Mafia - The Inside Story
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(Mar 20, 2001)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
That having been said, yes, this documentary set might not be the best, but hey, I don't regret buying it. Yes, it is rather humorous at times due to its sillyness, but there is some useful information on here. There's so much more they could have done, though. They could have done so much to make this better.
For one they could have left out the retarded phone interviews with the horrible actors (very funny). They could have made more references to leading books on the subject.Read more ›
The silhouetted and blacked out narrator, with the cigar that never burns down, is obviously a fake - not the ex-Mafia guy we are supposed to think he is. What he has to say though, is well scripted and pertinent.
The editing quality is somewhere near acceptable, but not as crappie as a porn movie. The audio is functional, if you adjust your player accordingly. Some scenes are reenacted by actors, but most footage has historical quality and is authentic.
Someone did do their historical homework, and was able to compile very interesting actual footage. The report was well written and performs like Amazing Videos crossed with 1970s 60 Minutes.
Strangely presented, but the information was valuable. I was pleasantly surprised too, when I found that the set had much more than the standard regurgitation of the New York and Chicago mob history, that we all have seen before. This covered the Russian Mafia, the sale and transport of nuclear materials, drug cartels and much more.
Chapters I would like to see in the next edition include; Dixie Mafia and US Governmental Corruption, such as the Clinton Mafia in Arkansas, and other such concealed facts, and one disk devoted to street gangs, their proliferation and affiliation with established organized crime.
Bottom line, I liked it. I devoured the whole thing and was sad when it was over. If I accidentally lost my set, I'd order another before they became unavailable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not much really. some information that was already out there, and some things there.It is interesting here and there,but your better off with some history channel bio.Published on May 31, 2010 by Jose Lopez
The boxed set related to us everything we ever wanted to know about the Mafia. Unlike The Godfather, which has it's grim moments, these men were heartless except towards their... Read morePublished on November 2, 2009 by Sara J. Parsons
If only there was a rating for 0 stars. This is quite possibly the worst product on the face of the earth. While watching these dvd's, I actually had to hold back the vomit. Read morePublished on February 2, 2004 by Benjamin Kopel