City of the Living Dead (1980) Blu-ray Review

It’s time for another Arrow Video release with an Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. So without further ado here’s my City of the Living Dead (1980) Blu-ray Review.

  • City of the Living Dead (1980)
  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed by Lucio Fulci
  • Running Time: 93 Mins
  • UK Rating 18
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Arrow Video
  • Blu-ray Released: 8 October 2018
Plot

A medium during a séance in New York City sees the vision of a priest hanging himself from a tree. However the vision is so shocking it causes her to collapse. The town in which this hanging occurred is called Dunwich and following this vision she senses a feeling of foreboding and insists on investigating.

Style / DirectionCity of the Living Dead (1980) Blu-ray Review

The film is directed by Lucio Fulci with the cinematography handled by Sergio Salvati. It’s a stylish and creepy looking film which bodes well for a film of this type. Plus this is an Italian horror from a director that creates a very unique feeling film.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Fabio Frizzi.

Acting / Characters

The acting is average although clearly dubbed so that makes it somewhat harder to judge.

Cast
  • Christopher George as Peter Bell
  • Catriona MacColl as Mary Woodhouse
  • Carlo De Mejo as Gerry
  • Janet Agren as Sandra
  • Antonella Interlenghi as Emily Robbins
  • Giovanni Lombardo Radice as Bob
  • Daniela Doria as Rosie Kelvin
  • Fabrizio Jovine as Father William Thomas
  • Luca Venantini as John-John Robbins
  • Michele Soavi as Tommy Fisher
  • Venantino Venantini as Mr. Ross
  • Enzo D’Ausilio as Sheriff Russell’s deputy
  • Adelaide Aste as Theresa
  • Luciano Rossi as Policeman
  • Robert Sampson as Sheriff Russell
Conclusion – City of the Living Dead (1980) Film Review

Italian made horror films have a certain style of their own and City of the Living Dead is no different whilst also being a good thing. The film manages to convey that creepy feeling whilst its also able to give off a light hearted vibe. It’s a fun and enjoyable watch and one that’s worth a look for fans of the genre.

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City of the Living Dead (1980) Blu-ray Review

The film has undergone a 4K restoration by Arrow Films and looks amazing. The picture quality is simply perfect so credit to Arrow for releasing such an outstanding Bluray release. On the extras front there’s a ton of stuff although much of it is subtitled and kind of hard going. But that’s my only gripe and I wouldn’t expect them to dub them. That said with some many extras to go through there is always a point when there are simply too many extras with many not particulary interesting.

Extras
  • Audio Commentary
  • We Are the Apocalypse
  • Through Your Eyes
  • Tales of Friendship
  • Dust in the Wind
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • The Art of Dreaming
  • They Call Him
  • Songs from Beyond
  • The Horror Family
  • Building Fulci’s City
  • Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
  • Reflections on Fulci
  • The Dead Are Alive!
  • Video Essay Kat Ellinger on Lucio Fulci
  • Behind the Fear
  • The Gates of Hell
  • Trailers
  • Gallery
  • Reversible Sleeve
  • Postcards
  • 60 Page Booklet

On to my movie rating for City of the Living Dead (1980)

  • Movie Rating: GOOD
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: VERY GOOD

City of the Living Dead (1980) is available now on Blu-ray.

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

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City of the Living Dead (1980) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): Lucio Fulci

Actor(s): Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Janet Agren, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
4

Summary

A stylish Italian horror film that manages to convey a creepy feeling whilst is also capable of giving off a light hearted vibe.

Pros

  • Excellent Restoration

Cons

  • Extras A little Hard Going

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