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Eli Roth's Green Inferno

Writer/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel I & II, and Aftershock) might just need to be crowned the new King of Putrid.  A self-confessed connoisseur of gore and Grindhouse alum, Roth’s work in the genre is living proof that the exploitation flick is not forgotten and definitely not out of style.  Love him or hate him, he has a point and now he gives us The Green Inferno, a film in which the slackervist community gets a much-needed comeuppance.

"It’s morbid and, hearkening back to cult Italian horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, undeniably obscene as it makes its sacrificial statement"


 

His latest is a blood-soaked feast of cinematic flesh-eating terror that – with no regard to cultural sensitivity or gender – is definitely not for everyone.  And, truly, that’s not a bad thing.  The Green Inferno is a cannibal-themed movie that will have you wincing, laughing, screaming, and probably leave you feeling guilty upon its conclusion.  It is not for the sane among us and, without pause, that’s why it deserves recognition. 

The fact that a film this disturbed gets a widespread domestic release – after a delay of two years – is what we should be applauding…especially in this restrained world we inhabit.  We are far too cautious and far too weak when it comes to our cinematic haunts.  Things need to be shaken up.  Thankfully, this release from Blumhouse Tilt, Universal Pictures, and High Top Releasing gives me reason to applaud.  Shake the foundations!!!

Positioned around a group of young and clueless humanitarians whose trip to South America goes seriously wrong, Roth’s film definitely tests your stomach’s tolerance for violence and gore.  Tongues are eaten.  Eyes are gouged out.  You know, gross out stuff involving cannibalism and torture siphoned through a humorous lens.  This is a superb festival of gnarly gore that is guaranteed to revolt.  In fact, I’m pretty sure he wants a majority of audience members fleeing the theater in disgust.  It is that reactionary of a film. Eli Roth's Green Inferno

The Green Inferno is a movie that no one truly makes anymore because, yes, it is THAT offensive.  I’m sure a lot of executive heads rotated during its making.  Named after the documentary being made in director Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust, Roth’s film also shares the same feel.  Call them kindred spirits.  Do we need The Green Inferno?  No.  Is it worth the time?  Yes.  You know its fine dining any time the youth’s pretention and blindness to white privilege gets roasted on the screen.   

Roth’s film stars Lorenza Izzo (his wife), Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Aaron Burns but, really, the big players are the members of the cannibalistic Peruvian tribe that captures the young college students after their plane crashes.  Full of dismemberment and vaginal virgin stick testing, The Green Inferno is one sick and twisted comment on protecting the environment.  It’s morbid and, hearkening back to cult Italian horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, undeniably obscene as it makes its sacrificial statement.

Oh, yes, there will be blood!  And Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition is chock full of the goopy stuff.

3/5 beers

Eli Roth's Green Inferno

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Collector's Edition / Blu-ray + CD

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- June 25, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; two-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory’s 1080p transfer of  The Green Inferno is a smooth ride.  The problem is that the material, full of blood and guts and B-movie camp, deserves a rather unsmooth display.  The overall effect of such a beautiful looking transfer undermines the film’s strength as an exploitative flick.  No one is going to care how realistic it all looks while a group of cannibals dismember a living human and then smoke his chest for the best barbeque of their lives through their own winces.  This is brutal stuff and Roth embraces it in his usual fashion.  The transfer is bold and colorful and the digital camera captures all the leafy beauty around these fools with great clarity but, I have to suggest, this would all be more effective if it wasn’t quite as polished, including the nauseating DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack, complete with bone breaks, skin rips, digestive noises, and burps and farts and bowl wet bowl movements.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolás López, and Stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara provide the feature-length commentary.  The film was originally shot in 2013, so there are some interesting tidbits concerning its delay.  

Special Features:

Included in the release is the full score by Manueal Riveiro with bonus tracks, NEW interviews with Roth, Izzo, Sabara, and Blanton.  Behind-the-Scenes footage is also included, as well as a Making-Of Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, and Still Galleries.

  • 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
  • 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

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

Eli Roth's Green Inferno - Blu-ray

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
100 mins
Director
: Eli Roth
Writer:
Guillermo Amoedo, Eli Roth
Cast:
Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns
Genre
: Horror | Adventure
Tagline:
Prayers won't save you this time.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Eh, I hate small planes. I always get this feeling that they're going to crash."
Theatrical Distributor:
BH Tilt
Official Site:
Release Date:
September 25, 2015
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
June 25, 2019
Synopsis: 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.

Eli Roth's Green Inferno - Blu-ray

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