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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:  107 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, Ken Kesey's First Trip uncut audio track, audio commentary
VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  Spanish subs, English close captioning

STUDIO:  Magnolia Home Entertainment/ History Films/ Optimum Releasing/ Imaginary Forces/ Jigsaw Productions
RELEASE DATE:  11-1-2011

In 1964, Ken Kesey (author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") and his Merry Band of Pranksters decided to take a cross country trip from California to the New York World's Fair.   They traveled in a multi-colored bus intending to make a documentary about their trip.  They filmed hours of footage with no knowledge on how to make a documentary.  They showed the raw footage to people who came over to see it.   The film was never finished. 


Decades later, documentary directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given access to the raw footage.  They carved a tale out of the footage in a very absorbing tale about a trip that was one part road trip/ one part drug tripping experience.   I do think the film does end on a sad note as the fun they had on the trip turns to a culture where the government starts cracking down on drug users (and demonize them through the media).  Even though the documentary directors said Ken Kesey's purpose of the trip and the graduations he held after the trip were his attempt to get people to stop taking LSD.   I enjoyed the fun trip much more than the aftermath that followed.



The audio commentary with directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood gives insights into the trip Ken Kesey and his Merry Band of Pranksters took in addition to information on how they put together (and edited) the documentary.   It is worth a listen if you want to find out more about the trip shown in the documentary.   Then there is the uncut audio recording of Ken Kesey's first trip on LSD (the recording runs for 50 minutes).


The deleted scenes include two scenes which show trips to Canada and Mexico.  Even though they didn't fit into the overall arc of the documentary, I think there is another documentary that could be edited out of the footage as witnessed by the selection of deleted scenes included on this disc which are a combination of deleted scenes and extended scenes.   HDNet: A LOOK AT MAGIC TRIP is a promotional piece on the documentary.


FINAL ANALYSIS:  MAGIC TRIP is a fascinating documentary that tells about a road trip and the changing times in the 1960s in addition to what happened after the trip.


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