Beware of "All Region Imports"!!!!!!
Charlie B. Counselman | Greensboro, NC, USA | 01/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review is for the Anchor Bay DVD edition.
This film is the best and is a gorehound's fantasy, literally. But beware of the edited versions! The original UNCUT version on DVD is manufactured by ANCHOR BAY and Anchor Bay only. It is 87 minutes in run time. It is severely out of print.
If you come across a copy of The Beyond for sale that advertises itself as an import, especially if it is from Korea. These versions vary in run time but are usually cut by a few minutes. I have one that is 84 minutes long, but the cover artwork and special features are identical to the Anchor Bay version.
The "Seven Doors of Death" version of The Beyond is about 83 minutes long. The edited versions have alot of the gore cut out of them. For example, the eye-gouging scene, the spider attack, and the whipping and acid attack scenes have been shortened, as well as other parts.
Bootlegging of The Beyond on DVD is rampant because the film is such a classic and so incredibly hard to find in it's uncut version. Somebody needs to reissue this movie uncut. Most of the other Italian gore films have been reissued by other companies. Anchor Bay doesn't seem interested in horror films anymore, and most of their recent releases are NEW movies, usually poorly made direct-to-DVD stuff. It is quite frustrating."
sentinel | 05/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Getting the obvious out of the way, this is a movie for B Horror splatter fans, not for mainstream horror audiences. This movie, like Fulci's other films, places emphasis on graphic depiction of gore material, while paying little to no attention to plot, script, or acting. He definitely succeeds in giving zombie fans what they want, however if you expect anything more you will be disappointed. The script was particularly bad, and not in a cheesy-but-good B movie sort of way, but riddled with inconsistencies and occasionally just plain dumb. Like for example in the hospital scene with all the zombies it's obvious that the only way to take them down is to shoot them in the head, yet the guy wastes 3-4 bullets on a single zombie, gets it with a headshot, and then repeats the same pattern numerous times. Sure enough he runs out of bullets sooner than he wishes to. Acting is pretty bad too, not very credible at all. You have the typical protagonist who's seeing things others aren't, and of course those things aren't there when someone else checks it out, yet the character doesn't sound convincing at all when she's trying to explain that those things really are there and it's not her imagination. You can almost tell someone told her what to say just minutes before and she's struggling to remember. To summarize, this movie is underdeveloped but thrives on its gore factor which is fairly elevated all things taken into consideration. Don't leave this one out of your zombie film collection."
...on that day the dead will walk the earth
C. Christopher Blackshere | hampered by what's acceptable | 10/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I almost fainted when I found this movie at the used video store. Just in time for Halloween! Something from the beyond must have been calling me.
Now this evil little classic lives up to the hype and then some. It's filled with horrific visuals. Chains whipping chunks of human flesh from the bone. Eye gouging. Faces getting mutilated by--okay, I've already said too much. If you're a fan of zombie movies and extreme horror, do your best to get your hands on this as soon as possible.
Become part of the infection.
Why has this not been re-issued......?
A. Salgado | San Diego | 08/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every single lucio fulci film has been re-issued but this,anchor bay blue-underground please re-issue this classic fulci film with tons of extras im tired of waiting.great film very creepy."