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The Human Centipede [Blu-ray]

 

(Tom Six, 2009)

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - LEFT

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

NOTE: Bounty Films stats are in GREEN

 

Studio:

Theatrical: Bounty Films Cinema

Video: IFC Films vs. Bounty Films

Disc:

IFC Films is Region: 'A' - Bounty Films is Region 'B'-locked

Runtime: 1:31:57.970 / 1:28:03.479

Disc Size: 20,982,978,713 bytes / 31,612,982,708 bytes

Feature Size: 17,863,102,464 bytes / 19,884,460,032 bytes

Average Bitrate: 19.90 Mbps / 24.99 Mbps

Chapters: 17 / 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray cases

Release date: October 5th / October 4th, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 / 1.78

Resolution: 1080P 23.976 fps / 1080i 25 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video / MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1739 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1739 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1570 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1570 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English, Spanish, None

 

English, none

 

Posters

 

Extras:

• Commentary by Tom Six

Trailer (2:23 in HD)

Behind the Scenes (9:03 in SD)

Director Interview (5:18 in SD)

Casting Tapes of Ashley C. Williams + Ashlynn Yennie (2:04 in SD)

Foley Session (4:53 in SD)

Deleted Scene (1:30 in SD)

• 5 Alternate Posters

 

• Commentary by Tom Six
• Trailer (2:23 in HD)

• Deleted Scene (1:27 in HD)
• Behind the Scenes (8:39 in HD)
• Director Interview Part 1 (23:40 in HD)

• Director Interview Part 2 (5:07 in HD)

• Foley Session (4:40 in HD)
• Casting Tapes of Ashley C. Williams + Ashlynn Yennie (1:58 in HD)
• Q+A with Director Tom Six and actor Dieter Laser (22:07 in HD)
 

Bitrate:

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Description: Two pretty American girls on a road trip across Europe end up alone in the woods at night when their car breaks down in rural Germany. As they search for help they find an isolated house. Offering to call them a taxi, the house's owner Dr. Heiter, a retired surgeon, invites the girls inside with the promise of a drink and dry place to wait until help arrives. However they realize that there is something not quite right about the formidable Dr. Heiter... As their demented host explains his twisted vision, the two girls discover that they are soon to become a lot closer to each other than they ever wanted to be. Heiter s plan is to connect the two girls to each other with a third person, a hapless Japanese tourist, via their gastric systems in a daring bid to be the first person to create a Siamese triplet -bringing to life his sick lifetime fantasy THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE! Inspired by a conversation over what punishment would be appropriate for convicted pedophiles, Tom Six's bizarre biological horror film has the distinction of being 100% MEDICALLY ACCURATE!

 

 

100% Medically accurate.
The compelling simplicity of Saw. The stylish dread of Eraserhead. The black humor of A Nightmare On Elm Street. Those are the benchmarks of horror that the outrageous Dutch film The Human Centipede matches. The plot is diabolically simple: two stranded American tourists are given shelter by a famed German doctor (a maniacally intense Dieter Laser) who made his fortune surgically separating conjoined twins. Now his mad genius is pushing the doctor to do the reverse. He tells the women that they will be surgically attached to a Japanese businessman mouth to buttocks, one after the other and thus will be born a new creature: the human centipede! Compellingly perverse, hilarious, and shockingly straightforward, Dutch director Tom Six's new film is hands-down the most memorable horror film of the year.

 

 

The Film:

Touted in press materials as "100% medically accurate" -- translation: yuck -- it's the story of a deranged German surgeon (Dieter Laser) who kidnaps three people and sutures them together, mouth to rectum, in order to create a kind of freakish conjoined triplet, sharing one long digestive tract. (Come to think of it, maybe "annals" isn't the best choice of words here.)

Why on Earth would somebody do such a thing?

Never mind why. You think a mad scientist needs to write a grant proposal? All he needs is a dark and stormy night, a basement laboratory, Rohypnol and a couple of whiny American tourists with a flat tire and the bad judgment to seek roadside assistance from a guy who looks like Nosferatu, lives alone and says such things as "I hate humans."

