Movie Review: THE GREEN INFERNO (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray + CD

THE GREEN INFERNO was directed by Eli Roth from a screenplay he co-wrote with Guillermo Amoedo and stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Daryl Sabara, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolas Martinez, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Richard Burgi. The Green Inferno was produced by Jason Blum.

In The Green Inferno, a group of student activists fly to Peru determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, The Green Inferno is an unhinged blast!

This cannibalistic horror ride follows New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) who meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation. But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save.

Once this international goodwill mission arrives in Peru it doesn’t take long for their humanitarian trip to turn deadly. First of all, they do what they set out to do and find a construction site to set up and protest against but it doesn’t go quite as planned and almost turns deadly. This is simply a little bit of filler time until the group runs upon the real threat – this primitive tribe of cannibals. The group becomes prisoners and they quickly get the message from their hungry hosts what their intentions are with their guests. One by one, the group’s numbers diminish as they watch their own become lambs to the slaughter – literally. Hey, the tribe has an impressive smoke house and they know how to use it. They even use their own seasonings and have their own unique way to tenderize meat. BAM!

The story for The Green Inferno was interesting and dealt with everything from activists and the whole saving environment thing to unthinkable horrors like running into a primitive tribe of hungry cannibals deep in the jungle. The fantastic location and setting also play an important part in this beautifully shot movie that’s full of amazing colors. There’s also lots of blood and gore courtesy of this tribe that honestly delivers a serious amount of dread and terror for this movie. Needless to say, there’s a little shock value to The Green Inferno.

All of the acting was really good and even though it’s a cast of mostly unknowns people will recognize several faces in the movie. Lorenza Izzo did a great job with her character Justine who is this naive college student who wants to do some good and ultimately finds herself trapped in the middle of this living nightmare in the jungle. There’s also Ariel Levy’s character Alejandro who is an activist with a sinister side and it’s revealed as the movie plays out. There is some hope for Justine at the end along with a nice dose of karma for Alejandro, but what they go through to get to this point is a pure nightmare.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the fantastic new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features the original artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. Each disc features its own individual artwork. There’s also in insert that has the track listing on it. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had the opportunity to review The Green Inferno back in 2016 and really enjoyed revisiting it on this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + CD that Scream Factory has delivered. It’s still hard to believe this movie sat on the shelf for a few years before it finally got its initial release. Eli Roth is a great storyteller and knows what the horror fans want so he always delivers something fun and different for us to enjoy. I’m a fan of 2002’s Cabin Fever and 2005’s Hostel so I’ve pretty much followed Roth and his projects ever since – whether it be acting, producing or directing. I know there was some controversy with this movie and the early distribution issues and I know it’s not for everyone but I think over time it’ll become another cult classic for Roth. Eli Roth and his camera captures everything he needed to make this movie what it is – a shocking new horror entry for the fan favorite director plus it’s the only modern day cannibal creeper out there. So, not only did Universal and Blumhouse step up to the plate back in 2016 but now Scream Factory has done so with this awesome release that features new artwork and more new extras that even include the soundtrack. The Green Inferno will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + CD on June 25th and remember to watch through the end credits.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The impressive list of extras include new interviews with the director and some of the cast, a new behind-the-scenes featurette, some audio commentary, four featurettes imported over from the previous home video release, theatrical trailer, five TV spots, multiple image galleries and the soundtrack to the movie that’s included on a separate disc.

Disc One

  • NEW Into the Green Inferno – an interview with co-writer/producer/director Eli Roth (50:25)
  • NEW Uncivilized Behavior: Method Acting in The Green Inferno – featuring interviews with actors Lorenza Izzo, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton (34:54)
  • NEW Behind the Scenes footage – includes nearly an hour of never-before-seen footage (55:26)
  • Audio Commentary with co-writer/producer/director Eli Roth, producer Nicolás López and cast members Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Daryl Sabara
  • The Making of The Green Inferno featurette (15:57)
  • Lorenza Izzo featurette (01:15)
  • Meet the Villagers featurette (01:23)
  • Amazon Jungle featurette (01:24)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:11)
  • TV Spots (02:10)
  • Still Galleries – Storyboards and Makeup Tests (06:25), Behind-the-Scenes Photos (12:34), Village Construction (03:03), Movie Stills (05:00) and Publicity Gallery (01:19)

Disc Two

  • The exclusive original CD soundtrack by Manuel Riverio with bonus tracks not included in the film
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