Cannibal Holocaust (UK) in September
Shameless Screen Entertainment have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Cannibal Holocaust on 26th September 2011. Ruggero Deodato has revisited his controversial horror film to produce a brand new Director’s Edit of the film especially for its High Definition debut on Blu-ray.
This new Director’s Edit, which removes or partially hides several instances of real-life animal slaughter, will be released as a special Blu-ray (£24.99 RRP) and as two-disc DVD (£19.99 RRP) edition that includes both the new version and the original full version of Cannibal Holocaust, along with a host of extras specially commissioned for this release.
In a statement explaining the artistic decision to re-edit the film, Deodato says, “At the time, I would have preferred not to kill the animals during the making of the film, but this was requested by the producers. We’d sent them some early dailies and they kept calling us on set in the jungle asking us to shoot increasingly bloody scenes.
“I would not change anything to the film, its structure and content, aside from the fact that, now – thirty years later – I’ve reassessed the way the animals were dealt with. Now I would not do it.”
For those unaware the film is about a crew of documentary filmmakers who go missing while filming primitive cannibal tribes deep in the Amazonian rain forest. The horrific footage they shot before disappearing is found by the members of a second expedition who soon discover the horrific truth behind their demise.
- Introduction to the original film by director Ruggero Deodato
- Introduction to the new Director’s Edit by Ruggero Deodato
- “Film And Be Damned” – inteview with Ruggero Deodato and actor Carl G. Yorke
- “The Long Road Back From Hell” – specially commissioned documentary by Cine Excess featuring Kim Newman, Professor Julian Petley, Professor Mary Wood, Ruggero Deodato, Carl G. Yorke and actress Francesca Ciardi
- Theatrical Trailer
- Easter Egg
- Shameless Trailer Park
As far as we know the original version of the film is still cut for animal cruelty - BBFC link