The danger is so wildly obvious that the two young women who stumble into his lair (Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie; I know, I never heard of them either) might as well be responding to a Craigslist ad seeking "willing victims." They're not just dumb, but shrill and obnoxious, spending the first 20 minutes of the movie bickering over whose fault the flat tire is. By the time their mouths are, um, sealed tight, you might be thinking, as a fellow critic wisecracked at the screening, "At least that shut them up."

Excerpt from Michael Sullivan at The Washington Post located HERE

 

 


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
 

The Human Centipede has received excessive 'chatter' on and off the Net and I don't want to contribute by investing too much time on this film review so... let's be brief. The film was shot on HD at 25 fps - BUT should have been slowed down to 24 fps for mastering like the Masters of Cinema did with Jia Zhang Ke's THE WORLD as Criterion will also be doing with their upcoming ANTICHRIST (von Trier). So, IFC did this important rendering facet and Bounty Films - in association with Eureka - did not (note running times). The UK edition is interlaced and the image quality is softer in motion and exhibits 'combing'. This will be dependant on systems that identify it and most will overcome it. This combing made matching a bit more difficult than usual but there are enough captures below to see the differences. Flesh tones on the IFC are warmer but generally colors aren't far off. The UK feature has a larger file size for the feature and hence a higher bitrate but both produce consistent visuals. The UK transfer is not fatally poor but I do consider it a mistake and judgment for superior image goes to the IFC Blu-ray.

 

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1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - TOP

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Audio :

While one uses a linear PCM track (IFC) and the other DTS-Master (Bounty) - in the 4, less vulgar, scenes that I did direct audio comparisons - I couldn't distinguish enough of a difference to state anything definitive. So, they are both lossless and original 2.0 channel. The UK may have been a bit less robust but both are clear and dialogue is easily audible. Both have English subtitles appear for the infrequent German and Japanese used and English for the whole feature is optional (Spanish too for the IFC). There is some difference in translation - but again not enough to make issue, IMO. My Momitsu has identified both as being region-locked - 'A' for IFC and 'B' or Bounty.

 

 

Extras :

Extras are mostly duplicated - both with Tom Six's commentary - which isn't bad. He apologizes for his English but it is excellent and I had no problems distinguishing what he was inferring about production and extraneous storyline details. Both offer an HD Trailer, a 10-minute Behind the Scenes piece, a 5-minute Director interview and 2-minutes of casting segments of Ashley C. Williams + Ashlynn Yennie. There is a Foley recording session for 5 minutes with chicken parts etc. and a brief deleted scenes with Dr. Heiter doing a victory dance. The Bounty (UK) are all in HD where only the trailer is on the IFC. The UK also has 45 more minutes with an additional director interview and a Q+A with Six and actor Dieter Laser. This can explain why the UK release is dual-layered to hold all this extra file space for the supplements (both HD and additional). You may note that the extras are in a 25 fps speed on the Bounty Blu-ray.

 

1) IFC Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray - LEFT

2) Bounty Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Firstly, let me make this perfectly clear - I must really be quite a prude. I don't have much good to say about The Human Centipede... because it is NOT my type of entertainment. Grotesque medical procedures, obscene human behavior, forced digestion of feces - just not my cup of tea, I suppose. I was impressed with Six's direction and some of the performances - but not the subject matter. I generally like the horror genre too. But I wouldn't recommend this film to any family or close friends and might only suggest it to one or two Internet acquaintances.

 

I always frown on over-hyped marketing and The Human Centipede kinda smelled like it. The Blu-rays will suffice most purchasers despite the differences but the region-locking will probably be the biggest factor in any purchase decisions. For that small group that have BD region-freedom and desire the film - I'd say the IFC although the UK edition is about $1 USD cheaper and has more extras. To each his own!

 

NOTE: This is the 'First Sequence' - a 'Full Sequence' is scheduled for 2011.  

Gary Tooze

September 25th, 2010

 

 


 

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