Synopsis from RaroVideo:
On the streets of a damp metropolis lie the corpses of hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls. No one can give them a resting place because of a law enacted by a repressive State. But the young Antigone, with the help of a foreigner, Tiresias, violates this rule in the name of pietas, undermining the established order.
RaroVideo's packaging is exquisite with one flaw; opening the damn thing was a trial by nearly bloody finger. For some reason the plastic wrap the surrounds the disc made for an extra tight fight in the cardboard slip sleeve. Even after removal, the blu-ray case fits almost too snugly in the packaging. I've even confirmed this with my fellow reviewers. One explanation? It's a virgin! Another explanation? Safety first, Shawn. The red slip sleeve is stunning and ominous with it's black and white image on red background. The interior cover art is much more vibrant, reminiscent of the hippie movements from which this film hails. Both covers are loving and challenging.
Note: 1920 x 1080px, 2.35:1, in Italian with English subtitles. Audio: PCM Linear
The picture is vibrant and contrasty. It feels like a work of modern art jumping off the screen with tri-color displays of red, black and white feeling powerful like blood and structure setting the stage for a film that demands the rebel in all of us jump out of the screen. Ennio Morricone's delightfully playful score sounds good. The constant reprise and refrain of "Call Me a Cannibal" is true garage grit and almost out of place for the man who sets down strange, distant soundscapes that lure us to dream and nightmare rather than to bop. A garage band that feels remotely ambitious should consider covering this obscure classic theme.
The disc contains an interview with director Liliana Cavani who will shed light on her reasons for making the picture and provide context as to what was happening during the period of its creation. It's a heady movie thought not necessarily surreal or trippy. It isn't a casual persons P.A. film. No zombies. But you'll always have martial law. Detailed analysis for the film's creation can be found in the booklet liner notes that accompany the release, a very nice feature of most RaroVideo productions lending them the feeling of collect-ability and completeness. The disc also contains the original theatrical trailer.
Cavani is the creator of a controversial and beautiful body of work. Previous to enjoying I Cannibali I had become enamored and somewhat startled by The Night Porter for a time. While that was largely based on the Nazi aesthetic and strange power roles portrayed by the antagonist, I Cannibali is man versus infernal power machine rather than the struggle of man versus man (or woman). Either way, Cavani's work feels like a tooth pull for any sore subject with a root in need of canal.
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Fan of Night Porter or Cavani's other work should apply. This is not a horror picture but rather a portrait of the world after. A scary place. A world in an off color Orwellian land that has been, is and was.