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Sex & Drugs (The Educational Archives, Vol. 1)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Check your focus Dec 7 2001
A campy collection of films, true, but one that also documents a lost era of American confidence, an era when the '50s-'60s establishment very confidently thought it could stave off youthful rebellion and perpetuate straight all-American living forever.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check your focus... Dec 10 2001
This is a campy collection of films, true, but a collection that provides a detailed look at a bygone era's increasingly futile attempts at quashing youthful rebellion.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good Series March 22 2003
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I remember watching the sony bono one way back when, and at the time, as I still do, saw it more as a "pro" pot film and thought and still think that Sony HAD to do this film and I truly belive he had a couple puffs before doing this. My Mom remembers the it's wonderful being a girl segemant, and we both giggled and laughed at the early attempts at explaing "womanhood"
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Talking Hot Dogs! Jan. 24 2002
Man, this is one of the best DVDs I've purchased in a long time. Most of the dialogue from "Narcotics: Pit of Despair" is just BEGGING to be sampled. And it's got the guy from "Freaks and Geeks" in it!!! And where else can you see Sonny Bono (in a gold lame` suit, no less!) telling kids the dangers of marijuana "in their own language". This MUST'VE bee some kind of community service he had to do, or something...There is also a rad case study of some girl's acid trip where her hot dog starts screaming when she tries to eat it, so she squishes/"kills" it. Dunno, that sounds kind of fun to me...
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