide two audio options for Nightmare City in the form of either the English or Italian dubs. Both are presented in monaural 16bit 1.0 channel LPCM each sharing a relatively low bitrate of 768kps. Having seen the movie on many occasions and noting that despite the usual use of post production dubbing the vast majority of main players spoke their lines in English I opted for that version for my main viewing experince occasional switching to the Italian for comparison reasons (my disc actually defaulted to the Italian track). Despite the limited nature of the audio I was more than pleasantly surprised with how full bodied the music score sounded especially over the opening credits with good clarity and dynamic range. The dubbed dialogue lip synched reasonable well although the track did exhibit that hollow canned trait associated with European movies of the period and certain more agressive dialogue exchanges possessed slight distortion although foley effects were clean and surprisingly stable. The Italian dub sounded similar if ever so slightly cleaner again with decent dynamic range so the choice as to which is the preferable track is down to the viewer.

Extras:
Arrow again dish up a decent amount of supplementary material for Nightmare City's UK Blu ray premiere. First up is a laid back and entertaining feature length audio commentary with Fangoria magazine editor Chris Alexander. An obvious fan of the movie, Alex discusses his admiration for Nightmare City (as well as poking fun at some of the cheesier aspects) as well as talking about what influences this has had on other films.
Next up is a 30 minute interview with director Umberto Lenzi who goes into great detail on how he re-worked the script to make it less of a zombie flick and goes at great lengths to remind you that this isn't a zombie film even saying how he pulled up Quentin Tarantino on the subject. He is also extremely blunt on his opinions especially on the actors he liked and disliked and how displeased he was with the American title of 'City of the Walking Dead' because as you would have guessed sold it as a zombie flick! He also covers the finance for the film and how he had to work with Italian, Spanish and Mexican producers all of which had their own opinions on how the movie should be made and what actors to use.
Following this is an interview with film director and Nightmare City's biggest fan Eli Roth. Again this is very laid back and informal chat with Eli explaining why he loves all of Lenzi's movies especially this one also showing off some of his DVD collection(alot of which seem to be Shriek Show titles). An obvious genre fanatic Roth comes across well in this relatively short 11 minute talk making him the type of guy film buffs would love to go to the pub with.
The final interview is with Nightmare City actress Maria Rosaria Ommagio who played Sheila in the movie. This is a relatively short 8 minute interview with the actress speaking in very clear English(despite Arrow subtitling her!!). She goes into detail on what it was like on set, how yohng she was compared to her onscreen lover and how different sequences were filmed.
As a footnote all of these interviews are in HD 1080p but the bitrates are so low as to hardly warrent this.
To round things off is a tutorial on how the transfer for Nightmare City was restored with comparisons between the two versions included in this package, alternative opening credits this time as 'Attack of the Zombies" and the original theatrical trailer.
As always from Arrow a glossy insert booklet is included this time featuring Sedution of the Gullible author John Martin's essay Fade Away and Radiate: Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City. This also includes details on the restoration and photographs.

Conclusion:
Nightmare City is many things, most of them awful but that hasn't stopped Umberto Lenzi's 1980 Italian schlock classic from being a favourite amongst genre fans. It's goofey, gory and paced like a freight train meaning that if nothing else it's never boring and a few sequences are genuinly pleasing. If your a fan of Euro horror and this movie in particular I cannot recommend this package enough with it's choice of transfers and decent set of extras. Newcomers however may want to sample some superior Lucio Fulci movies before jumping straight into this little oddity.
For the rating I'm marking this as four stars for the overall package and not the film alone which would score a respectable three.
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on 23 August 2015
This disc from ARROW Is a winner .First lets talk about the movie but i wont say to much as i dont want to spoil it for those who have not seen it yet but what i will tell you a plane lands with the living dead on board then all hell breaks loose.There is loads of blood in the movie but for me what made this movie apart from what had gone before we have zombies running and having guns etc.and the action takes place all over unlike the american movies that seem to take place in the one spot so this movie and THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE broke some of the rules for this type of movie made at the time.Now for the extras on the disc we have the trailer for the movie the restoration of the movie and interview with cast you also can watch the movie in english or italian and lots more.So to sum up if you enjoy this movie this is the disc for you WELL DONE ARROW and well done for letting us know why the picture is not up to your standard with your short on the trouble you had with the restoration as part of the extras
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on 2 September 2015
Nightmare City (1980)

