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Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals 
Written by: on July 10th, 2008

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1978
Director: Joe D’Amato
Cast: Melissa Chimenti, Sirpa Lane, Maurice Poli

DVD released: June 24th, 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: Foreigners’ building a nuclear power plant on a remote island forces some of the locale’s to relocate from land that has been theirs for many centuries. After two previous power plant employees disappear without a trace the company sends in a third man named Vincent. Sara is a journalist on vacation and a friend of Vincent’s.  One day while they are driving they come across a locale named Papaya who hitches a ride with them on her way to celebration the locales hold each year. Intrigued by this archaic celebration Vincent and Sara join in on the festivities to see what it is all about.

Originally an accomplished cinematographer Joe D’Amato would transform himself into one of Italy’s most prominent directors’ of smut. He started his filmmaking career as a cinematographer on films like The Antichrist, Challenge to White Fang, The Devil’s Wedding Night and What Have You Done to Solange? Even after Joe D’Amato became a full time director he would still continue to work as a cinematographer on virtually all of his films. Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals like Joe D’Amato best and worst films is a beautifully shot film that bears his truly distinctive style. Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals is a film that was shot completely on location. Joe D’Amato takes what most would consider a merger budget and creates magic out of something that would have been forgettable in a lesser director’s hands.

The performances’ in Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals by its two leading ladies Melissa Chimenti (Revelations of a Psychiatrist in a World of Perverse Sex) and Sirpa Lane (The Beast, Beast in Space) are nothing short of spectacular. Both women use their strongest asset their bodies to convincingly pull of their respective roles. Outside of Melissa Chimenti and Sirpa Lane the rest of the cast are merely adequate. The films three most memorable moments are the opening scenes where Papaya bites off a man’s penis, the orgy like festival with disco music and a girl on girl scene between Melissa Chimenti and Sirpa Lane. The plot is very simplistic in structure as it only serves as a frail skeleton to house a series of scenes with the tow female leads naked or getting it on. Besides Joe exquisite cinematography the film also features a stunning score from Stelvio Cipriani that will get the blood pumping and your toe tapping.

Ultimately Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals sees Joe D’Amato at the top of his game with its bizarre mixture of social commentary, sex and violence.

The DVD:

Severin Films present Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals completely uncut and in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original; aspect ratio. The source material used of this transfer is in exceptional shape with no print damage, nicely saturated colors, healthy looking flesh tones and details looks sharp throughout.  There are a few scenes were grain looks more noticeable than it does in the majority of the film. The grain looks natural and is never intrusive to the viewing experience.

This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Outside of some very minor background noise the audio mix sounds very good with crisp sounding dialog and everything sounds evenly balanced throughout.

Extras for this release are limited to the films’ English language trailer which is also presented in an anamorphic widescreen like the main feature. Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals is another superb release from Severin Films that fan’s of Joe D’Amato and sleazy euro trash cinema will want to add to their collection ASAP.

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