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terrible transfer of a good movie (OOP VHS are better)
on April 11, 2005
My rating refers to the 2005 LEGACY DVD, not to the movie itself, and not to the 2010 SCORPION DVD (which sounds great).
I own one of the out of print videocassettes of this movie, which I really enjoyed (I'll post a review on the IMDb). One of my favorite horror movies directed by a woman.
I hoped this DVD would be an upgrade. Unfortunately, it's a bad transfer with no extras. Even my 1989 Magnum Entertainment VHS of it is better. For example, just looking at the opening shots of the movie, a dark kite-shaped African hanging has white markings on it in the VHS; in the DVD it is pretty much completely black. When Carol Kane first comes into shot on the VHS, we see her long red hair hanging down off a hammock. On the DVD, her hair and the background are so dark you can't tell the color or even differentiate the two much. The DVD does have the apparently original title "The Mafu Cage," while the VHS has just "The Cage." Even the box art for the VHS is better. But for people who don't want to shell out for a used copy of the VHS ($10.99-$79.95 on Amazon zShops), I guess the DVD will have to do for now. Karen Arthur and her cinematographer John Bailey can't be happy though.