Midnight Movies: Shockumentary Triple Feature [3 Discs] [DVD]

You may think you've seen it all, but only the most daring of cinephiles will dive into this shocking three-film collection featuring some of the most outrageous mondo movies ever produced. By the time you've finished watching Africa Blood and Guts, Goodbye Uncle Tom, and The Godfathers of Mondo, you're outlook on life will never be the same again.
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Special Features

  • Africa Blood & Guts:
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM)
  • Goodbye Uncle Tom:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Behind-The-Scenes 8mm Footage With Audio Commentary By Giampaolo Lomi
  • Giampaolo Lomi's Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery


Goodbye Uncle Tom
Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi, best-known for the groundbreaking shockumentary Mondo Cane, directed this bizarre and shocking look at slavery in America. Set in the deep South prior to the Civil War, Zio Tom finds Jacopetti and Prosperi travelling back in time aboard a helicopter to investigate the nuts and bolts of slavery as it happened in the United States prior to abolition. Along the way, the filmmakers go aboard a slave ship as frightened Africans are brought to America under inhuman conditions; they witness the dangerous and degrading process by which slaves were made ready for market; and they visit a "breeding farm" for slaves after laws prohibit the importation of slaves from abroad. Also included is a sermon from a preacher who argues for the moral and spiritual necessity of slavery (while another man speaks out against it strictly on grounds of economics and practicality); the contrasting thoughts of men and women on the matter of miscegenation; and an interview with an educated slave who feels his circumstances are better for him than conventional employment. Also shown is the brutal torture and punishment of slaves for any number of real or imagined grievances. Re-creating both the opulence and the ugliness of the Old South on a grand scale, Zio Tom concludes with present-day African-Americans reading The Confession of Nat Turner and contemplating violent overthrow of the white-dominated culture. Understandably controversial, Zio Tom received a very brief theatrical release in the United States under the title Farewell Uncle Tom, where it received an X rating from the MPAA despite being trimmed by approximately 20 minutes from its original Italian running time. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Godfathers of Mondo
Africa, Blood and Guts
Africa, Blood and Guts is an edited-down version of the 1966 documentary Africa, Addio, a follow up to the directors' Mondo Cane. Whereas the original 138-minute version of Addio sought to criticize practices and customs in 1960s Africa and demonstrated a fair amount of substance (drawing extreme controversy for its political and social observations about Africa), this reduced version exists only for the sake of exploitation - exclusively emphasizing homicides, genocides, mutilations, the butchering of animals and all manner of other grotesquerie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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