The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968) (Blu-ray Review)

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968) (Blu-ray Review)

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Charles W. Broun Jr., Joel Holt, Arthur Knight
Starring: Cornélia Wilms, Kathryn Charly, Anthea Wyler
Rated: UR/Region: O/1.85/Number of discs: 1
Available from Severin Films

From producer Dick Randall (ESCAPE FROM WOMEN’S PRISON, PIECES) comes the notorious Mondo mash-up in which a Jayne Mansfield sound-alike narrates footage of Jayne being chased by paparazzi in Rome, wearing bikinis in Cannes and partying with drag queens in Paris, before suddenly veering into graphic photos of her horrific accident and a posthumous tour of her Hollywood mansion. Mickey Hargitay co-stars in this “deranged kaleidoscope of titillating insanity” (Film Threat), scanned from the 35mm Something Weird archival print.

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield is a movie that I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not even sure how you are supposed to feel about something like this. Originally it was a movie with Mansfield just out and about doing a number of things but after her death, it became a bit of a mondo/exploitation situation with someone who isn’t even her doing the narration and pictures that show the aftermath of her awful car crash that took her life. The movie we have leading up to that isn’t really my cup of tea, to begin with, but adding that at the end just feels like a bit much in my opinion. That’s also probably why we are even talking about this movie today and why it’s even getting a release like this from Severin Films. They have released a number of Mondo films lately and this is just another one to add to the collection if you are a big fan of those movies. If you aren’t, then you might want to pass.

What we learn from a movie like this is simple, Jayne Mansfield lived a pretty interesting life, she was pretty hot, and people will stop at nothing to make sure a project gets finished even if you die and they have to finish it without you and by exploiting the cause of your death. This comes to us in HD but has a warning about the source and such before the movie even plays. It isn’t what I’d call pretty by any means, but we have the standard version in the extras and that in comparison at least shows you what improvements were made to make this release happen. As a bonus, you also get another Mondo film called Wild, Weird, Wonderful Italians. It isn’t really my type of movie either, but it’s always cool for a company to toss a free movie on a disc. But if you want to see random scenes of Italian life, that’s on here as well.

Extras

  • SD Video Master Version of Feature.
  • The Devil & Jayne – Interview with Anton LaVey Biographer Blanche Barton.
  • Wild, Weird, Wonderful Italians – 1966 Italian Mondo, scanned from 35mm print from the Something Weird archives.
  • Trailer.

Quality of Transfer: 72%

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