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(aka "Zombi Holocaust" )

 

directed by  Marino Girolami (as Frank Martin)
Italy 1980

 

It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O'Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece.

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Theatrical Release: 7 May 1982 (USA)

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 Comparison:

Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Shriek Show/Media Blasters DVD Screen Caps!

(Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Shriek Show/Media Blasters

Region 1 - NTSC

Severin Films
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:00

Dr. Butcher, MD - 1:21:46.943

Zombie Holocaust - 1:28:57.874

Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Dr. Butcher, MD

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,421,436,296 bytes

Feature: 22,249,070,592 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

 

Zombie Holocaust:

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,514,290,060 bytes

Feature: 24,116,692,992 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.00 Mbps

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

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Shriek Show/Media Blasters

 

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Severin Films Doctor Butcher, MD Blu-ray

 

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Zombie Holocaust Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Dr. Butcher, MD: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1676 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1676 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 

Zombie Holocaust: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1576 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1576 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shriek Show/Media Blasters

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D. Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:43)
� ZOMBIES UNTER KANNIBALEN Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 3:08)
� Interview with special effects artist Maurizio Trani (4:3; 6:37)
� Interview with STREET TRASH director Roy Frumkes (4:3; 14:51)
� Clips from TALES THAT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT (4:3; 8:00))
� Deleted 'Pit Sequence' (4:3; 5:18)
� A photo montage from Roy Frumkes' scrapbook (4:3; 1:27)
� Art Gallery (4:3; 6:04)
� Bonus Trailers
� Easter Egg: English Export ZOMBI HOLOCAUST credits (4:3; 2:52)

DVD Release Date: 21 May 2002
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

 

1.78;1 Dr. Butcher, MD

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,421,436,296 bytes

Feature: 22,249,070,592 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

 

1.78:1 Zombie Holocaust:

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,514,290,060 bytes

Feature: 24,116,692,992 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
DISC 1 DOCTOR BUTCHER MD
 Featurette: Butchery & Ballyhoo: Interview with Aquarius Releasing's Terry Levine (31:36)
 Featurette: Down On The Deuce: Nostalgic Tour Of 42nd Street With Temple Of Shock's Chris Poggiali and Filmmaker Roy Frumkes (21:55)
 Roy Frumkes' Segment Of Unfinished Anthology Film 'Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out' (8:08)
 Featurette: The Butcher Mobile: Interview with Gore Gazette Editor & Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan (12:33)
 Featurette: Cutting Doctor Butcher: Interview with Editor Jim Markovic (10:12)
 Illustrated Essay: Experiments With A Male Caucasian Brain (...and other memories of 42nd Street) by Gary Hertz
 Theatrical Trailer (2:44)
 Video Release Trailer 1 (1:14)
 Video Release Trailer 2 (0:56)

DISC 2 ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST
 Featurette: Voodoo Man: Interview With Star Ian McCulloch (8:14)
 Featurette: Blood Of The Zombies: Interview With FX Master Rosario Prestopino (23:03)
 Featurette: Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolami (7:46)
 Featurette: Sherry Holocaust: Interview With Actress Sherryl Buchanan (24:04)
 Featurette: Neurosurgery Italian Style -Interview With FX Artist Maurizio Trani (4:36)
 Featurette: New York Filming Locations Then Vs. Now. A look at the Big Apple locales as they are today (3:03)
 Audio Bonus: Ian McCulloch Sings Down By The River (2:40)
 International Trailer (4:16)
 German Trailer (3:17)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 26th, 2006
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 9 + 9

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray (July 2016): Firstly, it's pretty obvious that the new 1080P is in advance of the 2002 DVD - both versions are on separate dual-layered disc s with very high bitrates and the quality between the two HD transfers is very similar - lots of consistent grain, clearer, brighter colors etc.

Dr. Butcher, MD has its audio transferred via the option of a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1676 kbps (16-bit) or a, similarly robust, linear PCM - both in English - while Zombie Holocaust also has a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel in the English language and offers a linear PCM in Italian (no subtitles) for those keen to check it out.

