Awakening of the Beast

Awakening of the Beast

Cast: José Mojica Marins

     
 

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Brazil's leading bogeyman, Ze do Caixao (aka Coffin Joe), confronts the fearsome specter of LSD in this offbeat thriller from writer/director/actor José Mojica Marins, which has been given a respectful presentation on DVD. Coffin Joe: Awakening of the Beast has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, and the audio has

Overview

Brazil's leading bogeyman, Ze do Caixao (aka Coffin Joe), confronts the fearsome specter of LSD in this offbeat thriller from writer/director/actor José Mojica Marins, which has been given a respectful presentation on DVD. Coffin Joe: Awakening of the Beast has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in Portuguese, with optional English-language subtitles. Bonus materials include a recent interview with José Mojica Marins about the making of the picture, a collection of Coffin Joe trailers, and a translated reprint of a Brazilian Ze do Caixao comic book.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
One of the most reviled figures of Brazilian cinema, Coffin Joe's (Jose Mojica Marins) hallucinatory LSD film hits U.S. shores thanks to Fantoma DVD. Presented in 1.66:1 widescreen (black-and-white with color sequences), the transfer of the film is flawless even if the source material leaves much to be desired. Often boasting of the primitive means he used to assemble his films, the quality here is slightly better than that of At Midnight, I'll Take Your Soul and This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (again due in no part to Fantoma's commendable presentations), and the color "trip out" scenes are remarkably vivid and effective. Though the Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack lacks such modern complexities as directional effects, it is perfectly appropriate given the film's origins and likely couldn't sound better. As with Fantoma's other Coffin Joe releases, this DVD offers an intriguing, albeit brief interview with the director in which he reminisces about the production, and original theatrical trailers round the extra features out nicely. Buyers of this disc will also find an extra treat awaiting them in the form of a miniature Coffin Joe comic book reproduction, translated into English and presented in all of its original macabre glory.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
UPC:
0695026701422
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fantoma
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

A new digital widescreen transfer (1.66:1) from the original 35 mm negative, supervised by director José Marins; New interview with the director about the making of the film; Reproduction of an original Coffin Joe comic book (36 pages).; Original theatrical trailers for all three Coffin Joe films

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Chamber Pot [:28]
2. Holy Moses [7:14]
3. Addicts & Cops [10:12]
4. The Pony [6:25]
5. The Producer's a Pig [4:04]
6. Dirty Laundry [8:57]
7. Meet the Press [8:52]
8. Rounding Up the Subjects [6:05]
9. On the Town [7:55]
10. The Trip [3:55]
11. Philosophy [18:19]
12. Finale [5:19]

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