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(aka "Encarnação do Demônio" or "Devil's Reincarnation")

 

directed by José Mojica Marins
Brazil 2008

 

Long thought dead, mass murderer Ze De Caixao (Coffin Joe to English audiences) aka Josefel Zanatas (writer/director/star Jose Mojica Marins) is released from prison after a 40 year prison term (during which he killed 30 fellow prisoners). He returns to the slums of Sao Paolo where his faithful servant Bruno (Rui Resende) has not only maintained a lair for him but has also recruited a quartet of liberated souls to assist him as he resumes his grisly quest to continue his bloodline with the perfect woman (and gruesomely destroy any woman who fails and any man who tries to stop him). Hindering his quest are survivors and family of the victims of his previous exploits (including a cop blinded in one eye by Coffin Joe's talons and an extremely penitent monk) who may be even more corrupt and repellent than Ze as well as terrifying visions of his dead wife and other past victims (whose appearances usually prompt clips from the previous films). Late in the film in a carnival's house of horrors, Ze tells one of his disoriented persecutors surrounded by mannequins of Dracula and Frankenstein that "Images don't die" and the popularity of Ze de Caixao in Brazil and his growing popularity to English-speaking audiences as Coffin Joe suggest that Marins has indeed achieved immortality with his alter ego even though other characters and even he himself on film have repeatedly vanquished the character or dispelled his evil influence. Not only does the film look and sound slicker than earlier Coffin Joe entries, the story also flows more smoothly and Marins direction seems as assured as his onscreen performance. The gore is also more accomplished but somehow never as unpleasant as most torture porn flicks (probably because of the fantastical elements) and as with an earlier Coffin Joe entry, there is another tour through purgatory (although since the film is color, there isn't the striking transition from monochrome to color that there was in the prior film).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 8 August 2008 (Brazil)

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DVD Review: Anchor Bay - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Distribution

Anchor Bay

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:33:30
Video

1.79:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.47 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1; Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.79:1

Edition Details:
• Making Of featurette (4:3; 31:43; in Portuguese with English subtitles)
• Trailer (4:3; 1:38; in Portuguese with English subtitles)

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 2009
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Anchor Bay UK's DVD of EMBODIMENT OF EVIL is the only English-friendly edition so far but it is unfortunately an NTSC-PAL conversion - as is reportedly the case with Anchor Bay's COFFIN JOE box set - with stuttering pans and other sideways movements (especially annoying because the transitions often involve whip-pans). The stereo and 5.1 tracks are nicely enveloping (and, like the photography, incredibly slick for a Marins film).

The film also offers some clips from Marins other Coffin Joe films as flashbacks and those look amazing compared to the transfers on the DVD releases of those same films. A making-of featurette and theatrical trailer are also offered with English subtitles.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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