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11/22/11

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Dirty Pictures (Breaking Glass Pictures) — Dirty Pictures is a fascinating portrait of Dr. Sasha Shulgin, a rogue chemist who discovered and tested the mind altering effects of MDMA (ecstasy). The film is less a tale about crazy ex-hippie acid freaks and more a about the relationship of science to to illicit chemical drugs like MDMA, LSD and Psylocybin. It explores the relationship between brain chemistry and psychology through interviews with young doctors working in labs today studying the effects of drugs on mood regulation. Sasha’s wife, a therapist, also talks about how the drug experience can help the taker get in touch with their ’shadow self’. Another aspect of Dirty Pictures has to do with the failure of the DEA. A retired DEA officer, who first got to know Sasha in 1969, talks about how the government completely missed the opportunity to explore the drug’s potential by criminalizing it, which in turn led to further lack of understanding. If you need to rationalize an excuse to take LSD again this is the film for you. Available on DVD. (Mike S. Ryan)

Super 8 (Paramount) — Available in a 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy package.

These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America (PBS Home Video) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray Picks of the Week

12 Angry Men (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Rushmore (Criterion) — Available on Blu-ray (and DVD).

Three Amigos (HBO Studios) — Available on Blu-ray.

Way Down East (Kino) — Available on Blu-ray.

The Birth of a Nation: Special Edition (Kino) — Available on Blu-ray.

Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

The Devil’s Double (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Making the Boys (First Run Features) — Available on DVD.

Sarah’s Key (The Weinstein Company) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Green (Wolfe Video) — Available on DVD.

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