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Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals aka "Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali" [Blu-ray]
(Joe D'Amato as Aristide Massaccesi, 1977)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Gico Cinematografica S.r.l.
Video: 88 Films
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,939,712,340 bytes
Feature Size: 19,891,759,104 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: January 11th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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
• 88 Films Trailer Reel (18:05)
• Italian Opening and End Credits (3:06)
Reversible Sleeve with
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
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!
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.
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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 hauntingly awkward score by Nico Fidenco (Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade, Emanuelle in Bangkok, Emanuelle in America) 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.
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.
January 21st, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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