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It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O'Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece.
Severin Films now presents both films fully restored for the first time ever from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome, and loaded with all-new Bonus Features that finally reveal the unbelievable truth behind its bizarre history, infamous marketing and still-deviant legacy.
DISC 1 DOCTOR BUTCHER MD
- Featurette: Butchery & Ballyhoo: Interview with Aquarius Releasing's Terry Levine
- Featurette: Down On The Deuce: Nostalgic Tour Of 42nd Street With Temple Of Shock's Chris Poggiali and Filmmaker Roy Frumkes
- Roy Frumkes' Segment Of Unfinished Anthology Film 'Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out'
- Featurette: The Butcher Mobile: Interview with Gore Gazette Editor & Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan
- Featurette: Cutting Doctor Butcher: Interview with Editor Jim Markovic
- Illustrated Essay: Experiments With A Male Caucasian Brain (...and other memories of 42nd Street) by Gary Hertz
- Theatrical Trailer
- Video Release Trailer 1
- Video Release Trailer 2
DISC 2 ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST
- Featurette: Voodoo Man: Interview With Star Ian McCulloch
- Featurette: Blood Of The Zombies: Interview With FX Master Rosario Prestopino
- Featurette: Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolami
- Featurette: Sherry Holocaust: Interview With Actress Sherryl Buchanan
- Featurette: Neurosurgery Italian Style -Interview With FX Artist Maurizio Trani
- Featurette: New York Filming Locations Then Vs. Now. A look at the Big Apple locales as they are today
- Audio Bonus: Ian McCulloch Sings Down By The River
- International Trailer
- German Trailer
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The film opens with unrelated footage from an unfinished 7-part 1978 zombie anthology film called TALES THAT WILL TEAR YOUR HEART OUT (There is more footage of this film as an extra on the Blu-Ray, where we also learn Wes Craven was also one of the seven directors). We then watch as some disguised stranger enters the morgue of a teaching hospital in New York City, where he saws off the hand of a male corpse. This hospital has been experiencing a series of missing body parts and organs, so they set up a trap for the thief. We then see the thief cut out the heart of a still-living patient (some trap!) and begins to eat it, but he is caught by Dr. Drydock (Walter Patriarca; CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE - 1980) and it turns out he is an orderly at the hospital named Toran (Turam Quibo; ADIOS SABATA - 1970, using the name "Joseph Persaud"), a native of the Moluccas tribe in the West Indies who pray to Kito, the Cannibal God. Before Dr. Drydock can question him, Toran bolts and jumps through a hospital window, falling to his death (an obvious dummy loses its right arm when it hits the pavement!). Nurse Lori Ridgeway (Alexandra Delli Colli; NEW YORK RIPPER - 1982) notices that Toran has the symbol of Kito tattooed on his chest, a symbol that represents a tribe of cannibals in the Moluccas Islands. Lori knows this because she is an anthropology nut and she has a ceremonial dagger with the symbol of Kito hanging on a wall in her home (it ends up missing).
We then see Lori traveling to the West Indies with Dr. Peter Chandler (Ian McCulloch; CONTAMINATION - 1980), N.Y. Express reporter Susan Kelly (Sherry Buchanan; EYES BEHIND THE STARS - 1977), whose newspaper is financing this expedition, and jack-of-all-trades George Harper (Peter O'Neal; his only film), Once they arrive on one of the islands, they are greeted by Dr. Obrero (Donald O'Brien; GHOSTHOUSE - 1987) and he assigns Molotto (Dakar; real name: Alejandro Dakar; ATOR, THE FIGHTING EAGLE - 1982) to guide them on their expedition to find the tribe that worship Kito. That night, Lori finds a severed, rotting head (complete with maggots) in her bed, along with the symbol of Kito drawn in blood on the sheet. Dr. Obrero assures Lori that if the natives wanted her dead she would be dead (How comforting!). The next morning they begin their expedition through the jungle (without Dr. Obrero), but it is obvious that Molotto is not leading them to their intended destination.
