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By James Whittington, Monday 10th December 2012
Zombie Flesh Eaters Blu-ray
DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition Steelbook, Limited Edition Slipbox
Extras: 2 Audio Commentaries, UK exclusive introduction from Ian McCulloch, Documentaries, Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Collector’s Booklet.
"Have you ever heard of voodoo?"
Probably one of the most notorious titles to have made the DPP list, Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters can now be enjoyed as it was meant to seen, uncut and looking better than ever thanks to Arrow Video. Originally banned in its uncut state and then released with several minutes removed, this is the zombie movie that defined an era and is finally here in its full state with a stunning transfer culled from the original camera negative.
An abandoned boat in New York Harbour unleashes a deadly flesh crazed Zombie cargo... A Young American woman and a journalist investigate a tropical island where a deadly disease is making the dead walk... Soon, thoughts of getting to the bottom of the murderous curse will be forgotten, as Fulci's walking corpses overwhelm the living and reports come in that the Big Apple is swarming with the living dead...
Few films of this age (it's over 30 years old) still retain the power to shock like Zombie Flesh Eaters can. Packed with splatter and brutally realistic gore and gut-munching, the film is a raw experience brimming with fierce invention and a raw intensity. But its not just gore for gore's sake, this is a great horror film that's rightly regarded as one of the best of the genre. There's no comedy relief here, everything is done straight. The foreign locations are dirty, complete with swarming flies and you can almost smell the rotting flesh. The film slowly cranks up with juicy set-ups increasing by the minute. Who can forget the swimming zombie, the eyeball piercing or the throat ripping sequences? What still freaks me out is the sombre electronic score which still manages to get under my skin.
But for me this is a must mainly because of the stunning transfer the movie has been given. It truly is a thing of brutal beauty. The movie has never looked this eye-catching with deep detail in the darker sequences and bright colours for day scenes. The opening shots are a sign of what to expect, crammed with detail and colour.
This superb edition comes with a raft of extras that make it totally unmissable. From Romero To Rome: The Rise And Fall Of The Italian Zombie Film is a superb celebration of this often over-looked and discarded genre as well as the history between Zombie Flesh Eaters and Romero's Dawn Of The Dead. The Meat Munching Movies Of Gino De Rossi is a long overdue celebration of this special effects creative genius. There's loads more to choose from on this Blu-ray each one well worth inspecting, especially both commentaries. The most enlightening is perhaps Aliens, Cannibals And Zombies: A Trilogy Of Italian Terror where actor Ian McCulloch recalls his time career as well as working on Zombie Flesh Eaters, Contamination and Zombi Holocaust.
Zombie Flesh Eaters is one of the best looking Blu-ray releases I've seen making it the only way to view this fierce classic.
Well done Arrow Video, this is my Blu-ray title of the year.
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