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Sujit R. Varma
This was originally filmed in direct-sound English. This was very rare for Italian movies at that time, but necessary due to the large number of American actors. When Anchor Bay released the uncut version on DVD, the scenes were dubbed into Italian with English subtitles. Apparently the original soundtrack could not be located. The scenes are in Italian because the English-export edition and the Italian edition were edited with different shots. The English-export edition (released in theaters in the US) used "cleaner" versions shot at the same time as the "gorier" versions. It was not a matter of cutting down the gorier shots to make them less gory, as the producers actually filmed two different versions of the same scenes. Anchor Bay was a bit sloppy putting together its release, as one shot with Karen Black dubbed into Italian can be found in English on earlier VHS releases. See more »
During the intro titles as the camera is following the woman holding the baby, as she steps onto an escalator there is a man behind her wearing a grey T-shirt who is carrying a shoulder bag with a red strap. However as the camera shot changes to show her getting off at the end, the man is suddenly now in front and can be seen stepping off and walking ahead of her. See more »
Make sure you find the uncut version. It is out there on DVD. However some of the scenes are in Italian only due to lost soundtracks. Deodato actually filmed several different scenes for censored and uncensored versions.
On the whole it was great jungle action. And the Jonestown angle added more to it. A slight hint of conspiracy to go with the fear and tension. And Richard Lynch plays an excellent movie villain. If you find the DVD, watch the interview with him. Hard to believe it's the same guy. Karen Black basically phoned in her performance and Wille Aames supposedly was trying (and failing) to shake his teen image. Richard Bright was rumored to be drunk throughout most of the filming and in some scenes, specifically at the end, he looks it. And lets not forget Michael Berryman. Menacing. And the late Gabriel Tinti (former Mr. Laura Gemser) making an appearance as well.
The drawn and quartered scene will NOT be easy to watch. And some of the carnage scenes are rougher than imagined. But it's definitely worth a look.
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