entertaining documentary is recommended if
you're a Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan,
the type who actually watches all those Making Of features on DVDs, or
maybe just interested in an interesting yarn to tell your mates
Mau Mau Sex Sex
is about two geriatrics who made exploitation movies back in the 1930s to
1960s, basically your father (or rather grandfather's) smut. Things are
enlivened by clips from those movies, which boasted titles like The
Defilers, Thar She Blows! and Blood Feast.
Chances are that
even if you're a dedicated Mystery Science Theater
3000 fan (the now defunct TV show that lampooned so bad, they're
actually good movies) you'd still be awestruck by some of these clips.
Infectious fun is
how one critic described Mau Mau Sex Sex and he got it right.
Sound and image quality are as good as can be expected. After all, some of
the movie clips date from the 1930s.
documentary itself was filmed on a digital camera. Very much a case of DIY
film-making, production values are however surprisingly high. The image is
often crystal clear and so is the sound. The film is presented in full
screen, but this is probably the aspect ration in which it was originally
filmed. Impressive for such a cheaply made independent movie.
The rest of the
disc can also compete with the best of what the major studios can offer.
Menus are animated with music, and the disc boasts more extra features
than many mainstream movies I have recently seen.
For starters there
are four original trailers for some of the exploitation movies featured in
the documentary itself. If you may have entertained the idea of actually checking out
some of these movies, then these trailers will quickly disavow you of any
(The trailers are
for The Ramrodder, Starlet, Space Thing and Thar
She Blows! - all of them available from
Man! Do they look bad:
we're talking Manos ? Hands of
Fate bad here! Very, very bad!
Then there are two
commentary tracks: one by the subjects of the documentary themselves and
one by the makers.
In addition there
is a photo gallery consisting of stills and some rare exploitation movie
poster art, samples from the movie soundtrack and selected filmographies
and production biographies.
All this makes for a well-rounded package, better than most indie DVDs I
have seen and on par and even superior to some major studio offerings.
Mau Mau Sex Sex is a whole lot of fun and the disc is definitely
worth buying even if it is just for those four dreadful movie
trailers. They'd be fun if any of your parties runs out of steam one day.
Think of them as guaranteed conversation pieces, and something that might
even help in getting rid of unwanted guests . . .