As some readers might recall, back in January of this year (2016) I wrote an anniversary article documenting the 35th anniversary of Burial Ground, and now by some sort of strange luck Severin Films released a region free Blu-Ray of the same film, and thanks to Cav Distribution I now have a copy. Therefore, instead of rehashing the entire film again here is the link to the article, while this review will mainly focus on the extras, a tad shorter than my normal review but worthy for the zombie and horror fans. In general that take the time to indulge in the extras, which is really and ideally a true reason to purchase the film’s DVDs unless you’re a collector of horror films like me and you get them all.
From what I discovered, and perhaps overlooked this is not the first time Burial Ground became available on Blu-ray, the other times were with Shriek Show and 88 Films (though this addition, was a limited region B film, and hence unplayable in the United States unless you own a multiple region DVD player). The film version I used for the anniversary copy was a friend’s copy of the Shriek Show, but needless to say, this movie has all the freakish desires to feed anyone need of b-movie Italian zombie horrors, in fact it likely stretches the depravity to The Sinful Dwarf (also released by Severin).
An excellent opening extra inclusion of the Villa Parisi: Legacy of Terror on the historic building from the early 16th century and hosted the tour by movie historian Fabio Melelli, used as the primary location for this movie as well as other horror films, which are briefly touched on this production. It always been of interest to many horror fans for the gothic construction and ways it fits into the history of the genre, the fountain used in Patrick Still Lives (1980) and the exterior shots in the Nightmare Castle (1965). This featurette presents in Italian again with clear English subtitles, a side note of why many curious over the place, even the website imdb never informs name of the place, except stating in Frascati, Rome, and Lazio, Italy and under the Trivia portion a real castle.
Severin, added into the Blu-Ray, a very nice slipcover limited to the first 3,000 units sold along with the reversible DVD cover art, depending on your choice of an updated slick version of the original disgust covering and mine came with a mini poster featuring Peter Bark (Michael) in close embrace to his mother Evelyn’s bosom (Maria Angela Giordano). I mention this as one of the extras (#2 on the list) contains an interview (seven and half minutes long) with Peter recorded before an amped up crowd for a 2013 film festival Q&A session, although in Italian very clear yellow in color subtitles, a high informative piece, joking about many colorful subjects. I always find it wonderful, to have the original individuals that work on the project to share their stories and insights on the film, whenever possible.
The third extra, comes under the heading of Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli with almost a 9-minute for this portion, and yet he’s extremely brutality honest in his segment, the reason for his participation just a paycheck, and while disheartening to some fans, it really is the primarily reasoning.
The Smell of Death another 9-minute segment, fills out the forth extra on the disc, a bit of a confusing segment, a jumble of thoughts racing on multiple points of interests ranging from Peter and Oedipus complex (still not that clear, but really does anyone actually care, this is a great trashy zombie flick). Then about the dangers on set along with shocking success of their, producer Gabriele Crisanti and actress Maria Angela Giordano’s movie.
Summing up the bonus features is both a very speeding section, of deleted silent scenes including driving sequences, risqué moments, and other miscellaneous footage, following with the trailers. Although, one should note the hidden ‘Easter egg’ under the trailer title, just click left for the treat.
Therefore concluding a highly recommended Blu-Ray purchase if you are a fan of the bizarre maggot face zombies of the Italian cinema, and you enjoy your undead truly shambling in movement and yet a thinking group working together to consume to living, then you cannot go wrong here.