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City of the Living Dead (Special Edition) (1980)

Christopher George , Catriona MacColl , Lucio Fulci  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen, Color, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 125Th Street Records
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036R92US
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "City of the Living Dead (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

The Making of City of the Living Dead - Interviews with star Catriona MacColl, co-star Michele Soavi, production designer Massimo Antonello Geleng, assistant makeup effects artist Rosario Prestopino, special effects artist Gino De Rossi, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, and camera operator Roberto Forges Davanzati
English trailer
Italian trailer
Radio spots
Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A Moody, Atmospheric And Suitably Disgusting Relic Of The Days When The Italian Horror Industry Could Still Deliver The Goods!" -- The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television

"Enough Spooky Gags To Make Even William Castle Blush In Repulsion!" -- DVD Drive-In

"One Of The Most Shocking Films Of Its Time!" --DVD Review

Product Description

"WOE BE UNTO HIM WHO OPENS ONE OF THE SEVEN GATEWAYS TO HELL, BECAUSE THROUGH THAT GATEWAY, EVIL WILL INVADE THE WORLD."

The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George of PIECES) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl of THE BEYOND) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!

Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND), CITY OF THE LIVIND DEAD features some of the maestro's most shocking and controversial sequences of all time. Blue Underground proudly presents the definitive version of Fulci's hallucinogenic masterpiece of horror: freshly transferred in brain-ripping High Definition from its original uncensored negative and loaded with exclusive new Extras!

EXTRAS:
"The Making of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD" - Interviews with Star Catriona MacColl, Co-Star Michele Soavi, Production Designer Massimo Antonello Geleng, Assistant Makeup Effects Artist Rosario Prestopino, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, and Camera Operator Roberto Forges Davanzati
English Trailer
Italian Trailer
Radio Spots/Still Gallery


Customer Reviews

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUCIO = MAESTRO October 27, 2004
Format:DVD
the negative reviews are missing the point as usual because this is one of Fulci's Golden Greats. of course there's some plot holes and cheesy moments but they are few and far between, and the majority of movie is all guts and gory. all good Fulci movies establish hellish creeping dread that is punctuated by beautiful women, a few laugh out loud moments (some intentional, some not) and many gorious glorious death setpieces natch

although it's not a patch on The Beyond, I love this movie from start to finish, conceding that yes the last 15 minutes of this film is somewhat sketchily presented. howver the end scenes are in keeping with the logic of the narrative to that point, and really, if you've paid attention to a relatively (for Fulci) unconvoluted plot then the last 15 seconds shouldn't leave you "scratching your head". City of the Living Dead is masterful with several classic scenes, and there's few horror directors that have such a deft and entertaining touch when it comes to conveying a sense of encroaching godless doom
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme, Effective Fulci Gorefest August 19, 2000
Format:DVD
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD is a beautiful Fulci film, expertly directed and gorgeously photographed. The performances are top notch considering the genre and foreign origins of the film.

Also known as GATES OF HELL, CotLD opens revolves around the suicide of a priest which opens the gates of Hell. A woman with a link to the beyond and a reporter (Christopher George from PIECES!) are drawn into the bizarre happenings surrounding this turn of events and the blood begins to flow. And does it ever flow: from the eyes of those who are unfortunate enough to stare down the undead, from the mouths of those vomiting their entrails, from the brains of those who don't mind their head when the zombies are around, and from the cheeks of poor old Bob who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, specifically between a huge drill and a very angry man.

Needless to say, these images amount to some of the most unforgettable Fulci imagery, topping even the eyeball-piercing gore of ZOMBIE. And even better, this film is well-paced and the viewer never grows bored or distracted. Even better, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD is genuinely frightening. The gore is disgusting, of course, but this film is remarkable in that it effectively marries the gore with true fear - these zombies are scary. They're not the dull-witted, slow-moving zombies like those in Romero films, but instead creatures of pure evil who don't give you time to run away.

