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(aka "The Nights of Terror" or "Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror" or "Le notti del terrore" or "Zombie 3" or "The Zombie Dead" )

 

directed by Andrea Bianchi
Italy 1981

 

For his only foray into the zombie genre, psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi (Malabimba: the Malicious Whore, Strip Nude for Your Killer) unleashed the barrage of flesh-ripping, gut-chomping and depraved oedipal mayhem that set insane new standards in Italian horror, now in UHD for the first time in North America: Mariangela Giordano (of Satan's Baby Doll, The Sect and Patrick Still Lives fame) stars in the '80s splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by adult actor Peter Bark) that will trigger some of the most jaw-dropping scenes in grindhouse history. Severin Films is improbably proud to present the definitive version of this gorehound / sex-fiend favorite, now featuring an all-new 4K scan and 4 hours of special features.

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Mounted in the wake of the international success of Lucio Fulci's Zombie, Burial Ground is a gory and enjoyably trashy bargain basement spin-off that is of its era (when Italian genre output was beginning to wind down) and simultaneously a throwback to the cheaper flipside of the sixties Italian gothics. While Bava, Freda, and Margheriti had Barbara Steele shrieking and running through the halls of old villas in period garb, Burial Ground scripter Piero Regnoli (Nightmare City) filled the same corridors with stranded burlesque dancers and stalking vampires (The Playgirls and the Vampire) and the modern-day equivalent of The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock in Franco Nero's playboy necrophile in The Third Eye. When an archaeologist (Raimondo Barbieri) breaks the seal on an Etruscan tomb, he fulfills the "Profecy of the Black Spider" (sic) and unleashes "nights of terror" (sic) on a group of jet-setters weekending near the Burial Ground. Wealthy George (Roberto Caporali, And the Ship Sails On) brings along mistress Evelyn (Mariangela Giordano, Gore In Venice her sullen and clingy son Michael (Peter Bark), and two other couples - Mark (Gianluigi Chirizzi, Terror Express) & Janet (Karin Well, Convent of Sinners) and James (Simone Mattioli, The Other Hell) & Leslie (Antonella Antinori, Play Motel) - for a weekend of debauchery at his remote Lazio villa ("You look just like a little whore, but I like that in a girl!"). A placid summer day takes a turn for terror when ancient rotting corpses pop out of the nearby tombs, flower beds, and random spots in the garden lawn in search of human flesh. The survivors barricade themselves inside the villa, but these zombies can climb, use tools, possess quite the dead aim, and are masters of disguise. The coming dawn offers no comfort (remember, the original/export title is Nights of Terror, plural).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: January 23rd, 1981

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Review: Severin Films - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Distribution Severin Films - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Runtime 1:25:13.983
Video

1.66:1 Disc Size: 43,389,963,092 bytes

Feature Size: 27,711,246,336 bytes

Total Bitrate: 37.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

1.66:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 65,762,817,366 bytes

Feature: 64,006,520,832 bytes

Video Bitrate: 91.28 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

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Bitrate Severin Films (2024) - Blu-ray:

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Audio

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1852 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1852 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1569 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1569 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Severin Films

 

Edition Details:

4K Ultra HD disc

Audio Commentary With Critics Nathaniel Thompson, Troy Howarth And Eugenio Ercolani
Audio Commentary With Italian Cinema Experts Calum Waddell And John Martin
Theatrical Trailer (3:32)

 

Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Audio Commentary With Critics Nathaniel Thompson, Troy Howarth And Eugenio Ercolani
Audio Commentary With Italian Cinema Experts Calum Waddell And John Martin
Villa Parisi - Legacy of Terror: Featurette on the historic house location (15:47)
Return to the Burial Ground - Interview With Actor Peter Bark At Villa Parisi (13:50)
Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark (7:56)
Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli (8:59)
The Smell Of Death: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano (9:22)
Deleted/ Extended Scenes/ Shots (10:24)
Theatrical Trailer (3:44)


4K Ultra HD Release Date:
July 6th, 2022
Black 4K Ultra HD Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

ADDITION: Severin Films 4K UHD (March 2024): Severin Films are releasing Andrea Bianchi's "Burial Ground" to 4K UHD with Dolby Vision. The new 2160P is quite a revelation beside the other digital editions that always looked faded, musty brown, and compromised (compared HERE) that run the gamut of watchable quality. Colors gains significant depth and the grain is both consistent and heavily textured. It looks far more appealing if still retaining its charismatic roots. The package also has a Blu-ray with a new (improved) 1080P transfer and more extras.

