The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places... — And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth! From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci come the ultimate cla... more »ssic of supernatural terror. A remote and cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways, becomes a yawning malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifictions, chunkblowing chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. THE BEYOND is a towering schievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror! WARNING Due to its SHOCKING and VIOLENT subject matter, no one under 17 should view this film. SPECIAL FEATURES
- Original UNRATED, UNCENSORED director's cut
- Spectacular hi-definition digital anamorphic widescreen transfer
- Breathtaking 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound re-mix by Academy Award nominee Paul Ottosson
- New 2008 intro by Catriona MacColl
- Rare on-set interview with director Lucio Fulci
- Provocative commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and the late genre superstar David Warbeck
- Interviews with all the major stars and key crew members
- Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
- Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR
- Necrophagia music video directed by Jim VanBebber (THE MANSON FAMILY)
- Original theatrical trailers
- Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
- Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun
"Love this flick(sorry J.J.I.)and is ONE of my favorites in HORROR! Easily in my top 30 and Clintster is talking from 1919-2008 TOP 30!!! This is the story of a old New Orleans hotel built upon one of the 7 gateways to hell, and no we are not counting the one in Brooklyn Heights ala THE SENTINAL!
This movie has fantastic music and keeps at a steady pace with beautiful cinematography and GORE galore. Though this is shot on the cheap, this has moments of surreal beauty in its TERROR and if I may still some vocabulary from my dear friend NO LONGER DEVIL has a sepia-tinted opening. Watch for the incredible shot of light shining through a hole blasted through a little girls head(yes Fulci does not play by the rules of HORROR either and like HENRY-WHO CAN KILL A CHILD & JAWS kiddies are not safe :) I feel this was a homage to Sir Argento's INFERNO and if it was then Messier Fulci has great taste. By far my favorite Fulci film and Amazoner's that's saying a lot(again sorry J.J.I.)
p.s. Stay far away from the heavily snipped copy of The Beyond titled The 7 Doors of Death"
Review for the DVD
Dave. K | Staten Island, Ny | 11/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I already reviewed The Beyond so if you wanna see my thoughts on the film itself just go through my reviews until you find it. This review is mainly for the DVD.
Many people hail Lucio Fulci's The Beyond his masterpiece though I would have to disagree with that and go with Don't Torture a Duckling, but The Beyond was a solid flick in the career of Lucio Fulci, which is best remembered for the crazy amount of gore, which believe me this film has plenty of. While I did enjoy The Beyond as I've gone back and watched some of Lucio Fulci's movies from the 70s I've sort of lost patience with his splatter flicks. While I still enjoy The Beyond and some of his other movies from the splatter era, but when compared to such movies as Don't Torture a Duckling, The Psychic and even Zombie his later work fails a bit in my opinion. But with that said The Beyond is still a solid movie by Fulci.
The new DVD released by Grindhouse Releasing is the same released a few years ago by Anchor Bay. Anchor Bay released two versions on DVD. They released a standard DVD with very little in the way of extras and they released a limited edition tin chock full of extra features. Grindhouse Releasing has re-released the limited edition tin (without the tin case) and normally I would give a negative review due to it being the same exact disc. But the reason I'm giving this DVD release such praise for one reason; the Limited Edition is now long out of print (same for the standard DVD).
Getting yourself a copy of The Beyond isn't easy to do that goes for both the Tin and standard DVD and if you are lucky enough to come across either you'll have to shell out a lot of money. While it would be nice if The Beyond had some new extras it's really not a very big deal since the DVD is very hard to come by now. For those of you out there that have the Limited Edition Tin there is no reason to buy the new DVD as long as the DVD you own is in good condition. All you are getting here is new cover art and that's it; for those with the regular DVD if you liked the movie a lot than I would recommend buying the new disc.
Some features include Images of The Beyond, which is a collection of stills from the movie as well as stills from the making of the movie, the score plays over the photos. There are also brief interviews with David Warbeck, Catriona MacColl and Lucio Fulci. Than we have Voices of the Beyond, which features interviews with several members of the cast and crew.
Voices of the Beyond is highly enjoyable, but truth is you won't learn anything new on Lucio Fulci. This seems to have been done at a horror convention and sections of this also appear on the Media-Blasters DVD for Zombi 2 (though they the interviews are different, but in both they pretty much say the same thing about Fulci). I suppose those who know nothing of Lucio Fulci will enjoy this more, but even we fans who already know about him will still find this enjoyable even if again nothing new is learned. There is also an audio commentary by David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl, which was on both Anchor Bay DVDs, but anyways, the commentary track is one of the very best out there. You learn a lot about the film and it's actually quite funny at times.
The DVD list an onset interview with Lucio Fulci, but the interview is actually from the set of Demonia. We also get the lost German pre-credit sequence, which can also be viewed in English. All the extras on the DVD are excellent and a must have for fans. The only new feature is a brief introduction before the movie with star Catriona MacColl.
As for the picture and sound I believe it's the same as the Anchor Bay release. I previously owned the Anchor Bay VHS so I cannot compare the Grindhouse DVD to the Anchor Bay DVD, but I do believe it's the same exact transfer. Overall this is an excellent DVD and once again Grindhouse Releasing proves why they are the very best for horror films. The Beyond DVD is a must own for all fans, but like I said if you have the Tin and it's in good condition there's no reason to buy this. Despite the Grindhouse Releasing being the same I'll cut them some slack since the DVD from Anchor Bay was very tough to come by these days."
Best version right here
T. Trezza | Va | 01/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"hey this is the best version to pick up its uncut and remastered. I watched it on a surround sound hd tv and it looked awesome. its all region so it will work on your dvd player! that was the only thing i was if-y about. A ton of extra with this disks also.
If you have seen the movie before and dont have it get the grindhouse release(this dvd) comes with a fold out poster too, much better all together dvd( aka menus, extra, picture quality, artwork) than any other "
feratu | 10/13/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I can't really say much bad about this movie because it is unique. It's one of the crazier zombie flicks I've ever seen, there's a LOT going on. The movie is very gory and exploitative, moreso than any other Fulci movie I've ever seen, but since I like my horror with a good dose of fun this movie is a bit too serious for me. Still, bad acting and makeup aside, there's really nothing else like it. The infamous tarantula scene is a horrifyingly interminable combination of Jose Mojica Marins and H.G. Lewis. Yes it looks fake at times, but Fulci's direction is relentless and terrifying. Not my favorite Fulci, I like his lighter horror work better (The Black Cat, Seven Notes in Black), but for over-the-top gore hounds, weird-movie lovers and fans of Italian trash, this will probably hit the spot.
Since it is being used very deceptively in the description I am including Roger Ebert's full quote about the movie (minor spoiler ahead)... "Fulci was known for his gory special effects (the Boston critic Gerald Peary, who has seen several of his films, cites one in which a woman vomits up her intestines), and ``The Beyond'' does not disappoint. I have already mentioned the scene where the tarantulas eat eyeballs and lips. As the tarantulas tear away each morsel, we can clearly see the strands of latex and glue holding it to the model of a corpse's head. Strictly speaking, it is a scene of tarantulas eating makeup. (One half star)""
W. Selby | Princeton,Indiana,USA | 02/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always wanted to see this film,love Lucio Fulci's films and thanks to the reviews before mine that said this Grindhouse version IS the one to buy,unlike the others-which may be cheaper,but are edited and not the orginal version. This is worth the $22.99/95."