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Cannibal Holocaust 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1980) (1985)

Luca Barbareschi , Salvatore Basile  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Francesca Ciardi, Lucia Costantini, Lionello Pio Di Savoia
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5Y0CS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cannibal Holocaust 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1980)" on IMDb

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The most controversial movie ever made has finally arrived on DVD! Banned and heavily censored throughout the world, here is a film that surpasses its reputation as a shotgun blast to the senses. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST presents the "found footage" of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. This footage is so intense, so graphic and so unflinching in its realism that the director and producer of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST were arrested upon its original release and the film seized.

Widely acknowledged as the uncredited inspiration for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST has been both praised and vilified for its portrait of savagery. Ruggero Deodato's nihilistic masterwork critiques the implications of Mondo-style filmmaking, even as it explores the most disturbing extremes of cruelty and exploitation. Not for the weak of stomach, the film's horrifying power cannot be denied.

Grindhouse Releasing's 25th Anniverary collector's edition DVD stands as the definitive release of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. The deluxe 2-disc set boasts a brand-new, hi-definition digital restoration of the uncensored director's cut, an exhaustive menu of bonus features and sensational packaging.

Be forewarned: This is the one that goes ALL THE WAY!

SPECIAL FEATURES -Spectacular new digital stereo re-mix and original mono mix -Provocative audio commentary by director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman -Selected on-camera commentary -THE MAKING OF CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST - one hour Italian documentary featuring rare behind the scenes footage -Exclusive on-camera interviews with Deodato, Kerman, and co-star Gabriel Yorke -Theatrical trailers and still galleries -The original shooting script -Necrophagia "CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST" music video - directed by Jim Van Bebber (THE MANSON FAMILY) -Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun -Other surprises!!!

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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When "Entertainment Weekly" put out a feature earlier this year naming the 25 most controversial films of all time, there were only a couple that I hadn't seen. Of course, me being me, I immediately went out and bought those titles--one of which was "Cannibal Holocaust." Now I realize that any list of this type is somewhat arbitrary, but the DVD packaging itself proclaims this to be "The Most Controversial Movie Ever Made." Indeed, the film is made in a pseudo-documentary style that caused many to believe the atrocities depicted had actually happened. The filmmakers were arrested and required to produce the cast members (who had died in the film) to disprove the film's "reality"--oh, the innocence of 1980. Subsequently, the film was banned many places internationally (or cut up). Quite a history. Well, I've never been accused of skirting controversy--so I jumped into "Cannibal Holocaust" head first.

Often cited as a huge influence on "The Blair Witch Project," "Cannibal" is shot with hand held cameras and filmed from the perspective of the fictional filmmakers. Four documentarians enter the South American jungles hoping to locate and record footage of actual flesh-eaters that still reside in the modern world. Aided by local guides, they integrate with different tribes as they go deeper into their quest. And being modern white men and women, they go with their usual bravado and superiority.

Of course, the crew will meet more than they expect! An interesting aspect of the film is that the quartet of "heroes" are not presented in a particularly good light. No, they are modern "savages" who value those they encounter as less than human. Much of the film's nastiness comes from the white "protagonists" as they pillage, plunder, and assault the natives.
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132 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome and Unrelenting August 26, 2005
`Cannibal Holocaust' is widely regarded as one of the most intense, affecting horror films ever, at least amongst the sorta viewer who would actually have seen this movie. I'd agree with this assessment. This film seems slightly less well known than `Cannibal Ferox', though I can't imagine why. On top of being far better made, it's a lot more outrageous and offensive as well. So, if you've seen that film, and weren't particularly impressed, don't just ignore `Cannibal Holocaust'. Certainly, it's still got many of the flaws that come with low-budget horror film making, mostly being that the acting is often pretty amateurish and the dialogue fairly blasé. But, as H.G. Lewis said, no one ever walked out of `Blood Feast' because the police investigator couldn't act, and I think the same can be said of the guide or professor or whoever in `Cannibal Holocaust'. And, again, these are standard shortcomings of the genre. If you can't live with the acting in this movie, you shouldn't be watching this sorta movie in the first place. But, if you do like this kinda thing, `Cannibal Holocaust is about as good as it gets.

