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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals aka "Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali" [Blu-ray]

 

(Joe D'Amato as Aristide Massaccesi, 1977)

 

 

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Gico Cinematografica S.r.l.

Video: 88 Films / Severin Films

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' / FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:31:56.511 / 1:33:06.622

Disc Size: 22,939,712,340 bytes / 47,504,744,649 bytes

Feature Size: 19,891,759,104 bytes / 27,123,910,656 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps / 34.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12 / 9

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case / Black Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: January 11th, 2016 / May 8th, 2018

 

Video (both):

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 909 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 909 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 893 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 893 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles (both):

English, none

 

Extras:

Trailer (2:18)

• 88 Films Trailer Reel (18:05)

• Italian Opening and End Credits (3:06)

Reversible Sleeve with alternative art
Includes a Collectible 300gsm Original Poster Post Card

 

The World of Nico Fidenco - An interview with composer Nico Fidenco (27:04)
A Nun Among the Cannibals - An interview with actress Annamaria Clementi (22:53)
Dr. O'Brien MD - An interview with actor Donald O'Brien (18:47)
From Switzerland to Mato Grosso - An Interview with actress Monika Zanchi (18:40)
I Am Your Black Queen - Laura Gemser archive audio interview (11:25)
Theatrical Trailer (2:33)

 

Bitrate:

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Description: Joe D'Amato may have hit video nasty pay-dirt with his classic monster-mash ANTHROPOPHAGUS but it was with EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS that the late great splatter genius made his most mesmerising flesh n fear masterpiece. Spinning a similar story to the later genre trendsetter CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, DAmato begins his horror-shocker in Manhattan, wherein an undercover journalist (essayed by the legendary sex symbol Laura Gemser) comes across some found footage of native practices. Further indicating its influence on the movies that followed, DAmato sends his raven-haired reporter all the way to South America although even she cannot be prepared for the native nastiness that is about entrap her in the Amazon jungle!

Packing in plenty of exposed skin, and corporeal craziness, EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS has finally arrived in the UK nearly 40 years after its theatrical debut thanks to the daring of 88 Films, who present this gruelling gore-fest re-mastered and fully uncut and uncensored! Don't say you weren't warned....

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

The Film:

Black Emanuelle meets CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (or perhaps more suitably CANNIBAL FEROX) when roving reporter Emanuelle (Laura Gemser, MURDER OBSESSION) does an expose of a New York mental hospital and witnesses a feral young woman (Dirce Funari, EROTIC NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD) bite off a handsy nurse's breast. Sneaking into the restrained girl's room, she discovers and photographs a strange tattoo on the girl's abdomen. She seeks the expertise (in and out of the sack) of Professor Mark Lester (Gemser's husband Gabriele Tinti, LISA AND THE DEVIL) who recognizes the tattoo as belonging to that of a supposedly extinct Amazonian cannibal tribe. The two mount an expedition in search of this lost tribe, accompanied by missionary Sister Angela (Annamaria Clementi, PORNO SHOP ON 7TH STREET), hunter Donald McKenzie (Donald O'Brien, ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST's DR. BUTCHER, M.D. [MEDICAL DEVIATE]) and his horny wife Maggie (Susan Scott/Nieves Navarro, BLACK EMANUELLE, WHITE EMANUELLE/VELLUTO NERO), their studly guide Salvador (Percy Hogan, BLACK EMANUELLE 2), and Isabelle (Monica Zanchi, HITCH HIKE), the hot-to-trot virginal daughter of missionary Wilkes (Geoffrey Copleston, THE NIGHT PORTER). In between sweaty couplings, the expedition encounter sinister evidence that they are not alone, and sex soon gives way to rape and gut-munching (with effects by 1900's Fabrizio Sforza) as the survivors are captured and must decide whether to eat or be eaten. Producers Fabrizio de Angelis and Gianfranco Couyoumdjian would reuse much of series composer Nico Fidenco's original score - which includes the insanely catchy theme song "Make Love on the Wing" - in his ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS/CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST cash-grab ZOMBI HOLOCAUST (released stateside completely rescored as DR. BUTCHER M.D. (MEDICAL DEVIATE)) which had pretty much the same plot as EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS but swapped out the sex for more gore and Gemser for NEW YORK RIPPER's Alexandra delli Colli.

