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My Baby Is Black/Checkerboard

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Two offbeat French films dealing with racial prejudice in very different ways are teamed up in this DVD release from Something Weird Video. Both My Baby Is Black and Checkerboard have been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1; the prints used for both features have suffered their share of damage over the years (especially My Baby Is Black), though the transfers themselves are strong and well-detailed. Both films have been dubbed into English, with no subtitles or ...
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Overview

Two offbeat French films dealing with racial prejudice in very different ways are teamed up in this DVD release from Something Weird Video. Both My Baby Is Black and Checkerboard have been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1; the prints used for both features have suffered their share of damage over the years (especially My Baby Is Black), though the transfers themselves are strong and well-detailed. Both films have been dubbed into English, with no subtitles or language options included, and the clear if not sterling audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. Bonus materials include a collection of trailers for other grindhouse-friendly French films (including a television spot for My Baby Is Black); a fine short film Paris After Hours, which depicts an late-night jazz session in the City of Lights (including Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and Kenny Clarke); an excerpt from the exploitation film Mondo Oscenita featuring clips from My Baby Is Black; and a gallery of exploitation ad artwork. As usual, the folks at Something Weird have gone out of their way to make this package something fans of strange cinema will go for, and Checkerboard in particular is a sleaze epic well worth investigating.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered; TV spot for My Baby Is Black!; Bonus French-flavored trailers for Any Man's Woman, Comment les S├ęduire, Five Wild Girls, Manina..., Nude in a White Car, and Sellers of Girls; Join Roger Vadim, Christian Marquand, Dizzie Gillespie, and their friends for an all-night jazz session at 47 Rue Vieille du Temple in the French short Paris After Hours; The racial context of My Baby Is Black! is "explained" in the bogus cinematic-sin-and-censorship documentary Mondo Oscenita; Gallery of sexploitation ad art with exploitation audio
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • UPC: 014381122626
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 2:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,546

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Baby Is Black!/Checkerboard
1. The Miracle of Birth: Main Title [4:09]
2. Separate Tables [2:45]
3. Talking of Color [2:58]
4. Smearing the Walls [5:39]
5. A Reason for Living [7:26]
6. The Color of Love [3:49]
7. Staring Eyes [6:51]
8. Amour [6:37]
9. The Smell of Need [6:21]
10. Killing Ants [5:29]
11. A Little Screwy [5:37]
12. One of Them [4:58]
13. The Stain [6:17]
14. All Is Black [5:09]
15. Springtime [1:42]
16. End Credits [1:20]
1. Main Title; This Is Cicada [6:45]
2. Spirits of Milk and Flesh [4:01]
3. All the Comforts of Home [4:42]
4. A Real Garden of Eden [5:08]
5. The Chinaman Lends a Hand [1:54]
6. Flirting in the Classroom [3:43]
7. Mixing It Up [9:14]
8. Breaking the Rules [3:22]
9. The Wrong Side of the Post [3:38]
10. Turning up the Heat [10:13]
11. An Angry Mob [6:01]
12. Apologies From a Dead Man [7:01]
13. Food for Negroes [5:56]
14. The Chinese Torture [8:29]
15. Music and Flowers [8:30]
16. A Wagon Full of Hope [4:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- My Baby Is Black!/Checkerboard
   My Baby Is Black!: Feature Start
   My Baby Is Black!: Scene Selections
   Secret Desire!
      Bonus French-Flavored Trailers
         Mania...
         Any Man's Woman
         Comment Les Seduire
         Sellers of Girls
         Five Wild Girls
         Nude in a White Car
         May Baby Is Black! TV Spot
      Shorts Filmed in the Parisian Manner
         Paris After Hours
         Mondo Oscenita
      Gallery of Sexploitation Ad Art with Exploitation Audio
   Checkerboard: Feature Start
   Checkerboard: Scene Selections
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