In 1960 American International Pictures imported an Italian horror film entitles Mask of the Demon by then unknown director Mario Baca. Dissatisfied with the already existing and in places awkward English dubbing, AIP rewrote the script to make the dialogue more natural, redubbed the film and provided a new title, Black Sunday, beginning a practice which worked well for many years.
In 1966, AIP bought the American release right to horror maestro Lucio Fulci's Massacre Time, completely redubbed it and released it as The Brute And The Beast. In it, Tom Corbett (a laconic Franco Nero) returns home to find the town in the grip of Jason Scott, a rich land owner's psychotic son (a manic performance by Nino Castelnuovo of The Five Man Army) and his brother Jeff a hopeless alcoholic (an appealingly lively George Hilton) in the care of the family maid. Tom convinces Jeff to help him depose the Scotts and restore order.
Long before Fulci's name became linked with the Italian horror genre in 1979 with the gory classic Zombie, he worked in other genres. With a rousing score by Lallo Gori and impressive camera work by Riccardo Pallotinni (Blindman, Django Shoots First), The Brute And The Beast is one of his best efforts along with his two other Spaghetti Westerns Four of the Apocalypse with Thomas Milian and Silver Saddle with Giuliano Gemma.
This special edition offers the opportunity to view both the Euro English version, Massacre Time and the AIP dubbed The Brute and the Beast. Both are presented in anamorphic widescreen. Also on this disk is an interview with director Lucio Fulci.