New Release: Magic Trip DVD

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98
Studio: Magnolia

Magic Trip movie scene

Busing takes on a whole new meaning in Magic Trip.

The documentary film Magic Trip focuses on a group of 1960s exploits embarked upon by Ken Kesey, the famed author of the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

In 1964, Kesey set off on a legendary, LSD-fueled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He was joined by “The Merry Band of Pranksters,” a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers that included Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary movie about their trip, shooting footage on 16mm, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. Until now, that is…

Directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given access to the raw footage by the Kesey family. Working with the Film Foundation, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore more than 100 hours of film and audiotape, the filmmakers shaped Magic Trip, the documentary that almost never was.

Narrated by Stanley Tucci (Easy A) and filled with archival appearances by everyone from Timothy Leary to The Grateful Dead, Magic Trip received a limited run in U.S. theaters in August 2011, earning $140,000 at the box office.

Here’s Trip’s trippy trailer:

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