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Touched - Alien Abduction and the Extreme Experience Research of Dr. John Mack

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Product Description

When Harvard psychiatrist John Mack approached filmmaker Laurel Chiten (Twist & Shout, The Jew in the Lotus, Twisted) asking her to make a movie about encounters with aliens, she thought he was crazy. But after meeting some of the so-called "experiencers" she was intruiged; they seemed rather normal and spoke about feelings of connection and longing for these uninvited intruders to return. She had stumbled into a world filled by people who had been touched by something ... and had their lives blown apart becuase of it.

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Touched offers a uniquely comtemplative perspective on the alien abduction phenomenon and presents the 'experiencers' and their stories with sensitivity and without judgment. --Boston's Weekly Dig

WINNER: Best Documentary --Female Eye Film Festival Toronto

WINNER: Best Documentary --International UFO Congress Nevada

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Product Details

  • Actors: John E. Mack, M.D.
  • Directors: Laurel Chiten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: UFO Tv
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BT1SH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Both compassionate and skeptical, indie filmmaker Laurel Chiten leads us into the complex world of people who believe they have been abducted by alien life forms. Chiten's provocative and intimate interviews with Harvard Professor, John Mack forced me to question my own beliefs and ideas about American mythology, story telling, dreams and the cosmos. "Touched" shook my world for several days, a true testament of its psychological impact.
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This is an excellent and scholarly documentary on alien abductions and personal accounts of the same from those who have experienced such occurrences. I recommend this video to anyone who wishes to delve into the personal accounts of "experiencers" and their heart wrenching stories and emotional scars that these events leave behind.
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John Mack is presented well, but the documentary itself needs a producer to give it focus and direction, and a sound engineer to balance the volume levels. Nowhere is this more needed than during the sequence when the guy is screaming profanity at the memory of his abductors during his hypnosis session. Overall the movie was okay for some of the information presented, and for the footage of John Mack, but it needs a professional touch to make it into a better documentary. The overall narrative seemed to lack direction and flow.
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This is a good book if you are interested in the alien abduction phenomenon. Dr. Mack is highly educated and presents the material well. His statistics are a bit shocking; such as the number of abductions. If one accepts the experiences as abductions, then one is left with the question of why they are happening. Any possible answer to that question is disconcerting.
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I'm not sure if the current 2008 edition of the DVD is the same, but the 2003 edition has some hidden bonus features (in addition to stated bonus features like deleted scenes and an extended interview with Harvard's Alan Dershowitz on the subject of John Mack's academic freedom). The main hidden bonus feature is a short but interesting audio interview with the filmmaker Laurel Chiten conducted by author Whitley Strieber. To access this, go to the "biographies" menu, and click on the collar of the priest, or the sunglasses worn by another of the people in the bios menu. This works on the 2003 edition, but as I've said, the current edition may be different.

UPDATE: The 2008 edition (with the UFOTV logo in the lower left corner of the case) does *not* include the hidden audio interview with the filmmaker conducted by Whitley Strieber. Other differences are minor:

The 2008 edition has an excruciatingly long animated promo for the UFOTV brand. It just goes on and on and on, longer than any logo should. The regular bonus features (extended interview with Alan Dershowitz etc) are present, though all in-a-row rather than selectable individually, and quite atypically, the FBI warning and the UFOTV logo play AGAIN before the bonus feature plays (I've never seen that on any DVD's special features before).

The visual quality of the DVD is no better or worse than the original release; although much of it was shot on miniDV and edited digitally, the final output is pretty bad, with weak blacks, excessive grain, and blurry titles. But those flaws were present on the original release too, so, either one will serve you equally well. It is still an interesting documentary despite the subpar presentation.
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This documentary is about Harvard psychiatrist John E. Mack's (open minded) investigations of people who claim to have encountered (non-terrestrial) alien beings. It is at the same time intriguing, fascinating, thought provoking, and ultimately very entertaining.

Mack started off bearing a conventional scientific rationalist world-view, which discounts all experiences which do not fit that limited, anthropocentric, anthropo-chauvinistic mindset. But over the course of many, many sessions, he came to believe the stories as being real, in large part because he could find no evidence that the claimants were suffering from psychological impairment or pathology.

The criticism that Mack, and the claimants suffer from the conventional thinking establishment is, for me, the most entertaining aspect of the video. They seem almost desperate to place the experiences of others into their comforting world view in which humans are the highest lifeform in the known universe, and all that all who threaten this view are to be condemned, shunned, and silenced as delusional heretics.

The film also contains an unexpected degree of poignance. In one case, a woman was interbred with an unknown male, and the offspring genetically altered by the aliens. A few years afterward, her "children" were introduced to her, and she was allowed to meet with them for only a short period of time. The longing of this mother for her little known children brought her to tears, understandably so.

In another case, the wife of a male abductee suffered jealousy and resentment after learning that during her husband's abductions, he felt as if his breeding partner was more like his real wife and soulmate, than the woman he had married.
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