When director Umberto Lenzi was approached to helm Nightmare City he was presented with an original script for a short film about zombies. Lenzi balked at the idea feeling that the material should be longer and, more importantly for him, not about zombies. He considered that George A. Romero had covered zombies fully by then with both his original Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead and there was little more he could add. Instead Lenzi adapted the script using the Seveso incident of July 1976 fine-tuning it into a film that attacks the military and the effects of chemicals on the enviroment. What he has actually made is a pure exploitation film.
There is a plot of sorts but don't dwell on it because no one involved in the writing of this film did. It's frankly absurd. Local television news reporter Dean Miller (Hugo Stiglitz) arrives at an airport with his cameraman. They are there to cover the arrival of famous doctor Professor Hagenbeck. Quite how they know the scientist is arriving there is never made clear as no one else at the airport is aware of the plane arriving and are treating it with the highest level of suspicion. Just as well really as when the plane's doors open out pop a tonne of blood-thirsty creatures who waste no time chowing down on the soldiers.

Rather oddly the infected fail to notice Dean and his cameraman - and rather conveniently too as the plot needs Dean to get the word out and warn the public - not that anyone will listen of course. It appears that the plane that Dean saw spill out its deadly formerly-human cargo had been exposed to radiation. It's a form of radiation that doesn't seem to affect the creatures too adversely, they can still run and chase potential victims. That's hardly in keeping with the known effects from radiation exposure. Instead they just get a little crusty in the facial make-up department (it looks awful) and drink blood from the uninfected.

Dean has no joy in trying to broadcast an urgent transmission. He is stopped by the military who would rather that the public not be panicked (no, we'll just have them killed by the radiation crazies that we cannot contain instead, makes perfect sense). The military, led by General Murchison (Mel Ferrer) do nothing except take phone calls and ponteficate whereas Dean is more proactive. He is constantly trying to get hold of his wife Dr. Anna Miller (Laura Trotter) but she's having none of his nonsense, silly cow. However once she's onboard and looking to escape from the nameless city she does nothing but scream and expect her wooden hubby to rescue her when all she has to do is move.

Lenzi claims that his film heavily influenced director Danny Boyle's later 28 Days Later, with it's running infected, as well as some of Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror. And like Danny Boyle Lenzi refutes that his film is a zombie film and quite rightly too. Lenzi sees his film as anti-military and that his ghouls are infected by radiation sickness and therefore not zombies. His 'infected' have an awful habit of ripping off the clothes from a female victim, to reveal their boobies, rather than simply kill them as they do the men that fall victim to them. I found this distasteful. No really I did. Pure misogyny at it's ugliest!

Nightmare City (also known as Incubo Sulla Città Contaminate and City of the Walking Dead) is not a particularly good film but it IS a fun watch, aside from the wanton misogyny. It moves at such a pace that you can easily overlook it's numerous shortcomings. It is what one would call a 'guilty pleasure' - it's trash but you can't help but warm to it. Make-up artist Tom Savini is remaking Nightmare City and supervising the film's special make-up effects too. It is due for release in 2016. Here's hoping it plays better than his misguided Night of the Living Dead remake.

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on 16 January 2015
Yesterday evening, late hour.
Had a short moment of not knowing what to do & decided to try & see about the quality of my newest Raro Blu Ray `Nightmare City' with the idea to watch it later.
The film started & could Not Stop watching. I had one of the Best Film Experiences again with Raro Video.
Don't know what other reviewers here are talking about But the transfer - for me - was one of the very best - very clear - no grain, as New. A real treat! Really a beautiful transfer!
The Film - a mixture of nostalgic exploitation: Skilfully made cinematography with hilarious moments of acting & dialogue. Burlesque special effects with lots of blood, exploding heads, axes and a high original sort of zombies (Vampires?). A kind I've never seen before, zombies that wipe their mouth after drinking blood and even are socially organized; imagine a zombie gesticulating with his arm to follow him.
Little nudity, Horror, Suspense, a lot of hilarious action (Many moments I expected Leslie Nielsen to appear in Full action).

Lovely!

In short:
Terrific - beautiful, Blu Ray Quality transfer & production of Raro video. Mentioned as A/1 region but played without problems on my region B!
Great Tongue in cheek Italian Zombie `Horror' with nice soundtrack from Stelvio Cipriani, available with Digitmovies!

Watched with the right expectations, a Great moment of Film Fun.
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