The Green Inferno (2013) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Green Inferno (2013) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Green Inferno (2013) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Green Inferno (2013) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Eli Roth
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

The mastermind behind the Hostel franchise and Cabin Fever, horror auteur Eli Roth, serves up a feast of gut-wrenching terror in the gruesome fear-fest The Green Inferno. Determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, a group of student activists fly to Peru only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, The Green Inferno is an unhinged blast!

I was about as happy as anyone to see The Green Inferno finally get a release. I’m actually a big fan of Eli Roth’s movies and this one was basically an Eli Roth movie. Now, if you like his stuff that means you’ll like this. If you aren’t into his work, then you just won’t be all that into this one either. Oddly enough, you might feel you’re back watching Hostel 2 with this one early on. It takes about 45 minutes or so before we finally do head out into the jungle and all that time before is spent with our leading lady, Justine (Lorenza Izzo), her friend (not very well acted by Sky Ferreira), and a group of activists that are played up to the point of being caricatures. Characters in an Eli Roth movie have this very weird vibe about them. You get your normal people and you get these random folks that seem almost out of some other world with the way they act and speak. I’m used to it, but it is here as it has been there in both Cabin Fever and the Hostel films. Does it hurt things? Not for me, but some could be turned off from it. The cannibal side of things is really good here. I expected a full-on cannibal movie’s greatest hits and some things are touched on, but I almost feel like Eli held back on the cannibal side of things just a bit. We have blood and gore, we have some very gruesome stuff, but it still feels a bit tame when compared to other cannibal classics like Make ‘Em Die Slowly (Cannibal Ferox) and Cannibal Holocaust. I’m not saying he should have shot for shot re-created scenes from those films, but outside a pretty nifty butcher job, most the real gore seems to come other areas outside the cannibals.

Now, nitpicking aside, I still think there is a lot of things this movie does right. The plot is set-up in such a way that a lot of the plot twists and turns are pretty clever or at least clever enough. It becomes one of those films where things just have a way of coming back around and fitting. Maybe a little too nice of a fit, but I am not in any way complaining about it. It isn’t a dull time at all watching these dumb kids get themselves into a horrible situation and since it is an Eli Roth film we always find time for some dark comedy on-top of the very serious situation. Lorenza Izzo may be Eli’s wife and with her casting as of late for Roth he might be starting to touch over into Rob Zombie territory a bit, but the woman can act and I think she is great in this movie. It helps if our leading lady is likable and she may be playing nieve character here, but she’s likable and that helps seal the deal with The Green Inferno. It is a nice take on the cannibal movie and while I’m not in love with it, I can say it is totally fun and watchable, with the watchability and being easily able to finish it making it by default the third best cannibal movie ever made behind Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. Scream Factory finally brings this one to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with the same R rated transfer from the original Universal release. But this one has a CD with the soundtrack and other new interviews for the extras as well.

Extras

– Includes The Exclusive Original CD Soundtrack By Manuel Riveiro With Bonus Tracks
– NEW Into The Green Inferno – An Interview With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth
– NEW Uncivilized Behavior: Method Acting In The Green Inferno – Featuring Interviews With Actors Lorenza Izzo, Daryl Sabara, And Kirby Bliss Blanton
– Behind The Scenes Footage – Nearly An Hour Of Never-Before-Seen Footage
– Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth, Producer Nicolás López, And Cast Members Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, And Daryl Sabara
– Original Publicity Featurettes Including The Making of The Green Inferno
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots
– Still Galleries – Storyboards And Makeup Tests, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Village Construction, Publicity, Movie Stills

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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