Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 4th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1979
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Writers: Ruggero Deodato, Gianfranco Clerici
Cast: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes
|Approximate running time:||92m00s||104m36s|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround Italian and Dolby Digital Mono English||Dolby Digital stereo and mono English|
|DVD Release:||Alan Young Pictures||Grindhouse|
|Region Coding:||Region 2 PAL (Italy)||Region 0 NTSC|
|Retail Price:||22,90 €||$29.95|
Alan Young Pictures Region 2 DVD
Grindhouse’s Region 0 DVD
Alan Young Pictures Region 2 DVD
When a film crew goes missing after going to the jungles of South America in search of a tribe of cannibals a search team is put together to find out what happened to them?
Both releases present Cannibal Holocaust in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and this is were the similarities end. The look of each these releases transfers’ is so distinctively different with colors and flesh tones look more accurate on the Grindhouse release which also comes with a sharper image overall. Overall The Alan Young Pictures release is solid transfer that has just as pros as it does cons. While the Grindhouse transfer is easily the better looking of the two transfers.
The Alan Young Pictures release comes with three audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround in Italian and Dolby Digital Mono in English. The Grindhouse release comes with two audio options Dolby Digital stereo and Dolby Digital mono in English. Overall there really isn’t much difference between the two releases as both offer clean audio that is free of any hiss or distortion. The dialog is crisp and the music and effects sounds evenly balanced.
Extras for the Alan Young Pictures release include a three-minute feature on the restoration of the film, two trailers, still gallery, Bio’s (text in Italian) and a radio spot. Other extras include an audio commentary with director Ruggero Deodato (in Italian with no English subs) and a Documentary titled “The Jungle – The Making Of Cannibal Holocaust” (in Italian with no English subs). The extras for the Grindhouse release are broken up over two DVD’s they are the films original Italian trailer, a German trailer, the original US theatrical trailer, and the theatrical re-release trailer. Other extras include a section titled “Inside The Green Inferno” which is broken up into six areas, The Filmmakers includes bios for Alan Yates, Jack Anders, Faye Daniels, Mark Tomaso and Felipe Ocanya. The Search Team includes bios for Dr. Harold Monroe, Chaccko Losojos, and Miguel Lujan. The Cannibal Tribes includes bios for The Yacumos, The Shamatari, and The Yanomamo tribes. New Findings is a still gallery containing unearthed evidence in the seven stills included. The Last Road To Hell – Alternate Version is an alternate cut of one of the films most brutal scenes. This alternate version contains two shots not included in the theatrical version of the film. In this section one can also access via DVD-Rom the films complete screenplay and there is also a piece about the difference between the script and final film which can be only accessed via DVD-Rom. Rounding out the extras for Reel 1 is an audio commentary with Ruggero Deodato and Robert Kerman. Deodato. This film can be watched three ways the films original uncut version, an animal cruelty free version and an on Camera Commentary Version. The extras on the second DVD are trailers for Cannibal Ferox, The Tough Ones, The Beyond, Cat in the Brain, I Drink Your Blood, Scum of the Earth and Gone with the Pope. More extras include text biographies and filmographies for Ruggero Deodato and Robert Kerman and a filmography for Gabriel Yorke. Other extras include a still gallery which has been broken down into four sections production stills, behind the scenes, publicity materials and Mondo Cannibale. Each of the four galleries plays with music from the film playing in the background like a featurette. Also included are three interviews the first one with Robert Kerman which runs about thirty minutes in length. The second interview is with composer Riz Ortolani. The third and final interview is with Gabriel Yorke that is about fifty one minutes in length. Rounding out the extras for Reel 2 is the excellent documentary “In the Jungle – The Making of Cannibal Holocaust” which is about sixty three minutes in length and this time it comes with English subtitles. The Grindhouse release also has several Easter eggs that access hidden extras.
The Grindhouse is the clear winner here as it not only has the best video presentation this film has seen to date it is also the more English friendly when it comes to its bonus materials which are all either in English or at least come with English subtitles.