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Product Details

  • Actors: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova, Walter Lucchini
  • Directors: Umberto Lenzi
  • Writers: Umberto Lenzi
  • Producers: Antonio Crescenzi, Luciano Martino, Mino Loy
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305869820
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannibal Ferox" on IMDb

Special Features

  • On-camera interview with director Umberto Lenzi
  • Production Stills
  • Other surprises

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Here it is! The original uncensored, unrated director's cut of one of the most notorious and violent films of all time. Banned in 31 countries, "Cannibal Ferox" assaults your senses as a group of Americans lost in the jungles of Amazonia experience brutal retribution at the hands of savage cannibals. This is the legendary Grindhouse Releasing deluxe edition of Umberto Lenzi's infamous classic of graphic horror. Warning - due to its shocking and violent nature, no one under 17 should view this film.

Audio Commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and star John Morghen - Trailer - Production Stills - Filmography - On-camera interview with director Umberto Lenzi; Other surprises 1.85:1 - Color - Italian - Stereo - English Dub: Stereo

Italian exploitation legend Umberto Lenzi birthed the cannibal subgenre of Italian horror with Deep River Savages, but he turned out one of the so-called classics of the genre with this 1981 effort, a blunt, brutal story of five New Yorkers who face the wrath of angry Amazon cannibals. Three completely clueless would-be anthropologists set out to disprove the racist myth of tribal cannibalism perpetuated by colonial Europeans. Turning a blind eye to danger at every turn, they join up with a pair of drug-crazed psychos on the run from supposed cannibals (in truth, the reign of terror has been perpetrated solely by greedy Americans) and then wait patiently for the bloody vengeance of the tribal survivors. Lenzi is no stylist, and his attempts at irony are crude at best, but he delivers all he promises (or threatens): evisceration, emasculation, gouged eyeballs, and a sick twist on the initiation scene from A Man Called Horse. His generous budget allowed him to shoot on location in South America and New York (where a police detective searches for the homicidal drug dealer in a subplot) and lavish attention on his carnage, elevating it to near cult status. More than simply gory, this is a sadistic, cynical, mean-spirited film, for hardcore fans of the genre only.

Lenzi and star John Morghen (the only animated actor in the otherwise flat cast) offer commentary on an alternate track, but Lenzi is all but unintelligible through his thick accent at times. A supplemental interview with Lenzi is helpfully translated by his interviewer. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

The plot isn't that bad, and the violence/gore is pretty good.
The Piper at the Gates
Maybe I'm missing something, but I found this movie boring, slow, and just plain bad.
One of the absolute worst italian horror/exploitation films made.
dark hore dissent

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Charles Read on August 12, 2000
Format: DVD
The DVD itself is a very satisfying package - we get commentaries, a beautiful transfer. Whether the film itself really has any merit depends on personal taste really. For my money, this is not a patch on Deodato's excellent Cannibal Holocaust, which is just as gory and a hell of a lot more realistic, with believable actors and an intelligent script. In comparison, Ferox seems like just an exploitative rip-off. But taken in its own terms, Cannibal Ferox does deliver the goods (I'm talking gore-wise) with hard-to-watch sexual violence accompanying genuine animal deaths. The music is cheesy, and again not up to the standards of Holocaust, but it grows on you.
Overall, this Holocaust rip-off is obviously a must-buy for italian cannibal/gore fans (legions ahead of rubbish like Eaten Alive etc). People new to the genre may do best to check out Cannibal Holocaust (availible on import from europe) first, as it is cinematically far better although harder to watch. But if you're in the mood for a little mindless gore, and don't mind certain scenes looking a tad unrealistic not to mention the laughable dialogue, you could do far worse.
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74 of 87 people found the following review helpful By PR GUY on January 1, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Happy New Year...I think! I spent the last two hours
watching my first flick of 2005, and just when I
thought I had seen it all, along comes Umberto Lenzi's
1981 horror classic "Cannibal Ferox". After the first
30 minutes I had a true understanding as to why this
feature has been banned in 31 countries. This deluxe
uncensored letterbox edition was filmed in New York City
and in the Amazon (very similar) Perhaps the movie
poster says it all. "Warrning! Due to its shocking
and violent subject matter, no one under 17 should
view this film." Seventeen??? I'm 55 and I'm not too
sure the ratings commission shouldn't have banned it
in this country. Believe it or not, I purchased it

As most of you know, I am a horror film connoissseur.
This isn't's gore. Those who don't easily
feel nauseated over blood, guts and ooze, will adore
this "classic" (???). But be forewarned, it is
definitely not for the squeamish. I can't destroy the
shock value by telling you the explicit nature of this
grizzly stomach turner, but the letterbox states..."98
on the vomit meter".


The premise of the film is simple. A young college
student sets out to write her thesis on the "myth"
that cannibals do not eat humans. Her journey is well
worth a PhD.

To provide you with one last clue as to the extreme
sadistic focus of this flick, here's the opening

"The following feature is one of the most violent
films ever made. There at least two dozen scenes of
barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "marc01" on January 1, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I am a horror video fan and seeing that there are not that much reviews for the rerelease of this infamous video, I will contribute my opinion to the curious. The best parts of this release are the trailers, the director and actor commentary (they travelled all the way to Rome to interview Lenzi himself exclusively for the video), production stills, background on making the film, movie posters from other countries, and a very special "Cannibal survival kit" which is just too hilarious to reveal.
However, the movie itself is not at all the "most violent film ever made." It drags on a lot and takes a long time for the action to start going. It goes back and forth between city scenes and the amazon scenes, probably just to have a longer running time. Lots of zoom-ins of monkeys in Lenzi trying to say something? The monotonous music makes it even drag more. The pros are the gore, which feature realistic scenes of eye gouging, hanging by breasts, severing of a guy's you-know-what, and a worm going in and out of a native, but there are other scenes like slicing the top of a guy's head off, or a spear going through a chest which look very fake and corny. What is real is the animal cruelty, over 5 scenes of animal deaths, which has caused the controversy of the film in some countries. Otherwise, if you've seen "Dead Alive" or "Pink Flamingos" it's pretty tame. The gore won't make you cringe but actually chuckle at the way it's presented in the movie. Overall, a must have collectors item for horror fans, but stars go down for the actual film itself. Good release, not so good film.
P.S. Keep on the lookout for more RMM agency/Grindhouse releases. They will release many more horror videos, complete with special features like this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the best restored movies ive seen in a long time. I am a video collector and have seen many so called restored videos that offer little more than the trailor. This video is phenomenal! it is virtually the laserdisc on vhs! It has A still gallery, trailors for Doctor Butcher MD and Lucio Fulcis Cat in the Brain, excerpts of Giovanni Lombardo Radice (John Morghen)s commentary, an intro by Umberto Lenzi and the film offered uncut and widescreen for the first time in America on vhs!! Not to mention a great box for your collection! A great release that i am glad to own. A true horror video collector should have this! A rare video collectors DREAM!! get this now! It doesnt get much better! A warning to those who havent seen cannibal movies: BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME VIOLENCE! To fans of the cannibal genre: THIS IS THE ULTIMATE CANNIBAL FILM!! IT RIVALS CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST FOR THE BEST CANNIBAL FILM EVER! A must own for all horror fans, worth 10 times the price.
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