Shameless Films announced today that they'll be releasing Lucio Fulci's masterpiece The Beyond on Blu-ray for the first time ever with four different versions of the prologue, in addition to a handful of new extras!
In the film, "When jaded New Yorker (Catriona MacColl) inherits a New Orleans hotel, she calls on composed local doctor (David Warbeck) to contain the inexplicable and increasingly gory accidents that are plaguing the building and its grounds. But soon the Gates of Hell themselves open under the hotel, rendering their fight futile as the dead emerge to walk the earth."
• ‘Emily’s Eyes’ – an interview with actress Cinzia Monreale with English subtitles.
• ‘Arachnophobia’ – an interview with actor Michele Mirabella with English subtitles.
• ‘Murder, They Wrote’ – a unique interview with scriptwriter Giorgio Mariuzzo on working with Lucio Fulci with English subtitles.
• THE BEYOND prologue four-way comparison, showing: The Standard Sepia + the Original Colour + the B&W version + the new fourth-way: the Yellow-toned sepia version.
• Sergio Salvati audio commentary with English subtitles
• Catriona McCall and David Warbeck audio commentary
• Lucio Fulci banter on set (short)
The different versions of the prologue include the now accepted standard sepia, the original color footage, the black and white version, and new fourth-way: the "yellow-toned sepia" version which Shameless have created as an addition, after consulting various notes from director of photography Sergio Salvatti.
Shameless explains, "We do not profess that either the original colour, the B&W version, or new gold-yellow toned sepia versions are the correct versions intended by director Lucio Fulci or his DOP. Instead we have presented the film with the four different prologues so fans of Fulci’s masterpiece can see the original colour it was actually shot on, as never seen before, and to show the various stages of the filmmaking process of this landmark film. We’ve also endeavoured for the first time ever to present a rendering of the yellow coloured sepia, which Salvati has referred to on occasions, so that fans can see this as well. We want to give fans the option to see what this may have been designed to look like, and we hope that the striking new additional alternative visuals may enrich the viewing experience."
The Blu-ray is expected to release mid-May. Stay tuned for more updates!