Directed By: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
Starring: Various Actors
Release Date: November 15, 2005
Studio: Blue Underground
SEARING! SHOCKING! SAVAGE!
AFRICA ADDIO (ENGLISH VERSION)
What the camera sees it films pitilessly, without sympathy, without taking sides, it begins. This film only says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony. As colonialism collapsed in 1960s Africa, Jacopetti and Prosperi rushed to the Dark Continent to record the horrifying battle for control that followed. Here was a world now ruled by rebels and refugees, plunderers and poachers, mercenaries and murderers, a land suddenly aflame with brutality, racism and unspeakable slaughter. At the risk of their own lives, the filmmakers cameras captured it all. The result is a daring and disturbing work that ranks among the greatest achievements in documentary cinema, an experience that remains as shocking and shockingly relevant as it was 40 years ago. This is AFRICA ADDIO.
Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this masterpiece from American theaters shortly after its premiere. Some years later, U.S. distributors would remove over 45 minutes of political context and re-release it as AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS, a move that Prosperi and Jacopetti both disowned and despised. Blue Underground is proud to present this original 128-minute English Version of AFRICA ADDIO, now fully restored for the first time.
GOODBYE UNCLE TOM (ENGLISH VERSION)
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 Jacopetti & 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 TOMs 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.
THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO
For more than four decades, they have remained among the most brilliant and misunderstood directors the world of cinema has ever seen. Now in this all-new documentary feature, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi finally have their say. From their life as journalists and career as filmmakers, through success and scandal, from the tragic misunderstanding that made them international criminals to the reasons behind their bitter break-up, Jacopetti and Prosperi reveal the startling and often surprising stories behind their infamous films. Forty years later, they remain passionate and proud, defensive and daring, and as confrontational and controversial as ever. They are THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO.
In true Mondo tradition, Director David Gregory (THE JOE SPINELL STORY, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH) combines rare behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-seen home movies and exclusive new interviews with Prosperi, Jacopetti, Mondo cameraman Benito Frattari, composer Riz Ortolani, and production manager Giampaolo Lomi, as well as film historians David Kerekes, David Flint and Dr. Jeffrey Sconce to expose the bizarre truth behind the Mondo productions, the frenzy surrounding the Mondo rumors and the incredible legacy of the Mondo phenomenon.
Disc 1: AFRICA ADDIO (ENGLISH VERSION)
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Poster & Still Gallery
- U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM)
Disc 2: GOODBYE UNCLE TOM (ENGLISH VERSION)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Behind-the-Scenes 8mm Footage with Audio Commentary by Giampaolo Lomi
- Giampaolo Lomi's Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
- Poster & Still Gallery
Disc 3: THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO
- Dolby Digital Mono
- English, Italian
- Optional English Subtitles
- 2.35:1 / 16x9; 1.78:1 / 16x9
- 341 Mins
- Not Rated
- Region Code: 1
- UPC 827058301091
Release Date November 15, 2005