- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003VADSSM
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Learn more about "Mafu Cage" on IMDb
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The 2010 dvd also has deleted scenes, and interviews with Lee Grant, Carol Kane, and the director.
The movie tells the very unusual story of two sisters (Lee Grant & Carol Kane) who live together in Southern California. Carol has a pet ape named Mafu. We learn that Carol has a history of violence and mental illness, and whenever she gets upset, she takes out her frustrations by killing her ape. After she kills one, they just buy another, and she names the replacement Mafu too.
Lee Grant's character has several scenes shot on location at the famous observatory in beautiful Griffith Park (a famous park in Los Angeles.)
I highly recommend this unusual movie. I just wish amazon would make a distinction between reviews for the old dvd (which was terrible quality) and the newer, 2010 dvd, which is great quality.
It was my 2nd film with director, Karen Arthur
Recording was done at my house in Thousand Oaks.
Because of the African nature of the story, I used, among other colors, 2 Prepared Pianos [Google John Cage]
I used the pianos to produce "Africn" musical concepts.
We had an Ethnomusicologist in music production and anytime he said, "yes" to any of my musical ideas-----those ideas became part of the score.
The story is disturbing. However, I was excited by the challenge !
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favorite movies, the movie was in its entirety and arrived just a few days after ordering it.as always very satisfied custoner!!!Published 14 months ago by john wolfe
Scorpion Releasing has consistently put out a quality product and The Mafu Cage is no exception. While this DVD transfer is not from the original negative, Scorpion has done a... Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by S. Messerer
The Mafu Cage took me by surprise! I was not expecting it to be as good as it was. I bought this for cheap at a thrift shop and got it not expecting too much for it was cheap and... Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by P. Duffy