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OFF LIMITS! Launch 'Em, The Man From LOX, and Other Films the Military Doesn't Want You to See!

Ronald Reagan , Red Marme , Chester Neff  |  DVD

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Ever wanted to own a copy of that crazy old Navy film called LAUNCH 'EM? It was filmed in 1956 in black and white by VF-121 (flying F9F-8 Cougars) on board USS Hancock while heading home to San Diego from a WestPac deployment. Personally, I hadn't seen it since the early 1970s and wondered if perhaps it had simply disappeared into a black hole somewhere. It's only 12 minutes long, cornier than any Three Stooges movie, but has a couple of very good moments. It really is a classic. One star, but recommended nevertheless! --Patrol Squadron Seventeen Alumni

There was, back in the early 'Seventies, a Navy training film called "Man From LOX" which implied that if you complied with all of the Navy's safety procedures for Liquid Oxygen Safety that a Hot Babe would arrive who wouldn't take 'no' for an answer. They got rid of that one in the post-Tailhook environment. But that one was an Eagerly Appreciated Training Film, let me tell you. (Lots better than "Deadly Shipmate" (on the dangers of 120 volt AC ship's service power) or "Trial By Fire" (fires at sea suck for everyone).) Well now it's back in all of it's cheesy glory! --Electrolite

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Pilots fighting in the ready room. Flight crews starting jet engines with cigarette lighters. These and other hi-jinks might not be regulation, but they do appear in Launch 'Em, an amazing and infamous U.S. Navy film shot aboard the carrier Hancock.

A short time after its release, Launch 'Em was banned by the brass. And it wasn't alone. The Man From LOX, an ambitious safety film that went a bit too far, was pulled faster than you can say "this is also lox". Private Snafu and a whole series of cartoons that were shown to front-line soldiers during WWII, were put on the scrap heap right after VJ Day.

They were gone, but not forgotten. Now, thanks to some hard work and some greased palms, we've managed to assemble a collection of some of the most legendary, most outrageous government -funded films and cartoons ever made.

Featured are ten films, including one of the Cold War's most famous civil defense propaganda film, the innocuous Duck and Cover. An episode of Private Snafu , a U.S. Navy cartoon, a blooper reel with Ronald Reagan and other actors, comes along for the price of admission.

Also included, is a military film banned for another reason entirely. Featuring President John F. Kennedy's review of the Pacific Fleet, it was forever withdrawn from circulation following his assasination in 1963 . . .until now.

Digitally remasted and restored from original 16mm prints, the films featured on this DVD were originally made for the U.S. armed forces and the public. Please note: because of the age and rarity of these films, image and sound quality may vary.

Color and black and white films. Running time: over 90 minutes!

Presented in the DVD-R format. May not be compatible with older DVD players. Check your player's instruction manual for more information.

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