Fulci’s City of the Living Dead Gets UK DVD/Blu-ray Treatment

UK zombie fans will soon have yet another reason to bow at the feet of Arrow Video as the company turns its focus from Romero to another zombie maestro – the venerable Lucio Fulci.

Having already realised most zombie fans’ wet dreams with their Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead Blu-ray releases, Arrow now have their sights on Fulci’s brain-squeezing classic City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell) – and, yes, it’s absolutely loaded with special features.

From the Press Release:
“One of the most revered zombie films of all time amongst horror fans, Lucio Fulci’s classic City of the Living Dead gets the full Arrow Video treatment on DVD and Blu-ray in May 2010, presenting the film fully restored and uncut and complete with a host of unique and exclusive extras and featurettes specially commissioned for this must-have release.

Among the many extras are a newly recorded audio commentary with actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice, an introduction to the film by star Carlo De Mejo, ‘Carlo of the Living Dead’, a 17-minute featurette in which De Mejo reflects upon his time working with the Italian master of splatter, Lucio Fulci, plus ‘Penning Some Paura’ in which the film’s screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti shares his recollections of writing an Italian horror classic.

The 50-minute ‘The Many Lives and Deaths of Giovanni Lombaro Radice’ presents an extensive biography of the legendary screen victim, who guides viewers through the making of his most famous gut-crunching classics including ‘House on the Edge of the Park’, ‘Cannibal Apocalypse’, ‘Cannibal Ferox’ and, of course, ‘City of the Living Dead’.

In addition to providing an alternative audio commentary to the main feature, legendary horror actress Catriona MacCall recalls playing the role of Mary in the film in ‘Dame of the Dead’ and reflects upon the film 30 years on. Catriona also appears alongside Giovanni Lombardo Radice in a 20-minute retrospective Q&A session exclusively filmed live at the Glasgow Film Theatre following a recent special screening of the film.

Filmed in the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome, ‘Profondo Luigi: A Colleague’s Memories of Lucio Fulci’ focuses on director Luigi Cozzi (Contamination; Starcrash; The Killer Must Kill Again) who talks about his own memories of Lucio Fulci and the Italian boom in zombie horror, while in ‘Fulci’s Daughter: Memories of the Italian Gore Maestro’, Antonella Fulci, the daughter of the legendary filmmaker, reflects upon ‘City of the Living Dead’, the experience of visiting her father’s sets and about his enduring legacy.

Both the DVD and the Blu-ray releases of ‘City of the Living Dead’ also come with four sleeve artwork options, double-sided poster, six postcards and a newly commissioned booklet, ‘Fulci of the Living Dead’, written by Calum Waddell and featuring exclusive new interviews with Sergio Stivaletti (Wax Mask), Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Fulci and Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters) among others, providing an in-depth career retrospective on the Grand Old Man of Italian Gore.

Directed by Lucio Fulci (The House By The Cemetery; The Beyond; Zombie Flesh Eaters) and starring Christopher George (Mortuary; The Exterminator; Grizzly), Catriona MacColl (The House By The Cemetery; The Beyond), Carlo De Mejo (The House By The Cemetery; Alien Contamination), Giovanni Lombardo Radice (Cannibal Apocalypse; Demons 3 and 4) and Michele Soavi (Demons; Phenomena; Tenebrae), City of the Living Dead begins with the suicide of a priest in a church cemetery in the small town of Dunwich, New England. A sacrilegious act, the priest’s death mysteriously results in the opening of the gates of hell and, as fate would have it, it falls upon a reporter, a young psychic, a psychiatrist and his patient to team up and find a way to close the portal before All Saints Day, when the dead will rise and feed upon the living.

A hugely influential and much-admired work of horror cinema by one of the genre’s undisputed masters, City of the Living Dead, taken purely as a stand-alone film, is a must-see horror classic. Now, this definitive special release from Arrow Video is, without doubt, a must-have for every horror fan.

