Following on from the success of 2014’s remaster Zombie Holocaust and Burial Ground fan-funding project we’re back with a much more ambitious project…
This time the ultimate goal is to remaster 4 classic Italian exploitation films in 2Kresolution!
- Absurd (1981), Dir Joe D’Amato
- Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (1985), Dir Michele Massimo Tarantini
- Aenigma (1987). Dir Lucio Fulci
- Beyond the Darkness (1979), Dir Joe D’Amato
Organising a project like this is always a big gamble and this time we want you to join in the gamble…..
So here’s the plan.
Goal 1: We raise £10,000 and the (video) nasty Absurd absolutely, definitely gets remastered in 2K resolution from the original 35mm negative, uncut and uncensored.
Goal 2: We raise £20,000 and and the gut-munching Massacre in Dinosaur Valleygets remastered in 2K resolution from the original 35mm negative, uncut and uncensored.
Goal 3: We raise £30,000 and the creepy Aenigma gets remastered in2K resolution from the original 35mm negative, uncut and uncensored.
Goal 4: We raise £40,000 and the gore filled Beyond the Darkness gets remastered in 2K resolution from the original 16mm negative, uncut and uncensored.
Here’s the gamble:
If we hit Goal 1 you get the perks from your pledge, Absurd gets remastered in amazing quality and hopefully you’re a happy bunny BUT if you can get all your mates involved and make this Fanfund something special and somehow we hit Goal 2, 3 and 4 then you also get all the same perks for these other films having only pledged once!! So the more we can raise the more YOU GET, your pledge effectively gets CHEAPER!! and who doesn’t love a bargain…..
About the Films
A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
A plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and its passengers must battle their way through cannibals, slave traders, wild animals and murderous piranha fish to safety.
Beyond the Darkness
Grief-struck after the death of his wife, a young man attempts to keep her with him forever – by gutting her, stuffing her and replacing her eyes with glass eyes, turning her into a doll. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.
The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist, lingerie-clad coeds responsible for her condition.
What we’re going to do.
The films that we raise the funding for will be scanned on a pin registered scanner in 2K resolution. They will then be graded and restored to remove dirt and scratches as much as possible without removing any details. The aim is produce masters that are as close to what the director’s shot as possible.
The benefits of 2K are a sharper image harvest compared to HD Telecine and a more stable image harvest.
Should we not reach the full £40,000 ultimate goal then any money over and above the last passed target will be spent on additional cleanup or be put towards extra features.
Here are a few grabs from a 2K test of Absurd so you can get an idea of how fantastic these films can look.
Ok, we’re keeping this really simple this time
Level 1. This is £45 which includes postage and packaging.
If we hit GOAL 1 you will receive: 1x Blu-ray copy of Absurd with a Fan-fund exclusive Slipcase and YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED IN THE CREDITS as a thank you for supporting the restoration.
If we hit GOAL 2 you ALSO will receive: 1x Blu-ray copy of Massacre in Dinosaur Valley with a Fan-fund exclusive Slipcase and YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED IN THE CREDITS as a thank you for supporting the restoration.
If we hit GOAL 3 you ALSO will receive: 1 Blu-ray copy of Aenigma with a Fan-fund exclusive Slipcase and YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED in THE CREDITS as a thank you for supporting the restoration.
If we hit GOAL 4 you ALSO will receive: 1 Blu-ray copy of Beyond the Darknesswith a Fan-fund exclusive Slipcase and YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED in THE CREDITS as a thank you for supporting the restoration. (How good is that!!!)
Your Level 1 perk(s) will hopefully be delivered within 6 month maximum of this campaign closing and the films will not be on general sale for at least 3 months after then.
Level 2 perk includes Level 1 plus an A3 Absurd Poster and T-Shirt. This is priced at £70
Level 3 is Level 1 plus the first 15 Italian collection blu-rays. This is £180 and includes:
1. Night Train Murders
2. The Bloodstained Shadow
5. Zombi Holocaust
6. A Blade in the Dark
9. Zombie Flesh Eaters 2
10. SS Experiment Camp
11. Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
12. The Man From Deep River
13. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals
14. Burial Ground
15. Alien 2: On Earth
Your Level 1 perk(s) will hopefully be delivered within 6 month maximum of this campaign closing and the films will not be on general sale for at least 3 months after then. The 15 Italian Collection Blu-rays will be despatched within 14 days off the campaign ending.
We also have additional Top-up perks listed that will contribute towards the total. These do NOT include the remastered Blu-rays.
Risks & Challenges
You might be wondering what happens if we don’t hit any of the levels. Will my money be returned to me, what happens to the project?
Firstly we are setting this up as a flexible funding project so any money raised will still go towards the project even if the goal isn’t achieved.
We are committed to releasing these films anyway so they will be released using existing HD masters at the very minimum. If we don’t hit level 1 then we will still carry out a 2K transfer of Absurd but there will be a reduced amount of grading and restoration and we will have to cancel the slipcases.
If we achieve Goal 1 but not 2 or 2 but not 3 etc then the extra money will be used to enhance our plans for bonus features and go towards more cleanup.
If by your amazing generosity we get more than £40,000, we might be able to add more films to the campaign…
Other Ways You Can Help
If you really want to contribute to this project more than our perks allow, please feel free to over pledge. The money is going to ensuring these releases will be as good as we can make them.
This campaign lasts for 30 days and we really hope to hit £40,000 to bring you 4STUNNING new 2K Masters.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this and thanks in advance for your help.
Richard & James