Mondo Freudo/Mondo Bizarro (Blu-ray Review)
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films
Mondo Freudo (1966)
Directed By: Lee Frost
Starring: Judy Adler, Carol Baughman, Terry Bryan
A “hidden camera” takes the viewer on a worldwide tour of sexual practices and rituals, including Tijuana strippers, Asian sex shows, British prostitutes, New York devil worshipers and a Mexican slave market.
Let me start this off by saying that I’m not really into these types of movies, but that doesn’t stop me from giving them a day in court regardless. But the gimmick here is everything is real and we have cameras that have mics that can pick up from 300 miles and all that stuff. Not that anyone really believes that but it does serve the purpose of trying to sell what we are seeing here as real. And what we see is very strange stuff like people chewing glass, women mud wrestling, and cults. That’s a very strange combo to throw at anyone and it is a very strange thing to see here. It is also a bit of a hard thing to sell at times to most viewers. Especially when you are dealing with the modern day of movie watchers. We know some stuff could be real, but we also know that most of what we see here isn’t. It makes for some strange viewing, but I’m not sure it does much for re-watching it later. Plus, these movies also seem to all run together.
Mondo Bizarro (1966)
Directed By: Lee Frost
Starring: Claude Emmand, Bob Cresse, Lee Frost
A faux travelogue that mixes documentary and mockumentary footage. The camera looks through a one-way glass into the women’s dressing room at a lingerie shop, visits a Kyoto massage parlor, goes inside the mailroom at Frederick’s of Hollywood, watches an Australian who sticks nails through his skin and eats glass, checks out the art and peace scene in Los Angeles, takes in Easter week with vacationing college students on Balboa Island, observes a German audience enjoying a play about Nazi sadism, and, with the help of powerful military lenses, spies on a Lebanese white-slavery auction. A narrator adds gravitas: “To the worm in the cheese, the cheese is the universe.”
While the other movie is promoted first on this release I feel I should point out that this one is actually first on the disc, or at least above the other in the selection menu. So, we have a hidden camera showing us very strange things and everything is supposed to be real. It’s kind of like a more sleazy Faces of Death really. We watch women undress in changing rooms that are “unaware” that we have a camera on them. People are sold in the black market. Cults do sacrifices and it all comes across more like a Nation Geographic movie from hell rather than anything else. I know these movies and the content they have are all something that was really big back in their day but this just wasn’t my deal. Then again, I’ve never been really big on “Mondo” anything. But like the movie before, if you are into this stuff the transfer here at least is a great improvement than what was out there on this movie before. You can tell that by checking out the trailer in the extras.
– NEWLY REMASTERED IN 4K
– Audio Commentary with Johnny Legend and Eric Caidin
– The Cadaver Is Infinity – Bob Cresse, Lee Frost and the Birth of American Mondo – Interview With Chris Poggiali
– Mondo Bizarro Trailer
– Mondo Freudo Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 88%