Now, lotsa cheap horror films are fun to watch: They have cool gore or nice atmosphere or camerawork or whatever. But few are really all that powerful or intense. `Cannibal Holocaust' is, partially because of how it is structured. The film concerns the investigation into the disappearance of 4 documentary filmmakers down in South America. This allows for a sort of dual narrative, as we watch a professor and some others go search for them, then, and find that they're dead, but that their film reels survived, and so we watch them during the second half of the movie.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST will be a cheap exploitation film to some. And a complete grab your blanky and hot co-co to others(like me :)_ This starts off with a warning note on the movie you are about to see(a lot like another HORROR masterpiece did in 74)while the warning is being shown you are hearing some of the most HAUNTING music put to celluloid. We then are in a plane flying over the coffee like water of the Amazon(No! Not this Amazon) we then jump scenes to New York where a T.V.commentator is telling you the viewer that a so few hours flight can take you to the life of Cannibals(DA DA DUN) We are introduced to 4 very young and brave individuals who will fly to what they call the Green Inferno and document the lives of Cannibals(DA DA DUN)well they don't come back and a T.V. station hires a professor to find them with a search party. To make a long story short he finds cans of film and brings them back to N.Y. to view them. What he and the others(including you the viewer)see is truly HORRIFYING!!! I can only tell you this...I have a vast HORROR collection and no HORROR film has done to me what CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST has done! I'm not saying it is the grossest horror film,nor am I saying its the best horror film. But I will say their is a scene in this movie that made me pause the DVD and get up to go to the bathroom splash water on my face and say YOUR O.K. Clint c'mon just actors having a good time"COUGH"get a hold of yourself...Thats a good lad. If you are looking for blood,blood,BLOOD! Then you might be disappointed. If you are looking for a movie that will make you be grateful for the life you have and cherish each breath you take then my dear friend this is the movie for you...THE ONE THAT GOES ALL THE WAY!!! LONG LIVE THE CAUST!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing? I think Not
WHAT IS ALL OF THE HYPE ABOUT? This movie bored me at first, and then went on to completely disappoint me. I thought it was horrid. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Nicci McCammon
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero redeeming qualities in this piece of trash
Horrible acting, disgusting gratuitous gore and not scary. I was especially turned off of it when I learned the killing and torture of animals was real.
Published 2 months ago by C. Boblit
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG. That's the only reaction you'll have.
Definitely the darkest film I've ever watched uncut. It was the only film I've ever felt that I wanted to shower in Napalm after watching and the end is definitely the kicker. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great film
Great edition of this great film!! Beyond the violent images is a true social commentary that couldn't be any more truthful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zach Richardson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie
I fell for the jacket hype, turns out the only thing shocking was the animal abuse. At least the script ,sucked
Published 2 months ago by Mike Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars inversion of values
You'd better watch Blair Witch Project than that movie witch has unfortunately became very dated. Just like Blair Witch Project , the near absence of film technique is justified by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dimitriweb [this reviewer has been added to the top 10 (see more)]
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
dont watch while eating. this movie is not for the faint of heart or children. be warned the deaths of the animals are real and graphic
Published 4 months ago by anna
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely atrocious
This movie is horrendous in nature! I watched the film and felt dirty afterwards. 90 min. of pure unadulterated filth!
Published 4 months ago by corey
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Movie
Only watch if you have a stomach/ interested in movies like this
Nothing scary about this movie if that's what your wondering it's just really graphic
It's really awesome... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Girl
2.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for something to scare me....
This movie definitely shocked me. Had I done some more research and learned what exactly was in this movie I would have held off. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ethan Bisaillon
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Why 2 identical Grindhouse releases?
That is incorrect. All of the releases are on two discs and have identical program content on those discs. The differences are in the packaging. The 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR'S EDITION was packaged in a deluxe, hand-assembled hard cover book like case with and outer slip cover. It was limited to... Read more
Mar 26, 2009 by Bob Murawski |  See all 6 posts
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