Previously released on high definition stateside in a roundly-panned Blu-ray/DVD combo sporting a flat, filtered, video-like transfer on the Blu-ray and reproducing the encode and contents of the 2002 DVD under comparsion on the DVD side, ZOMBI HOLOCAUST got its first HD overhaul in the UK from 88 Films, creating a new scan of the original 35mm camera negative through a Kickstarter campaign. In the US, Severin Films has also done their own new scan from the negative, but have also gone the extra mile to create a composite of the negative and vault elements from Terry Levene's Aquarius Releasing in order to recreate the film's American theatrical version (the first cut many American viewers were exposed to theatrically or via VHS releases from Paragon or International Video Entertainment's Thriller Video line). This cut of the film goosed up the opening by intercutting shots of the film's zombies with footage from an abandoned anthology produced by Roy Frumkes (DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD) titled TALES THAT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT and also trimmed down extraneous dialogue (also replacing a scene of the film's protagonists driving through the same village seen in Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE with a grainy stock shot of a landing airplane on a runway), and replacing the score of Nico Fidenco - itself a reworking and augmenting of cues Fidenco composed for EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS - with new electronic cues, library music, and a new sound effects track by Walter Sear (who also rescored Fulci's THE BEYOND for R-rated theatrical release by Aquarius as 7 DOORS OF DEATH). (insert Blu-ray a/v comments here) Extras are divided between the two Blu-rays, with the first disc focusing on DR. BUTCHER-related ones starting off with an interview with Aquarius Releasing's Terry Levene who discusses the history of his company and his relationships with independent producers who went to him because - as a distributor and theater chain owner - he could ensure theatrical releases on 42nd Street and in the boroughs - along with his foreign pickups, his promotional and advertising gimmicks for the films, and even ribs Severin for wanting to release some of these films in high definition. TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK's Chris Poggiali and filmmaker Frumkes go on a walking tour of 42nd Street, discussing the area as it once was before former Mayor Giuliani's "clean up" and pointing out the locations of theaters that once showed films like DR. BUTCHER, M.D. and BARBED WIRE DOLLS that now show junk like FROZEN and "Lord of the Dance". Editor Jim Markovic discusses his revisions to ZOMBI HOLOCAUST before sending it over to be rescored, and The Gore Gazette's Rick Sullivan discusses the fanzine scene of the late seventies and early eighties as well as participating in the "Butcher Mobile" promotion for the film. The disc also includes theatrical and video trailers for the film. The second disc shares with ZOMBI HOLOCAUST a new interview with actor Ian McColloch (short because he has never seen the complete film but recalls it as the funnest shooting experience of the three Italian horror films he made), an archival interview with late effects artist Rosario Prestopino (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) who describes the how-tos of the effects in detail, and effects artist Maurizio Trani (BURIAL GROUND) who discusses the brain surgery scene effects and his method of sculpting zombie make-up directly on the performers. Biloxi-born actress Sherry Buchanan recalls how she became involved with Italian filmmaking just out of high school by replacing a local production secretary on the Louisiana shoot of Tonino Valerii's MY NAME IS NOBODY and continuing with the production when it went to Spain before getting into modeling in Rome with the help of actor Giancarlo Giannini (SWEPT AWAY) which lead to her Italian movie career. She retired from acting after being doubled without her knowledge in hardcore inserts for the softcore film EMANUELLE AND JOANNA, returned to America to study sociology, got married, and then returned to Rome where she did a few more bit parts in films like CRAWLSPACE and Tinto Brass' CAPRICCIO. The disc also includes a comparison of New York locations then and now, an export trailer and German trailer, as well as actor McCulloch's 1964 folk single "Down by the River". A limited edition, this double-disc edition comes with a reversible figure, but fans who order directly from Severin Films will also get a DOCTOR BUTCHER barf bag.

The completeness of this package is unbelievably impressive. Fans of this wayward gore-fest already know that this is the definitive edition of Doctor Butcher, MD / Zombie Holocaust. It retains the sub-genre's appeal. Those keen should indulge..

 -Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas

 


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 Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray


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Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

NOTE: Some scenes are not duplicated. There are slight differences.


 

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2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

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2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

1) Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

1) Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

1) Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

1) Shriek Show/Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) Severin Films (Dr. Butcher, MD) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Severin Films (Zombie Holocaust) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

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Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
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Region FREE -
Blu-ray


 

 



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