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Magic Trip [DVD]


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  • Directors: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney
  • Producers: Alex Gibney, Will Clarke, Alexandra Johnes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTN9O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair – a trip made famous in Tom Wolfe’s book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” Kesey was joined on his Magic Bus by “The Merry Band of Pranksters,” a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers that included Neal Cassady, the Beat Generation icon immortalised in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” This trip ignited the beginning of the 1960s psychedelic revolution.

Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With MAGIC TRIP, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson) and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They restored over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history.
 
Extras:
  • 11 Deleted scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood
  • Audio Clip of Ken Kesey Being Administered LSD
  • Exclusive Alex Gibney Interview
  • TV spots 
  • Promo
  • Trailer
  • “Tempo Stimulants” (1967) – rare ABC feature on LSD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KTMorgan on 20 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this film in the theater and found it to be a fascinating testament to an amazing man and a time in space that is hard to put into perspective. Did the Merry Pranksters change the world? By driving across America, handing out LSD, did they raise the consciousness of a generation? That could be debated, but what cannot is the fantastic footage from that period. Although not a perfect film by any means, it is defitely worth a view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George on 2 Feb 2012
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Fascinating documentary into a part of Ken Kesey's life and the Merry Pranksters.
Also a good insight on LSD when it first began tests and street use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tetriano on 20 April 2013
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This film is great. A tour de force of insight into the pre-hippie revolution. These guys started it all and the amount of authentic footage is mindboggling....a must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Orgill on 26 Mar 2013
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Quick delivery, and a classic, yes I agree that it is not the best quality but sorry to the haters HD did not exist when this footage was filmed, get a grip and enjoy it for what it is - great nostalgia. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By REDSHIRT on 3 Feb 2013
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This pre Beatles Magical Mystery Tour shows Ken Kesey paving the way with his Merry pranksters by starting out in 1964 on a real psychedelic trip in a painted bus. This is the real event of "The Electric Cool Aid Acid Test" . The Merry Pranksters helped show the way to what the Beatles discovered many years later. Captured on film this is a historic documentry of the pioneers of psychedelia clearly shows the spirit of revolution that evolved in the early sixties.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.Graham on 20 Mar 2012
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Odd,eccentric home movie.

For those interested in the LSD trip and the feel for the era this is an interesting and valuable time capsule.
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