Straight Shoot: The Italian Zombie Movie
We all done it and some of us are still doing it thanks to Blu-Ray, but the double dipping has to stop! Sure I’m all about having new special features and extras for a Blu-Ray release when said film was a bare bones DVD.
And how about those many special,
collectors, anniversary editions or the dreaded rerelease with new cover art. With that said, this leades me to The Italian Zombie Movie Parts 1 and 2 and it’s DVD evolution.
The Single Disc Years
Both parts Abomination and Atrocity had individual DVD releases with a good amount of special features on each disc. Such as The Making of Italian Zombie Movie and Blooper Reel.
Double Feature Combo
After the success of the single disc DVDs, Director Thomas Berdinski decided to combined both films to a single disc DVD, but the only set back you’ll losing all the extras, but getting a cast and crew commentary track.
The Mausoleum Days
Once IZM made it’s rounds and became a internet darling, Thomas Berdinski teamed up with the Midnite Mausoleum gals Marlena Midnite and Robyn Graves to dish out another two single disc releases of Abomination and Atrocity. With added skits between breaks, it’s something out of MonsterVision or Movie Macabre with the Mausoleum gals and Berdinski as his alter ego Sascratch riffing and having fun at “Summer Camp”.
Going Back to the Well
The year is 2012 and once again we got ourselves another version, but it’s the GrindHouse Cut. Both films are on a single disc… Again and it’s a special two hour no filler cut. You can pick up this version at this years Cinema Wasteland.
Well! As we can see double dipping is running rampant with IZM. At least you’re getting new extras every time you drop down a couple bucks for another cut. On the business side, Berdinski is a smart man, keeping IZM in people’s minds and getting new fans talking when they see the film for the first time and going back to pick up other copies to see the extras. In my opinion the Italian Zombie Movie DVD is the Blade Runner of horror DVDs, because just as Blade Runner has about 52 versions of the film on every formate, The Italian Zombie Movie is following right behind and counting. Massive.