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Reefer Madness - The Movie Musical (Cable Telefilm)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Telefilm: C



They’ll make anything into a Musical, but that does not mean it will work.  Instead of offering something funny, ironic and memorable, Reefer Madness - The Movie Musical (2005) can only rehash (no pun intended) the same conservative 1930s to 1950s world of oppression and think that is somehow sufficient enough to be funny, entertaining and mean something.  Unfortunately, the songs are remarkably forgettable and it is not from any drug use that they will slip your mind.  No drug will make you remember them either.


This is instead a one-joke piece that never goes anywhere despite a name cast that includes Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer and Steven Weber.  Even a sudden animated sequence does not click.  Conclusion, this one is a bad trip!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1 image is surprisingly soft, shot on digital HD of some sort, then transferred with issues.  This should be cleaner and clearer than it is, but is still watchable enough.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not bad, though not so dynamic that it is a must-hear.  Extras include text on the film, an audio commentary by the creators that does not add much and the original 1936 Reefer Madness film that is still at the crux of things.  It certainly plays better than this telefilm, but some may enjoy both.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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