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 88 Films (Grindhouse version) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP - Theatrical BOTTOM

 

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

 

directed by Andrea Bianchi
Italy 1981

 

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. HICHCOCK 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 "nigths 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: 10 December 1985 (USA)

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Comparison:

Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Shriek Show Screen Caps!

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Shriek Show

Region 1 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Severin Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:25:03 1:25:11.981 1:25:12.107
Video

1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Disc Size: 47,526,277,742 bytes

Feature Size: 24,390,432,768 bytes

Total Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

1.66:1 Disc Size: 24,941,490,704 bytes

Feature Size: 18,132,264,960 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Shriek Show

 

Bitrate:

88 Films Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

88 Films (35mm Grindhouse Version Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

Severin Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

English:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1643 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1643 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Italian:

Dolby Digital Audio

Subtitles none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shriek Show

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.83:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with producer Gabriele Crisanti (4:3; 11:00)
� Interview with actress Mariangela Giordano (4:3; 9:31)
• Gallery of the Undead
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 3:28)
• Previews

DVD Release Date: 11 June 2002
Amaray

Chapters 14
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

1.66:1 Disc Size: 47,526,277,742 bytes

Feature Size: 24,390,432,768 bytes

Total Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:

• NEW AUDIO COMMENTARY BY EXPERT JOHN MARTIN, MODERATED BY CALUM WADDELL
• RESTORED ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK
• RESTORED ITALIAN SOUNDTRACK WITH NEWLY TRANSFERRED ENGLISH SUBTITLES
• BONUS "GRINDHOUSE" VERSION FROM AN UNRESTORED 35MM PROJECTION PRINT
• INTERVIEW WITH MIKEL COVEN, AUTHOR OF LA DOLCE MORTE, ON THE FILMS OF ANDREA BIANCHI (26:40)
• TRAILER (3:35)
• DELETED SCENES (9:40 - silent)

• Zombie Holocaust Trailer (4:17)
• COLLECTIBLE POSTER POSTCARD
REVERSIBLE SLEEVE

 

Blu-ray Release Date: 28 March 2016
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters

Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

 

1.66:1 Disc Size: 24,941,490,704 bytes

Feature Size: 18,132,264,960 bytes

Total Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:

• Villa Parisi - Legacy of Terror: Featurette on the historic house location (15:47)
• Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark (7:35)
• Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli (8:57)
• The Smell Of Death: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano (9:20)
• Deleted/ Extended Scenes/ Shots (10:24)
• Theatrical Trailer (3:32)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 25th 2016
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters: 8

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray (November 2016): I make no claims as to which transfer supports the more theatrically accurate image. The Severin is brighter, less 'green' and looks solid with grain textures visible. Although it is less technically robust - it still delivers a very pleasing HD image.

Audio goes DTS-HD Master for the English track and supports the unusual score - sounding very tight and clean. There is the optional of an Italian-language track but it is in lossy Dolby m- and frequently sounds weak. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE - playable world-wide.

Severin offer some good, 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/ shots plus a theatrical trailer.

Good release - different from the 88 Films Blu-ray but still offering plenty of value in multiple areas. Classic Zombie flic. Absolutely recommended!

***

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (May 2016): Zombie Mania! Great job by Films 88 - we get the 35mm, unrestored, Grindhouse version (1:24:21 - 15,747,889,152 bytes - 22 Mbps - LPCM - English only - no subs) filled with plenty of marks and scratches, weaker contrast - but for fans - the inferiorities can have that 'Grindhouse' charm that gives it appeal.

The theatrical (titled 'The Night of Terror') looks decent on a dual-layered disc. It is in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio and has more information on the top and bottom of the frame when compared to the Shriek Show DVD from 2002. It is darker with a greenish cast over the image but looked pleasing in-motion. There is some heaviness and texture but not knowing the film well, and only comparing to the SD and unrestored Grindhouse, I can only say it looks superior to those.

Audio has both English and Italian tracks restored and transferred in uncompressed linear PCM. It sounds as imperfect as the original production limitations. It's clear and dialogue audible. The effects have some depth. It's an odd score by Elsio Mancuso + Berto Pisano but tends to work with the frantic Zombie-infused story. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Aside from the Grindhouse addition - extras include a new, excellent, audio commentary by John Martin, moderated by Calum Waddell (on theatrical version only.) There is an interesting 27-minute interview with Mikel J. Koven - author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film, a trailer, 10-minutes of deleted scenes (no audio) and a 4-minute Zombie Holocaust Trailer. The package contains a collectable postcard and has a reversible sleeve.

Giallo and/or Zombie fans should be in their Nirvana with Burial Ground and the Films 88 Blu-ray package has a lot of value with both the Grindhouse version, commentary and Koven interview. It's hard not to enjoy this film for what it is. Absolutely recommended!

 - Gary and Eric

 


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Blu-ray Subtitle Samples

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SECOND

3) 88 Films (Grindhouse version) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SECOND

3) 88 Films (Grindhouse version) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SECOND

3) 88 Films (Grindhouse version) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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Distribution

Shriek Show

Region 1 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Severin Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

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