Monday, June 23, 2014

Cemetery Man

Cemetery Man (1994)
Director(s): Michele Soavi
Movie rating: 8/10
DVD rating: 9/10
DVD Release Date: 06/13/2006
Running Time: 99 minutes
Rating: NR
Disc Details

Distributor:
Anchor Bay

List Price: $19.98

Running Time: 99 minutes

Special Features:
Widescreen anamorphic format
Chapter selection
Featurette: Death is Beautiful
8-page collector's booklet
Theatrical trailers
Michele Soavi biography

Video Format:
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1)

Language Tracks:
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles:
English

Closed Captions:
Yes

Casing:
1-disc Keep Case

Film & Disc Review, Cemetery Man
by Rusty White
reviewed: 2006-05-28

Michele Soavi's "Cemetery Man" is a grand combination of horror, comedy, gore and sensuality. This unique film enjoyed theatrical success in the director's native Italy as well as in the US. The film fails to get a 10 out of 10 rating for me, only because of the final scene. Even though that scene left we with a WTF feeling, it did not diminish what came before. "Cemetery Man" is an erotic journey through a very strange and horrific world.

There is much debate among doctors and theologians about whether people are born Gay or whether they choose that lifestyle. This movie might just answer that question. Leading man Rupert Everett is one of the most openly Gay actors working in film. In this movie he has a number of sex scenes with my new object of lust, Anna Falchi. If Mr. Everett was able to do these scenes with such an amazingly beautiful, voluptuous and sensuous woman, then he had to have been born Gay. Let's talk about this cool movie.

Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) is the handyman at a very unusual cemetery. His job is to kill the dead. Turns out that whoever is buried in this cemetery comes back to life as a zombie. He has a half-wit helper named Gnaghi (Fracois Hadji-Lazaro). Gnaghi resembles Curly from the three stooges. One day an elderly man is buried. His very young wife (Anna Falchi) catches Francesco's eye and sets his blood to boil. She returns two nights later and the pair makes love on the grave of her husband. Of course, the husband comes back from the grave with an appetite for his wife's smooth, naked flesh. Things go far afield from this point on. I really don't want to ruin any of the enjoyable surprises in store for you so I won't

Rupert Everett is great as the zombie killer. His deadpan style fits the material. Like "Sin City," this film was based on a popular Italian graphic novel. Anna Falchi is amazing. Not only is she the sexiest woman in the entire world, she can also act. She is called upon to play three roles. Two of the three characters take off their cloths! I know I'm just wrong for lingering on this fact, but this woman's body proves their had to be a creator. Those curves could not have evolved accidentally, and there isn't a plastic surgeon alive with the skill to create such beauty. I think I'll quit writing this review and go watch the movie again!

The Disc
Great horror/comedy, picture, sound and extras.

Picture Quality: 10/10
Flesh tones! Wonderful flesh tones! The movie was shot on a sound stage to insure the unique look from the graphic novel was recreated. The colors are vivid. There are no delineation problems in the restored transfer. Sharp images.

Sound Quality:10/10
Both soundtracks are great, with the edge going to the enhanced 5.1 track.

Easter Eggs:
No Easter Eggs Found on Disc.

Extra Features: 10/10
The featurette is a lengthy look at the making of the movie. The director, Anna Falchi and others are interviewed. Anyone familiar with the wonderful documentaries produced by Anchor Bay will know that this is a quality piece of work. Anchor Bay includes the best featurettes of any DVD producer on the market. This one is no exception.

The DVD also includes a great 8-page insert. Again, Anchor Bay continues to make booklet inserts a standard feature on their DVDs, while the competition rarely does. The insert includes an essay by Michael Felser about the film's production. The DVD also includes two trailers.

The Final Word:

Anchor Bay proves once again why they are the industry's top producer of quality horror DVDs. This unique, sexy and quirky scare fest is a must have for genre fans.

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