Cannibal Holocaust - Preview
Preview by Jack Foley
CANNIBAL Holocaust, the most controversial film ever made, is now on Blu-ray for the first time featuring a new edit by director Ruggero Deodato.
Deodato’s film remains one of the most shocking and controversial films of all time but now, for the first time ever and exclusively for Shameless Screen Entertainment, Deodato has revisited his classic of horror cinema to produce a brand new Director’s Edit of the film especially for its High Definition debut on Blu-ray.
This new edit, which removes or partially hides several instances of animal slaughter, will be released as a special Blu-ray and as two-disc DVD edition that includes both the new version and the original version of Cannibal Holocaust, along with a host of extras specially commissioned for this release.
In a statement issued expressly for this new edit made for Shameless explaining the artistic decision to re-edit the film, Deodato says: “At the time, I would have preferred not to kill the animals during the making of the film, but this was requested by the producers. We’d sent them some early dailies and they kept calling us on set in the jungle asking us to shoot increasingly bloody scenes.
“I would not change anything to the film, its structure and content, aside from the fact that, now – thirty years later – I’ve reassessed the way the animals were dealt with. Now I would not do it.”
An extremely violent and gory film, containing strong sex, sexual violence and animal slaughter, Cannibal Holocaust is a powerful and provocative work concerning a crew of documentary filmmakers who go missing while filming primitive cannibal tribes deep in the Amazonian rain forest.
The horrific footage they shot before disappearing is found by the members of a second expedition who soon discover the horrific truth behind their demise.
The animal slaughterings in the movie were real, which ultimately resulted in the movie’s being banned in its native Italy after the snuff film rumors were proved false.
Its star Robert Kerman was a porn actor trying to become established in mainstream films. But after this film roles dried up and he went back to performing in porn movies.
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Cannibal Holocaust (cert. 18) will be released on Blu-ray (£24.99) and two-disc DVD (£19.99) by Shameless Screen Entertainment on September 26, 2011.
Blu-ray extras: Introduction to the original film by director Ruggero Deodato ; Introduction to the new Director’s Edit by Ruggero Deodato; ‘Film And Be Damned’ – inteview with Ruggero Deodato and actor Carl G. Yorke; ‘The Long Road Back From Hell’ – specially commissioned documentary by Cine Excess featuring Kim Newman, Professor Julian Petley, Professor Mary Wood, Ruggero Deodato, Carl G. Yorke and actress Francesca Ciardi; Theatrical Trailer; Easter Egg; Shameless Trailer Park.