The Green Inferno – Blu-ray Review

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Eli Roth is the master of the “torture porn” subgenre of horror films. When it was announced that Eli Roth would be creating a film around college students being eaten by cannibals, ideas ran rampant as to what kind of gore we would see in his next film: The Green Inferno. But is The Green Inferno a return to form for the “torture porn” maestro?

In comparison to his other horror films, The Green Inferno is tame in comparison. In fact, if you’re an avid watcher of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” then you are already accustomed to the gory visuals that are in The Green Inferno. Unfortunately, the film feels a little hollow with the lack of substance in the film.

The characters in The Green Inferno are annoying and very one-dimensional. As dark as it sounds, by the time things go south for these characters, you will look forward to the characters to get their comeuppance. You just won’t care for these characters at all. That’s not the fault of the actors, but that of what they had to work with.

But like I stated, once these annoying characters get what’s coming to them their deaths aren’t as impactful or gory as Hostel or Cabin Fever. That’s because when we see Greg Nicotero’s fantastic work, we’re reminded of the visuals in “The Walking Dead.”

When it comes to the “cannibalistic” jungle inhabitants, I’m amazed at the directorial effort that Eli Roth put into getting these real-life Peruvian tribal people to seamlessly act alongside the actors. That alone makes The Green Inferno Eli Roth’s best directorial effort to date.

However, if you’re looking for the shocking graphic nature of “torture porn” films, you might want to look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a horror film in general, you might want to look elsewhere. Overall, hen all is said and done, what we get is half a film that’s shows us why we dislike these characters and the other half is the jungle inhabitants version of “The Walking Dead.”

Movie review: 2/5 atoms
NR 2 Atoms - D

Video
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The Green Inferno is presented in a 1080P MPEG-4 AVC encoded video with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The Green Inferno is surprisingly a very colorful film. The colors in the film are striking and incredibly vivid. The rich jungle greens, bright neon jumpsuits, gushing crimson blood, and the various colors painted on the tribal people just jump off of the screen. The deep black levels and fine-tuned brightness are accompanied by a well-defined and insanely sharp texture. There really isn’t anything bad about this video presentation at all.

Video review: 5/5 atoms
NR 5 Atoms - A

Audio
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The Green Inferno is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround audio track. Right from the get-go the jungle ambiance envelopes your entire room, and you’re presented with the kind of work that went into the audio presentation. The audio presentation makes great use of every channel in your sound system. The music is pleasantly distributed and richly detailed while the atmospheric sound effects immerse you within this crazy film that Eli Roth created. It’s as if the jungle is alive in your living room. The gruesome sound effects are presented with great detail, and the dialogue is clear and audible. Overall, a fantastic audio presentation.

Audio review: 5/5 atoms
NR-5-Atoms-A

Special Features
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  • Photo Gallery
  • Audio commentary track with Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolás López, and Stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara.

Yes, the Blu-ray release of the film comes with zero video content. Thus, those of you anticipating a behind-the-scenes featurettes into the making of the film will be highly disappointed. Although there are several behind-the-scenes featurettes that were uploaded into the film’s official YouTube page, those videos didn’t make it onto the Blu-ray. The most you’ll get with any insight into the film comes from the audio commentary featuring Eli Roth, the producer, and its stars.

Special Features review: 1/5 atoms
NR 1 Atoms - F


Overall, The Green Inferno isn’t quite what you would expect from a film directed by Eli Roth. Eli Roth’s homage to the “underground” Italian cannibal films of the 70s has its heart in the right place, but it doesn’t quite work out. The video and audio presentations are superb, but the special features are severely lacking in this release.

Overall review: 3/5 atoms
NR 3 Atoms - C

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