Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Psych-Out / The Trip|
Actors: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern
Directors: Richard Rush, Roger Corman
Genres: Classics, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
PSYCH-OUT: ¬"Love and Haight¬" Featurette Original Theatrical Trailer THE TRIP: Audio Commentary with Director/Producer Roger Corman ¬"Tune In, Trip Out¬" Featurette Psychedelic Film Effects Psychedelic Light Box American ... more »
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What a bummer!
janne lahtonen | Turku Finland | 03/24/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Trip and psych-Out, two great movies in same package, on DVD...sounds too good to be true, and is too good to be true, I'm afraid, since BOTH of the movies are shorter versions from the originals. So be aware, if you are about to buy this DVD, you won't get the whole movie. The movies have really been mutilated, I was really angry to notice how ridiculously they have been cut. Especially Psych-Out suffers from this mutilation. Since I'm writing my thesis about the 60's films, I really feel these movies earn a better treatment. I feel cheated, but I quess there is no way getting your money back if you live in Finland like I do. So, be aware, it's a rip-off. I'm afraid that we serious movie collector's still have stick to our precious VHS!"
Edited version is a real bummer, man.
janne lahtonen | 05/04/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I know Psych-Out pretty well, so I was very happy when it was released on DVD. Unfortunatly, scene after scene on this disk has been edited, or cut short, so they could fit two movies on one disk, I guess. Max Julian's excellent acid trip is practically cut out of the movie. You miss him paint 'love' over the stop sign as he babbles "beautiful... really beautiful." You might notice that 'Incense and Peppermints' ends abruptly early. This is really awful. I'm sorry to say it, because I've wanted this movie on disk for so long. What more can I say? A fun movie, but you don't get all of it on this disk. I haven't been able to bring myself to see if they left The Trip intact, it's a weaker movie though. These movies are worth adding to your collection. It's just too bad you don't get the whole movie. Why did they do this?"
Thomas Bumbera | Maplewood, NJ USA | 01/05/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Was there nothing that modern technology could do to make the soundtrack to "The Trip" listenable? It sounds muffled and dialogue is sometimes hard to follow - I don't recall having this problem when I saw the film theatrically. Maybe they were trying to re-create the drive-in speaker experience. And why on earth edit "Psych-Out," truthfully the better of the two films? Extras are okay, and thanks for the letterboxing, but this should have been a four-star reissue, at least."
Stanley King | 05/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is so worth getting just for the mini-documentaries included for each. If you have any interest at all in filmmaking, they're even better. Director Richard Rush discusses his technique for the film "Psych Out." If you're familiar with the concept of rack focus, he discusses how he shot his film built entirely around that concept. Using it in lieu of cuts and fades. Fascinating! There's also technical stuff about "The Trip" and how they achieved the special effects. Even funnier is the fact that Roger Corman dropped acid for research purposes! (What people will do for their art!) Bruce Dern is highly amusing as he discusses how drugs ruined people's work ethic and habits back in the day (hmm, he wouldn't be including Jack in that, would he?). Bruce also does quite a fine Nicholson impersonation. Overall, both films are worth seeing. I love the look of both, with beautiful saturated colors -- they don't make film stocks like that anymore. The films are pristine, too, with little evidence of scratches and whatnot as so often you get when older movies are transferred to DVD. "Psycho Out" is extremely funny. There's a wonderful love scene that looks like one of those old black light posters brought to life. Lots of bad acid trips. And a gay couple is presented very matter-of-factly, like, hey, this is set in San Francisco, no big deal. I never even realized that the two characters were a gay couple when I first saw the film years ago on television. The things you learn from DVD viewing! Anyways, this is a must-have DVD, a real bargain, and a potential learning experience for film students. Get it! It's a trip!"