City of the Living Dead - Limited Edition [Blu-ray]

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Regardless of whether or not Fulci and Sacchetti drew any inspiration from Lovecraft, there’s nothing especially Lovecraftian about City of the Living Dead. There aren’t necessarily any dreams in the Witch House of Dunwich horror that they conceived for the film, though that’s obviously open to interpretation. With or without Lovecraft’s influence, the atmosphere of Fulci’s supernatural horror films frequently has been referred to as “dreamlike,” and City of the Living Dead is no exception. Yet that’s arguably a rather facile and superficial description that doesn’t quite do justice to the uncanny ways in which Fulci was able to get under the skin of viewers (or into their eyeballs, as the case may be). In City of the Living Dead, the spatial discontinuity of Lovecraft’s dream worlds has been replaced by a kind of temporal discontinuity instead. As a result, trying to connect the dots of the genuinely incomprehensible narrative is an exercise in futility. Any attempt to understand or interpret the plot of the film is the equivalent of tilting at windmills: an endeavor doomed to failure from the start. It’s all beside the point, anyway. City of the Living Dead is really about mood, not story, and the best way to experience it is to let go of the need to rationalize everything and just to let that mood work its magic. There’s no rationalizing the inherently irrational nature of the supernatural anyway.

Reflections of Fulci – a new appraisal of Fulci’s Gothic period by actor, writer, director Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories) This release features a number of extras, including four different audio commentaries on the UHD and Blu-rays; the new commentary offering is from Samm Deighan, who provides a great overview of Lucio Fulci’s filmography and analyzes the surreal and at times Lovecraftian themes at play in the movie. The other extras appear on the third disc in this release, and are as follows. After Zombi 2 grossed over 1.5 billion lire in Italy, director Lucio Fulci began working on a new horror script with screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti. [7] Elements of the story are influenced by the work of H.P. Lovecraft, such as naming the town the film is set in Dunwich, after Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror. [8] Sacchetti noted that Fulci had just reread Lovecraft before working on the film's script, stating he wanted to re-create a Lovecraftian atmosphere. [8] In Sacchetti's original writings, the story is not set in Dunwich, but Salem. [9] This script also includes characters not used in the film, such as Mike, a homeless man who is devoured by cats and reappears later in the film as a zombie. [9]

The cast is the typical mix of international actors, all later dubbed in post-production to speak the same language (English or Italian). Christopher George ( Graduation Day, Pieces) stars as journalist Peter Bell, a take charge guy who doggedly follows a good story…even to the gates of Hell. Fulci regular Catriona MacColl ( The Beyond, House by the Cemetery) co-stars as Mary Woodhouse, the psychic plagued by visions. MacColl and George make a great team as they explore crypts and endure zombies and swarms of maggots. Carlo De Mejo ( Contamination, Women’s Prison Massacre) is Gerry, the proactive therapist who joins the quest with his patient Sandra, played by Janet Agren ( Eaten Alive). Arrow Video just announced their upcoming titles for October this morning, and easily the biggest highlight was a brand new Blu-ray release of Lucio Fulci’s Italian splatter classic City of the Living Dead, presented in an exclusive 4K restoration with a wealth of extras. Seamless branching - watch in English Language w/ English credit sequences and watch Italian language w/ Italian credit sequences

NEW A Trip Through Bonaventure Cemetery (4:49) - this featurette was produced in October 2022 by Cauldron Films. A camera on a drone glides above and navigates below to survey the graveyard in this Savannah, Georgia cemetery. This was one of the filming locales for City of the Living Dead. City of the Living Dead isn’t Fulci’s greatest work, but this disc set captures his vision perfectly.Extensive image gallery featuring over 150 stills, poster and other ephemera from the FAB press and Mike Siegel archives

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