Uncle Saddam [DVD] [2000]

This tongue-in-cheek documentary on life with one of the world's least-loved political leaders gets a nicely enriched presentation for its release on DVD. Uncle Saddam has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the narration is in English, with no multiple language options included. Bonus materials include a helpful guide to the world's dictators, a look at Saddam Hussein's family tree, a chat with Hussein's interior designer, an interview with director Joel Soler, and the movie's original trailer.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Interview with director Joel Soler
  • "Dictators of the World (Collect 'Em All!)"
  • "Saddam's Family Tree"
  • Full-length interview with Saddam's interior decorator (executed shortly thereafter)
  • Animated menus
  • Chapter selection
  • Original trailer

Synopsis

Uncle Saddam
Since becoming ruler of Iraq in 1979, Saddam Hussein has become infamous around the world for his instability, his warmongering, and his brutal policies against the people of Kuwait, the Kurds, his own citizens, and even his own family. But filmmaker Joel Soler offers us an unusual look at the ruler in Uncle Saddam, suggesting that beneath his dangerous exterior, Hussein is a fool, a braggart, and a rube. Dominated by news footage smuggled out of Iraq, Uncle Saddam shows several sides to Hussein little known to observers in the West -- a man obsessed with hygiene who demands that visitors kiss his armpits, a leader paranoid enough to hire a man to taste his food before every meal, a megalomaniac who commissioned a genealogist to "prove" he is a distant relative of Mohammed, a lord of over 20 official palaces even though he rules only 20 million people, and a true sportsman who has discovered a novel way of fishing with grenades. The narration for Uncle Saddam was written by Scott Thompson, a former member of the comedy troupe "The Kids in the Hall," and is read by comic actor Wallace Langham. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Wallace Langham
    Wallace Langham - Narrator
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