The entire forest floor is basically a big green mush! There's no grain, nor any delineation between leaves - it all just kind of screams thick 'n' chunky DVNR, with a spattering of MPEG-4 blocking on top for flavor. This is only Shameless' second BD release after The New York Ripper (and they're both cut - thanks, BBFC!), so with very little of their work available I'm almost trying not to assume this is their doing by default; the Italian DVD released in 2004 claims to have been restored in High Definition, and I have little doubt that they've dusted those materials off once again for this release, too. That said, the screenshots on Gary's comparison have a lot of blocking. Wither this is the fault of the caps being recompressed for bandwidth or the actual 23 Mb/s transfer, I don't yet know.
I have little doubt that the 80 odd minutes of brand new special features will be of interest to some, but I think I'm going to sit this one out. 17 POUNDS may not exactly be a fortune for an import Blu-ray, but it's still a bit more than a censored and less than inspiring looking print is worth to me these days.
Anyway, if you're still jonesing for a not-censored High Definition release of Cannibal Holocaust, FRANCE HAS GOT YOUR BACK. I have little doubt that it'll be made from the same materials as the UK release, but only time will tell if it has the same nasty, smeared look to it. There's also no word on region coding or forced subtitles, but it'd be almost unthinkable for a flick shot with English sync sound to not have the "original" dialog track on a French video release. As details emerge, I'll be sure to let you all know. And, yes, it's likely that all BD releases will be missing about 10 seconds from the "Road to Hell" sequence outside of it being presented as a VHS sourced deleted scene - we're just going to have to make peace with that, I think.
Keep in mind that word is Grindhouse Releasing is recording brand new material for Cannibal Holocaust. We will get an uncut Blu-ray here in these United States... just, knowing Sage and pals, probably not any time soon.