Black Rebels/Murder in Mississippi

Black Rebels/Murder in Mississippi

Rita Moreno
Director: Joseph P. Mawra, Richard L. Bare Cast: Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
, Sheila Britton
Sheila Britton
Joseph P. Mawra, Richard L. Bare,




Something Weird Video makes one of their bolder programming choices with this two-fer DVD featuring a pair of 1960s exploitation movies dealing with the touchy subject (both then and now) of racism. Black Rebels (a version of the 1960s juvenile delinquency exposé This Rebel Breed tricked out with some incongruous nudie sequences) and Murder in Mississippi (inspired by the same case fictionalized once again 23 years later in Mississippi Burning) are both transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The source materials for Black Rebels are a bit worn, but the photography is good and the contrast is clear and balanced on this release. Murder in Mississippi looks considerably worse, and while it doesn't seem to be the fault of the transfer, the image is impenetrably dark in spots and is hard to watch much of the time, though it's questionable if a better-looking print of the film exists. Both films are in English, and have been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, with no subtitles or multiple language options. Something Weird have included their usual array of bonus materials, including six trailers for films with a racial hook (including a trailer for This Rebel Breed under yet another alternate title, Lola's Mistake) and a curious Department of Agriculture educational film from 1937, The Negro Farmer. A collection of drive-in promotional artwork accompanied by radio spots for exploitation films rounds out the program, which should please exploitation film buffs with a taste for '60s-style controversy.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
UPC: 0014381076424
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Rlj Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:57:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered; Theatrical trailer for Black Rebels under the alternate title Lola's Mistake; Bonus racially tense trailers for The Color of Her Skin, Free White and 21, High Yellow, The Hookers, and My Baby Is Black!; Learn how to turn a cabin into "a home to be proud of with a few cents worth of whitewash" in the 1937 U.S. Department of Agriculture short The Negro Farmer; Gallery of drive-in exploitation art with audio oddities

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Rebels/Murder in Mississippi
1. Main Title [2:08]
2. Going Undercover [4:10]
3. Crashing the Party [1:30]
4. When You're Black, You're Black [5:53]
5. Monkey Business [5:58]
6. Riding the Fence [7:32]
7. The Push [10:32]
8. Nailing a Flank [7:24]
9. Working All the Angles [3:03]
10. From the Heart [2:22]
11. The Entrance Exam [3:51]
12. Buck Crosses the Line [12:38]
13. The Quite Right [8:33]
14. 915 Maricopa [9:12]
15. The Party Crashers [7:45]
16. A Fresh Start [2:24]
1. Main Title: A Blip on the Radar [7:36]
2. Negros and Communists [7:22]
3. Shaking up a Hornets Nest [8:56]
4. Gravel Pit Diplomacy [4:31]
5. The Return of the Native [5:52]
6. Taking It to the People [7:49]
7. Chicken Lickin' [5:01]
8. Stirring up Trouble [10:16]
9. On the Run [9:34]
10. Money Talks [1:50]
11. Redneck Justice [10:55]
12. Hanging On [2:13]

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