Taking inspiration from Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead, Lucio Fulci's legendary fleshmuncher, Zombie, ushered in a slew of living dead flicks filtered through a Euro-centric view. The film helped put Italy on the map as ground zero for the zombie apocalypse during the late '70s and early '80s. Over the top gore, a killer score by Fabio Frizzi, exploitation appeal, and low-budget cheese make Fulci's film an unforgettable experience. Blue Underground – who have brought us some beautiful cult releases over the years – have released a behind-the-scenes video that takes a peek at Zombie's restoration process for the upcoming Ultimate Blu-ray and DVD.
How to Make a Beautiful Zombie invites us inside Rome's LVR Video Recording Laboratory, where each frame of the original uncut and uncensored 35mm negative – under the supervision of Zombie's cinematographer Sergio Salvati – is scanned at 2K resolution. The whole process takes eight hours for 92 minutes of footage. Techs clock in 130 hours of manual digital art and scratch removal before the file is sent to FotoKem in Los Angeles. Once there, techs use a state-of-the-art digital restoration process (Flame) to remove some of the nastier negative damage.
Blue Underground reassures that "Each flesh-eating frame has been lovingly restored to skull-rotting perfection." We'll find out for sure when Zombie is released on October 25. Check out Blue Underground's site for a full list of splatter-tastic extras, including an intro from Don't Be Afraid of the Dark writer/producer, Guillermo del Toro.