The Beyond – New UK Blu Ray From Shameless

the beyond blu ray from Shameless
The Beyond Blu Ray from Shameless

Shameless in the UK are set to release the classic Lucio Fulci horror movie The Beyond onto Blu ray in January from a new 2K remaster.

The second film in Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy, being preceded by City of the Living Dead (1980) and followed by The House by the Cemetery (1981), the film was not shown uncut in America until 1998 and was censored in the UK for many years.

When jaded New Yorker (Catriona MacColl) inherits a New Orleans hotel, she calls on composed local doctor (David Warbeck) to contain the inexplicable and increasingly gory accidents that are plaguing the building and its grounds. But soon the Gates of Hell themselves open under the hotel, rendering their fight futile as the dead emerge to walk the earth.

This new special edition has the following special features-

  • Emily’s Eyes – an interview with actor Cinzia Monreale (with English subtitles)
  • Sergio Salvati (Director of Photography) feature-length audio commentary dissecting the film – with new English subtitles
  • Arachnophobia – an interview with actor Michele Mirabella (with English subtitles)
  • Murder, They Wrote – a unique interview with scriptwriter Giorgio Mariuzzo on working with Lucio Fulci (with English subtitles)
  • Prologue four-way comparison showing the original colour, B&W, standard sepia and the new, fourth-way, a golden version of toning over colour
  • A feature-length audio commentary from stars Catriona McCall and David Warbeck
  • Lucio Fulci speaks (short conversation on a film set)

For the first time ever the is new Blu ray of The Beyond is presented with four different versions of the prologue, seamlessly branched.

  • The now accepted standard sepia
  • The original colour camera footage
  • The B&W version
  • A new fourth-way: presented as a homage to director Lucio Fulci and DOP Sergio Salvatti for the first time ever. For this new alternative prologue version, Shameless have used the restored colour camera footage as a base on which a new golden toning was applied in reference to known considerations from Salvatti. The result is that the reds of the gore are now strikingly visible and all the light sources such as the torches and car headlights are much more luminous.

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