Long before the advent of reality TV, "shockumentary" filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi were testing audience's gag reflexes with a series of films that would come to be known as the "Mondo" features. Traversing the globe in order to capture some of the most incredible and original footage ever presented to the masses, Jacopetti and Prosperi created compelling films that possessed a shocking and sometimes brutal beauty. Though at times difficult to endure, these films nevertheless exposed otherwise sheltered viewers to a world so far removed from the comforts of suburbia that it was almost beyond imagination. The duo eventually utilized their documentary filmmaking skills to craft the notorious, racially charged pseudo-documentary Goodbye Uncle Tom. Jacopetti and Prosperi's entire "Mondo" series arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to the efforts of Blue Underground. Presented in their original aspect ratios (ranging from standard 1.33:1 full-frame to 2.35:1 widescreen), the images on these discs are surprisingly good. Given the age of the films (the original Mondo Cane was released in 1962), the image quality is quite a pleasant surprise. There is little debris and colors are bold and well-balanced; it's obvious that the folks at Blue Underground have gone to great lengths to ensure that the presentation is as good as it could possibly be. Though it's a given that these films were released long before current advances in audio technology, the presentation of the sound is also commendable. Each film is presented in Dolby Digital Mono (alternating between English and Italian with English subtitles, depending on which film you're watching), and is largely clear of any notable distortion or hiss. It's hard not to appreciate the efforts of Blue Underground in presenting both the audio and video in the best possible condition -- and their efforts have truly paid off in this set. Of course, in the realm of DVD, the presentation of the film itself is only the beginning, and Blue Underground has also rounded out these discs (and the entire set for that matter) with some impressive extras. Although the bulk of these extras are focused on the original Mondo Cane (including David Flint's informative essay "The Unofficial Mondo Phenomenon") and the notorious Goodbye Uncle Tom (which features some impressive behind-the-scenes footage accompanied by optional audio commentary by Giampaolo Lomi), most other discs at least include trailers and still galleries. The Godfathers of Mondo documentary is nearly an extra feature in itself, with detailed interviews and compelling footage offering great insight into the making of, cultural impact of, and general reactions to the notorious series. The Mondo Cane Collection certainly isn't for everyone, though those with a strong stomach and an appreciation for challenging cinema will likely find this comprehensive release a fascinating addition to their collection.