Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Shout Factory presents
The Film Crew: The Wild Women of Wongo (2007)

"Oh, nice going, movie!"
- Mike Nelson

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: October 03, 2007

Stars: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
Other Stars: Mary Ann Webb, Johnny Walsh, Jean Hawkshaw, Pat Crowley, Burt Williams, Rex Richards, Zuni Dyer, Olga Suarez, Ed Fury, Adrienne Bourbeau, Cande Gerrard
Director: James L. Wolcott

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (occasional mature humor)
Run Time: 01h:23m:00s
Release Date: September 11, 2007
UPC: 826663103779
Genre: adventure

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer
B B+B-B- C

DVD Review

The third film in the Film Crew series once again finds former Mystery Science Theater 3000-ers Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy forced to endure and provide wacky commentary on another horrible B-movie, in this case the 1958 tropical island adventure Wild Women Of Wongo, from director James L. Wolcott. That Wongo is such a comically amateurish feature makes the riffing the equivalent of knocking batting practice pitched out of the park, something that Nelson, Corbett and Murphy unleash rather easily.

It takes a good twenty minutes or so before Wolcott's film—shot in large part at Florida's Coral Castle—begins to really make any sense (not that it ever really does), something to do with Mother Nature (she provides the opening narration) having set up a pair of islands, Wongo and its ugly men/beautiful women and Goona with its handsome males/unsightly females populace. When a buff Goona warrior bucks tradition and ventures unwelcome to Wongo to seek an alliance and warn them of a possible ape-man attack, his hunky good looks set off a hormonal explosion in the titular "wild women", none of whom seem particularly rambunctious, though they do seem a little horny. Mix in a supposedly vengeful dragon god (re: alligator), a demented priestess who loves dancing, underwater gator wrestling, a talking parrot who wears out his welcome quickly, and a couple of hilarious fight scenes and there's plenty here to riff on.

Like MST3K, The Film Crew references are all over the road, crossing a very wide range of subjects, moving from Jim Jarmusch/The Ascension/Menendez Brothers to Flintstones/Simpsons/Exxon Valdez gags in a heartbeat. It takes a while for this one to get rolling, but there are some very funny comments throughout this one, though I found myself wondering how they passed on a number of glaringly easy targets, such as a quick reveal of the horribly incomplete dye job of the Wongo king.

And like the other Film Crew titles, there are three host segments (at the beginning, a break in the middle, at the end) where Nelson, Corbett and Murphy try to stretch out a thin joke for a couple of minutes without the benefit of the movie to fall back on. And as before, it is these segments that drag on a little, and it's disconcerting to see three funny guys falling through bits that often aren't that funny, though Murphy's "lunch break" bit about a revised map of the world is amusing.

Wolcott's film is comically odd and disjointed, yet stacked with some alluring animal-skin-clad women—especially head wild woman Jean Hawkshaw as the fiery Omoo—and a fair amount of homoerotic innuendo. The spastic sensuality of the temple sacrificial dance sequence is a weird mix of sexy grinding and apoplectic lunging, and all of the humorous input from Nelson, Corbett and Murphy seems completely unnecessary at a moment like that, because Wolcott has in those brief bursts of nonsense constructed something so wonderfully askew that it almost works on its own.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: B+


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: The full-frame transfer of Wild Women 0f Wongo is pretty ugly, sporting some terribly faded colors, often so bad that it appears characters hair color changes from scene to scene just because of the levels. Plenty of age-related problems aside from the color fade, with tons of specking and dirt throughout. The host segments—with Nelson, Corbett and Murphy—is a bit soft-edged, but colors are understandably more vibrant, yet still a little on the dull side.

Image Transfer Grade: B-


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno

Audio Transfer Review: Audio is presented in a plain 2.0 stereo mix, one that provides clear voice quality for the comments from The Film Crew, which is really the key element here. Wolcott's Wongo suffers from flat, hissy audio—and some periodic distortion when voices are raised—but most of the imperfections are acceptable, considering the film is goofed on.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-


Disc Extras

Animated menu with music
Scene Access with 5 cues and remote access
1 TV Spots/Teasers
5 Featurette(s)
Packaging: clear plastic keepcase
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Extras include a 3.5" x 5" Film Crew logo sticker, for those of you jonesing for such a thing. Like the other films in the series, packaging for this single-layer disc is a clear plastic keepcase, which when opened reveals some additional images from Wild Women.

The rest of supplements are rather short, but good for a quick laugh. Make The Film Crew Dance borrows from one of the stranger sequences in the main feature, editing the wacky Priestess' demand to "DANCE!", here used to showcase the spastic moves of Mike (:32s), Bill (:27s) or Kevin (:13s), with What Madness Drives Her? (:16s) acting as a capper. Goodbye, Wongo-Style (01m:35s) has the guys doing their version of Wongo's comical "winking" finale.

Extras Grade: C


Final Comments

Another bad movie, another block of wacky riffing from one-time Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, now reinvented as The Film Crew. Wild Women of Wongo is a great selection to be made fun of, almost too easy at times, and the big laughs come pretty often.



Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store