The Educational Archives [Limited Edition With Lunchbox] [4 Discs] [DVD]

Allow the fine folks at The Educational Archives to whisk you away to a more innocent time -- a time when the hypnotic flicker of the classroom projector bestowed endless wisdom upon the students of our nation's schools and misinformation flowed faster than the mighty Mississippi. Not only does The Educational Archives: Limited Edition Lunchbox set offer viewers a chance to view four Educational Archives releases that have otherwise gone out of print, but, packaged in a snazzy metal lunchbox complete with thermos, it's the only box set that can keep your soup warm as well as it entertains! This set consists of The Educational Archives, Vol. 1: Sex and Drugs, The Educational Archives, Vol. 2: Social Engineering 101, The Educational Archives, Vol. 3: Driver's Ed., and The Educational Archives, Vol. 4: On the Job. As one could imagine, given the age of these films, image quality varies wildly throughout. Though debris abounds in the majority of the films and skips come fast and furious, this merely adds to the warm sense of nostalgia offered by these classroom staples of yore. The option to view the films in "Classroom Experience" mode (which simulates a projector noise) on the discs for Driver's Ed. and On the Job only adds to the experience, and as one might expect, the quality of the English Dolby Digital 5.0 and Mono soundtracks varies almost as much as the visual presentation. Though bonus features are limited, interactive film strips on the first two volumes offer viewers the option of learning all about the birds and the bees and overcoming personal fears, and notes on each film by collection curator Skip Elsheimer give a brief overview of the content therein.
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Special Features

  • Bonus interactive filmstrips
  • In a limited-edition metal lunchbox complete with working thermos
  • Notes on each film by collection curator Skip Elsheimer of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive
  • Optional "Classroom Experience" on Driver's Ed. and On the Job


Educational Archives: Sex & Drugs
This program features eight hours of digitally mastered short films about sex and drug prevention created for school childrenbetween the 1940s and the 1970s. In a modern light, many of these films appear humorous in their misinformation and obvious scare tactics. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Educational Archives: Driver's Ed
This release compiles driver safety films from the forties and fifties. Due to their earnestness and occasionally graphic content, these films continue to have a cult following. Included are films with the titles The Bottle and the Throttle, Safety Belt For Susie, The Last Prom, and The Talking Care. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Educational Archives: On the Job
This release compiles workplace safety films. Due to their earnestness and occasionally graphic content, these films continue to have a cult following. Included are films with the titles Shake Hands with Danger, The Trouble with Women, When You Grow Up, and How to Keep a Job. Films like these often became fodder for the satirical program Mystery Science Theater 3000. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Educational Archives: Social Engineering 101
In this collection of vintage educational films dating from the late 1940s though the early 1970s, children are informed of the best ways to fit in socially, wash thoroughly, make smart decisions, and exercise proper cafeteria etiquette. Films featured include Lunchroom Manners, Shy Guy, Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast?, Soapy the Germ Fighter, The Outsider, and more. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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