"Reefer Madness" SE in 2004!

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  1. Bill Williams

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    DVD Review has the scoop on this new DVD release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:

    http://dvdreview.com/html/news.html

    I'm thinking, did this originally come out in 1937 or 1947? Somehow my mind is telling me 1937, but it could very well be the latter.

    Cheech and Chong, eat your heart out! [​IMG]
     
  2. Steve Phillips

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    This disc will contain both the B/W version as well as a new colorized print, and will feature audio commentary by Mike Nelson from MST3K.
     
  3. Matt Rexer

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    audio commentary by Mike Nelson from MST3K.

    An absolutely brilliant idea... now that it's mentioned, I'm surprised no one else has employeed the MST3K crew in this way.

    Now, where do I send the email demanding he do the same for an SE of Batman & Robin? [​IMG]
     
  4. Brian Thibodeau

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    This sounds interesting, but not particularly serious. Could be fun, but I was quite satisfied with Something Weird's Marijuana Trilogy, which had a fantastic print of the film under a different title (which eludes me at the moment), as well as two other movies (one with a commentary) and the usual allotment of trailers and shorts.

    Seriously, how much info will we get from a commentary by the guys who did the colorized version? If nothing else, this version will at least bring this novelty to the masses in a presumably decent form when the brick & mortars stock multiple copies
     
  5. Patrick McCart

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    I almost thought this was a prank....

    Great news that Mike Nelson is doing the commentary... I'll be buying it just for that.
     
  6. Steve Phillips

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    I forgot about the second commentary by the colorization guys. That is weird.

    They're now working on colorized versions of CARNIVAL OF SOULS and ALL ABOUT EVE, and a new colorized version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Fox already released A CHRISTMAS WISH (aka THE GREAT RUPERT) on DVD in color.

    No, I'm not kidding. You can see video clips at their website, www.legendfilms.net.

    It's the same old thing, it really doesn't look better than other colorization attempts.

    At least the discs contain the original B/W versions as well.
     
  7. Christopher D

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    Chong is in prison right now --
     
  8. perrin

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    I just want to know why this film needs a DD 5.1 and a DTS 5.1 soundtrack because most of the film is mostly dialogue. I tried watching this film a long time ago, and I thought it was very stupid and unrealistic. There is no way that a person can get high on one puff of marijuana, but that's how it was done. I guess the government was trying to scare people not to use it by using these strange scare tactics.

    It's sort of like the government making those nuclear blast films to "duck and cover." It is so rediculous and contrived.

    perrin
     
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    According to DVD Review, it's being released on April 20. Wow, a pot movie coming out on 4/20. Coincidence? I think not![​IMG]
     
  10. MatthewA

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    Richard, Explain the coincidence for us who are unfamiliar with marijuana culture.
     
  11. rockinricky

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    I found the origin told here. I looked for it on the High Times site, but they're doing a massive relaunch/redesign and I couldn't find anything.
     
  12. Brian Kidd

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    Colorization has always looked terrible. I will never, NEVER buy a colorized film. Give me a nice clean print of the B&W original any day. Fox just lost tons of respect from me.
     
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    Does it come with a free joint?
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  14. Nick_Scott

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    Isn't this movie in Public Domain?

    When I had a subscription to one of those "DVD mags", they would send you a public domain movie every month. (ie Night of the Living Dead, etc), and I remember getting Refer Madness.

    Not that it matters. Anything with a MS3K is a good idea!

    Nick
     
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    The B&W original IS on the DVD along with the (bastard) Colorized version.


    Andrew
     
  16. Brian Kidd

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    That's true, Andrew, however by puchasing this disc the studio will assume that colorized films will sell. That leads to more colorized films.
     
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    Give them a little more credit than that. The folks at Fox aren't so stupid that they'd assume every purchase of the disc was for the colorized version. They wouldn't even have bothered to include the proper black and white version if that were the case.
     
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    I think the only assuming going on there is by you.

    DJ
     
  19. Jon Robertson

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    ANYONE concerned over the artistic integrity of Reefer Madness needs to get their priorities straightened. Fox are colorising it and giving it DTS sound because it's one of the campiest, most idiotic films ever made, and they're apparently doing everything they can to heighten the surrealness of the experience. Hats off to them.
     
  20. Brian Kidd

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    Jon, I really pity you my friend if you think that's the case. They are colorizing it because they think consumers want it colorized. They wouldn't pay for the expense otherwise. Same thing with DTS. They know that most of America is stupid enought to see a DTS logo and assume that the sound is something special. It's sad to see so many HTF members living in a dreamworld. Go ahead and purchase your mutilated films. Just don't say I didn't warn you when it becomes more widespead.
     

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