Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 29th, 2011
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 2010
Director: Luca Boni, Marco Ristori
Writers: Germano Tarricone, Marco Ristori
Cast: Alex Lucchesi, Guglielmo Favilla, Claudio Marmugi, Rosella Elmi
DVD released: June 13th, 2011
Approximate running time: 91 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
DVD Release: Chelsea Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Zombie’s in Italian cinema rose to prominence in the late 1970′s with Dawn of the Dead (under the title Zombi) and Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (also known under the title Zombi 2). And like any good thing the cycle of zombie film’s in Italy would runs its course, with films like Hell of the Living Dead, Zombie 3 and Zombie 4.
This brings us to Eaters: Rise Of The Dead a zombie film that follows in the grand tradition that genre cinema in Italy is all too well known for. Since the release of George R. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombie films have been one of the most resilient entities in the horror film genre. In fact the popularity of zombies films is arguably at an all time high. So it should not come as a surprise that the Italians would once again throw their hat into the ring.
Content wise, Eaters: Rise Of The Dead brings nothing new to the table that countless other zombie films have already served up. And yet despite its familiarity there is plenty of areas in which this film holds up really well, are its characters and deliberate pacing. Other areas where the film often exceeds expectations are its visuals and special effects. Also this film has a sufficient amount of blood and guts and a midget, who looks like a mini version of Adolf Hitler. Ultimately Eaters: Rise Of The Dead is a well made zombie film that proudly wears its influences on its sleeve.
Chelsea Films presents Eaters: Rise Of The Dead in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal. This film has a very distinctive look visually and this transfer does a very good job replicating it.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Italian and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Italian. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 21 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles), a segment titled ‘VFX Breakdown’ (3 minutes 48 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles) and a featurette titled, Making of ‘Eaters: Rise of the Dead’ (33 minutes 39 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles). The ‘Making of’ featurette does a good job covering the various aspects of this production, the script and its many rewrites, filmmaker Uwe Boll’s involvement in this production, the cast and the special FX. Overall Eaters: Rise Of The Dead gets a strong DVD release from Chelsea Films.