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Magic Trip (2011)

Starring: Gibney,Alex
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Format: DVD
Sku: 223716381
UPC: 876964004237
UPC 14: 00876964004237
Category Keywords: Documentary  History  Road Trips  Writers
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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. He was joined by the merry band of pranksters, including neal cassady.
Editor's Note
In 1964, Ken Kesey was an author who had published two popular and critically acclaimed novels, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION. At the same time, Kesey also had a strong bohemian streak and in the late '50s had been a volunteer in a research experiment sponsored by the United States military on the effects of an unusual new drug called LSD. Kesey came to believe the LSD experience had the power to reshape America's psychological and spiritual landscape, and he continued using it with a handful of trusted friends and colleagues. In 1964, Kesey and several of his fellow psychedelic explorers -- including Neal Cassady, a close friend of Jack Kerouac who helped inspire the book ON THE ROAD -- bought a 1939 International Harvester school bus, fixed it up with bunks, painted it with bright, abstract designs, and set out on a cross-country voyage to explore America and share their new vision with those they met. In time, Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters" were credited with launching the counterculture revolution of the 1960s, and as they traveled from place to place, they documented their adventures on 16 mm film. However, due to sound synchronization problems, the footage was never edited into useable form, but filmmakers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood have used this material as the basis for a documentary on the journey of the Pranksters and its cultural influence. MAGIC TRIP: KEN KESEY'S SEARCH FOR A COOL PLACE explores the history behind Kesey and his group, offers a look at their experiences on the road, and includes footage of some of the friends they encountered en route, including Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and a rock band called the Warlocks who would later change their name to the Grateful Dead. MAGIC TRIP received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2011
Video UPC UPC: 00876964004237
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alex Gibney - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John McCullough - Music Director
Video Cast Info Don Fleming - Sound
Video Cast Info David Kahne - Composer
Video Cast Info Alison Ellwood - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Imaginary Forces - Animation
Video Cast Info Stanley Tucci - Voice
Video Cast Info George Walker - Host
Video Cast Info Alison Ellwood - Director
Video Cast Info Alex Gibney - Director

Professional Reviews

Hollywood Reporter
"[With] revelatory footage that has been lovingly assembled....The filmmakers have done a credible job of editing the footage into something reasonably coherent." 08/04/2011

Entertainment Weekly
"It's like seeing the birth of the '60s, with great moments..." -- Grade: B 08/12/2011

4 stars out of 5 -- "[The directors] have reconstructed the whole trip, adding digressive sequences, laminating it with creative animations and graphics that illuminate rather than intrude....Exuberant and full of delight..." 01/01/2012

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