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The Educational Archives, Vol. 1 - Sex & Drugs

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Generations of American children sat in dark classrooms and absorbed wisdom in the form of 16mm educational and social guidance films. Through the flicker of dim projector bulbs and the warble of optical soundtracks, a blueprint for better living in the Atomic Age was spelled out in no uncertain terms. Fantoma is proud to present the first two volumes in our new series of educational ephemera. It's all here, from the etiquette do's and don'ts shorts of the 1950's to the anti-drug hysteria films of the 1960's, making the world a safe, clean, and polite place once again. In Volume 1, learn all about the dangers of marijuana, the perils of heavy petting, the difference between boys and girls, and the joys of menstruation. Films include: Innocent Party, LSD: Case Study, Narcotics: Pit of Despair, Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence.Historical notes on each film by collection curator Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks; Bonus interactive filmstrips

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Product Details

  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QAPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on January 24, 2002
Format: DVD
Man, this is one of the best DVDs I've purchased in a long time. Most of the dialogue from "Narcotics: Pit of Despair" is just BEGGING to be sampled. And it's got the guy from "Freaks and Geeks" in it!!! And where else can you see Sonny Bono (in a gold lame` suit, no less!) telling kids the dangers of marijuana "in their own language". This MUST'VE bee some kind of community service he had to do, or something...There is also a rad case study of some girl's acid trip where her hot dog starts screaming when she tries to eat it, so she squishes/"kills" it. Dunno, that sounds kind of fun to me...
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This is a campy collection of films, true, but a collection that provides a detailed look at a bygone era's increasingly futile attempts at quashing youthful rebellion.
Unfortunately, seven of the twelve films here are "condensed"--i.e., edited to keep the DVD's running time under two hours and thus (presumably) keep the price affordable. This collection still provides much cinematic pleasure, though true edufilm fans should see the complete versions of such classics as MARIJUANA (narrated by a zonked-out Sonny Bono) and NARCOTICS: PIT OF DESPAIR (the only film here I actually saw in school; I never forgot the cobra scenes). At least the DVD presents the uncut version of the proto-Lynchian ABC OF SEX EDUCATION FOR TRAINABLES.
Maybe Fantoma will release these films uncondensed on DVD someday.
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What makes these films so enjoyable for me is that when they were made,they were intended as dead serious educational material.HA!Maybe that's why they're so facinating now or,at the very worst,surreal fodder.Some films are hilerious and laughable,such as a case study on LSD in which a girl trips that a hot dog turns into a troll.Others are just bizzare-such as Sonny Bono trying to make clear the good and bad about marijuana even while he behaves as if he himself is stoned.A couple of the films are rather dull such as the boring classroom instructional 'Human Growth' and some are actually pretty serious warnings about the dangers of syphillis and sex education for mentally challaged adults.And not to be missed is 50's movie star Sal Mineo's bizzare song at the end of the

smug 'LSD-Insight Or Insanity'.These are really fun if your looking for a good laugh at the absurdity of youth education of the day,or if your just into weird propaganda.
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The Educational Archives and Fantoma have produced a real gem here. This is seriously one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen. Some people actually doubt the validity of these archival 16mm prints due to their outlandish and ridiculously amusing nature. Even if you don't like drugs, you can not help from laughing at these amazing filmstrips. My personal faves are the Lockhead-Martin produced educational shorts (containing cool oil lamp visuals, beatnik-speak, and groovy music) espousing the dangers of LSD, amphetamines, heroin, and barbituates. The hipster slang in some of these shorts is incredible. The insightful film about Marijuana, narrated by Sonny Bono is a scream, as Sonny looks glorious in his gold jump suit and glazed eyes. 'Sex-Ed for Trainables' must be seen to be believed. This DVD never ceases to amuse me or my friends. Everyone who has watched this baby has found it to be completly hilarious. I have seen all of the other 'Educational Archive' DVDs, and this one takes the cake. There's a reason this is Volume 1. These short films range in date from the late 40's thru the early 70's. If you are a fan of the quirky, kitchy, or strange, you will love this. If you don't have a sense of humor, you may not (but I don't care about you). It's hard to believe that these shorts were shown to the youth in an attempt to scare them from doing drugs. If anything, these filmstrips make one want to experiment (especially the Amphetamine short). This DVD is highly reccomended to those seeking kicks. Don' be a square and cop this now, Daddy-O
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By A Customer on December 20, 2002
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I worked in Antarctica for seven months, and for some reason we had this dvd in our library at the station. We watched it about once a week. It's a riot. "Trainables" is one of the oddest pieces of "film" I have ever seen. Why have the huge close-ups of the presenter when he's got a horribly pock-marked face?
It's a fun ride. Good to see some early Kevin Teague before Emergency and Road House.
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By A Customer on March 22, 2003
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I remember watching the sony bono one way back when, and at the time, as I still do, saw it more as a "pro" pot film and thought and still think that Sony HAD to do this film and I truly belive he had a couple puffs before doing this. My Mom remembers the it's wonderful being a girl segemant, and we both giggled and laughed at the early attempts at explaing "womanhood"
I started laughing about halfway through the LSD one and stopped when it ended. I know full well it was supposed to be educational and taken seriously, but how many of you guys out there would have taken it that way, or know how many kids today would pay attetion? =)
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