BLUE UNDERGROUND DOUBLES UP ON FULCI, LOST
SOULS, ALIENS, EVIL SANTA, SLUTTY TEACHERS,
AND ‘TOONS THIS WEEK ON THE WALL!
DG PICK OF THE WEEK
When DAWN OF THE DEAD hit Italy it was released as ZOMBIE, forcing notable hack director Lucio Fulci to re-title his film ZOMBIE 2. This title change resulted in Fulci’s flick being considered an unofficial sequel when it was anything but. Them’s the facts. Having said that, while Fulci was ripping off Romero he created something that was vivid and intense. What it lacks for in plot and originality, it makes up for with some pretty stunning camera work and some groundbreaking zombie work which created some of the most classic images from the genre. This is Fulci at his best and its still one of the top grossing Italian horror films of all time (even besting DAWN OF THE DEAD).
Bill Lustig and the Blue Underground crew once again went all out for a fan favorite. Not only is the quality of this print one of the best I have seen, but its jam packed with some killer features. This is one of the best releases of the year.
DISC 1 EXTRAS:
Audio Commentary with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
Poster & Still Gallery
Guillermo del Toro Intro
DISC 2 EXTRAS:
“Zombie Wasteland” – Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell’Acqua
“Flesh Eaters on Film” – Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
“Deadtime Stories” – Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti
“World of the Dead” – Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
“Zombi Italiano” – Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
“Notes on a Headstone” – Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
“All in the Family” – Interview with Antonella Fulci
“Zombie Lover” – Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films
Fulci’s second best zombie film is also out this week. Gallons of gore and maggots replace plot and coherency but who gives a fuck. Fulci knows what he’s doing with the undead. Lighter on features than ZOMBIE but Blue Underground still worked in some good stuff.
“Meet the Boyles” – Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco
“Children of the Night” – Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina
“Tales of Laura Gittleson” – Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander
“My Time With Terror” – Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo
“A Haunted House Story” – Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti
“To Build a Better Death Trap” – Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, and Actor Giovanni De Nava
Poster & Still Gallery
A creepy as hell adaptation of H.G. Well’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau” is still just as effective today as it was when it was released in the 30’s. A lot of directors have tried to take on this story but they have never achieved the brilliance of Eric C. Kenton’s masterpiece. Not for nothin’, but this is one of Joe Dante’s favorite horror films of all-time. Not a lot of special features here, but word on the street is Criterion did an impressive job with this transfer.
I have been a fan TNT JACKSON for a long time, I actually have it on a double feature disc with THE BLACK GODFATHER. It’s silly as fuck and not the best representation of Cirio H. Santiago’s work (Producer of THE BIG BIRD CAGE, THE HOT BOX)… actually maybe it is.
While it may be my favorite on this triple feature of tough, the best special features are found on TOO HOT TO HANDLE which features a commentary with star Cheri Caffaro and director of AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE Elijah Drenner. This is jam packed with some good grindhouse facts and stories and this alone is worth the price of admission.
Damn. This is one of those films that is so good it gives you chills. This is one to build a triple feature around and then geek out with your crew about what you just saw. In the year of 80’s tributes, this one took the cake, ate it, then slapped the fuck out of you.
After school, her lessons began with sex and ended in violence….naturally. Starring Angel Tompkins and Jay North (yes…Jay “Dennis the Menace” North).
Tarantino called Sean Weathers the greatest guerrilla filmmaker of all-time. I haven’t seen this flick yet but I am anxious to check it out. We’ll let you know.
This flick came really close to not getting a release here in the states. I am not a fan of this film, I think it’s brutal for the sake of being brutal. I am not into the whole torture porn thing but if you are this may well be your Sgt. Pepper.
A whole lotta asskicking and bullets from Dante Lam. Every once in a while a filmmaker jumps out who is billed as the next John Woo and they turn out to be the next Uwe Boll… okay, maybe not that bad, but they are well south of fucking good. Dante Lam is legit though, in fact, he may be the next John Woo. Serious.
When was the last time a Jackie Chan flick had a good review? This is a really well done film that leans more towards the dramatic than it does towards action. Having said that, it’s not without some pretty epic action scenes including a carriage chase that is executed to perfection. Give it a shot, just don’t go in expecting a ton of chop sockey.
This Santa Claus will burn you with coal and choke you to death with the stockings that were hung by the chimney with care. This is my kind of Christmas movie.
Hanna and Barbera’s famous battling duo finally get the respect they deserve in this wonderfully packaged Blu-ray set. Suckers (myself included) who purchased the previously edited and dirty looking Warner Spotlight collections will be happy to know that the prints for these wonderful shorts have been cleaned up and are unedited and uncensored. The first 37 shorts are featured in chronological order, each short growing increasingly violent and wild as the years went by. A true godsend for classic cartoon fans. – Poe
FROM THE DRAWERS OF THE HYPE FILE:
This was the best comic film since the first X-MEN sequel and one of the best films I saw in theaters last summer. A huge achievement for Joe Johnston, who has directed another flick to serve as the perfect double feature with his other superhero flick THE ROCKETEER (which for the record owns all kinds of ass and will be on Blu-ray 12/13/11).
Finally. Fucking finally. Yeah the sequels kinda blow but I still watch the hell out of them. The original Jurassic Park is what films are all about, it is flawless. The only question is what set to grab. Do you spring for the deluxe set with the statue or the just the three film pack? Yeah, you splurge.
THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK BASTARDS!
Next week we’re back with: NO BLADE OF GRASS (from Warner Archives), ANGEL/ANGEL 2, MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED, NIGHT SCHOOL, BLACK MOON RISING, ANTFARM DICKHOLE, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK,
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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