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By James Whittington, Sunday 16th May 2010
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 on May 24th. The movie is being presented fully restored and uncut, complete with a host of unique and exclusive extras and featurettes specially commissioned for this must-have release.
Directed by Lucio Fulci and starring Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Giovanni Lombardo and Michele Soavi, 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.
Both the DVD and the Blu-ray releases 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, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Fulci and Ian McCulloch among others, providing an in depth career retrospective on the Grand Old Man of Italian Gore. 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. UK exclusive features directed by Calum Waddell and edited and produced by Naomi Holwill with associate producer Nick Frame.