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Sex & Drugs (The Educational Archives, Vol. 1)
Generations of American children sat in dark classrooms and absorbed wisdom in the form of 16mm educational and social guidance films. Through the flicker of dim projector bulbs and the warble of optical soundtracks, a blueprint for better living in the Atomic Age was spelled out in no uncertain terms. Fantoma is proud to present the first two volumes in our new series of educational ephemera. It's all here, from the etiquette do's and don'ts shorts of the 1950's to the anti-drug hysteria films of the 1960's, making the world a safe, clean, and polite place once again. In Volume 1, learn all about the dangers of marijuana, the perils of heavy petting, the difference between boys and girls, and the joys of menstruation. Films include: Innocent Party, LSD: Case Study, Narcotics: Pit of Despair, Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence.Historical notes on each film by collection curator Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks; Bonus interactive filmstrips
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Unfortunately, seven of the twelve films here are "condensed" versions--i.e., edits to keep the DVD under two hours and (presumably) at a low price. Anyone who loves prime trust-your-leaders hilarity will want to see the full-length MARIJUANA (hosted by a zonked-out Sonny Bono) and NARCOTICS: PIT OF DESPAIR (the only film here I'd seen during MY school days; I never forgot the snake shots). At least ABC OF SEX EDUCATION FOR TRAINABLES appears in its uncut, proto-Lynchian glory.
This DVD still works as a cinematic treat. Let's hope the company releases a future DVD containing the UNEDITED films.
Unfortunately, seven of the twelve films here are "condensed"--i.e., edited to keep the DVD's running time under two hours and thus (presumably) keep the price affordable. This collection still provides much cinematic pleasure, though true edufilm fans should see the complete versions of such classics as MARIJUANA (narrated by a zonked-out Sonny Bono) and NARCOTICS: PIT OF DESPAIR (the only film here I actually saw in school; I never forgot the cobra scenes). At least the DVD presents the uncut version of the proto-Lynchian ABC OF SEX EDUCATION FOR TRAINABLES.
Maybe Fantoma will release these films uncondensed on DVD someday.
I started laughing about halfway through the LSD one and stopped when it ended. I know full well it was supposed to be educational and taken seriously, but how many of you guys out there would have taken it that way, or know how many kids today would pay attetion? =)
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I worked in Antarctica for seven months, and for some reason we had this dvd in our library at the station. We watched it about once a week. It's a riot. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002
I've seen a great deal of these films and consider myself a buff. This selection is very weak! Most of the films are of the film strip variety, where there's music and there are... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002