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  • Directors: Steven Hager
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YGOI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Meet the Founder featurette: filmmaker and editor-in-chief tells all
  • Jukebox: concert performances

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The Cannabis Cup was founded in 1988 by HIGH TIMES’ editor-in-chief Steven Hager to establish an international standard for cannabis seeds. He modeled it after the harvest festivals held in California in the 1970s, where growers would bring their finest buds and a winner would be judged. Held every November in Amsterdam, The Cannabis Cup is now a huge festival event, with flocks of pot connoisseurs arriving from around the world to sample "the kind". This 102 minute program combines documentary footage of the festival’s concerts and ceremonies with hilarious TV show parodies such as The Cannabis Castaways reality TV show--six heads stranded on an Amsterdam houseboat, The Grow Show with Kyle Kushman--cultivation tips from master growers, Wake and Bake with Jay--Good Morning Amsterdam, and The HighWitness News featuring Johnny Zero. Also included is close-up photography of the world’s best buds and of course the Cannabis Cup winners


It's a stoner's delight as growers and their candidates for the best marijuana (hashish too) in the world gather in Amsterdam in 2002 for the 15th Cannabis Cup, sponsored by (who else) High Times magazine. Here you'll find TV takeoffs ("Highwitness News," the Survivor-esque "Cannabis Castaways"), some political harangues, quite a bit of music (including a performance by Marty Balin and Starship), plenty of loving close-ups of perfect pot buds, and of course lots of people smoking copious amounts of herb and acting like potatoes. At 102 minutes long, the whole thing moves about as briskly as someone who just polished off a full bongload of "Sacred Haze" or "White Smurf." Must have been a laugh a minute for all the ganja gladiators involved--but in the absence of Smell-o-vision (or maybe something else…), for those of us watching at home, well, guess you had to be there. --Sam Graham

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. McQueen on June 17, 2004
Format: DVD
I thought it was good, especially for someone who has never gone to the Cannabis Cup.
It showed the vastness of the yearly event and the endless numbers of varieties that are actually judged on at the event.
Beautiful pics that will leave you wishing you were there.
Also, pretty long - 102 minutes. (Hooray.)
Good video if you are ever planning to attend -- learn some of what to expect. Would also check out the documentary - WEED, which is also about the event. (But it doesn't have hardly any bud shots.)
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By michael on December 27, 2013
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This played perfect. I loved it. Some parts were better than others but, I still loved it. Recommed it highly.
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Very informative DVD on the cultured lifestyle of pot smokers and pot growers around the world. In Amsterdam, they have a Cannabis Cup competition every year where marijuana growers from around the world bring their finest strains of cannabis in clamp lid glass jars. People who attend get to try free samples and the judges of the competition smoke their weed in a group behind closed doors and discuss each strain. They then take a vote and at the end of the day they tally the votes. The winner is awarded the highly coveted Cannabis Cup plus bragging rights. They delve into the quality of the cannabis, the looks of the buds, the strength of the high, potency, crystal formation/appearance, taste, smell and what they feel like on the drug/effects. Each type of cannabis is different from the previous, although all intoxicate and alter the mind with varying intensities and durations. The more potent the strain the more pronounced the effects and the longer duration one is under its spell (intoxicated). There is a head high and a body high. The two classes are sativas and indicas. If I'm not mistaken the indicas are usually meant for medical use and the sativas can also be used medically but are mostly used recreationally by the casual user trying to take the edge off after a long day at work much like the common man drinks a beer after work to unwind. Very interesting DVD. Seems boring at times to people not interested in the drug counterculture and marijuana in general. For those seasoned pot smokers this is a must see! This is not to say that I am one of these people. I only state my observations.
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