City of the Living Dead (cert. 18) will be released a two-disc DVD (£17.99) and single-disc Blu-ray (£22.99) by Arrow Video on 24th May 2010.

Special Features include: newly recorded audio commentary by actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice; audio commentary by actress Catriona MacColl and author Jay Slater; introduction to the film by star Carlo De Mejo; ‘Carlo of the Living Dead featurette; ‘The Many Lives and Deaths of Giovanni Lombardo Radice’ featurette; ‘Dame of the Dead’ featurette; ‘Fulci’s Daughter: Memories of the Italian Gore Maestro’ featurette; ‘Penning Some Paura’ featurette; ‘Profondo Luigi: A Colleague’s Memories of Lucio Fulci’ featurette; Catriona MacCall and Giovanni Lombardo Radice Q&A session at the Glasgow Film Theatre; ‘Fulci in the House – The Italian Master of Splatter’ featurette.”

Oh, and best of all for you folks in the US? It’s region free! Check out the artwork below. Click to see it larger.

Fulci’s City of the Living Dead gets UK DVD/Blu-ray Treatment (click for larger image)

- Gareth Jones

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James Coker's picture

Terminal, Many other horror fans will tell you to avoid fulci's "Newyork Ripper", But i say you should check that one out too, it's weird,sleazy,nihilistic and misogynistic, It has it's problems but it is a "Infamous" fulci film, so consider that one too....oh and maybe "Cat in the Brain" because its extremely absurd and off the wall

Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 6:54pm.
Terminal's picture

Much thanks. I wrote them down and will get to them as soon as possible.

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 6:57pm.
James Coker's picture

Terminal you haven't seen City of the Living Dead, that's a fulci classic, also whats your favorite fulci movie, that is if you like his "Golden Age" films,

Submitted by James Coker on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 2:15am.
Terminal's picture

After looking on IMDB, I'm shocked to admit that I've only seen Zombi. I should look for more of his movies. Any suggestions on where to start?

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 2:30am.
Cinemascribe's picture

My recommendations would be City of the living Dead, The Beyond and House by the Cemetery, Terminal. if you enjoy Fulci's style, you owe it to yourself to see COTLD at least once. It's hallucinatory and the final shot is a really bizarre WTF kind of moment, but there's no denying the artistry and power of the film. House by the Cemetery is a nice, creepy little number that's probably the Maestro's most coherent, linear film (plus it has an eight year boy old named Bob. Not Robby or Bobby, mind you,but Bob) and The Beyond is weird but atmospheric, with a chillingly nihilistic conclusion.
"I'm saying that I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man...and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake." - Seth Brundle

Submitted by Cinemascribe on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 6:21am.
Terminal's picture

Thanks Cinemascribe. I wrote down your suggestions. I'll take a look at those movies as soon as I possibly can. ;-)

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 6:48am.
Gareth Jones's picture

Yep, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, and The House by the Cemetary prescribed for you - STAT!

I still think Zombi is Fulci's number one movie, but this and The Beyond come a very close second.

Submitted by Gareth Jones on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 9:58pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Oooo, Fulci, Blu ray... good combination. Lets get this stuff to the US/Canada though, greedy Brits!

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 7:25pm.
Floydian Trip's picture

I found Zombi and Zombi 3 in a box so City Of The Living Dead can't be too far behind. I also found Cannibal Ferox and other obscure, vintage horror flicks so there's no telling what all is in there. Maybe some gold. I'd go dig in a mine if I was serching for horror films instead of diamonds.

Submitted by Floydian Trip on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 7:12pm.
Terminal's picture

I still have to see this.

Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 6:26pm.
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Steve Barton's picture

Dude, Bitch Slap I can understand waiting to watch ... But THIS?????

Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 6:54pm.
Terminal's picture

It's complicated. A lot of ins, a lot of outs.

Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 7:05pm.

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