Mondo Cane Collection

Mondo Cane Collection

Director: David Gregory, Paolo Cavara

Cast: David Gregory, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara, Franco E. Prosperi

     
 
Long before the advent of reality TV, "shockumentary" filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi were testing audience's gag reflexes with a series of films that would come to be known as the "Mondo" features. Traversing the globe in order to capture some of the most incredible and original footage ever presented to the masses, Jacopetti and Prosperi created

Overview

Long before the advent of reality TV, "shockumentary" filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi were testing audience's gag reflexes with a series of films that would come to be known as the "Mondo" features. Traversing the globe in order to capture some of the most incredible and original footage ever presented to the masses, Jacopetti and Prosperi created compelling films that possessed a shocking and sometimes brutal beauty. Though at times difficult to endure, these films nevertheless exposed otherwise sheltered viewers to a world so far removed from the comforts of suburbia that it was almost beyond imagination. The duo eventually utilized their documentary filmmaking skills to craft the notorious, racially charged pseudo-documentary Goodbye Uncle Tom. Jacopetti and Prosperi's entire "Mondo" series arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to the efforts of Blue Underground. Presented in their original aspect ratios (ranging from standard 1.33:1 full-frame to 2.35:1 widescreen), the images on these discs are surprisingly good. Given the age of the films (the original Mondo Cane was released in 1962), the image quality is quite a pleasant surprise. There is little debris and colors are bold and well-balanced; it's obvious that the folks at Blue Underground have gone to great lengths to ensure that the presentation is as good as it could possibly be. Though it's a given that these films were released long before current advances in audio technology, the presentation of the sound is also commendable. Each film is presented in Dolby Digital Mono (alternating between English and Italian with English subtitles, depending on which film you're watching), and is largely clear of any notable distortion or hiss. It's hard not to appreciate the efforts of Blue Underground in presenting both the audio and video in the best possible condition -- and their efforts have truly paid off in this set. Of course, in the realm of DVD, the presentation of the film itself is only the beginning, and Blue Underground has also rounded out these discs (and the entire set for that matter) with some impressive extras. Although the bulk of these extras are focused on the original Mondo Cane (including David Flint's informative essay "The Unofficial Mondo Phenomenon") and the notorious Goodbye Uncle Tom (which features some impressive behind-the-scenes footage accompanied by optional audio commentary by Giampaolo Lomi), most other discs at least include trailers and still galleries. The Godfathers of Mondo documentary is nearly an extra feature in itself, with detailed interviews and compelling footage offering great insight into the making of, cultural impact of, and general reactions to the notorious series. The Mondo Cane Collection certainly isn't for everyone, though those with a strong stomach and an appreciation for challenging cinema will likely find this comprehensive release a fascinating addition to their collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
UPC:
0827058300292
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
15:26:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Poster & still galleries; Benito Frattari's location stills; Lobby promo; "The Unofficial Mondo Phenomenon," by David Flint; Complete U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM) for Affrica Addio; Behind-the-scenes 8 mm footage with audio commentary by Giampaolo Lomi for Goodbye Uncle Tom

