Horror Films ‘House by the Cemetery’ and ‘New York Ripper’ Coming to 4K From MVD

Two horror films from “The Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci, The House by the Cemetery and New York Ripper, are coming out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group Aug. 25.

Both feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.

In 1981’s The House by the Cemetery, a young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone — or something — is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

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The film stars Catriona MacColl (The Beyond), Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Ania Pieroni (Tenebre), Carlo De Mejo (City of the Living Dead) and Dagmar Lassander (Hatchet for the Honeymoon).

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Special features include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; a deleted scene; theatrical trailers; a TV spot; poster and still galleries; “Meet the Boyles,” interviews with stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco; “Children of the Night,” interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina; “Tales of Laura Gittleson, an interview with star Dagmar Lassander; “My Time With Terror,” an interview with star Carlo De Mejo; “A Haunted House Story,” interviews with co-writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti; “To Build a Better Death Trap,” interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salvati, special make-up effects artist Maurizio Trani, special effects artist Gino De Rossi, and actor Giovanni De Nava; “House Quake,” an interview with co-writer Giorgio Mariuzzo; a Catriona MacColl Q&A; and “Calling Dr. Freudstein,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci.

The 1982 film The New York Ripper, co-written and directed by Fulci, follows a blade-wielding psychopath on the loose in the Big Apple killing beautiful young women. As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt.

Extras include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; “The Art of Killing,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti; “Three Fingers of Violence,” an interview with star Howard Ross; “The Second Victim,” an interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti; “The Broken Bottle Murder,” an interview with co-star Zora Kerova; “I’m an Actress!,” a 2009 interview with Kerova; “The Beauty Killer,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci; “Paint Me Blood Red,” an interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti; NYC locations then and now; the theatrical trailer; and a poster and still gallery.

‘Zombie’ and ‘Maniac’ Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray May 26 From MVD and Blue Underground

Restorations of Zombie and Maniac will come out on 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix May 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

“We put a lot of time and work into restoring films like Maniac and Zombie,” said William Lustig, president of Blue Underground. “We’re thrilled that fans can now view them at home in true 4K Ultra HD, with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range and new Dolby Atmos audio mixes.”

Known in England as Zombie Flesh Eaters and banned as obscene, Zombie (1979) stars Tisa Farrow (The Grim Reaper), Ian McCulloch (Contamination), Al Cliver (Cannibals) and Richard Johnson (The Haunting) in a splatterfest directed by “Maestro of Gore” Lucio Fulci (The House by the Cemetery, The New York Ripper).

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Zombie will be released in a two-disc combo pack.

Special features on the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc include:

  • audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films;
  • audio commentary with Star McCulloch and Diabolik magazine editor Jason J. Slater;
  • “When the Earth Spits Out the Dead,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci;
  • theatrical trailers;
  • TV spots;
  • radio spots;
  • a poster and still gallery; and
  • an intro by director Guillermo del Toro.

 

Special features on the Blu-ray disc include:

  • “Zombie Wasteland,” featuring interviews with McCulloch, Johnson and Cliver, and actor/stuntman Ottaviano Dell’Acqua;
  • “Flesh Eaters on Film,” an interview with co-producer Fabrizio De Angelis;
  • “Deadtime Stories,” featuring interviews with co-writers Elisa Briganti and (uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti;
  • ‘World of the Dead,” featuring interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salvati and production and costume designer Walter Patriarca;
  • “Zombi Italiano,” featuring interviews with special make-up effects artists Gianetto De Rossi and Maurizio Trani and special effects artist Gino De Rossi;
  • “Notes on a Headstone,” an interview with composer Fabio Frizzi;
  • “All in the Family,” an interview with Antonella Fulci; and
  • “Zombie Lover,” in which Oscar-winning filmmaker del Toro talks about one of his favorite films.