In summary, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of those rare, delightful films that sticks with you a long while after it's ended. A Fulci masterpiece that ranks among the best of his films - probably one of the best horror films ever made and definitely one of the top five zombie films of all time. I can't wait to watch it again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buckets of blood, heaps of guts, that crazy Lucio! February 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fulci's follow-up to his enjoyable bloodbath Zombie(1979) is euro-trash sleaze on the outside but multiple viewings have revealed a surreal, scary horror film with a few good ideas, and dripping with gothic atmosphere. A priest hangs himself in Dunwitch, Mass and starts off a deadly chain of events leading up to the end of the world. Only gruff reporter Christopher George, and Medium-returned-from-the-dead Catherine McColl can stop the carnage. Some generaly haunting scenes such as when the priest's ghost appears just before someone gets kacked, and a little boy pursued by the spirit of his dead sister through the deserted streets. Once again, if you can't handle the gore, better stay clear. This features brain squashing, eyeball popping, intestine-barfing, head drilling, and a giant crucifix thrust into a guy's knads. Ouch.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made from a bad negative December 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This version of Lucio Fulci's The Gates of Hell deserves better. The video itself is of high quality, but the copy is made from a very poor negative of the film. The film is scratchy and muddy making the film a chour to watch. Recently Anchor Bay has released a beautiful remastering of the film under it's alternate title City of the Living Dead. That version costs less and a MUCH better buy. Seek out that title before purchasing this version. Believe me, you will be much more pleased.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORE GALORE!! FULCI HITS IT HARD!! May 14, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Forget what a bunch of these other reviewers say when they are knocking this "classic" work by the late great director, Lucio Fulci. Maybe they aren't fans of the Maestro's work, or for Euro-Horror, or more specifically, Italian Horror, in general. Maybe it's just me, but I loved this film when I first saw it at the theatre with my father, back in the early 80's. Right to the beautiful, restored, uncut edition, released by Anchor Bay. True the vhs transfer is somewhat murky, but the AC dvd is the bomb.
I've been a horror film fanatic since I was 12, and have expanded my horizons into the Euro-Cult gen, now that I am 35.
One reviewer mentioned an Italian Superstar in this movie as Robert Kerman. This is not him, in this picture. It is none other than the great Giovanni Lombardo Radice, (AKA John Morghen) who gets a labotomy, courtesy of a nice machine drill.
The movie does not make much sense, then again, how may Italian, Euro-Cult movies do? But that's the fun of this whole movie.
The acting is lame, the dubbing is atrocious, even the late Christopher George's voice is dubbed, with his own voice, of course. But the movie is a non-stop blood bath, for the most part.
You've probably read the other reviews, how a priest hangs himself, and is witnessed, while in a seance, from a group of modern day witches. By doing this he opens up the "Gates of Hell", which must be closed by midnight on "All Hallows Eve", (aka Halloween), or the dead will walk the earth, and rule over the living.
Then in walks the journalist Christopher George, accompanied by the thought dead, beautiful Catriona Macoll, who had witness the hanging of the priest during the seance, and had a heart-failure of sorts, before being discovered alive by George.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This is just incredibly boring and has absolutely nothing to do with the Romero "Living Dead" films. Not scary. Not Convincing.
Published 1 month ago by Louis J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulci Rules!!
This is the BEST of Fulci's movies!! If you're a fan of Lucio, DEFINITELY add this DVD to your collection!
Published 1 month ago by Terry Wilcox
2.0 out of 5 stars Zombies from Where?,
Fulci's movies are, as i have now seen 4 of them, quite terrible. This film follows in the footsteps of "The Beyond" except that it is dragged through overkill by psycho... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bartok Kinski
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Fulci Zombi Flick
You got to hand it to a guy who capitalizes on popular American film titles. 'City' of the Living Dead, like Zombie (known in Italy as Zombi 2, as it was being played as the sequel... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julian Pope
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,but there is just one little problem
Everything is great but the website description is wrong, indeed italian is not an available language!! Quite a shame considering that was the reason why I bought it
Published 5 months ago by Filo
4.0 out of 5 stars A very moody and spooky classic
Now I never saw this until last year and I'm glad to say that it is a very good ghost/zombie/slasher film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cward55
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have on Blu-ray
This film is also known as "The Gates Of Hell". I love Lucio Fulci's films and have many of them because I am a huge fan of Italian Horror. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nolaboy2003
3.0 out of 5 stars not to bad
Not as good as other zombie movies but ok story was bad make up not to bad new york over run with zombies great
Published 6 months ago by paris
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
awesome movie ..i must say i am a huge fan of horror movies....thank you so much ! take care :)
Published 7 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars City Of The Living Dead
This was definitely a must-have movie for my already large zombie movie collection! I dig the blood and gore in this one!!
Published 8 months ago by Richard De Cora
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