Never one to shy away from controversy, it seems Cannibal Holocaust is kicking up a fuss all over again in the US, with news that the uncut 25th Anniversary DVD from Grindhouse Releasing is encountering censorship, although not down to the material in the film, this matter of censorship is all about the packaging.
Grindhouse intended to release the DVD on October 25th, but so far two separate printers have refused to handle the artwork for the disc. Even more bizarre, the image in question (thought to be a shot of the infamous ‘girl on spike’) in not even featured on the outer sleeve, but contained within.
Bob Murawski from Grindhouse has commented: ”Simply put, everything we came up with was deemed too offensive, or something that would cause us to automatically forfeit precious retail shelf space at this moment in time when chain stores are being busted for selling violent video games.”
The real cover, the one that compromises in no way, shape or form, is the cover of the Deluxe Signature Case within the sleeve - one with an image that no other release of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST has had the guts to use. And this is the cover that no printer in this supposedly free country will print."
The company has been working on the DVD for over five years (see more info for full details) and steadfastly refuse to change the artwork or compromise the disc in any way.
"This latest incident only confirms the power of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST to disturb and shock audiences. We believe the public should have the right to view this DVD in its uncensored form with the deluxe packaging intact”.
For more information, read the full article at Fangoria.
The uncut 25th Anniversay edition of Cannibal Holocaust will be a two-disc super-deluxe set with:
A 16x9-enhanced digital transfer
Remixed stereo (or original mono) track
An audio commentary by Deodato and the star, Robert Kerman
Interviews with Deodato, Kerman and many of the cast and crew
Liner notes by Chas. Balun