Eric Cotenas

Deeply involved in her journalist career, and glowing with the earnest nobility of a sixth form prefect, black Emanuelle (descended from the French softcore heroine but with only one 'm' to her name) finds little time for sex in this hilariously gruesome tale set in the Amazon jungles.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals gets a Blu-ray transfer from 88 Films in the UK as part of their 'Italian Collection' series.  It single-layered with a middling bitrate and can look quite soft at times. I have no idea what the original film looked like but this may not be far off - even though I understand it was shot in 35mm. It looks like the sources is of the same quality as the ones used in the Black Emanuelle Boxset that Eric reviewed. This is 1080P and the jungle colors seem fairly rich but I saw no depth in the 1.85:1 frame.  The print used seems fairly clean and this may prove to be the best Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals can look for your home theatre. I have no idea. This Blu-ray actually looks better in-motion than the static captures.

 

The Severin is a significant bump over the 88 Films transfer. It is both from a superior source (Italian title - see above) and is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. Details rises and there is plenty of sweet grain texture. Colors, notably flesh-tines, vastly improve. It is brighter and better on every digital front over its UK counterpart. I did notice a few instances of frame-specific damage - see sample below but they were rare. This runs a bit shorted but I didn't find anything censored.

 

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1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Frame-specific Damage on Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

Audio :

88 Films offer linear PCM 2.0 channel tracks at 1536 kbps (16-bit) for both English and Italian with English subtitles. It sounds about as good as the video looks with sync issues prevalent. There is a score that seems to suit the film pretty well. Overall the audio is relatively weak but I would credit that to the production or source.  My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Audio offers both Italian and English tracks in DTS-HD Master mono. It may be authentically flatter and has less depth but this is a marginal difference. The hauntingly awkward score by Nico Fidenco (Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade, Emanuelle in Bangkok, Emanuelle in America) sounds unremarkable. The Severin offers optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

 

Extras :

Extras consist of a rough looking trailer, 88 Films, almost 20-minute, Trailer Reel with with with Children of the Corn, Don't Go Into the Woods, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, Mother's Day, Slaughterhouse, Transcers, Splatter University. There are 3-minutes of the Italian Opening and End Credits. The package has a reversible sleeve with alternative art, and it includes a collectible 300gsm Original Poster Post Card and a liner notes in the transparent case.

 

Severin offer plenty of extras starting with The World of Nico Fidenco - A 27-minute interview with composer Nico Fidenco. A Nun Among the Cannibals is a 23-minute interview with actress Annamaria Clementi. Dr. O'Brien MD is an interview with actor Donald O'Brien (running shy of 19-minutes and From Switzerland to Mato Grosso is a 19-minute interview with actress Monika Zanchi. I Am Your Black Queen is a 12-minute Laura Gemser archive audio interview with photos of the actress. There is also a theatrical trailer.

 

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals is pure sexploitation - which wouldn't be too bad if the editing wasn't so sporadic. It instead relies on the Laura Gemser's pretty face and very skinny body - okay, she's quite hot - ditto for Nieves Navarro, Mónica Zanchi, Annamaria Clementi. There is a disturbing appeal in the flawed filmmaking. The 88 Films Blu-ray may be the definitive at present and it's kind of a funky film to own in HD.

 

Severin improve demonstratively in the video and extras giving fans of Emanuelle and the Last Cannibal the best Blu-ray package by a longshot. This quintessential filth effort has never looked better on digital. 

Gary Tooze

January 21st, 2016

April 23rd, 2018

 

 

 

 




 

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