Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) (Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray Review)

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) (Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mark Hartley
Starring: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor
Rated: M/Region: O/1:77/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Umbrella Entertainment

The story of “Ozploitation” movies – a time when Australian cinema showed an explosion of sex, violence, horror and action. Includes anecdotes, lessons in maverick filmmaking and a genuine love of Australian movies. It moves through Aussie genre cinema of the 70s and early 80s – claiming it’s an unjustly forgotten cinematic era of boobs, pubes, tubes… and even a little kung fu.

The story of Ozploitation is probably just as good if not better in a lot of cases as a lot of the Ozploitation films this very documentary is about. We follow things from the very start and then head on into the different genres that came from the country. Action, sexploitation, horror, and just about everything in between is talked about by the very directors and critics that lived through it. We also have other directors like Quentin Tarantino who were influenced by these very movies here to toss in their two cents as well. We learn of the reaction the country had to these movies as a whole, some of the critics who disliked them for what they were, and among other things how these movies were made for the drive-in at a time when the drive-ins were just about all being closed down. I dig documentaries about films in general but you can just tell when one is really special and this one is really special.

Another awesome thing about films like this is that you often see movies that you probably have never seen before and you can go through it making a note of stuff you need to check out. This has plenty to make note of for checking out at a later time. Mad Dog Morgan, Dead-End Drive-In, and of course Wake in Fright is just some of the movies you’ll hear about. You’ll also hear about more erotic films such as Fantasm, it’s sequel, and much more in that genre as well if that is more your style. If all that isn’t enough for you, you’ll also get over 9 hours worth of extras that I will list below here as well. All in all, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation is a great movie of its own but when you mix this release in with all the extras that makes this release a must-own.


– Audio commentary from Ozploitation auteurs
– Deleted and extended scenes
– The lost interview: Chris Lofven
– A word with Bob Ellis
– Quentin Tarantino and Brian Trenchard-Smith interview
– MIFF Ozploitation panel
– MIFF red carpet footage
– Behind the scenes footage from the crew
– UK interview with director Mark Hartley
– THE MONTHLY conversation
– THE BUSINESS interview
– Extended Ozploitation trailer reel
– Richard Franklin on-set interview
РTerry Bourke’s NOON SUNDAY reel
– TO SHOOT A MAD DOG documentary
– Ozploitation stills and poster gallery
– NQH production gallery
– NQH pitch promos
– Original theatrical trailer

Quality of Transfer: 95%