Sep 042018
 

Diamonds of Kilimanjaro is a poorly made yet still incredibly captivating for how bad the movie was with some questionable acting and the cheap production value, at least the ladies don’t look too bad.

 

 

Diamonds of Kilimandjaro
(1983)

Genre(s): Adventure
MVD | NR – 83 min. – $29.95 | September 11, 2018

Date Published: 09/04/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Jess Franco
Writer(s): Jess Franco (story), Jess Franco and A.L. Malraux (screenplay)
Cast: Katja Bienert, Robert Foster, Aline Mess, Lina Romay
DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 22.9 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

MVD Visual provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


PLOT SYNOPSIS


As a child, a young English girl named Diana (KATJA BIENERT) was lost in a jungle somewhere on the continent of Africa. Many years later, a treasure hunting expedition has begun searching for her, along with precious artifacts. What the search team couldn’t imagine, however, is the little girl in question was raised among the cannibalistic Mabuto tribe and is now worshipped as their statuesque goddess. The pale-faced English may expect some recognition should she and the expedition team encounter one another, but Diana’s mind has developed in the presence of the Mabuto’s brutal lifestyle, and she sees no kinship between herself and the unwanted visitors. Might she sense some connection before they are all sacrificed and eaten?

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


This release comes with a matted slip cover. The only feature is the Trailer (2:31; SD).

 


VIDEO – 2.75/5


Probably shouldn’t be a big surprise, but this isn’t the kind of movie that would look good in high-definition short of it undergoing major restoration and let’s face it, Diamonds of Kilimanjaro is not one worth the price. The video here ranges from downright bad with scratches, dust marks and a plethora of other flaws, poor detail and bland colors to other shots appearing a bit cleaner but still not all that great, however detail did come across a bit better.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


The disc boasts a surprisingly strong PCM Stereo track which does yields good dialogue levels through the pair of speakers and there is some moderate depth as I could hear the various jungle “sounds” (i.e. recordings). Obviously, this is not a movie that will challenge one’s surround sound system, but certainly more impressive when you consider the original sound design and the film’s… lackluster production values.

 


OVERALL – 2.0/5


Overall, Diamonds of Kilimanjaro is a poorly made yet still incredibly captivating for how bad the movie was with some questionable acting and the cheap production value, at least the ladies don’t look too bad. This Blu-ray, released under the new “MVD Classic” line offers up damaged video, decent audio and not much in the way of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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