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The Beyond

3.9 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews

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Lucio "King of the Eyeball Gag" Fulci made his name with a series of gory, gooey horror epics, and The Beyond stands above all as his outré masterpiece. The largely incoherent plot has something to do with a turn-of-the-century curse and a doorway to hell in the cellar of an old New Orleans hotel. Fulci shows his usual sensitivity with wooden acting, clumsy dialogue, and buckets of oozing blood and pus, but don't let that get in the way of enjoying this mad tale of zombies from hell invading Earth and eating their way through a cast of humans: crucified martyrs, blind visionaries, creepy hotel handymen, befuddled cops, and a plucky pair of heroes desperately fleeing a horde of hungry undead. The blood-red art direction is eerily beautiful, and Fulci's relentless long takes, punctuated by jolting shock cuts and eruptions of grotesque violence, create a mood of sheer paranoid horror right down to the final, mind-bending image. And don't forget the Fulci claim to fame: eyes are gouged out, eaten away, melted with acid, and (shudder) popped out by a spike through the back of the skull. Yech! If you dare ignore such piddling details as narrative logic and let yourself get carried away on the creepy visuals, it's a deliciously stylish treat, an edgy bit of gothic gore pitched in all its bone-crunching, flesh-ripping, organ-splatting glory. This sadistic, sanguinary hell-spawn tale is for gore-hounds only.

The DVD features chatty but largely jokey commentary by David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl and an alternate German credits sequence featuring Fulci's preferred sepia-tinged prologue (but no alternate footage). --Sean Axmaker


Special Features

  • Rare On-set Interview with Lucio Fulci
  • Music Video: Necrophagia/And You Will Live In Terror - directed by Jim Van Bebber
  • Audio Commentary with Stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl
  • Lost German Color Pre-Credit Sequence and Main Titles
  • Still Galleries

Product Details

  • Actors: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John, Veronica Lazar
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Writers: Lucio Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo
  • Producers: Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Aquarius Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305972052
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beyond" on IMDb

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European Cinema was the first to release THE BEYOND on DVD. Then Anchor Bay put out their version. To compete with the studios that have more money, Diamond Entertainment released THE BEYOND under its old American title, THE SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH. They did NOT use the old, butchered print of DOORS. Diamond used the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio print that European Cinema used, which is the same one Anchor Bay used. I have all 3 of these DVD's and the title and extras are the ONLY difference. There is NO missing footage in any of these releases. Some people post their comments based on old VHS movies they saw years ago. If you want the economy priced version of THE BEYOND, then get SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH. If you want the version with the audio commentary, you'll have to buy Anchor Bay's version of THE BEYOND. I'll say it once again: This version of SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH is exactly the same, scene for scene, as Anchor's release of THE BEYOND, only the titles and extras are different.
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I just received this 3 Disc Blu-Ray Edition today. So it is brand spanking new! While I am not a HUGE Lucio Fulci fan, I do have an appreciation for his work. First & foremost, Grindhouse has gone out of their way to put the Film AND the extras on 2 Blu-Ray discs (Normally most companies will put the extras on a DVD disc with the Feature Film on the Blu-Ray Disc). And the third disc is a CD of the film's Score/Music.
That being said, the transfer to Blu-Ray is AWESOME. The picture is STUNNINGLY great! The sound quality is equaly as good. Seeing some of said features, while they didn't need said Blu-Ray treatment, are also equally well done. And having the Movie score/soundtrack, while not necessarily a feature I usually go for with most collections, was very neat to have. I wound up driving to work listening to it. Overall I give this 3 Disc Collectors Edition an A + (Amazon Rating of 5 Stars)
The only reason, and I mean the ONLY reason, I am giving this Film a 4 Star Rating is the simple fact that I don't find this film as good as his other work. Like "Zombie 2" or "House By The Cemetary". But please don't take the 4 Star rating as a reason NOT to buy this Edition. By all means, I truely feel this Editon of Grindhouse's "The Beyond" is EXCELLENT. And is well worth the money to purchase it. If you like Fulci & enjoy is work (or just simply enjoy Italian Horror Genre Films), than by all means, this Edition by Grindhouse is one of the supior editions I have bought. I personally am glad that I bought it & am enjoying it.
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This has to be the ultimate The Beyond release.
The soundtrack comes in one of those cardboard/paper sleeves,and not in an actual case. The music has never sounded better, Grindhouse
really put in the work in the CD as well as the movie. Once you open up the actual BluRay case(which is of the same type that Criterion uses for their Blurays), you'll see not a reversible cover but a complete Lucio Fulci filmography. Nothing too interesting for a longtime fan, but useful if The Beyond is your first Fulci film.
The movie is what matters,and it looks really good. All the colors looks vibrant(well as vibrant as a movie about doorways to hell can be!), and I didn't notice any imperfections. I've never owned any of the previous versions, but the image looks really sharp on my 40 inch screen.

The menu is mostly static, with a picture of Emily in the front, and a static-y hotel in the background(the music that plays is the main piano theme). Most of the extras are on the second disc, but the first does have the color version of the pre-credit sequence(you're given both german and english audio options). You also get a mini collection of trailers for the Beyond, along with tv spots(yes, you do get a trailer for the rare "7 Doors of Death" edit of Fulci's classic,which tries to sell the Beyond as some kind of slasher flick). The best extra here however is the wonderful commentary with Catriona MacColl and the always awesome David Warbeck. He really sounded like he had fun recording it.

The second disc is where the main extras are. The menu background image is of the Book of Eibon, with more of Frizzi's music playing (the same music when Emily first opens the book in the film). You get Interviews, Still Galleries, and Grindhouse Releasing Prevues.
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I already reviewed The Beyond so if you wanna see my thoughts on the film itself just go through my reviews until you find it. This review is mainly for the DVD.

Many people hail Lucio Fulci's The Beyond his masterpiece though I would have to disagree with that and go with Don't Torture a Duckling, but The Beyond was a solid flick in the career of Lucio Fulci, which is best remembered for the crazy amount of gore, which believe me this film has plenty of. While I did enjoy The Beyond as I've gone back and watched some of Lucio Fulci's movies from the 70s I've sort of lost patience with his splatter flicks. While I still enjoy The Beyond and some of his other movies from the splatter era, but when compared to such movies as Don't Torture a Duckling, The Psychic and even Zombie his later work fails a bit in my opinion. But with that said The Beyond is still a solid movie by Fulci.

The new DVD released by Grindhouse Releasing is the same released a few years ago by Anchor Bay. Anchor Bay released two versions on DVD. They released a standard DVD with very little in the way of extras and they released a limited edition tin chock full of extra features. Grindhouse Releasing has re-released the limited edition tin (without the tin case) and normally I would give a negative review due to it being the same exact disc. But the reason I'm giving this DVD release such praise for one reason; the Limited Edition is now long out of print (same for the standard DVD).

Getting yourself a copy of The Beyond isn't easy to do that goes for both the Tin and standard DVD and if you are lucky enough to come across either you'll have to shell out a lot of money.
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