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Reefer Madness (Restored Edition) (1936)

Dorothy Short , Kenneth Craig , Louis J. Gasnier  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White
  • Directors: Louis J. Gasnier
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D3XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reefer Madness (Restored Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes all-new color version and the restored original black-and-white version
  • Commentary by Mike Nelson of TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Color design commentary by Legend Films
  • Short film: "Grandpa's Marijuana Handbook" by Evan Keliher
  • Reefer Madness trailer

Editorial Reviews

Reefer Madness is a campy cult favorite first released in 1938 as a propaganda film meant to scare America's youth off of drug. In this quintessential classic, innocent teens partake of the "demon weed" only to find that one puff plunges them into a hilarious web of murder, sex, lunacy and jazz music.

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Restored edition, fantastic!!!!!! May 3, 2004
The movie Reefer Madness seen by itself is really nothing to brag about, but this special addition for this best-selling cult classic is fantastic. It's a must buy, because for how cheap it is, you really get your money's worth. For the first time ever, I can say that the colorized version (complete with multicolor smoke and over saturated psychedelic color schemes) is better and looks better than the original black and white, and both versions are available to watch which is considerate of the DVD producers to give us both, and it looks as good as we can ever expect. Extra features are fantastic highlighted by a hysterical commentary by Mike Nelson, formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which is the sole reason why I bought this edition. The commentary by the people who colorized the film is also worth a look. I highly recommend this new edition.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Exploitation Flick of the 30s! August 28, 1999
In the 70s, NORML spread the myth that the government sponsored Reefer Madness. The truth, however, is that the film was made to play the Exploitation circuit... and was made with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Thelma White (Mae) has said that the cast was specifically asked to "hoke it up." And the scene in which Ralph demands that the piano be played "Faster... Faster!" comes straight out of 42nd Street--a film in which actor Dave O'Brien (yes, Ralph himself) had played a chorus boy.
So, if the makers of this film weren't serious about their message, why did they make the movie? Well, why did anybody make an Exploitation film in the 30s? To show more skin than the Hays Code allowed, of course, and to capitalize on public fears. Simply put: they wanted to make money. And make money they did.
Unlike most Exploitation fare, Reefer Madness was shot over a period of three weeks, on a relatively large budget (by sub-Poverty Row standards). Using an experienced director and a couple of actors who would go on to do respectable work in Hollywood, this production is the creme-de-la-creme of 30's Exploitation cinema.
Reefer Madness is every bit as hyperbolic as it was intended to be. Just watch it knowing that its makers are laughing at you, and you'll realize that this film is perhaps one of the greatest jokes ever played on an audience in the history of cinema. It's certainly one of the most entertaining.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen To You... April 18, 2004
Bill and Mary were just two typical all-american 25 year old highschool students, playing tennis, drinking hot cocoa, and reciting Shakespeare. Then, Bill got mixed up with the "wrong crowd". He ended up at their house of evil, where He took a "hit" from a marijuana cigarette and "freaked out". Bill joined in with "satan's children" as they danced uncontrollably, played piano jazz, and had wanton abandon sessions! Meanwhile, Mary's brother borrowed her car, took a puff from a "hemp-joint" and drove uncontrollably, running over a pedestrian, laughing mercilessly. Ultimately, poor Mary ended up at the "drug den" herself, being introduced to the "killer weed" by Ralph, a crazed "pot fiend" given to uncontrollable fits of hysterical laughter. Ralph took advantage of Mary, causing Bill (who was having a wanton abandon session with a female "pot-head" in another room) to lose control and attack Ralph. Suddenly, the swinging "dope pad" was turned into a murder house, as the co-owner of the hangout drew a gun. Bill fought him and Mary was inadvertantly shot dead! Bill was framed for Mary's homicide and Ralph was committed to an insane asylum. And, remember the wicked girl Bill was having wanton abandon with? Well, she was called upon to testify in court, and wound up diving out a window! Let us learn the lessons here! Remember, smoke only good wholesome tobacco, or drink harmless, invigorating alcohol; and leave the "reefer" to the ne'er-do-wells and hepcats of the world...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing discovery... January 28, 2002
Just finished the three movies in a row, and there are no regrets! This DVD is fun, and more: there are nice extras including an almost finished crazed strip act, trailers, picture gallery and all, and three flicks well presented. The picture/sound quality is not at all as bad as I suspected, in fact some "quality" classics can be found released in much inferior quality. And the movies... they are great, and if you love the atmosphere of the thirties, these films, especially watched late night, give you the wonderful feeling of really attending a wild party, even without actual reefer involved. Whereas "Marihuana" is really stupid and "Reefer Madness" beautifully overblown, "Assassin of youth" is actually quite grasping. All films involve some pretty people, posh clothes and wild lindyhop. What more to be desired???
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REEFER MADNESS! December 21, 2000
Kids, this has got to be one of the funniest titles available today, and it's SO old! Reefer Madness is an old Anti-Marijuana short film in which high school students who "toke hits of reefer ciragrettes" become "immoral, unjust and unforgivable" because, and I swear I'm not kidding, "Marijuana is more addictive and destructive then her sisters Heroin and Cocaine." This movie has it all, from slight truths to bold faced lies! It is a true testament to the American Marijuana War and just how hillarious our leaders can be at times. Buy a copy today! Do something for the cause.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 16 days ago by Billy Joe Biberstein Jr
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Published 1 month ago by charles
1.0 out of 5 stars a lot of people liked this movie and said it was hilarious
a lot of people liked this movie and said it was hilarious, but when I watched it I was falling asleep it was just so stupid and boring and did not enjoy it at all
Published 2 months ago by ronald koppinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny movie
Funny as Hell no wonder they made pot illegal with movie like this LOL pot was made illegal the same year this movie was made just in case anybody is interested.
Published 2 months ago by cheryl hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hilarious old timey government propaghanda
Published 3 months ago by Adrian
1.0 out of 5 stars almost funny
It is an old fashioned classic propaganda film showing the "horrors" of marijuana .Stilted and overwrought acting makes it amusing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by fragilefinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Snicker, Snicker!
When I was a kid in the 40's, Reefer Madness made the summer movie circuit every summer. Usually as half of a exploitation double feature, black and white garbage. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is just a perfect example of govt. propaganda. it is crazy.
love this .love this must have.if you smoke or not which I don't anymore but it is so funny.get it.
Published 4 months ago by johnnyhooper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorous Study In Paranoia
This movie is a classic. For so many of us who grew up in the 60's, this movie was a favorite. I wonder if they show this out in Denver, CO. now.
Published 6 months ago by Lewis Benko
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic
I remember seeing this as a young child at my school. After all these years, seeing it again as an adult it made me angry that such blatent lies were peddled to the public... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maryline Parker
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