The party lose some of their native crew to spiked booby-traps and they are eventually taken prisoner by a tribe of cannibals, who devour George alive (they slice open George's stomach and chow down on his intestines; they even poke out his eyes with their fingers and eat them!), but just when it looks like curtains for Peter and Lori (Susan is nowhere to be found), some rotting zombies appear in the jungle and scare the cannibals away. Lori, Peter and Molotto run quickly through the jungle and discover that Dr. Obrero is waiting for them. Just what is he doing in the jungle? Peter grows suspicious of Dr. Obrero and rightfully so. It seems the not-so-good doctor wants them to leave the island as quickly as possible. But just what exactly is he up to? Peter aims to find out and takes Lori with him (they decline Dr. Obrero's offer to have Molotto show them the way). After surviving zombie attacks and other jungle booby-traps (Peter kills one zombie with the spinning blades of an outboard motor to its head), they finally discover what Dr. Obrero is doing. They think they see Susan, but it turns out to be a zombie wearing Susan's scalp! We see Dr. Obrero operating on a still-alive (but hairless and scalpless) Susan (he cuts her vocal cords because her screams annoy him!). Dr. Obrero is actually the Dr. Butcher of the title and he is trying to transplant living brains into dead bodies, thereby being the first person to successfully perform a brain transplant. All his previous tries have been failures (which is why there are zombies everywhere) and he tells Peter that he hopes to expand human life by over a hundred years, but he believes he needs civilized brains for his operation to be successful. He plans on using Peter's brain to reach his goal. Will Dr. Butcher be successful?
Filmed on the same sets as director Lucio Fulci's gut-munching classic ZOMBIE (1979; also starring Ian McCulloch), this film bears striking similarities to that movie. They both contain extreme gore and eating of body parts, the zombie makeups are nearly the same (although both are done by different special effect makeup artists) and contain some amazing nudity from the female cast (Alexandra Delli Colli does a totally nude sequence at the end of the film that will remind fans of cannibal cinema of Ursula Andress' scene in MOUNTAIN [SLAVE] OF THE CANNIBAL GOD - 1978. Alexandra is a beautiful woman and this is why nudity is important in horror films!). This was director Marino Girolami's (VIOLENT ROME - 1975; A SPECIAL COP IN ACTION - 1976), here using his "Frank Martin" pseudonym, only horror film (he passed away in 1994). He was the father of exploitation vets, director Enzo G. Castellari (THE LAST SHARK - 1981; THE NEW BARBARIANS - 1983; LIGHT BLAST - 1985) and actor Ennio Girolami (THE FEAST OF SATAN - 1971; DAY OF THE COBRA - 1980). The screenplay of DR. BUTCHER was written by Romano Scandariato (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS [a.k.a. TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM] - 1977) based on a story by Fabrizio De Angelis, director/writer of such films as OPERATION NAM (1989) and KILLER CROCODILE (1989).
But the real treat on this double Blu-Ray set is not the films at all, but the interview with 86 year-old Terry Levene, who regales us with the history of Aquarius Releasing (They distributed some of the goriest Italian films during the '70s, including the unredeemable BURIED ALIVE [a.k.a. BEYOND THE DARKNESS - 1979; just listening to Levene's opinion of this film is worth the price of admission!], MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY [a.k.a. CANNIBAL FEROX - 1981] and 7 DOORS OF DEATH [a.k.a. THE BEYOND - 1981], all heavy moneymakers for Aquarius). Levene looks like a balding and slightly overweight Jewish man who has a fondness for saying "So on and so forth...", yet his knowledge of the films he distributed and the history of "The Deuce" (Times Square) are second to none. I could have watched him talking for over two hours and be satisfied with my purchase (Levene had an office above the Selwyn Theater, located in the heart of The Deuce, where I originally saw this film.), but there are many other extras on the disc, including: a tour of Times Square with Temple Of Schlock's Chris Poggiali and filmmaker Roy Frumkes (STREET TRASH - 1987), who share many stories about their time at the Deuce; an entertaining interview with Gore Gazette's Rick Sullivan, who discusses the William Castle-like promotion he did for this film (The "Butchermobile', a flatbed truck where Psychotronic Video's Michael Weldon played a victim to Gary Hertz's Doctor Butcher, while Sullivan ballyhooed the film over a loud speaker), his encounters with Bill Landis (whom I have nothing but bad memories of, but that's a story for another day) and the U.S. Postal Service raiding his house for selling underage VHS videos of Traci Lords (Sullivan said one Postal Agent told him, "If you used UPS, we wouldn't be here"!); and so much more. This may be my favorite Blu-Ray set of all time (it even comes with a replica barf bag, which was originally handed out to patrons when it played in Aquarius Theaters). Thanks, Severin, for bringing back all those memories I long thought I forgot! Everyone who has ever stepped foot in Times Square should search out this Blu-Ray. It's essential. The film is Unrated.
