Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) (Blu-ray Review)

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Joe D’Amato
Starring: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Nieves Navarro
Rated: UR/1:85/1080p/Region O/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

While doing undercover work in a mental hospital, Emanuelle discovers a girl who seems to have been raised by a tribe of amazonian cannibals. Intrigued, Emanuelle and friends travel deep into the Amazon jungle, where they find that the supposedly extinct tribe of cannibals is still very much alive, and Emanuelle and her party are not welcome visitors.

Emanuelle is back and this time her adventures take her into the jungle with cannibals as it’s Cannibal Holocaust meets Emanuelle in Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals. But before our dear Emanuelle can head off into the jungle we see her use sexual acts to calm down a cannibal woman. We then see her roll around in the hay with a man before the movie shifts gears a bit and goes from straight on erotic to the horrors of the jungle. Truth be told, this isn’t the most outrageous cannibal film I’ve ever seen but Emanuelle being inserted into it does add a different element to things that we’ve at least not seen before. The movie also does get a bit violent as well, which is always a good thing in my book and it helps this movie out a great deal even if we aren’t really using new cannibal stuff here. It ends up being good enough.

This is, of course, a Joe D’Amato film and that name alone should tell you what you are in for here as he’s among a rogues gallery of sorts of Italian horror directors. That name should also tell you that what you get here will┬ábe everything but boring, because as crazy as a Joe D’Amato film can be, they are never ever boring. Between this and Violence in a Women’s Prison, it is hard to pick between the two recent Emanuelle films that Severin is releasing on Blu-ray. This one might just be the more violent of the two and comes with some pretty neat Italian-style gore effects. Transfer wise, I’d say the two are pretty even. This one does have more extras. All in all, it’s a fun but often hateful horror flick with erotic stuff in it to balance things out.

Extras

– BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE FILM prepared for this release
– English and Italian audio tracks, with optional English subtitles
– The World of Nico Fedenco – an interview with the composer (27 min)
– A Run Among the Cannibals – an interview with actress Annamaria Clementi (23 min)
– Dr. O’Brien MD – an interview with actor Donald O’Brien (19 min)
– From Switzerland to Mato Grosso – an interview with actress Monica Zanchi (19 min)
– I Am Your Black Queen – an audio commentary by actress Laura Gemser (11 min)
– Original trailer

Quality of Transfer: 85%