The Naked Jungle 01/29/22

Viavision [Imprint] (Region-Free)

This creepy-crawly epic enjoyed a strong reputation on my grade-school playground!  Does George Pal’s man-versus-the-elements saga hold up 68 years later?  The ‘exotic’ special effects get the point across but the real appeal is the suppressed lust between Charlton Heston and his mail order bride Eleanor Parker — all heavy breathing and stern reproaches. I’m surprised nobody has fully exploited the original short story, which back in the ’60s showed up in numerous ‘best of’ collections. “Marabunta” is not a new fragrance line from Arpege. On Blu-ray from Viavision [Imprint].