Sadly Demonia falls into the latter category. Apparently it was denied any release anywhere until picked up direct for DVD, and watching it you can see why. It opens with a scene of some nuns being inexplicably crucified in an underground vault somewhere - scenes which reoccur later in the film - and this is the most exciting thing about it! Then we cut to the present day, where archaeologists are exploring the area, and you think, maybe they'll find the crypt and unleash zombie nuns who will slaughter everyone ... nope. Instead one of the archaeologists, a girl named Liza (Meg Register), who has a penchant for looking upset and cross, and staring out into thin air a lot, and who previously fainted at a seance and saw a creepy nun, goes exploring and finds the crypt. She seems horrified by her discovery and starts smashing a wall down to get to where the nuns were crucified ... She's an archaeologist, so coffins and bones should excite/intrigue her, not horrify her ... and where's the 'preserving the scene' instinct ... completely missing!
The Arrow print is, as usual, good, and shows off the cinematography nicely. The underground crypt is a great set, and the locations are scenic. It's a shame that the script is just not up to scratch.
For fans of Fulci though, and admirers of what is described as perhaps his last good film (I dread to think what the subsequent ones are like), this is a smashing restoration and package!
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Deluxe crucifix-style packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Kat Ellinger
DISC 1: DEMONIA
- 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
- Restored original lossless mono English and Italian soundtracks
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Audio commentary by Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
- Holy Demons, a video interview with uncredited co-writer/assistant director Antonio Tentori
- Of Skulls and Bones, a video interview with camera operator Sandro Grossi
- Fulci Lives!!!, camcorder footage of a visit to the Demonia set, including an interview with Lucio Fulci
- Original trailer
DISC 2: FULCI TALKS
- Fulci Talks, a feature-length 2021 documentary by filmmaker Antonietta De Lillo, based on an in-depth, career spanning video interview with Lucio Fulci from 1993, conducted by De Lillo and critic Marcello Garofalo
- Original lossless mono Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles