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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected..., October 10, 2001
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This review is from: Mafia - The Inside Story (DVD)
I'm fairly disappointed in this "5 DVD Box Set" that I assumed was a history of the Mafia. Well, it's not. These are five 48-minute docudramas. Why on 5 DVDs when they all could have fit onto one? The answer is more money, of course.
Instead of a history of the Mafia, this is what you get:
THE NUCLEAR MAFIA - The Mob's influence in moving nuclear bomb materials to terrorists. Not much about the Mafia here, but mostly about the scary fact (?) that the old USSR's nuclear materials aren't as secure as they should be, and how they're ending up in the hands of terrorists. A lot dealing with "red mercury" which has yet to be proven to exist. Bad acting all around, and that's what it is - dramatizations. This is the only episode I could bring myself to watch so far, but I imagine the others to be just as bad.
INTERNATIONAL SYNDICATES - A look at "the rise of the American mob and it's [sic.] spread and adaptation to the ruthless organized 'firms' of England... and the Yakuza."
GANGLAND CONFESSIONS - "The life story of a mafia insider and how the Russian Mafia, The Columbian Cartels, and Mexican Mafia have merged their resources and joined forces."
KILLERS OF THE UNDERWORLD - "Takes you into the mind of the mafia killer... and the killers of today's vicious ethnic gangs."
MAFIA NATIONS - "The growth of organized crime is often due to the assistance of corrupt officials..."
Special Features include photo slideshows and trivia quizes to see if you've learned anything.
Save your money - these have almost nothing to do with the American Mob at all. And I could swear that their shadowed "former mobster" informant is an actor. And a bad one at that.
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