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The Green Inferno Blu-ray Review



Check out Lee Weber's review of Eli Roth's homage to the late 70's Cannibal films. In The Green Inferno a group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.



The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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87



Details:

Studio and Year: The Weinstein Company - 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 101 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns
Directed By by: Eli Roth
Written By by: Guillermo Amoedo, Eli Roth
Music by: Manuel Riveiro
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 5th, 2015




"No good deed goes unpunished."


My Take:

The self proclaimed Horror mastermind Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) is back with another gore-fest that is chock full o' boring characters, pretty crappy acting, but some good gore for those into that sort of thing. I love me some gore, I love me some horror, but I also love me some good plot. His first feature Cabin Fever showed a lot of promise and was his best, but it seems his wad was blown as it never got any better from there. Hostel was pretty gory, spearheading the torture-porn films we got force fed during the 2000's, but nothing he has done has been strong in the story department, and no genre film-maker can be a mastermind if he doesn't give us strong narratives with characters we care about.

The Green Inferno was interesting in the fact that Roth did indeed try to build the story with 45 minutes of lead-up from New York to the Amazon until the (spoiler if you didn't already know) group of college human rights activists end up being eaten by native cannibals. The problem is some of the acting is just so bad. It's that bad that thinks it is good. That bad that inst mocking itself...the kind that takes me right out of the story. Thankfully the films lead Lorenza Izzo had something about her that kept me interested. She doesn't give a great performance, but certainly shows some promise. When we finally get to the gore it certainly is the kind that makes you quiver. Gouged eyeballs, limbs sliced through with dull blades...the camera isn't afraid to show it all. Too bad the gore fan had to sit through 45 mins of blah to get there...and too bad the film fan has to sit through 45 mins of blah to see cannibals eat people, but no plot or charters to care about when it happens.

Man, I just wanted to feel bad for the dinner, ya know?

In retrospect, should we care about plot and characters in a Cannibal movie?? Hrmmm....


Parental Guide:
Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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The Green Inferno comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Home Entertainment featuring 2.40:1 1080p AVC video with an average bitrate of 28.2 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD MA Master 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.9 Mbps.

The Green Inferno had a literal jungle to play with, being filmed on location in Peru. I was hoping for more epic wide shots of the terrain, village etc., however, we were treated to way too many tightly framed shots. Color was rich, with the lush greens of the jungle, red blood, and yellow and white face paint popping off the screen. Definition and image fidelity was strong and the over-all image very pleasing, if not a bit sterile for this type of film and environment. I just wish a lot of the framing wasn't so annoying as this is a great looking presentation. The films soundtrack was well mixed and dynamic, utilizing surrounds well (think constant chirping insects) filling the room and making it feel like the Amazon. Low frequency effects during the films tribal drums score and few explosions dug deep and rounded out this great track.




Bonus Features:
  • Feature Commentary with Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolas Lopez, and Stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara
  • (HD) Photo Gallery
  • (HD) Deleted Scenes with Optional Introduction by Writer/Director Joel Edgerton
  • (HD) Ultraviolet Digital Copy


Final Thoughts:

The Green Inferno is for people who want to see it. If you are not intrigued by a cannibal flick then there is no need to give it a watch...it's not a good movie, really. Fans with be happy to hear the transfer has great A/V and a digital copy so you can just watch this one over end over and over. After hearing about this being filmed on location, with Eli Roth using a rear tribe, I was really disappointing in it not having a "making of" or some mini-doc about it. I guess you will hear stories if you watch with the commentary, however, I couldn't be bothered.





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Thanks for reviewing this film! Sounds like a solid rental for OctoberFest horror movie watching! That is if I can hold out that long to give this a spin!
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Thanks Lee...as noted, probably a Halloween rental.

Good review, as always!
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Thanks for reviewing this film! Sounds like a solid rental for OctoberFest horror movie watching! That is if I can hold out that long to give this a spin!
Trust me, you can hold out...

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Thanks Lee...as noted, probably a Halloween rental.

Good review, as always!
Thanks, man!
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Greetings,

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Am I the only one who thought that was Johnny Depp from Pirates of the Caribbean?
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Really great review Lee. I saw this in the theater, and had Very similar reactions. Is the CGI black leopard (panther?) as terribly obvious as i remember?
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I just saw this and thought it was pretty good overall. Maybe 3 to 3.5 stars outta 5. It had some of Eli's sick sense of humor in it with some nice scares that you might not have expected. I actually jumped a bit more in the first than I did the second half.

This movie started out pretty good and it did kind of slow down a bit about halfway through though, but it was better than I had thought it would be. It reminded me somewhat of the Hostel movies. Tied up victims and people doing horrible things to em but all things considered the gore was nothing like what you would expect in a Saw movie thankfully.

I've liked alot of Eli's stuff though. Cabin Fever, both Hostels and Knock Knock as well. I think he's really good as a film maker and for the genre of movies he does.

I'd recommend this to some but could see how others might not like it.
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Thanks Lee, for taking the time to do a review on this one.


It will be a pass on my part, since I buy all the movie that I watch.


It is too bad, that you always end-up with the crappy ones.
Sometime you should also get better titles to review.


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Thanks Lee, for taking the time to do a review on this one.


It will be a pass on my part, since I buy all the movie that I watch.


It is too bad, that you always end-up with the crappy ones.
Sometime you should also get better titles to review.


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Thanks man! if I had more time I know Ralph would give me more to write up...however, I enjoy getting the weird stuff as I see all the blockbusters regardless.
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Thanks man! if I had more time I know Ralph would give me more to write up...however, I enjoy getting the weird stuff as I see all the blockbusters regardless.

Understood


Time and weird stuff, then all is good


Also good to know that you get your movies from Ralph, for the above two reasons.
I was under the impression, that they were from the studio since Ralph is the main reviewer.


Thanks to your contributions, greatly appreciated.


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