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Blue Underground re-releasing select Italian horror titles in 2007

Source: Fangoria

Blue Underground has announced that it will reissue a slew of Italian horror titles previously released by Anchor Bay on February 27. Dario Argento’s DEEP RED and INFERNO, Mario Bava’s SHOCK, Lucio Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD and DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING and Armando Crispino’s AUTOPSY will come with the previous disc extras and be available for a limited time only, each priced at $14.95.

Hmm, could be good, could be not. The optimist in me would like to think that these releases will feature brand new transfers and rectify some of the problems with the earlier releases - e.g. the frozen end credits for Deep Red, the lack of original mono audio on Deep Red and Inferno, the lack of subtitles on all of them - but the pessimist suspects that these are just the same discs repackaged. The almost identical cover art, and the very low recommended retail price, certainly don’t bode well.

Still, this might be a good opportunity for me to pick up a copy of the currently out of print Don’t Torture a Duckling to replace my copy which disappeared in the post this summer. And, if it gets more people to watch these films, so much the better. You know, if Blue Underground (or does Anchor Bay still have the rights?) has any sense, they’ll release a full blown 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Suspiria in 2007, to coincide with the release of Mother of Tears. And, while they’re at it, they can include the original 4-channel audio mix instead of the bungled monstrosity on the current DVD.

 
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:51 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Gialli | Technology

 
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1.

I have a feeling they'll just be repackaged verions of the AB discs, given, as you mentioned, the low RRP. That's what they've done with The Blood-Spattered Bride. They're also releasing Bill Lustig's own Maniac, which had a decent release on AB.

Mock me if you wish, but that puts me in a bit of a dilemma. I have an (almost) complete collection of BU's releases, but I already have all those titles on AB. Do I buy the new discs or not (I think I will...)?

Blue Underground seem to be very quiet on the new release front at the moment. Maybe they're building up to launch into HD?

Posted by: Philly Q, November 15, 2006 1:16 AM

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The BU re-release of Zombie was cleaned up a little. Although it lost the AB commentary. I'd be interested in Deep Red, if only for revised cover art. The AB cover is just awful.

A shame that BU couldn't re-release (in 16x9) Tenebrae & Phenomena. And where is Four Flies on Grey Velvet?? I emailed BU ages ago, and they assured me that, "We're working on licencing Four Flies..." Well, i'm still waiting.

Posted by: Phantom, November 15, 2006 11:01 AM

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A shame that BU couldn’t re-release (in 16x9) Tenebrae & Phenomena.

Anchor Bay are supposed to be doing that in 2007, from new HD-sourced masters. I’m tempted to pick them up, but part of me also wants to wait and see if this means that HD DVD versions are just around the corner.

Posted by: Whiggles, November 15, 2006 12:51 PM

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"Four Flies on Grey Velvet" is a tough guy to knock down on DVD (or VHS, for the matter). Its ownership right or whatever problems are still to be solved, probably.

Posted by: MCP, November 15, 2006 5:19 PM

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