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City of the Living Dead – BluRay (Blue Underground vs. Arrow Video) 
Written by: on May 20th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1980
Director: Lucio Fulci
Writers: Lucio Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti
Cast: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Daniela Doria, Fabrizio Jovine, Luca Venantini, Michele Soavi, Venantino Venantini, Enzo D’Ausilio, Adelaide Aste, Luciano Rossi, Robert Sampson, Janet Agren, Lucio Fulci

BluRay released: 2010 2010
Approximate running time: 92m46s 92m43s
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: NR 18
Sound: 7.1 DTS-HD English, Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Mono English with English SDH, French, Spanish subtitles 7.1 DTS-HD English, DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English, Dolby Digital Mono English
BluRay Release: Blue Underground Arrow Video
Region Coding: Region 0 Region 0
Retail Price: $34.95 £22.99


Blue underground BluRay


Arrow Video BluRay


Blue Underground BluRay


Arrow Video BluRay


Blue Underground BluRay


Arrow Video BluRay


The Film :

The gates of hell are opened after a clergyman’s suicide.

Video:

The two releases appear to have been transferred from the same HD source. Both releases are 50 GB dual layer. The size of the film on the Blue Underground release is 29 GB, while the size of the film on the Arrow Video release is 25 GB. Grain while present looks natural. When compared to previous home video releases colors have never look as vibrant as they do on these transfers. Black levels look solid and there is a tremendous amount of detail in every frame. The biggest difference between the two transfers are the colors and flesh tones. Which look better and more accurate on the Blue Underground transfer.

Audio:

Quality wise the audio mixes included with both releases are comparable. As they all sound clear and balanced throughout. The remix audio tracks does a good job spreading out the more ambient sounds of the soundtrack. The Blue Underground comes with three subtitles options English SDH, French, Spanish.

Extras:

Extras for the Blue underground release include 2 radio spots that have stills in the background, a English language trailer (3 minutes 1 second – anamorphic widescreen), a Italian language trailer with English subtitles (3 minutes 3 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a poster & stills gallery titled “Marketing the Dead” that has music from the film playing in the background and a segment titled “Memories of the Maestro” (21 minutes 9 seconds) which includes comments from Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, Fabrizio Jovine, Michele Soavi, Adelaide Aste, Venantino Venantini, Luca Venantini, Gino De Rossi, Massimo Antonello Gelang, Fabio Frizzi, Roberto Forges Davenzati and Sergio Salvati. Other extras include interviews with Catriona MacColl (10 minutes 39 seconds) and Giovanni Lombardo Radice (9 minutes 49 seconds). Catriona MacColl discusses meeting Lucio Fulci for the first time, the violent tone of the script / film, Lucio Fulci’s reputation as being difficult to work with, the maggot scene, the coffin scene, Christopher George, Carlo De Mejo and her thoughts on the film. Giovanni Lombardo Radice discusses the script, his character, his performance, Lucio Fulci, the special effects involved with his death scene, zombie make up, on set stories and his thoughts on the film. The main extra included with this release is a documentary about the film (32 minutes 10 seconds) which includes comments from Catriona MacColl, Michele Soavi, Sergio Salvati, Massimo Antonello Gelang, Roberto Forges Davenzati, Gino De Rossi and Rosario Prestopino. Topics discussed include cast, locations, production related stories, the look of the film, special effects, all the film’s gore set pieces and there is also behind the scenes footage. All the extras are presented in HD. Extras for the Arrow Video release a intro to the film, a trailer for the film (3 minutes – anamorphic widescreen) which allows you to watch the trailer in English and Italian audio options (no English subtitles), a image gallery, a featurette about Lucio Fulci titled “Fulci in the House: The Italian Master of Splatter” (17 minutes 50 seconds), one and one interviews with Catriona MacColl (24 minutes 51 seconds), Carlo De Mejo (17 minutes 28 seconds), Antonella Fulci (27 minutes 34 seconds), Dardano Sacchetti (16 minutes 59 seconds) and Giovanni Lombardo Radice (50 minutes 26 seconds). Others extras include a interview with director Luigi Cozzi who discusses Lucio Fulci (16 minutes 59 seconds) and a segment which recaps a screening of the film at the Glasgow theater (24 minutes 47 seconds), which includes a Q & A with Catriona MacColl and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. Topics discussed in these interviews include production related stories and Lucio Fulci. The interview with Giovanni Lombardo Radice  covers his entire career. The main extras included with this release are two audio commentaries. The first audio commentary is with Giovanni Lombardo Radice and the second one is with Catriona MacColl and Jay Slater. Even though the two audio commentaries cover topics that are discussed in the other extras on this release. They are both enjoyable tracks that offer up enough information not covered elsewhere. All of the extras included with this release are in HD, expect “Fulci in the House: The Italian Master of Splatter”, which is in standard definition and PAL. Also included with this release are six post cards, a mini replica poster, alternate cover art and a collectible booklet.

Overall:

Overall both are exceptional releases with the slight edge going to the Arrow Video release which contains more extras.

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