11/20/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Synapse Films presents
Entrails of a Virgin (Shojo no harawata) (1986)

"It will tear your insides out!"
- tagline

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: July 28, 2004

Stars: Saeko Kizuki, Naomi Hagio, Kazuhiko Goda, Taiju Kato
Other Stars: Megumi Kawashima, Osamu Tsuruoka, Kazuhiko Goda
Director: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nudity, sexual situations, gore)
Run Time: 01h:12m:03s
Release Date: July 27, 2004
UPC: 654930303092
Genre: horror


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B- C-BB- B-

DVD Review

[Editor's note: THIS REVIEW SHOULD BE AVOIDED BY SENSITIVE READERS.]

For years, the over-the-top excess of 1986 Japanese sexploitation/gore film Entrails of a Virgin (Shojo no harawata)—as well as its sister title Entrails of a Beautiful Woman—have existed as the stuff of genre legend, made all the more famous by incessant fanboy chatter than anything else. Poor quality bootlegs were the way most fans, if any, would have ever seen either of these flicks, but to scratch a pesky genre itch, Don May and Synapse Films have legitimized the whole process by reviving both titles and giving them proper DVD treatment so we all can see what the hubbub is about.

Like a lot of horror titles, this one is remarkably slim on plot (and runtime, clocking in at barely 75 minutes), and exists primarily to have a group of men and women on a photo shoot, isolated in a remote cabin somewhere to serve as fleshy fodder for some mysterious mud-covered man/monster in between prolonged bouts of rough sex. The males are photographers, and the females are models, and as we learn during the rapid cuts of the opening sequence there is quite a bit of sexual hijinks going on, though we're never sure if its in the mind of the leering men or not.

There is a lot of sex going on here—far more than the touted gore—and its rather graphic, as well, even if it falls under the strict Japanese censorship laws that required some type of visual censorship to block pubic hair and genitalia. Entrails was released with a hazy "fogging" over the naughty bits, as it is on this disc, but the sex, much of it bordering on rape, manages to seem far more hardcore than most typical horror films.

Despite its infamous history, Entrails of a Virgin doesn't really pride itself on providing what you might call a cohesive story; it is a series of graphic sex scenes (and plenty of them) that over time drifts into extreme physical and emotional abuse followed by its trademark gore that today is somehow far less disgusting than it is simply bizarre. When the creature from the murky mud starts offing, and screwing, characters, writer/director Kazuo Komizu—here billing himself simply as "Gaira"—acts as if he wants to try to be the Japanese Evil Dead-era Sam Raimi by creating a vividly manic and grotesque film that seems to want to shock and offend, often to the point of such farfetched moments as a woman attempting fellatio on a corpse, or madly masturbating with a severed arm. The dismembered masturbation scene is really where Komizu begins to spin faster and faster into slap-you-in-the-face arty/gore weirdness, only to best himself by having the still wrigglin' appendage finalize the act by removing the poor woman's insides via her nether regions.

At one point, when things start getting particularly unpleasant, one of the female characters screams "I want to live a normal life!" Fat chance of that happening in Komizu's skewed world, because there can be no happy ending, even if it means a jive cliffhanger of a climax that drags his film back into the realm of countless other forgettable horror titles.

All of the wild sex and mildly inventive gore gives Entrails of a Virgin a dangerous edge, or at the very least some kind of perverted luster that made it unique for its time. The problem is, I felt like I was watching a series of vignettes instead of an entire film; while I was willing to see how far Komizu would go to shock and dismay with gore, I found myself more amazed at the intensity of the sex rather than the comparatively tame blood and guts.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: C-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.78:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: Synapse has issued Entrails of a Virgin in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen print, and as with most of their releases, the attention paid to the quality of transfer should be appreciated by genre fans. With all of the various incarnations that there have been of this title, this latest transfer is probably the finest, but I would expect nothing less from Don May. Even with the minor grain issues, the overall print has been cleaned up substantially, and the resulting colors (aside from a few muddy night shots) contribute to an unexpectedly sharp image.

Image Transfer Grade: B

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoJapaneseno


Audio Transfer Review: The original Japanese language audio track—available in somewhat harsh mono—is the only choice here. Though I wasn't trying to understand the words being spoken (opting for the easy to read English subtitles) the clipping and flatness of dialogue were a moderate annoyance.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 16 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
1 Documentaries
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Included here as an extra is Interview with Director Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu (15m:10s), offered with optional English subtitles. Komizu spends the first few minutes acting kind of obnoxious before eventually settling in to field questions from an unseen interviewer about his career, and of course the Entrails films. Once he gets going, however, he rails on about his hatred for Japanese commercialism and how he wanted to be a rebel by making films that were on the far side of the spectrum. The segment starts off very slowly, but Komizu eventually does discuss a few interesting points about his perceived role as rebellious filmmaker.

In addition to a theatrical trailer, there is a two-page insert discussing "the brief history of fogging and visual censorship in Japan", culled from the book Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films by Thomas Weisser and Yuko Mihara Weisser. The disc is cut into 16 chapters, featuring optional English subtitles.

Extras Grade: B-

 

Final Comments

There's an inherent shock value appeal to Komizu's Entrails of a Virgin, here restored by Synapse to a stately 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, using an original uncut Japanese language print.

The film itself is a genre curiosity, sprinkled with a few enjoyably perverse moments.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store