If you love this film for what it is
This two disc edition is for you
I've payed the same price for limited editions from Twilight Times (1/2 the time they were not worth the price)
The previous blu ray by Shriek Show released in 2011 almost 5 years ago crazy!
Is average at best with very little extras and sells brand new for $20.00
This is the way to go in terms of plenty of bang for your buck!
The Strongest thing about this film besides the over the top practical gore f/x
is the Cast
Alexandra Delli Colli (who also worked on the New York Ripper) she is just old Hollywood beautiful watching this film in a HD resolution you'll notice that.... We don't get actress like this anymore timeless beauty! She also gets to actually acts this time around not just be a housewife nympho!
Sherry Buchanan who didn't go on to do much which i don't understand she to had this very unique look very pretty girl she stands out in every scenes she's in!
Director Marino Girolami took two Horror Sub genres Zombies & Cannibals and mashed them up to make
Once the film goes outside NYC
you start to get this sense of deja vu that could be because it was filmed on the same sets as Lucio Fulci's Zombie
The film is more a straight Cannibal film sprinkled in with over the top kills, nudity, gore, and a handful of zombies
Most gore hounds will wanna see it at least once but, it's a typical Cannibal film all substance no real style
One Huge positive there are no killings of live animals Thank God!
So Marino Girolami did the right thing and could of followed previous directors that did that "cheap" and very evil filming practice
When the zombies do finally show up most of them look very good but, they make a cameo
As far as scale and production value Marino Girolami did a hell of a lot with what he had he recycled from another film to make this one and pulled it off in many ways this is a Grind house exploitation hybrid
This was 1980 Italy was still making profit in horror films
BTW: Not for Children this film is Rated X (The Gore is on the same level as a Lucio Fulci Film it's rough and hardcore and nothing and i mean nothing is held back also you have Alexandra Delli Colli fully nude) It was a title on again and off again the list of the Video nasty in the UK
I'll admit it this is one of those films every time i view it i come to appreciate it for what it is even more........ 7.8/10
I'll try this again i updated this review ages ago after checking out one of the disc the update never appeared
If you do get the second version (By Severin) and it has a small green sticker on it you're in luck and got the free limited Barf Bag Replica
Not sure how close this comes to the old swag Theaters actually used to give out
I was able to pop in one of the disc and check out various scenes and the extras on that disc
This is overall a great purchase even upgrade from the previous rushed Shriek Show blu ray/dvd combo pack
This Collector's edition is solid with plenty of cool extras (The only thing it's really lacking is some type of Audio Commentary
But, I'm a sucker for commentary tracks
The extras i watched i really enjoyed
*****Voodoo Man- Interview with Star Ian McCulloch this is very cool he talks about his career from going to the top straight to the bottom
Those are his words (I wish they were able to get him to do a audio commentary for one of the Cuts
It's a interesting & enjoyable interview
**** Ian McCulloch sings 'Down by the River' he was much younger when this was put out
Not sure i'd guess mid 1960's It has a very Dean Martin/Rat Pack sound to it..... impressive vocals even though it's not my cup of tea
** New York Locations then and now you see original scenes from the film then the location now (This was interesting but, very plain) almost all the locations look the same pretty much This would've been better if they got Sean Clark Horror's Hallowed Grounds to do this extra But, he might be contractually obligated into only doing stuff for Scream Factory/Shout
***** Interview with Actress Sherryl Buchannan (This i really enjoyed she is a major stand out in this film) She is spotlighted and discusses her big break being a model at age 19 then doing various films (Great interview Sherryl seems very honest about some of the mistakes she made one being in a adult feature film and never told until after the fact
The PQ on disc two Zombie Holocaust isn't flawless But, it looks much better and actually restored unlike the original blu-ray