 

Maniac (1980) follows Frank Zito (writer/executive producer Joe Spinell, Rocky, The Godfather), a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. When these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Frank begins a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me), yet his vile compulsions remain. Directed by Blue Underground president William Lustig (Maniac Cop 2, Vigilante) and featuring gore effects by Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th), the film was originally banned or censored all over the world due to its graphic violence.

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Maniac will also be released in a two-disc combo pack.

Special features on 4K UHD disc include:

  • audio commentary by Lustig and producer Andrew Garroni;
  • audio commentary by Lustig, Savini, editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Spinell’s assistant Luke Walter;
  • theatrical trailers;
  • TV spots; and
  • radio spots.

 

Special features on Blu-ray disc include:

  • outtakes
  • “Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig”;
  • “Anna and the Killer,” an interview with Munro;
  • “The Death Dealer,” an interview with Savini;
  • “Dark Notes,” an interview with composer Jay Chattaway;
  • “Maniac Men,” an interview with songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky;
  • “The Joe Spinell Story”;
  • the “Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2” promo reel;
  • publicity for the film; and
  • controversy about the film.

 

‘The House by the Cemetery’ Due on Blu-ray Jan. 21 From MVD

The horror film The House by the Cemetery is coming to Blu-ray Jan. 21 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In the 1981 Italian shocker from “The Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci (Zombie), a young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone — or something — is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

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The film stars Catriona MacColl (The Beyond), Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Ania Pieroni (Tenebre), Carlo De Mejo (City of the Living Dead) and Dagmar Lassander (Hatchet for the Honeymoon).

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The 4K restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative includes such special features as:

  • audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films;
  • a deleted scene;
  • theatrical trailers;
  • a TV spot;
  • poster and still galleries;
  • “Meet the Boyles,” interviews with stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco;
  • “Children of the Night,” interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina;
  • “Tales of Laura Gittleson, an interview with star Dagmar Lassander;
  • “My Time With Terror,” an interview with star Carlo De Mejo;
  • “A Haunted House Story,” interviews with co-writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti;
  • “To Build a Better Death Trap,” interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salvati, special make-up effects artist Maurizio Trani, special effects artist Gino De Rossi, and actor Giovanni De Nava;
  • “House Quake,” a new interview with co-writer Giorgio Mariuzzo;
  • a new Catriona MacColl Q&A;
  • “Calling Dr. Freudstein,” a new interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci;
  • the soundtrack CD by Walter Rizzati;
  • and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.

Romero-Argento Horror Compilation ‘Two Evil Eyes’ Due on Blu-ray Oct. 29 From MVD and Blue Underground

Two Evil Eyes, featuring a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe from directors George Romero and Dario Argento, will come out in a three-disc, limited-edition Blu-ray plus CD set from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.

Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, John Amos and Tom Atkins co-star.

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Blue Underground presents Two Evil Eyes in a new 4K restoration from its original camera negative.

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Bonus features include new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; “Two Masters’ Eyes,” featuring interviews with Argento and Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento; “Savini’s EFX,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s special make-up effects; “At Home With Tom Savini,” a personal tour of Savini’s home; “Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero”; “Before I Wake,” a new interview with star Ramy Zada; “Behind the Wall,” a new interview with star Madeleine Potter; “One Maestro and Two Masters,” a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio; “Rewriting Poe,” a new interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini; “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die,” a new interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi; “Two Evil Brothers,” a new interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; and “Working With George,” a new interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson.

The set also includes a CD with the original motion picture soundtrack by Donaggio and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.

‘The New York Ripper’ Due on Disc June 25 From Blue Underground and MVD

The 1982 horror film The New York Ripper is coming in a Blu-ray combo pack (with DVD and CD soundtrack) from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film, co-written and directed by horror maestro Lucio Fulci (ZombieCity Of the Living Dead), follows a blade-wielding psychopath on the loose in the Big Apple killing beautiful young women.

As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt.

