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
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Arrow Video
- Blu-ray Released: 8 October 2018
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 / Direction
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.
- 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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Conclusion: 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.
- 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
- Reversible Sleeve
- 60 Page Booklet
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
City of the Living Dead (1980)
MOVIE RATING: GOOD
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
EXTRAS: VERY GOOD
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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City of the Living Dead (1980) Trailer
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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Summary: City of the Living Dead (1980) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: City of the Living Dead (1980)
Duration: 93 mins
Director(s): Lucio Fulci
Actor(s): Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Janet Agren, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A stylish Italian horror film that manages to convey a creepy feeling whilst is also capable of giving off a light hearted vibe.
- Excellent Restoration
- Extras A little Hard Going