Cannibal Holocaust Assaults UK Blu-ray in New Director’s Edit w/Less Animal Death!

Here's yet another reason to upgrade to Blu-ray if ever I saw one – Director Ruggero Deodato’s highly controversial and widely acclaimed Cannibal Holocaust will soon be released in an eye-popping, high definition director's cut courtesy of the UK’s Shameless Screen Entertainment! Now where’s my wallet...

For those of us yet to make the jump to Blu-ray, don't get your panties in a knot – Shameless have also seen fit to give it a decent two-disc DVD package that finally complements the film that shocked the world!

From the Press Release:

Director Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust remains one of the most shocking and controversial films of all time. Now, for the first time ever and in association with Shameless Screen Entertainment, Deodato has revisited his classic of horror cinema to produce a brand new Director’s Edit of the film especially for its high definition debut on Blu-ray on 26th September 2011.

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 and as a two-disc DVD 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.”

An extremely violent and gory film, containing strong sex, sexual violence and animal slaughter, Cannibal Holocaust is a powerful and provocative work concerning 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.

Cannibal Holocaust Assaults UK Blu-ray in New Director’s Edit w/Less Animal Death!

Special features on the release include:

• Introduction to the original film by director Ruggero Deodato
• Introduction to the new Director’s Edit by Ruggero Deodato
Film and Be Damned – interview 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

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Terminal's picture

No thanks on the friendlier version.

Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 08/21/2011 - 12:18pm.
Sirand's picture

Perfectly fine with this. The animal death were unnecessary and completely slowed the pace of the film down just for the sake of having "animal snuff." Losing them will make the movie better.

Submitted by Sirand on Sat, 08/20/2011 - 11:36am.
Steve Barton's picture

Couldn't agree more. I always fast FWDed through the animal scenes.

Anyone know if this is Region Locked?

Submitted by Steve Barton on Sun, 08/21/2011 - 4:06pm.
Gareth Jones's picture

Just learned that it's Region B locked.

Submitted by Gareth Jones on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 8:39am.
Vanvance1's picture

I don't want an edited version. No dollars for a kinder, gentler cut.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Sat, 08/20/2011 - 3:57am.

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