Monday, August 22, 2011
Slower. Rottener. Sharkier. Zombi 2-ier!
Blue Underground has released the following behind-the-scenes EPK detailing, in brief, the process being used to bring Lucio Fulci's most famous horror milestone, ZOMBI 2, to Blu-ray. Having an idea of how many hours went into dirt clean-up and exactly what workstations are being used to remove damage to the negative is some pretty cool stuff, though unless you talk to film preservationists on a regular basis it's hard to say if this is the white-glove special, or just the average shave and a haircut (two bits!) treatment.
This could shock a few of you, but I'm really, really hoping this one turns out to be the best transfer in Blue Underground's catalog. Zombi 2 is the most famous film in Fulci's canon for good reason, and this may well be the one "evergreen" title left in Bill Lustig's bag of Italian tricks. If there's anything left up his sleeve he should pull out every stop for, friends, this it it.
Still, for all the great promises this bit of promotional material holds, it's all just a little disconcerting. LVR and their CRT-based Cintel DSX is clearly the film lab of choice for Blue Underground (as I've already theorized), and if earlier Techniscope transfers like City of the Living Dead andCat O' Nine Tails were made using the same process as Zombi 2, well, what's going to prevent it from having similar problems? I want the final results to be flawless, and have no doubt that Blue Underground has spared no expense on what could be their last hurrah for Euro-Horror, but... isn't LVR the likely weak link in the Euro-Horror chain? If this transfer is a winner that's great, but that'll only raise further questions.
Bring it on, Lustig! I'm more than ready to see some "Eye-Popping" High Definition.