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

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We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Dark Water (software uniformly simulated HDR), Fear and Desire (software uniformly simulated HDR), Dr. Jekyll and the Werewolf (no HDR), Paths of Glory (software uniformly simulated HDR), Southern Comfort (software uniformly simulated HDR), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (software uniformly simulated HDR,) The Wages of Fear  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Roaring Twenties (software uniformly simulated HDR), Universal Classic Monsters Limited Edition Collection (software uniformly simulated HDR), Scarlet Street (software uniformly simulated HDR), eXistenZ (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (software uniformly simulated HDR), Conan the Barbarian (software uniformly simulated HDR) Django (no HDR), Lone Star  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspect Zero (software uniformly simulated HDR), Count Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Circle - The Haunting of Julia (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Warriors  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (software uniformly simulated HDR), Blackhat (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mark of the Devil (software uniformly simulated HDR), Barbarella (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Last Picture Show (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Knew Too Much (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rope (software uniformly simulated HDR), Frenzy (software uniformly simulated HDR), American Graffiti (software uniformly simulated HDR), East End Hustle (software uniformly simulated HDR), Three Days of the Condor (software uniformly simulated HDR), Witness (software uniformly simulated HDR), Fascination (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lips of Blood (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Others (no HDR), It Came From Outer Space (software uniformly simulated HDR).

On their 4K UHD, and second disc Blu-ray, Severin Films offer DTS-HD Master dual-mono tracks (24-bit) in Italian or the (default) English language DUB. This is an improvement over their own 16-bit English and lossy Italian audio of their own 2016 Blu-ray. "Burial Ground" is filled with various types of 'Zombie' violence, a few gunshots and piercing screams. They can punctuate scenes but remain authentically flat. The score is by Elsio Mancuso (Django the Bastard) and Berto Pisano (Death Smiles on a Murderer, Giallo in Venice) that remains awkward at times but that suits the film experience. Both discs offer optional English subtitles - and is, like all 4K UHD, region FREE, playable worldwide.

There are two commentaries (and a trailer) on the 4K UHD disc. The first is by Nathaniel Thompson (FrightFest Guide to Vampire Movies), Troy Howarth (author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and Eugenio Ercolani (Darkening the Italian Screen II: Interviews with Genre and Exploitation Directors Who Debuted in the 1970s.) They describe it as a classic of the Italian Zombie film genre, discuss it being the most notable film by Andrea Bianchi, the director's penchant for seediness, discuss producer Gabriele Crisanti - his purported relationship with Mariangela Giordano (Evelyn in Burial Ground,) where the film was shot at the the Villa Parisi in Frascati, the notorious casting of Pietro Barzocchini (Peter Bark,) the English DUB, and significantly more. The second was from the 2016, 88 Films, Blu-ray and has Italian cinema experts Calum Waddell (Minds of Fear: 30 Cult Classics of the Modern Horror Film) and John Martin (author of Seduction of the Gullible: The Truth Behind the Video Nasty Scandal.) They talk about the film's controversial release history, media disapproval of the sex and gore, the curious history of the British Video Nasty influence, masks / special makeup effects artist Rosario Prestopino, other crew, cast and other production details. It is also very informative. There is also a 3.5-minute trailer on this 4K UHD disc in 1080P.

The second disc Blu-ray, has the feature in 1080P and the two commentaries. Mostly, the other supplements duplicate their own 2016 Blu-ray. Described as "...home-grown, extras - some in Italian with English subtitles. Villa Parisi - Legacy of Terror is a 16-minute featurette on the historic house location. We get a 7.5-minute Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark and a 9-minute interview with actor Simone Mattioli entitled Just for the Money. The Smell Of Death spends almost 10-minites with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and actress Mariangela Giordano and there are a fully 10.5-minutes of deleted / extended scenes plus a theatrical trailer. Included is the 1/4 hour Return to the Burial Ground - another interview with actor Peter Bark at Villa Parisi. There are no liner notes and the 4K UHD package is housed in a slipcase with alternate artwork (see below.)

Andrea Bianchi's "Burial Ground" has a large cult following becoming part of the lore of the genre - described as an 'Italian grindhouse zombie' movie. Indeed. It was shot in four weeks just outside of Rome. "Burial Ground" moves at a bonkers pace with frequent zombie attacks - all coming secondary to the plot. It was shot on a low budget and there are some creative Giallo touches (see the J&B scotch) as well as expressing a gothic feel - the monastery (rife with hooded zombified monks,) a glorious old mansion / villa, the scullery maid etc. as well as squeezing in some perversity with Peter Bark and the disturbingly sleazy breast-feeding scene and hints at possible incest. All the action, and gore, have a strange rhythm that evoke, one of my favorites, Nightmare City. There is no disputing that "Burial Ground" is vacuous and trashy... but it feeds off that indefensible impression. It's hard to deny that it works on a few gut-response levels. Severin's 4K UHD release is a massive step forward in the HD presentation, and adds two commentaries which embolden appreciation. Certainly not for everyone but those keen will adore this package. To that select cult - this is recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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