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(aka 'The Snake God')

 

Directed by Piero Vivarelli
Italy | Venezuela 1970

 

Abandoned by her rich industrialist husband on a remote Caribbean estate, Paola befriends Stella, a beautiful local girl who is an adept of a hidden voodoo cult. The two women become inseparable, sharing their most intimate secrets. All goes well until Paola demands that Stella take her to one of the voodoo ceremonies that she attends every week. There Paola falls under the spell of Djamballa, the powerful snake god, from whose magic there is no escape.

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Theatrical Release: November 28th, 1970 - Italy

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DVD Review: Mondo Macabro - Region 1, 7, 8 - NTSC

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Distribution Mondo Macabro - Region 1, 7, 8 - NTSC
Runtime 1:32:42 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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

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Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio:
Mondo Macabro

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Piero Vivarelli (14:11)
• Original Trailer (3:32)
• About the Film text screens
• Cast and Crew Profiles Text screens

• Trailer adverts from Mondo Macabro (7:30)

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2013

Red Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

I don't know if this is a bone-fide genre - kind of a tropical-ero-interracial dillio or simply snake-motif - but I expect so. It hints at more sexuality than showing skin - although there is a touch. 

A decent, anamorphic, progressive SD transfer from Mondo Macabro. It's dual-layered with a high bitrate and the image quality is impressive for the format. There were very few irregularities that you might anticipate from this era and the visuals were clean and bright. Good news again that I don't see any digital manipulation. Kudos!

Audio is Italian and, predictably, sync'ing has minor oddities. The soundtrack is appealing adding some nice flavour to the exotic outdoor cinematography of South America.  Clear and discernable dialogue with optional English subtitles (a first for this film on DVD!). The DVD is region 1, 7 + 8 in the NTSC format.

NOTE: In case you are curious - region 7 is for MPAA-related DVDs and "media copies" of pre-releases - usually in Asia and 8 is international venues such as aircraft, cruise ships, spacecraft, etc. 

Extras included an interesting 14-minute interview with director Piero Vivarelli where he is very frank and even amusing as well as his enjoyment of good music. There is also along trailer with shots I don't recall from the film, extensive text screen both 'about the film' and cast and crew profiles and lastly 7.5 minutes of trailer adverts from Mondo Macabro.

This has strong 70s Euro-trash nostalgia and genre appeal but the film has some merit and is interestingly shot - plus the soundtrack is kinda cool. Odd, for sure - but fans of similar will probably enjoy this un-bound tropical adventure. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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