The wife was out of town this weekend, and for some reason, every time she’s gone for a while, my movie-watching turns in a certain direction. For some people, it’s porn. For me, for some insane reason, it’s the horror films of Lucio Fulci. I don’t know why I always turn to these in her absence. Even when I’ve got a pile of films that I haven’t watched, or when I can take the opportunity to watch any number of the DVDs that I never find the time to get around to when she’s home, I always come back to the same few flicks.
This weekend, it was — as it so frequently is — The Beyond. Some might claim that it’s not his most successful film or that its lack of coherence seems forced (“weird for weird’s sake” is not an uncommon reaction), but for me, it’s probably his most perfect film. The DVD of this title, put together by the guys at Grindhouse Releasing and distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, is a great package, full of enlightening and well-put-together extras, but it’s definitely a product of its time. As an early DVD release, they tried to cram a lot of info onto one disc, and the compression is a little tight. One hopes that once they re-release this title (which has been out of print for a while now), they’ll spread this onto two discs (or, dare I hope, Blu-Ray?) to free things up a bit.