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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Massacre in Dinosaur Valley aka "Nudo e selvaggio" [Blu-ray]


Michele Massimo Tarantini (as Michael E. Lemick), 1985





Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: DMV Distribuzione

Video: 88 Films / Severin



Region: FREE (both) (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: English - 1:27:31.621 / Italian - 1:26:30.602  /

Disc Size: 44,697,925,322 bytes  / 38,679,233,147 bytes

English-language feature size: 20,142,090,240 bytes  /

Italian-language feature size: 18,566,080,512 bytes

Feature: 23,811,667,968 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.96 Mbps / 24.98 Mbps  / 30.11 Mbps

Chapters: 12  / 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 13th, 2017  / September 29th, 2020


Video (both):

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



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

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


DTS-HD Master Audio English 1670 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1670 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1896 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1896 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



None / Non-removable English on the Italian Language version

English (SDH) translated, DUB-titles, none



Location, Location, Cannibalization (20:41)
Deleted Scenes (10:49)
• Original trailer (2:05)


Valley Boy - Interview with Actor Michael Sopkiw (23:12)
Lost in Brazil - Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti (14:18)
Deleted and Extended Scenes Reel in English or Italian (9:27)
Trailer (1:57)
Italian credits (3:46)



1) 88 Films (English-language) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (Italian-language) - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM


Description: When their plane crashes in the dense Amazon jungle, anthropologist, and all-round ladies man, Kevin Hall (Michael Sopkiw, Blastfighter), is left to protect a bevy of model bombshells who were along for the ride; including the gorgeous Eva (Suzane Carvalho, Women in Fury). On their journey back to civilization, they battle the harsh elements of the Amazon and clash with terrifying jungle creatures, not to mention a run in with local slave traders. They eventually find themselves deep in cannibal territory and fighting to save their skins.

Formally known as Cannibal Holocaust 2 during the VHS era, Michele Massimo Tarantini’s rip-roaring riot of Italian exploitation finally arrives in pristine HD and is ripe for re-discovery via this blistering new transfer thanks to the flesh-hungry fiends at 88 Films!


1980s Italian action adventure written and directed by Michele Massimo Tarantini. When their plane crashes on a South American expedition deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Kevin Hall (Michael Sopkiw) tries to lead his group of scientists and models to safety. To get back to civilization he must first fight his way through hostile slave traders, bloodthirsty cannibals and a variety of the jungle's monsters.




The Film:

Michael Sopkiw (2019: After The Fall of New York) stars as Kevin Hall, a bone hunter from the Boston Institute of Paleontology who is able to tag along on a plane that is making a side trip to the cursed 'valley of the dinosaurs' where there is supposedly a huge number of bones, fossils, and footprints to examine. After a quick bar fight between Kevin and a couple of oiled-up muscle dudes, the plane is soon bound for the forbidden zone. Along for the ride are a Vietnam vet and his bickering over the hill Marilyn Monroe wannabe wife, a photographer with a couple of models, and an older professor with his hot daughter. The plane crashes and Kevin finds himself trying to lead the passengers to safety through the cannibal-infested jungles while also contending with quicksand, snakes, crocodiles, piranhas, slave labour, and a power struggle with the army guy.

Excerpt from TheVideoGraveyard located HERE

Yes, it’s another ‘b’ movie jungle flick featuring cannibalistic natives, acres of naked female flesh (”Are you sure this shouldn’t be called Breast Night” - Zomblee), leeches, quicksand and severed heads. Although obviously a cheaper production than the first film of the night, Massacre… is just as much fun, as our intrepid plane crash survivors search for a way out of the cursed Valley of the Dinosaurs (don’t get too excited and make the same mistake as me though, there aren’t actually any real dinosaurs in the film).

Along the way the two girls have a waterfall wet T-shirt competition, Robbie has his leg gnawed to the bone by piranhas, John has his heart ripped out and eaten and Eva and Belinda are kidnapped by the natives before being stripped...

