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Africa Blood & Guts: aka Africa Addio (1966)

Franco E. Prosperi , Gualtiero Jacopetti  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Franco E. Prosperi, Gualtiero Jacopetti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IA1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


"A Powerful, Potent Piece Of Cinematic Muckraking!" -- DVD Verdict

"An Accomplished Masterpiece Of Documentary Filmmaking That Has Rarely Been Bettered!" -- Sex Gore Mutants

"BOTH DANGEROUS AND IMPORTANT... Will Stick With You For Days To Come Whether You Want It To Or Not!" -- DVD Maniacs

"GLORIOUS AND GRISLY... Anyone Who Fails To See It Will Miss One Of The Genuinely Superior Films In Motion Picture History!" -- The Saturday Review

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"What the camera sees it films pitilessly, without sympathy, without taking sides," it begins. "This film only says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony." As colonialism collapsed in 1960s Africa, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi rushed to the Dark Continent to record the horrifying battle for control that followed. Here was a world now ruled by rebels and refugees, plunderers and poachers, mercenaries and murderers, a land suddenly aflame with brutality, racism and unspeakable slaughter. At the risk of their own lives, the filmmakers' cameras captured it all. The result is a daring and disturbing work that ranks among the greatest achievements in documentary cinema, an experience that remains as shocking - and shockingly relevant - as it was 40 years ago. This is AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS!

Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this masterpiece from American theaters shortly after its premiere. Some years later, U.S. distributors would remove over 45 minutes of political content and re-release it, a move that Prosperi and Jacopetti both disowned and despised. Blue Underground is proud to present this original 128-minute version of AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS (aka AFRICA ADDIO), now fully restored for the first time.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Africa Addio - Bloodily Gutted May 8, 2005
If you have interest in this film, get the Blue Underground Mondo Cane Box Set (provided it is still available).

Africa, Blood and Guts is a butchered version of Africa Addio which you should get instead. It is a 5 star film and one of the best (if not the best) documentary films ever made.

It was created by Jacopetti and Prosperi who are responsible for the Mondo Cane films. Jacopetti heard of the many extreme changes and events occuring in Africa as the British left. His opinion was that the current culture of Africa at that time was being permanently altered with the combination of both the fighting caused by the vacuum of lost British power and the increasing modern influences.

They traveled all around Africa documenting the very light hearted as well as filming scenes where people were killed in front of them.

Africa, Blood and Guts is a butchered cut of Africa Addio edited by foreign distributors interested only in the growing mondo shockumentary market inspired by the Mondo Cane films though resented by Jacopetti and Prosperi.

If you have no opportunity to get Africa Addio, then maybe this would still be 4 or 5 stars. But with the full movie available, there is no purpose for this altered version.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye, 50 Minutes March 6, 2004
Africa Blood and Guts is Africa Addio with 50 of its 138 minutes cut out of it. The people responsible for Mondo Cane went into Africa in the 1960s to record the chaos that ensued after European colonialists began to withdraw after exploiting its people and resources for years. Africa Addio is still one of the most powerful and shocking documentaries ever made, and is still pertinent (those responsible for screwing up Iraq should take note of its lessons). Distributor Jerry Gross took the original film, stripped it of all its historical context and political savvy, and released what is basically just a gross-out film under the more sensational title "Africa Blood and Guts".
Blue Underground has released the uncut Africa Addio in its uncut version as part of the Mondo Cane collection. Get that instead if you can.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars africa aqddio July 12, 2010
By geo
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Outstanding. Fills in some gaps for me concerning Africa in the 1960's. Hasn't changed much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fact is Harder than Fiction October 4, 2010
By Almond
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This documentary is definately not for children or adults who
observe political articles in newspapers but may be faint to the brutality
of nature.
Africa Blood and Guts is a rare documentary of politics and war narrated
in an informative style indicative of quality ducumentary presentations
of the 1960's.
However, unlike modest television and news presentations of the last century,
Africa Blood and Guts reveals the violent outcomes which occurs when higher
civilizations integrate with tribal villages by force or by will.
This documentary also observes the savagery and intermittent warring which pervades
life in Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars black history...rough, and raw July 16, 2010
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I had to view this dvd in intervals of fifteen minutes until complete. It was so in your face and accurate. It is easier to read about such debochery than it is to watch it. It made me feel the kidnapping all over again. I felt violated, raped, and less than a person. Oppression is the most devastating illness than any person can go through. This dvd brought all of the hatred to bear. I was facinated with its historical account of our beginnings in this country. African Americans should see this film and read about their history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Africa for real July 18, 2013
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The MSM and academia don't want you even to know of the existence of this movie. Africa Addio showed in LA for about six weeks in 1966 and then it vanished into hyperspace. I am a careful student of African events (and much else). This movie should make anyone's blood boil. The new title is ill advised, but the film is at least 90% as I remember it. You should definiely buy this movie. It is not what our progressive dimwits want you to believe it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gore, Brutality and some Laughs June 21, 2014
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While it has its lighter moments - such as the last of the British colonials making fools of themselves - most of the video concentrates on the gore and brutality of the emerging African nations. Most of it is not what would now be called 'politically correct' except near the end where it compares white South Africans to colonies of penguins. For those with an interest in the history of de-colonised Africa this should be useful.
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By Don M
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This is a document hard to watch but true. For many reasons it has not been available in full form till now. Watch it and learn some sad facts of Africa.
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