Touched - Alien Abduction and the Extreme Experience Research of Dr. John Mack
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WINNER: Best Documentary --Female Eye Film Festival Toronto
WINNER: Best Documentary --International UFO Congress Nevada
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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.
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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Excellent film about the work of the late John E. Mack I recommend everyone watch this filmPublished 14 months ago by eric gandara
I LIKE THESE DOCOS ABOUT LUNATICS WHO BELIEVE THEIR MIDS EYE. OT EVERYONE DOES THOUGH. REMEMBER MR ED. HE WAS A HORSE OF COURSE AND A TALKING HORSE.
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This indie documentary is rather unusual in that it focuses just as much on the investigator - and the culture of such work within academe - as it does the testimony of those... Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Daniel Jolley