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Cannibal Apocalypse
     

Cannibal Apocalypse

Director: Anthony M. Dawson

Cast: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

 
Image Entertainment's DVD of Cannibal Apocalypse delivers a lovingly assembled and unexpectedly generous package for fans of this obscure cult favorite. The film's anamorphic letterboxed transfer is a stunner: the rich colors and vivid picture quality make this remastered print nothing short of dazzling. Simply put, Cannibal Apocalypse's image quality is light

Overview

Image Entertainment's DVD of Cannibal Apocalypse delivers a lovingly assembled and unexpectedly generous package for fans of this obscure cult favorite. The film's anamorphic letterboxed transfer is a stunner: the rich colors and vivid picture quality make this remastered print nothing short of dazzling. Simply put, Cannibal Apocalypse's image quality is light years ahead of previous official and bootleg editions of this title and it probably hasn't looked this good since its theatrical run. The audio is limited to Dolby mono, but delivers an amazingly sharp and punchy soundtrack despite this limitation. This DVD also offers a veritable bonanza of extras for the film's fans, including a poster and still gallery, two trailers, two text essays, and the film's alternate U.S. title sequence (for the alternate title Invasion of the Flesh Hunters). There are also two documentaries; "Apocalypse in the Streets" is a throwaway quickie tour of the film's Atlanta locations that is marred by a goofball "host," but "Cannibal Apocalypse Redux" is an impressive making-of documentary that offers an hour's worth of interviews with director Antonio Margheriti and stars John Saxon and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. All three participants in "Redux" are forthcoming with anecdotes about the film and offer up plenty of interesting insights into how Italy's exploitation film industry worked. All in all, Image's DVD of Cannibal Apocalypse is worthy of investigation for hardcore horror buffs and a must for the film's cult following.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This amusingly schizophrenic Italian genre-bender is equal parts gory horror movie, fast-paced action opus, and over-the-top melodrama. The result will never be confused for high art but Cannibal Apocalypse offers plenty of bizarre low-budget thrills for the Eurotrash aficionados. Director Anthony M. Dawson (aka Italian filmmaker Antonio Margheriti) keeps the story moving fast so viewers can't ponder the film's implausible premise and creates plenty of taut action set pieces to dazzle the eye, including the Vietnam War flashback that opens the film and a brawl between the cannibal heroes and a vengeful street gang. The film also offers plenty of amusing B-movie-styled performances that make up for their lack of polish with plenty of exuberance and intensity. Highlights include Cinzia De Carolis as an oversexed teen with eye-popping taste in clothes and Italian genre film stalwart Giovanni Lombardo Radice throwing out all the Method actor stops in his crazed performance as Vietnam vet Bukowski. Special note must also be made of the eccentric musical score by Alex Blonksteiner, which can only be described as "Ennio Morricone meets the theme music from Charlie's Angels." However, the most impressive element of the film is John Saxon's performance: no matter how bizarre or sleazy the premise becomes, Saxon plays the material straight and delivers a serious, well-crafted performance that makes it possible to stick with the film's strange premise. Ultimately, Cannibal Apocalypse is a niche film that will confound (and gross out) many viewers, but is just what the doctor ordered for anyone with a taste for exploitation filmmaking at its most bizarre.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0014381064025
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

New digitally mastered widescreen transfer; "Cannibal Apolcalypse Redux": exclusive documentary featuring John Saxon, John Morghen, and Antonio Margheriti; "Apocalypse in the Streets": video tour of filming locations; European theatrical trailer; Japanese teaser; Poster and still gallery; The Butchering of Cannibal Apocalypse: A new text essay; Alternate U.S. opening sequence; Cast and crew filmography; Liner notes by film journalist Travis Crawford

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Saxon Norman Hopper
Elizabeth Turner Jane Hopper
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Actor
Cindy Hamilton Actor
Tony King Actor
Wallace Wilkinson Actor
Ray Williams Actor
May Heatherly Actor
Laura Dean Actor
Dawson Anthony Actor

Technical Credits
Anthony M. Dawson Director,Screenwriter
Maurizio Amati Producer
Sandro Amati Producer
Fernando Arribas Cinematographer
Alex Blonksteiner Score Composer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup Special Effects
Jimmy Gould Original Story,Screenwriter
Walter Patriarca Art Director
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Giorgio Serralonga Editor
Don Shelley Special Effects
Freddy Unger Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title; Flashback [10:01]
2. Out of the Booby Hatch [8:05]
3. Neck-Chomping Charlie [13:16]
4. In Cahoots [11:12]
5. Unhinged [9:13]
6. Signs of Cannibalism [14:28]
7. Taking to the Streets [5:32]
8. Subterranean Justice [9:49]
9. Section Four [:56]
10. Section Five [4:59]
11. Home Sweet Home [6:56]
12. End Credits [1:50]
0. Cannibal Apocalypse Redux: Making-of Featurette With Interviews
1. Main Title [1:19]
2. Hit and Run Style [1:55]
3. "A Combination Horror/War Film" [8:42]
4. A Unique Genre [4:31]
5. A Wonderful Piece of Meat [4:05]
6. Degrees of Violence [5:29]
7. Zombie Day [1:43]
8. Cannibal Degeneration [7:15]
9. Pseudonyms [2:46]
10. The Tarantino Connection [6:06]
11. An Interesting Phenomenon [7:40]
12. Yankee Doodle Dandy [2:33]

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