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Cannibal Ferox (1983)

Giovanni Lombardo Radice , Lorraine De Selle , Umberto Lenzi  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • 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, Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannibal Ferox" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and actor John Morghen
  • Interview with director Umberto Lenzi
  • Gallery of photos, posters, and publicity materials
  • Liner notes
  • Trailers

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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. Shot on location in the savage Amazon wilds of South America, CANNIBAL FEROX is one of the most violent and shocking films ever made. There are at least two dozen scenes of barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically shown. This is the legendary Grindhouse Releasing deluxe edition of Umberto Lenzi's infamous classic of graphic horror.


-Original uncensored director's cut
-Spectacular new digital stereo re-mix
-Candid and shocking audio commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and star John Morghen
-Exclusive on-camera interview with Umberto Lenzi
-Original Italian, German and U.S. theatrical trailers
-Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
-Exhaustive filmographies
-Liner notes by legendary Time Square historian Bill Landis (author of THE SLEAZOID EXPRESS)


"CANNIBAL FEROX is perhaps one of the greatest jungle cannibal movies ever made!" -- Harry Knowles, AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

"Established a world drive-in record with a 98 on the Vomit Meter." -- Joe Bob Briggs

"The definitive cannibal film." -- Steve Bissette, DEEP RED HORROR HANDBOOK

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good dvd, interesting movie August 12, 2000
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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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Thought I Had Seen It All! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good release, not so good film 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best video release in a LONG time!! August 19, 1999
By A Customer
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was priced right. Arrived just as described. Thanks
Published 11 days ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see
for all those who like horror with cannibalism and like a good story line then cannibal ferox is the one for you to watch
Published 4 months ago by jean-marc hauptmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Cannibals Italian Style
This is the notorious Italian cannibal film that used real-life animal slaughter for no other reason than because it was cheaper to kill a real animal than to create an anamatronic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Grindhouse!!!
This ridiculous film is SO FUN!!! Banned in so many countries, no doubt! It's a gory drug fueled shock fest! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Keith Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars And the moral of the story is: Don't go putzing around in the jungle...
Dumb White People "vacation" deep inside the jungle, taking pictures and notes along the way, all in order to write a doctoral thesis paper disproving cannibalism. But guess what? Read more
Published 13 months ago by HarpoSpeaks
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Grade B
I love horrible, Grade B movies. This tried, but did not quite make the grade in my opinion. Lot of hype out there for this movie with the nudity and gore stuff. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Alles
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical cannibal gore with decent story line.
This movie looks dated, but delivers on the gore, shocks and a decent believable story line where I found myself pulling for the cannibals.
Published 14 months ago by William E. James
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie
The box says banned in several countries. This could be true for the time it was made. Now it's biggest problem would be PEDA. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr M
3.0 out of 5 stars Total Ripoff
This movie copies everything from Cannibal Holocaust right down to the point. It's pretty funny that Ruggero Denato let this slip past him and I love Cannibal Holocaust.
Published 17 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars cannibal ferox !!!!!! review
this is for cannibal ferox amazon listed everything exactly how i got it the art on the dvd is beautful the book inside is awesome the deatils are cool the dvd its self is very... Read more
Published 23 months ago by czw13years
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