Cannibal! The Musical

Cannibal! The Musical, 1993

Still one of the best movies ever made. So far I’ve got every Australian release there’s been – a VHS and three DVDs.

Siren VHS, 1998

The VHS from 1998 is the only version of the film released in Australia that has the song Don’t Be Stupid included in it. There’s info on that scene at the Cannibal! The Musical official site.


Tribe DVD, 2000

The first DVD had the original 4:3 image on a 16:9 video – meaning the black bars on the side of the image are actually part of the video. Stupid. The video is PAL format, 720×576 50hz 16:9 6467kb/s (avg.), with 192kb/s AC3 audio. Here’s the special features included:

– Lloyd Kaufman introduction (eating soup at his desk)
– ‘Liquored Up Cannibals’ Commentary
– ‘Alternate’ introduction (starts with Toxie and Kubkiman on the street, then has Lloyd with his feet up on his desk; 2:14)
– Behind the scenes footage (four scenes)
– Cannibalistic Quips (interviews with Trey, Matt and Jason; 6:59)
– Alferd Packer trailer
– Cannibal! The Musical trailer
– A Cannibalistic Chorus (Song select as well as nine songs from Cannibal! live performance)

And all the standard Troma crap they chuck on their discs.

Stomp Visual, 2005

Stomp Visual DVD, 2005

The second release by Stomp Visual was better, with the video properly encoded as a 4:3 file. The video is NTSC format, 720×480 60hz 4:3 2729kb/s (avg.), with 192kb/s AC3 audio. It has all the same special features from the Tribe release, plus:

– Cannibal! The musical trailer
– A Cannibalistic Chorus (Nine songs from the live Cannibal! stage performance)

As well as a bunch of standard Troma extras.

Jigsaw DVD, 2010

The most recent release is again a fullframe NTSC version, 720×480 60hz 4:3 5798kb/s (avg.), with 224kb/s AC3 audio.

It’s without most of the special features from the previous two, but has some new interviews and a second commentary. It also has a new Lloyd Kaufman introduction, where Lloyd is trying to get exclusive fooage of Trey Parker (the Pope). The US Troma version of this 13th Anniversary Edition is a 2-disc set, so it looks like we’ve just had the second disc dropped (the disc name is even Cannibal_Disc1). In fact, there’s no mention of Jigsaw Entertainment anywhere on the disc/menus, and there’s even an FBI warning, so I reckon this is the exact disc from the US version; no changes made whatsoever.

There’s not really any difference between these screenshots (besides the black bars on the Tribe release), but since I wasted my time making them, here’s a comparison between the versions.


Siren VHS, 1998


Tribe DVD, 2000


Stomp DVD, 2005


Jigsaw DVD, 2010


Cannibal! The Musical

Cannibal! The Musical, 1993

One of my favourite movies ever, and this was the first time I’d watched it in YEARS. I’ve couldn’t tell you how many times I had watched this during my later high school years, and it continued a few into uni but I guess my DVD collection began growing and so I was watching more and more new movies. But anyway, for the first time in probably close to three or four years I put on this classic.

As I said, one of my favourite movies ever.

A couple of weeks back, I picked up and watched South Park: Imaginationland. It got me in the mood for that South Park humour, but I didn’t have any other South Park to put on (besides the movie) so I went with Orgazmo. All that did was made me crave Cannibal! Similar humour and several of the same actors (Matt and Trey obviously, and Chode Boy, and the Japanese hip-hop guy from the sushi bar, lol).

So yeah anyway my point is I watched this again and it’s still as good as ever and if you haven’t seen it go see it.

A whopping 5/5 beans (though I must say I’m biased as I’ve always loved this movie).