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Primitives / 1978
Topic Started: Aug 18 2017, 10:31 AM (295 Views)
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Producer: Sabirin Kasdani, Gope T Samtani
Director: Sisworo Gautama
Writer: Imam Tantowi
Cast; Barry Prima, Enny Haryono, Johan Mardjono, Rukman Herman, Jafar Free York
Main language Bahasa

Three university students of Ethnology and Anthropology named Amri, Rika, and Tomy organise a research trip deep in the jungles. Bisma, a seasoned hunter, and a jungle boy, Lahang, are helping them. Bisma who is experienced, is only willing to escort them till the Pangayan tribes village, for safety reasons. But the university students demand to go further. Bisma finally agrees to their challenge. On a raft, they follow a river deep into the jungle but when the raft breaks apart, they are separated into two groups: Amri and Rika with Lahang, while Tomy is with Bisma.

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This Indonesian jungle/cannibal movie is very strong influenced by the italian jungle / canibal movies like Mondo Cannibale 2 and Mountain Of The Cannibal God. But because of the indonesian touch this movie has, it has a quality of its own.
I have some mixed feelings about this movie ..... I think it is fun because of the cheap special effects and the naive acting / story line ..... I also find it discusting because of the animal crualty used while filming this movie. some scene's are clearly from somekind of documentary, other scene's are made for the movie. the movie is 40years old, I doubt these scene's would be able to be filmed today, so that is a good sign.

I found a very nice widescreen remastered print of the movie, from indonesian tv recorded.
the tv recording is incomplete, small scene's are missing.
I found out that this movie was released in many countries on video:
- Holland
- UK
- Australia
- Germany
- Schweden
- Denmark
- Greece
- Italy
and probably more
And even in Germany on dvd .... but these dvd's are a joke, keep away from them.
I couldnt find copies of the skandinavian and of the australian release.
I compared the other video releases, the only video kopies that were interesting for me are;
- German VPH - most complete version of the movie available (as far as I could find out), widescreen, german dubbed, no subs
- Dutch Sunrise - most complete english dubbed video version, less widescreen with dutch subs
the video releases fromthe other countries were fullscreen, cut, bad quality and didnt contain anything that is not in the german or dutch version.

the indonesian tv version is fantastic quality ..... but ..... nudity (a mother that is breastfeeding a child, a side butt of a dirty stone age cannibal, the very nice voluptious décolleté of one of the main actresses) is blurred.
some scene's are cut from the tv version but these are all in the german version.
the german version has the german title, but indonesian credits. the dutch version has the international credits.

some random Images to compare the quality of the 3 versions I will use for the fanproject.
The indonesian tv version will be the master copy,
the german vph video will be used for missing scene's
the dutch sunrise video will be used for the english audio track + 1 or 2 small scene's that are missing.

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The few scene's that are cut from the indonesian tv version but are on the german vph:
- intro credits on the tv version are not orriginal. look like they are "new" made
- 00:05:56 cannibal doctor makes operation with a knife on a man
- 00:06:40 cannibal doctor eats the wounds of a woman
- 00:17:06 during the rafting accident we see that tommy and bisma are separated from the group in the river
- 00:51:20 tommy keeps puking
- 00:55:08 cannibal eats lizzard
- 00:56:02 poor crocodile is being skinned alive :(
- 00:59:46 rika shows cannibals how too make clothes
- 01:01:47 tommy sees how a cannibal gives birth to a child
- 01:11:04 tommy says he never want to go back to this stinking jungle
- 01:22:40 end credits
Edited by shootgringoshoot, Aug 21 2017, 11:06 AM.

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