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Mondo Cane Collection - Limited Edition (Mondo Cane / Women of the World / Mondo Cane 2 / Africa Addio - English Version / Africa Addio - Directors' Cut / Goodbye Uncle Tom - English Version / Addio Zio Tom - Director's Cut / The Godfathers of Mondo

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They've been called pioneers and geniuses, criminals and charlatans. For more than four decades, their movies have been both banned and acclaimed all over the world. Now THE MONDO CANE COLLECTION presents the still-shocking films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, a body of work that has influenced everything from broadcast news to 'reality TV' and changed the face of cinema forever.

MONDO CANE is the original 'Shockumentary' sensation that launched the entire 'Mondo' genre, as well as its notorious hit sequels WOMEN OF THE WORLD and MONDO CANE 2. AFRICA ADDIO - here in both its devastating English version and rarely seen Director's cut - is the horrific portrait of the Dark Continent that ignited an international political firestorm. GOODBYE UNCLE TOM - and its even more incendiary Director's Cut - are perhaps the filmmakers' most controversial works, an epic depiction of the American slave trade and its brutal legacy that remain Among the most racially charged films ever made. And THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO is an all-new documentary by David Gregory on the films of Jacopetti & Prosperi featuring explosive interviews, never-before-seen footage, and much more.

Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi are widely considered to be the creators of the "mondo," the cynical and often exploitative '60s-era cousin of the documentary and the template for today's reality TV. Blue Underground compiles five of the pair's most controversial films in an eight-disc set (which includes uncut versions of two titles) that proves their images have not lost their power to shock and amaze. Journalist-turned-director Jacopetti and former naturalist Prosperi first teamed for 1962's Mondo Cane (A Dog's Life), which explored strange customs around the world. The film (co-directed with Paolo Cavera) balanced its humorous and repulsive images with some genuinely beautiful ones and captured audiences' imaginations worldwide as well as an Academy Award for composer Riz Ortolani's theme, "More." Many critics decried the film, but a fleet of copycat mondos appeared in its wake. Enough footage was shot during the making of Mondo Cane to allow for a sequel (also known as Mondo Pazzo) in 1963; it was quickly followed by Women of the World, which explored women's roles around the globe.

Tiring of the travelogue approach, the pair headed to Africa to document the unrest that had erupted in the wake of colonial abandonment. The result, 1966's Africa Addio, was acclaimed for its disturbing images but also earned the duo charges that they had orchestrated on-screen executions. Though they were eventually acquitted, Jacopetti and Prosperi's reputations was irreparably marred. They attempted to amend the situation with Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971), an overripe fantasy that transported them to the pre-Civil War South to explore slavery. Unfortunately, its horrific violence further turned off audiences, and the duo split soon afterwards. Though the early titles are somewhat dated, and the later films are often overwhelmingly grotesque, the Mondo Cane Collection is a powerful visual experience that avoid the sheer exploitativeness of other mondo and their modern offspring. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Behind-the-Scenes 8mm Footage with Audio Commentary by Assistant Director Giampaolo Lomi
  • Giampaolo Lomi's Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
  • TV Spots
  • Benito Frattari's Location Stills
  • Lobby Promo
  • The Unofficial Mondo Phenomenon
  • Poster & Still Galleries
  • Complete U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM)
  • Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1
  • Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Product Details

