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Real Cannibal Holocaust, The 
Written by: on May 22nd, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: Italy / Japan, 1974
Director: Akira Ide
Writer: Annibale Roccasecca, Shinjirô Kanazawa
Cast: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II

DVD released: March 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95


This film should have been tilted ‘Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About the Indigenous People of New Guinea, But Were Afraid to Ask’. Instead of it’s more salacious title The Real Cannibal Holocaust. More to the point, if you are checking this film out in hopes of catching a glimpse of cannibals. Be prepared to be let down, since the cannibals from this film’s title are virtually nonexistent. With the closest we ever to get said cannibals, is a scene with a woman eating maggots off of a corpse and a scene in which a man who has been accused of being a cannibal being surrounded and trapped for his crimes.

Content wise, most viewers will find what lies within tame and boring. And while there may have been some who found the event which are depicted in this shocking. Outside of a few grotesque moments, the bulk of these revelations have not aged that well.
 
From a narrative stand point all the clichés of the Mondo genre are fully are milked for all they are worth. The film features music from one of the Mondo Genre’s most prominent composers  Riz Ortolani (Mondo Cane). He also composed the score for the film Cannibal Holocaust, from which this film appears to have appropriated it’s re-titling from. And yet the end result is a lackluster affair that never builds any momentum.

The DVD:

One 7 Movies presents The Real Cannibal Holocaust in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. Judging by the framing and that the image never looks cramped. This is most likely the film’s intended aspect ratio or at the very least an open matte presentation. The source used for this transfer is a worn print that has faded colors which fluctuate throughout and print debris that varies in degree throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian. There is background noise that varies in degree throughout. Dialog comes through clearly enough and there are no major issues with distortion. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles that are easy to follow. It should be noted that there are a grammatical errors.
 
This release comes with no extra content. Overall The Real Cannibal Holocaust gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from One 7 Movies.

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