All of Lucio Fulci’s entries in the gial­lo gen­re found their way to DVD in the U.S. but they’ve spent many years with­out a blu-ray upgrade in this coun­try. Thankfully, Mondo Macabro has stepped for­ward and deliv­ered the first shot with a new hi-def edi­tion of A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin. This is par­tic­u­lar­ly sat­is­fy­ing since the old U.S. DVD’s of this title suf­fered a vari­ety of prob­lems. Mondo Macabro’s new disc gives it the treat­ment that the director’s fans have been wait­ing for.

LizIAWS-bluFor starters, the trans­fer looks excel­lent: the details are lush and vivid as is the rich col­or scheme. English and Italian mono tracks are offered in loss­less form, with English sub­ti­tles for the lat­ter, and both sound excel­lent and free of dis­tor­tion.

Better yet, Mondo Macabro has col­lect­ed an array of extras new and old to sup­port their impres­sive pre­sen­ta­tion of the film…

Commentary Track: this pairs label founder Pete Tombs with Italian gen­re film expert Kris Gavin. The two have a fast-paced dis­cus­sion that cov­ers the film’s pro­duc­tion, bio­graph­i­cal details on key cast and crew and analy­sis of Fulci’s themes and tech­niques. They even point out which one of the film’s killings was lat­er used in anoth­er gial­lo. It’s a solid lis­ten for Italian hor­ror fans.

Dr. Fulci — Day For Night (32 min.): a vin­tage chat with Fulci sup­port­ed by occa­sion­al film clips that has the direc­tor offer­ing a sort of auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal mono­logue about his career. He’s suit­ably irrev­er­ent and occa­sion­al­ly caus­tic as he talks about his tor­ment­ed rela­tion­ship with film crit­ics and the moti­va­tions behind his play­ful­ly anar­chis­tic approach to gen­re film­mak­ing.

Shedding The Skin (34 min.): this infor­ma­tive fea­turet­te was orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed for the Shriek Show DVD and fea­tures actress Penny Brown as a host, along with com­men­tary from cast­mates Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel and Mike Kennedy. They all offer plen­ti­ful mem­o­ries of Fulci and his mis­chie­vous ways. Carlo Rambaldi also pops up to dis­cuss his spe­cial effects, most notably the con­tro­ver­sial “dog sequence.”

LizIAWS-03When Worlds Collide (29 min.): this sit­down with crit­ic Stephen Thrower offers plen­ti­ful food for thought to the Fulci schol­ars. He dis­cuss­es how the film makes a case for the direc­tor being as skilled with com­plex nar­ra­tives as he is with the free-form hor­ror sur­re­al­ism he is bet­ter known for. He also dis­cuss­es how the film’s con­flict­ed com­men­tary on Swinging London dove­tails neat­ly with tra­di­tion­al gial­lo themes as well as notes on the film’s dif­fer­ent edits.

From Burton To Baker (12:30 min.): this vet­er­an char­ac­ter actor con­trasts his delight­ful expe­ri­ence work­ing with a friend­ly Richard Burton on Villain with a more dif­fi­cult expe­ri­ence on Lizard, where he found him­self bemused by Italian film meth­ods and the chilly treat­ment of Stanley Baker.

Additional Extras: there are also two enter­tain­ing­ly lurid radio spots from the U.S. ad cam­paign, an alter­nate Italian lan­guage set of open­ing titles and three trail­ers (the most inter­est­ing is the hard-sell spot under the Schizoid title).

All in all, this is a great U.S. blu-ray debut for Fulci’s gial­lo work. Hopefully, if his oth­er gial­li get sim­i­lar treat­ment, either Mondo Macabro will do the hon­ors or who­ev­er does will fol­low their impres­sive lead.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin, click here.