Brand new 4K restorations of two horror classics are coming soon! Blue Underground recently announced back in June that it is currently restoring William Lustig’s Maniac (1980). According to Crypt Teaze, the restoration will be a scan of the 16mm original camera negative that was lost in 1980 and recently recovered earlier this year.
In addition to Maniac, Blue Underground has already completed the restoration of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979). In this cult classic from Italian “Maestro of Gore” Lucio Fulci, a journalist named Peter West (played by Ian McCulloch) helps the daughter of a scientist named Anne Bowles (played by Tisa Farrow) search for her father after her father’s boat is found with a zombie in it off the coast of New York. Their search leads them to a Caribbean island where a horrifying disease transforms people into flesh-eating zombies. According to IMDB, Zombie was so filled with “violence and gore for a horror film of that time” that “’airline barf bags’ were handed out to theater moviegoers”!
Blu-ray.com lists the special features included with the restored version of this movie:
- Brand New 4K Restoration of the film from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative
- NEW – Audio Commentary #1 with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films (a splinter into the ear of John Bernhard)
- Audio Commentary #2 with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
- NEW Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
- Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Radio Spots
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Guillermo del Toro Intro
- 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
- BONUS CD – ZOMBIE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi
- BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Stephen Thrower
Blue Underground will release its 4K restoration of Zombie on Blu-ray on November 27. You can order it directly from the Blue Underground website at www.blue-underground.com.