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The New York Ripper is presented in a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, uncut and uncensored. Extras include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; “The Art of Killing,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti; “Three Fingers of Violence,” an interview with star Howard Ross; “The Second Victim,” an interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti; “The Broken Bottle Murder,” an interview with co-star Zora Kerova; “I’m an Actress!,” a 2009 interview with Kerova; “The Beauty Killer,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci; “Paint Me Blood Red,” an interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti; NYC locations then and now; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Travis Crawford.

‘Maniac’ Three-Disc Collector’s Edition Coming from Blue Underground and MVD

The 1980 horror film Maniac is getting a three-disc (two Blu-rays, soundtrack CD) collector’s edition release from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

Joe Spinell (Rocky, The Godfather) plays Frank Zito, a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of childhood abuse. When these horrific memories come out, Frank prowls New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. He begins a relationship with a photographer (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me), but his vile compulsions remain.

Directed by William Lustig (Maniac Cop 2, Vigilante) and featuring  gore effects by Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th), Maniac was originally banned or censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Blue Underground is presenting the film in a new 4K restoration from its recently discovered 16mm original camera negative.

Bonus features include audio commentary with Lustig and producer Andrew W. Garroni; audio commentary with Lustig, Savini, editor Lorenzo Marinelli and Spinell’s assistant Luke Walter; theatrical trailers; TV spots; radio spots; new outtakes; a new featurette “Returning to the Scene of the Crime” with Lustig; “Anna and the Killer,” an interview with Munro; “The Death Dealer,” an interview with Savini; “Dark Notes,” an interview with composer Jay Chattaway; “Maniac Men,” an interview with songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky; “The Joe Spinell Story”; the “Mr. Robbie: Maniac” two-promo reel; publicity; and a segment about the controversy over the film.

The release also includes a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.

Blue Underground’s ‘Zombie’ Coming to Blu-ray Nov. 27 From MVD

For its 40th Anniversary, MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground will release Zombie on Blu-ray Nov. 27.

The release comes with a new 4K Restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative.

It marks a new distribution partnership between the companies.

“Blue Underground’s move to MVD was driven by a need for a full-service distributor,” said William Lustig, president of Blue Underground, in a statement. “MVD’s knowledgeable and experienced sales team is enthusiastic regarding the cult classic collector’s editions my company produces.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Blue Underground,” said Eric D. Wilkinson, director of home video sales and acquisitions at MVD, in a statement. “Bill Lustig is not only a legendary director of some of the greatest genre films of all time, but also a master curator and preservationist of cult movies. The combination of this amazing content with the MVD sales team is a perfect match and we are looking forward to bringing these films to our retail partners and collectors alike (and now I can finally get my copy of Maniac autographed).”

“It is an honor to be working with Bill and Greg, and the caliber of films they bring to the world,” said Ed Seaman, COO of MVD, in a statement. “We further cement our commitment to physical goods distribution by now representing Blue Underground’s top quality, beautifully packaged repertoire.”

The zombie film, in Italy considered the unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead, stars Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Al Cliver and Richard Johnson and is directed by Lucio Fulci.

The two-Blu-ray release also includes the original motion picture soundtrack CD by Fabio Frizzi (with an exclusive bonus track). Other features include:

  • a new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films;
  • an audio commentary with McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater;
  • a new featurette, “When The Earth Spits Out The Dead,an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci;
  • theatrical Trailers;
  • TV Spots;
  • radio spots;
  • a poster and still gallery;
  • an intro by Guillermo del Toro;
  •  “Zombie Wasteland,” interviews with McCulloch, Johnson, Cliver and actor/stuntman Ottaviano Dell’Acqua;
  • “Flesh Eaters on Film,” an 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 and costume designer Walter Patriarca;
  • “Zombi Italiano,” interviews with special make-up effects artists Gianetto De Rossi and Maurizio Trani and special effects artist Gino De Rossi;
  • “Notes on a Headstone,” an interview with composer Fabio Frizzi;
  • “All in the Family,” an interview with Antonella Fulci;
  • “Zombie Lover,” in which award-winning filmmaker del Toro talks about one of his favorite films;
  • and a collectible booklet, reversible sleeve and, for the first pressing only, lenticular slipcovers.