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THE BEYOND (Anchor Bay) DVD. Horror. 89 minutes. NR, gore. Directed by Lucio Fulci. In 1927, an angry mob beats, murders, and nails a man to the wall in the basement of a New Orleans hotel. In 1981, Liza has inherited the hotel and hires craftsmen to start renovating it.  Amid the renovations, people start to die horrible deaths and a blind woman named Emily pleads with Liza to go away and leave the hotel alone. However, Liza stays because if she didnít, it would be a short movie. Instead, Liza and the town Doctor investigate the eerie hotel and itís hellacious secrets. Come to find out, there are seven gateways to hell and this hotel just happens to sit on one of them.
     Although considered to be the masterpiece of all Director Fulciís work, I found it to be incoherent at best. Donít get the wrong idea, I still enjoyed the crap out of this movie. However, it appears that Fulci came up with a bunch of shocking, gore filled deaths and surrounded them with a weak plot and sloppy storyline. The deaths are rather gruesome and will be a smash hit with all the gore hounds. Many of the deaths really shook me up due to their icky nature. You see, I can handle anything sick in life except for, due to a childhood accident, eye injuries and big ugly spiders. Of course, Mr. Fulciís gave me three realistic, nasty eye injuries in the first 45 minutes, one of them involving huge tarantulas! Christ! DVD features include; photo gallery, interactive menus, interviews, audio commentary, theatrical trailer, music videos, scene access. The video is presented in widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio Standard 1.33:1 and enhanced for 16x9 TVs. The picture is clear and the colors are great. A lot of the movie is shot in dark settings and this print perfectly reflects the creepiness of the movie. The audio tracks are in English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, which sounds phenomenal, and Italian mono. Stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl provide the audio commentary, which I did not listen to because I really donít give a flying fuck what these two people have to say about anything. The music video is just some god-awful death band playing in a Brady Bunch like setting with clips of the movie edited in. There is also a hidden Easter egg that I will not spoil for you. Go hunt for it Sherlock! This release is a joint effort between Anchor Bay, Grindhouse, and Quentin Tarantinoís Rolling Thunder Pictures. Fans of gore (not that asshole politician) and Lucio Fulci will dig this disc. Damn eye injuries. Ė Denis Sheehan


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