  • Actors: Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup, Gualtiero Jacopetti
  • Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, David Gregory, Paolo Cavara
  • Writers: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, Paolo Cavara, Gene Luotto
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Color, Dolby, Limited Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 234 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Thanks to William Lustig and the friendly folks at Blue Underground, serious fans of cinematic weirdness can check out the numerous films of Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti. Who are Prosperi and Jacopetti, you ask? Good question. Before checking out this awesome eight disc limited edition set, I knew little about these two Italian filmmakers. I once heard about "Mondo Cane" years ago, but had never investigated further. Thanks to the voracious appetites awakened in the masses with the advent of DVD technology, I finally got the chance to acquaint myself with this film and the others that followed it. What an experience! The eight discs in the set consist of "Mondo Cane," "Mondo Cane 2," "Women of the World," "Africa Addio: The Director's Cut," "Africa Addio: English language version," "Goodbye Uncle Tom: English language version," "Addio Zio Tom: The Director's Cut," and an interview disc with the two directors created especially for this set called "The Godfathers of Mondo." So what does it all mean? According to these discs, the two filmmakers birthed a phenomenon that led directly to the current spate of reality-based media. Most of these films are documentary style epics showing our world--or at least how it looked back in the 1960s--in all of its bizarre and frivolous forms. "Mondo Cane," by the way, translates as "A Dog's World." An apt title when you see the films, to be sure.
Start your experience with "Mondo Cane," "Mondo Cane 2," and "Women of the World." These are the first three films made by the two moviemakers, and are arguably the quirkiest.
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There is no denying the importance of the films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi as they have influenced everything from hardcore horror films ie Cannibal Holocaust to broadcast news and the reality TV craze of today. Blue Underground in an ambitious move have put out this great 8 disc box set (limited to 10,000 copies) which should more than satisfy any mondo fan.
The first two discs are Mondo Cane and Mondo Cane 2. Mondo Cane is certainly a milestone and in fact this entire genre of "shocking documentaries" which where made by Euro filmmakers is better known as the 'mondo' genre. Essentially Mondo Cane is a strange journey into some of the more bizarre and macabre places with the camera voyeuristically witnessing all kinds of oddities and bringing them back for the curious viewer. Mondo Cane 2 continues this tradition. The third disc Women of the World is similar but all the footage is tied together by a common theme of the varied roles women play in different parts of the world.
The next 2 discs are the cut English language version of Africa Addio and the Italian language uncut version. Considered by many to be the greatest mondo doco of all time, the crew head of into Africa during it's transition from colonial control. While the majority of this focuses on the interactions of white and black and some long sequences on the fate of wildlife with laws protecting them diminished (countless animals are gunned down and speared in these scenes and hippos are dismembered) what sets this apart is the aftermath of several massacres caught on film. Later the crew hook up with a group of mercenaries (these nuts look as though they just walked of col. Kurtz's compound in 'Apocalypse Now') and go on a mission, filming a couple of executions.
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When I was a child living in Africa there had always been this almost mythical rumor that a movie existed that chronicled the atrocities that happened when the Europeans left Africa. The movie was censored. Seeing it for myself, well all of the rumors didn't prepare me for what I saw.

These pioneers of shockumentary actually took the time and risked their lives to show what was happening in their world through a camera lens that never favored one side or the other. All of the DVDs in the 8 disk pack are thought provoking. Leaving you with a sense that what ever you do see (headlines or news) in our world may not be the entire story.

Unfortunately I think that these classics may be overshadowed by fake documentaries or ones where the director asks leading questions. This is not the case in the Mondo Cane Collection. The collection is a little pricey, but well worth the education.
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I love this set. It is well worth every penny I spent. I watched the Mondo Cane films when I was a teenager and really enjoyed them.

These are the original Mondo films. These sparked the entire Mondo shockumentary genre. Some other quality masterpieces such as Shocking Asia I and II to the prolific garbage fake mondo documentaries.

The poor reputation of the fake mondo documentary has caused the Mondo Cane series to be tarnished with this image. What was enjoyable is that everything in Mondo Cane is real. The only things staged were still true but needed to fix other footage that was lacking and it was kept to an extreme minimum.

I had only heard of Mondo Cane I and II when I bought this but the other films are great surpise finds. Women of the World is a documentary done basically the same as the Mondo Canes.

Africa Addio is quite literally one of the greatest documentaries ever made. It is about the changes in Africa during the time when the British left. It spans the light-hearted of the calm of South Africans jumping on trampolines to showing dead bodies scattered in other African countries.

You see poacher's warehouses literally with football fields of elephant tusks stored in rows on the floor. You also see piles of human hands that occured in war atrocities. It is quite an honest documentary that shows what others would choose not to.

Goodbye Uncle Tom is an extremely graphic drama made to be as if it was a real documentary during slavery times. There is tons of full nudity male and female and extremely graphic things depicted I won't describe here. Jacopetti and Prosperi made this to fight charges that they were rascists which they were accused of regarding Africa Addio. (Why Im Not Sure).
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