Fulci's 'Zombie' Coming to Blu-ray from Blue Underground Late 2011
9 March 2011
by Marc Patterson
I don't hide the fact that outside of running this fine establishment of gory goodness I work a day job in marketing. I am the consummate traveling professional, scouring the east coast from meeting to meeting in a suit and tie. (You'd laugh in stifled horror to see it). What gets me through those trips is a steady stream of awesome mind-blowing horror podcasts. My all time favorite is none other than the original innovators of horror talk radio, the ballers and shot callers - Deadpit Radio! (dot com!). And I'll never, NEVER miss an episode when Michael "Slipcase" Felsher guests. Felsher is not only a horror geek of true esteem, but he has worked on the DVD release side of the business with terrific companies like Synapse, Anchor Bay, Lionsgate, and Blue Underground. Felsher shoots footage for the extras that come packed on these films, and has even designed some of the artwork seen on the DVD's, most recently having done the artwork for Blue Underground's upcoming Blu release of Dario Argento's Deep Red.
On the February 18th Deadpit show Felsher had some interesting news on Blue Underground's plans to finally give Lucio Fulci's Zombie (or Zombi 2 as it's more popularly known) a proper Blu-ray release. Now we've all seen (or maybe we haven't) the Wikipedia page that says William Lustig plans on releasing the film in 2011, but Felsher discloses some additional info that's worth reporting on!
"Bill [Lustig] has made it a point he wants this one to be a big deal. Zombie's going to be a big release. He's going to be doing a whole new transfer in HD from the negative. This is going to blow away any previous edition of Zombie that's ever been out there."
Felsher also comments on some of the extra's we might expect. He was recently at the Cinema Wasteland Expo, where we was able to get together with about four of the cast members to shoot some additional footage.
"The stuff we shot at Cinema Wasteland was just fantastic. It's going to be in 2.35.1 widescreen just like the movie and we shot it all in a really cool way. It's going to be very different than a lot of the stuff I've done. I'm really looking forward to Zombie coming out."
In terms of when we can expect this release? "I think Bill's plan, and I can't speak 100%, but I think Bill's plan was to definitely have that out for Halloween this year. But again, plans can change and I'm not making the official announcement. That's just what the plan is right now. I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more official announcements from them as we get closer to it. This is going to be a big, big special edition."