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Goodbye Uncle Tom

3.8 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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It was advertised as "The first motion picture based on historical facts about the rise and revolt of slavery in America." It became one of the most reviled and misunderstood films of its time. Written, edited, produced and directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, this epic recreation of the American slave trade atrocities was both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. The Detroit Chronicle hailed it as "a graphic, moving, nerve-paralyzing film." Legendary film critic Pauline Kael called it "the most specific and rabid incitement of the race war." Three decades cannot diminish GOODBYE UNCLE TOM's impact or quiet its controversy.

This is the complete 123-minute English Version of GOODBYE UNCLE TOM, fully restored from the original vault negatives, loaded with incredible Extras and now presented totally uncut, uncensored, and virtually unseen since its abortive theatrical release more than 30 years ago.

EXTRAS:
Theatrical Trailer
Behind-the-Scenes 8mm Footage with Audio Commentary by Giampaolo Lomi
Giampaolo Lomi's Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
Poster & Still Gallery

Review

"An All-Time Great Gut-Busting Flick!" -- The Amsterdam News

"INCREDIBLE... You Will Not Believe What You're Watching! It Makes ROOTS Look Like An Episode Of THE JEFFERSONS!" -- Shock Cinema

"The Most Shocking Of The Series... Banned In Several Countries For Obvious Reasons!" -- DVD Talk

"This Is It! The Most Offensive, Denigratory And All-In-All Unrelentingly Distasteful Film You Are Likely To Witness!" -- Sex Gore Mutants

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Product Details

  • Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco E. Prosperi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XLXLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By William Tyler Everett on April 11, 2010
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Goodbye Uncle Tom has become my new point of reference for the Transatlantic Slave Trade and slavery in North America.
The movie is an excellent visual and oral documentation of real participants - free and not-free - during this time.
Makes Roots look like Sesame Street! As a black man, it gave me a greater appreciation of what my ancestors have endured
(women - rape, physical abuse, separation from children, etc: men - use as "studs", physical abuse, etc). This vivid view
of our past gives me a better appreciation and understanding of our current psychological, social and economic condition. In short, they beat us unconscious and we, for the most part, remain asleep.
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"The first motion picture based on historical facts about the rise and revolt of slavery in America." This is so very true! This movie really does make Roots seem like a mouse to a lion! It strangely pictured slavery in everyday reality. Some people will be very offended and may even feel violated during viewing of the film-- but I urge you not to leave the room or turn it off because you will miss a life-changing classic!! This is not for the weak and faint of heart. Hopefully, this will not brew hate towards modern Euro-Americans from AA's who will become too emotionally spent in this film. But being that this was the first mockumentry (shockumentry)that I had ever seen, it really lived up to the genre. And it is one of the best movies I ever seen, period! Pure genius!

From the beginning, you are pulled into the world of American slavery as if you are a passenger on this sick voyage to an often brutal and misunderstood world. As a member of the fictional "documentry" crew from Italy (Don't ask how they got camera's in the 19th centry anti-belleum South!), we follow various slaves from Africa to their sad lives as labors, whores, and entertainers for the twisted and commonly ignorant Euro-Americans. We take interviews from both blacks and whites on the inter-workings of this lucrative and sadist social-ecomonical system. We also come in contact with issues not often discussed, as in the sexual explotation of black women during slavery, and we even have disgusting interviews with white men whom declare their lust for their slave women and there distain for their white wives.

There is even a guest appearance from Nat Turner towards the end and then modern African-Americans (in the 70's) which were both a great and an odd close.
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Goodbye Uncle Tom is a film that could never be made in the USA. The film is basically about some Italian journalist going back in time and interviewing people in the 1800's about Slavery in the South. Most of the people that are interviewed really lived so there quotes reflect an 1800's view on Black people. Believe me most modern viewers will cringe at some of the quotes. This DVD is the English cut of the film. The Italian cut is available on the Shockumentary : Extreme Collection (Africa Addio - Director's Cut / Addio Zio Tom (Goodbye Uncle Tom) - Director's Cut). The English & Italian cuts are like 2 different films shot with the same footage. The English cut focuses on 1800's while the Italian cut jumps around from past to present. There are scenes exclusive to each version so I recommend getting both versions.

The cover of this DVD has the Madame LaLaurie scene on it but the Madame LaLaurie scene is not on this DVD. The Madame LaLaurie scene is an Italin cut exclusive scene and it is on Shockumentary : Extreme Collection DVD set.
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Enough has been written about the film and it's shocking content - sufficed to say that we will never ever see a film of this magnitude, honesty and in your face brutality ever again - certainly not in the PC age in which we live.

The disc is a little misleading. I saw this 20 years ago on vhs and some sequences, ie the brothel with the nympho white woman seducing chained up slaves WAS present, though contrary to the illustrations on the front and back cover of this new "uncut" release these sequences are missing. They came right after the tour through the bordello with the dancing pre-pubescent black girls and the silver painted young boys (a sequence that's very uneasy for the viewer).
I know there are different edits but I'm surprised this relatively innocuous 'nympho' sequence is omitted. However in defence of the dvd I have to highly praise the beautiful if not stunning transfer which is a sight to behold.

I must also highly recommend the extras on the disc: a fascinating 50 mins of 8mm (or 16mm) home movie footage shot on location in Haiti which covers much of the filming - including some gruesome deleted scenes involving chopping off of hands and the prosthetics by Carlo Rambaldi. This 'doco' is narrated by the assistant director/location manager who actually shot the material. Also of note is a wonderful stills gallery again narrated by this same fellow who has many great anecdotes and reminisinces about the long difficult 2 year shoot and the near tyrannical director who is often seen screaming his lungs out at extras and crew.
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