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Directed by William Beaudine
USA 1945

 

In the 75 years since its initial release, Kroger Babb’s Mom and Dad has achieved mythical cinematic status. It was a film that, during the height of the Production Code, not only dared to address issues of venereal disease and unexpected pregnancy but presented graphic footage of bodies scarred by syphilis and multiple unobstructed views of childbirth. So sensational was the film (and so different were the audiences’ motivations for seeing it) that screenings were commonly segregated by gender. Furthermore, screenings were presented with a live sex hygiene lecturer, who underscored the film’s educational value and sold informational pamphlets. It became one of the highest-grossing films of the 1940s, yet for decades has been unavailable for screening. The original negative has succumbed to nitrate decomposition, but this authorized presentation has been mastered from three separate 35mm elements. It is presented with a wealth of supplemental material to illuminate why Mom and Dad became such a phenomenon, and continues to fascinate audiences even now.  

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Theatrical Release: January 3rd, 1945 (Oklahoma - Premiere)

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:15.681        
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,012,422,077 bytes

Feature: 20,827,223,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,012,422,077 bytes

Feature: 20,827,223,616 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959
• Original theatrical trailer
• Mom and Dad radio spots (17:23)
• Sex Hygiene (1942, dir: John Ford - 29:07)
Sex hygiene lectures and vintage childbirth footage
• The Story of Bob and Sally (16:22)
• Not Wanted (The Wrong Rut) (10:51)
• Life and Its Secrecies (10:54)
• Human Wreckage (7:05)
Sex hygiene book pitches
• Drive-In Theater (1:12)
• Donn Davison (15:43)
• Michael and Helga (3:38)
• Walter Hale (3:40)
• Gallery of exploitation trailers (Mom and Dad - 1:08 / The Wrong Rut - 2:36 / Street Corner - 2:11)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 25t, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (February 2020): Kino have transferred the 1945 exploitation film Mom and Dad to Blu-ray. It is Volume One of their Forbidden Fruit: Golden Exploitation Picture series. This is from a "4K restoration from 35mm archive elements" and it starts with this text screen: "The original camera negative of Mom and Dad has suffered severe nitrate decomposition and is mostly lost. This 4K restoration is derived from the best surviving elements: two separate 35mm prints and a 35mm fine grain master struck directly from the surviving 25 minutes of the nitrate camera negative, preserved by the Academy Film Archive." Most of the presentation looks very strong with excellent contrast and depth but there are segments which suffer from the above-mentioned damage and inconsistencies.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a linear PCM mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It's imperfect but serviceable with a score by an uncredited Dave Torbett (Syncopation) with the two numbers, Where Shall We Dream Tonight? and That's What You Do by Edward J. Kay and Eddie Cherkose sounding modest. Kino do not offer any subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Eric Schaefer, author of Bold! Daring! Shocking True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 - a perfect person to delve into this "high school girls 'in-trouble” piece of nostalgia. He talks about the film, its maker and the unique way it was marketed to its audience. It is an exploitation film and talks about the high quality of the cinematography, director 'one-shot' William Beaudine (Billy the Kid vs. Dracula) - how his career evolved, producer Kroger Babb (("Kroger") and much more. He's great in discussing details of this exploitation effort and its surprising success plus he does quite a bit of narration. There are many other supplements including an original theatrical trailer, 18-minutes of Mom and Dad radio spots that were essentially testimonial advertisements for the film provided to radio stations on LP records. These discs could also be played over drive-in sound systems and in theater lobbies. Sex Hygiene is a 1/2 hour short from 1942, co-directed by none other than John Ford. It is described ion IMDb as "Several servicemen relax by playing pool, but one of them goes off to spend time with a prostitute. Later, he discovers he has contracted a venereal disease. A graphic and frank presentation of the types and treatment of venereal disease follows." There are four Sex hygiene lectures with vintage childbirth footage including the 1/4 hour The Story of Bob and Sally from 1948 directed by Erle C. Kenton (Island of Lost Souls), Not Wanted (The Wrong Rut) is 10-minutes. During the 1950s, prints of Not Wanted were obtained by independent distributors and re-released to the exploitation film circuit under the title The Wrong Rut. It was usually shown with the following short film, which combines footage of Not Wanted with a sex hygiene lecture and explicit childbirth footage. The last two are Life and Its Secrecies running 11-minutes and the 7-minute Human Wreckage. There are also four sex hygiene 'book pitches'; Drive-In Theater (1:12), Donn Davison (15:43), Michael and Helga (3:38) and Walter Hale (3:40) plus a gallery of exploitation trailers (including Mom and Dad, The Wrong Rut and Street Corner. The latter paralleling Mom and Dad.

Mom and Dad and the included extras have infinite kitsch appeal. What an extraordinary window into morals, attitudes of sexual segregation and hygiene misconceptions (although as far as these films go - Mom and Dad was reasonably accurate) of the time It's fascinating it is own way... and the infusion of the hygiene films (clinical reels) is bizarre with child-births and diseased sex organs (in an effort to scare kids out of having sex). A perfect title for Kino's Forbidden Fruit: Golden Exploitation Blu-ray. series. Great supplements including the commentary. Recommended to any who want to indulge in something very different.

Gary Tooze

 


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