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Mondo Cane
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:47]
2. Valentino's Relatives [3:53]
3. The Latin Lover [2:05]
4. Manhunting in New Guinea [3:13]
5. Boating Beauties [1:30]
6. The Pig Feast [6:07]
7. Pasadena Dog Cemetary [2:32]
8. Dogs and Chicks [2:21]
9. Foie Gras [2:27]
10. Tapioca [1:43]
11. Vic Tanny [2:20]
12. Bizarre Food [2:54]
13. Snakes [2:58]
14. Good Friday [2:25]
15. Lifeguards [4:38]
16. Atomic Contamination [6:12]
17. Shark Drama [5:50]
18. Fraternity of the Red Hoods [2:24]
19. Drunk in Germany [7:00]
20. Japanese Hangover Remedy [:54]
21. Death in Asia [2:33]
22. Cars Alive and Dead [5:54]
23. Blue [5:03]
24. Hawaii [3:07]
25. Beheading the Bull [6:19]
26. Bulls Get Even [3:41]
27. New Guinea [5:09]
28. Cult of the Cargo Planes [4:45]
29. End Credits [3:55]
Side #2 -- Women of the World
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:07]
2. Distrations [1:18]
3. Israeli Recruits [4:59]
4. Islands and Women [3:33]
5. Kissing in France [1:54]
6. Sexy Statue & The Female Priest [2:21]
7. Night Clubs [2:18]
8. Tribal Role Reversal [2:55]
9. Sunbathing [4:05]
10. Professional Mourners [1:55]
11. The Tahitian Boogie [4:15]
12. Children of Dance [3:50]
13. Aspiring Actressess [6:10]
14. Photography [3:59]
15. American Japan [4:39]
16. Breast Power [2:26]
17. The Girl in the Window [2:10]
18. Stockholm Students [4:35]
19. Chastity in Italy [1:18]
20. Sporting Windows Association [4:36]
21. Twin Lakes Lodge [3:24]
22. Las Vegas Marriages [:54]
23. The Treasurer and the Banker [5:04]
24. Chinese Tales [2:43]
25. Various Missionaries [5:45]
26. Beauty Through Pain [4:47]
27. Marriage and Birth [3:51]
28. Bedouin Women [3:58]
29. Thalidomide [3:13]
30. The White Lady of Lourdes [3:49]
31. End Credits [2:56]
Side #3 -- Mondo Cane 2
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:07]
2. Runway Dogs [2:08]
3. The Demand for Tresses [2:18]
4. Wigs [3:26]
5. Police in Drag [1:45]
6. Guns, Skulls & Sugar [3:25]
7. Insect Burritos & Evening Bugs [2:43]
8. Hawaii Mud [2:24]
9. Manure & White Stones [4:06]
10. Save the Hat Week [3:07]
11. Instant Food & Driving Travails [2:34]
12. Extreme Faith [5:43]
13. Fakirs [2:12]
14. Saigon [5:58]
15. Buddhist Suicide [1:34]
16. White Flamingoes [3:17]
17. Birds & Fish [1:26]
18. Crocodile Meat [2:20]
19. Unusual Photography [2:50]
20. The Slave Trade [4:09]
21. Water [4:59]
22. Cows [3:57]
23. Hyde Park [3:13]
24. Tombstone [3:12]
25. Funereal Fun [2:46]
26. Sardinian Hard Heads [6:18]
27. The Audition [3:33]
28. Mouth Painting [3:56]
29. Musical Slaps [3:35]
30. End Credits [3:43]
Side #4-- Africa Addio - English Version
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:25]
2. Spirit of Uhuru [4:19]
3. The Last Governor [3:38]
4. New Education [2:59]
5. Role Reversal [3:48]
6. The White Highlands [3:23]
7. Hard Labor for Life [6:35]
8. Farm for Sale [3:57]
9. Agrarian Reform [6:16]
10. Africa Fauna [7:05]
11. The Wildlife Society [7:53]
12. Angolan Rebels [5:07]
13. Rwanda's Conflict [3:39]
14. Zanzibar Upset [6:59]
15. The Game Reserve [4:24]
16. South African Girls [8:39]
17. Zulu Rock [5:07]
18. King of Beasts [6:04]
19. Tanganyika [3:31]
20. Congolese Affairs [6:03]
21. Soldiers of Fortune [3:38]
22. Gold & Diamonds [13:47]
23. End Credits [7:10]
Side #5 -- Africa Addio - Directors' Cut
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:25]
2. Spirit of Uhuru [4:46]
3. The Last Governor [3:56]
4. New Government [3:34]
5. Fox Hunt [2:57]
6. Criminal Court [7:16]
7. For Sale [3:58]
8. New Inhabitants [4:10]
9. Horses [4:13]
10. Safari [7:52]
11. Hunting [6:43]
12. The Wildlife Society [8:57]
13. Zanzibar Upset [9:16]
14. Angolan Rebels [2:20]
15. Watusi Massacre [3:02]
16. "Harvesting the Animals" [3:55]
17. Cape Town [10:57]
18. Westernized Underwear [7:47]
19. Ex-King of the Animals [3:38]
20. Tanganyika [3:50]
21. Congo [2:40]
22. Mercenaries [6:26]
23. Fallen Boende [8:37]
24. Apartheid [5:50]
25. Gold & Diamonds [2:42]
26. End Credits [5:38]
Side #6 -- Goodbye Uncle Tom - English Version
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:03]
2. The Dinner Party [5:34]
3. War & Bone Collecting [3:28]
4. Slave Ship [3:20]
5. Fort Bastille [5:04]
6. Doc White [4:13]
7. Slave Caravan [8:29]
8. The Slave Trader [2:40]
9. Charlie Watson [2:49]
10. Children & the Kitchen [6:53]
11. "A Peculiar Institution" [1:45]
12. A Severe Punishment [3:09]
13. God & Slavery [2:25]
14. "Symbiosis" [5:01]
15. Evening Secrets [7:01]
16. The Market General [8:54]
17. Prepare & Explain [6:21]
18. Religious Rites [3:11]
19. Prof. Samuel Cartwright [5:21]
20. Escape to Florida [1:46]
21. Slave Breeder [6:12]
22. Nat Turner [10:10]
23. Margaret [7:40]
24. End Credits [5:43]
Side #7 -- Audio Zio Tom - Directors' Cut
1. Program Start [2:04]
2. Martin Luther King's Funeral [3:51]
3. Uncle Tom [5:19]
4. Reverse Racism [5:05]
5. Main Titles [:57]
6. The Dinner Party [3:19]
7. Slave Ship [5:33]
8. Distribution Center [5:30]
9. Human Caravan [5:51]
10. The Crackers [3:33]
11. A Severe Punishment [5:57]
12. God & Slavery [4:52]
13. Housework [6:14]
14. Historic Carousel [3:44]
15. Religious Rites [5:57]
16. Hunting [2:12]
17. Prof. Samuel Cartwright [2:39]
18. Louisiana Carnival [5:58]
19. Trading Market [1:28]
20. The General [5:16]
21. New Orleans Wax Museum [6:01]
22. Hospitality [3:32]
23. "Symbiosis" [7:00]
24. Breeding [3:16]
25. Nat Turner [9:05]
26. Racial Unrest [13:15]
27. Civil War Reenactment [2:20]
28. End Credits [1:33]
Side #8 -- The Godfathers of Mondo
1. Objectivity/Main Titles [1:46]
2. Early Years [3:02]
3. Mondo Cane [3:29]
4. Interesting Subjects [5:14]
5. Music [4:12]
6. Success [3:13]
7. Mondo Cane 2 [3:23]
8. Rip-Offs [3:19]
9. The Directors [3:09]
10. Women of the World [5:23]
11. Africa Addio [5:29]
12. Filming Violence [4:54]
13. The Firing Squad [4:29]
14. Bloody Events [7:29]
15. International Controversy [2:37]
16. Africa Abandoned [6:14]
17. Goodbye Uncle Tom [6:24]
18. Shooting Location [3:39]
19. Nat Turner [1:51]
20. Criticism [4:28]
21. The Split [4:04]
22. End Credits [1:13]

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