Excerpt from EatMyBrains located HERE

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

Massacre in Dinosaur Valley aka "Nudo e selvaggio" gets a solid transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films in the UK.  Both the English and Italian versions get separate transfers "Restored in 2K from the Original Camera Negative". The 1.5 hour film get a supportive bitrates and the visual quality can impress looking far superior than one might anticipate. The English version is slightly superior but it is negligible. The modest production has layered contrast and frequent depth. There is a green cast over the image. It's in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio without compression artifacts or digital noise and grain textures are prevalent. This dual-layered Blu-ray higher resolution does expose some of the low-budget effects - the plane crash is particularly transparent as are the brief viewing of a piranha attack.


Severin's 1080P is described as "Uncut & remastered in 4k for the first time ever in America!" and "uncut in 4k from the original negative". It looks significantly improved exposing the green haze over the 88 Films even more in side-by-side comparison. Severin have also seems to have 'straightened' out the image (loose gate) and flesh tones are more realistic and colors dhow more depth. It may also be a bit sharper with a higher bitrate. Textures are fine and visible. Severin, instead of two separate transfers for the Italian and English languages, use the same stronger source with the option of both audio tracks and added the Italian credit sequences as a bonus. Severin wins this handily.




1) 88 Films (English-language) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (Italian-language) - Region FREE Blu-ray - SECOND

3) Severin (DUB titles) - Region FREE Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Severin (translated) - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) 88 Films (English-language) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (Italian-language) - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) 88 Films (English-language) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films (Italian-language) - Region FREE Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Severin - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM
















Audio :

88 Films use linear PCM mono tracks at 2304 kbps that export the film's modest production expressions easily in both English and Italian languages - DUBs fairly transparent. There are effects but any audio depth seems superficial - even in carrying some weight. the uncredited score is a bit redundant and generic in buoying the action. There are non-removable English subtitles on the Italian-language version, none offered on the English, and my Oppo has identified it as being region FREE - playable worldwide.


Severin's DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks, in both Italian or English options don't sound significantly improved over 88 Films linear PCM. They may have more depth. English subtitles in SDH or a second option, not on the menu, (DUB-titles) and both are fully optional (see samples above) and their Blu-ray is also Region FREE.


Extras :

Dr. Calum Waddell is a film critic, British writer and the director of the 2015 documentary Eaten Alive! The Rise and Fall of the Italian Cannibal Film. As part of a 20-minute video supplement entitled Location, Location, Cannibalization he discusses the appeal, value and attraction of Cannibals in film and relays information on Cannibalizing cultures. It's relevant, interesting and... excellent. There are also almost 11-minutes worth of deleted scenes plus an original trailer. The package offers a revisable sleeve (see bottom cover art.)


Severin offer interviews with actor Michael Sopkiw for 23-minutes and Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti for a 1/4 hour plus the deleted and extended scenes in English or Italian, a trailer and the aforementioned Italian credits.


 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray



Severin - Region FREE Blu-ray



Massacre in Dinosaur Valley is quite a modest adventure with exploitation at every turn from scantily clad ladies to grotesque blood gore. These films are fun for the seriousness the cast puts into the production. I was, surprisingly, very entertained - having my expectations rather low. Like many I was expecting a dinosaur to surface - it wouldn't have worked as well if they had. The 88 Films Blu-ray provides a reasonable presentation, for both versions, with the educational piece by Waddell. Nice package - perhaps better than the film deserved but I love the idea of being exposed to these cheesy, Ital-sploitation, efforts with, appealing, one-dimensional characters bound together fighting for their lives. Perfect! I doubt anyone keen on Massacre in Dinosaur Valley is expecting a masterpiece - it's grassroots expression is actually part of the film's charismatic appeal. How cool is this to have it on Blu-ray? Nice cover(s) too. Recommended to the right crowd.


Severin have the better video, by a substantial margin, lossless audio and some interviews as extras. It's the edition that we endorse as definitive for Massacre in Dinosaur Valley. The film still has the same camp appeal - kind of a fun diversion.  

Gary Tooze

March 20th, 2017

September 27th, 2020





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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