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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 (121 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 (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D3XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,023 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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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Restored edition, fantastic!!!!!! May 3, 2004
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen To You... April 18, 2004
Format:DVD
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing discovery... January 28, 2002
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Always have to laugh when I watch this. It is hard to fathom that the government put this out and the hysteria it caused.
Published 1 day ago by Nicholas Balouris
2.0 out of 5 stars Joint for the joint smokers
Man, I`d realy like to light up once again, I don't know what back alley they found these stoners IN but I can promise in 50+ years of toaking I never saw anybody act like this,... Read more
Published 12 days ago by goldfeaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a fabulous time with this one!!
I watched this film with my husband and we thought this was hysterical. Hard to take this film very seriously with its attempt at anti drug messages. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Deidre Ann
1.0 out of 5 stars Reefer Madness / fuggedaboudit
I bought this because I was interested in it as a cult classic. I had never actually seen it. Usually I watch a movie twice before deciding whether it's a "keeper". Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically funny
Funny and ridiculous. The history of the times makes this a worth watch for any one interested in psychology. Peace
Published 2 months ago by Keith K.
1.0 out of 5 stars It's so bad it's actually funny!
A movie you can't watch twice! Had to watch it to say I did, now I'm a member of "I saw it" club. The colorized version is the final touch! Everyone blowing colored smoke! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stepinit
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great comedy
I watched the DVD and laughed. I find it really amazing that people would believe some of the lies that were told, but then I look at when the movie was made
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars Reefer madness is shear madness.
Though reefer madness was supposed to be an educational movie on the dangerous narcotic drug Marijuana, today this would be a comedy of immense
enjoyment that makes you laugh... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ingo John Toney
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
Funny and entertaining !! I had no idea that marijuana was such a bad influence. Lesson learned. None for me.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Kendel
1.0 out of 5 stars Reefer Madness
Humorous. Remembered seeing it 30 years ago. Government policies on marijuana today really haven't changed compared to the movie's point from then.
Published 3 months ago by bob
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