Last week I received my first real piece of mail at our new house (since receiving advertising for moving companies, security companies, and the like doesn’t count) was a padded envelope with a very special DVD in it. You could even say… it was a special edition DVD (because it was.)
It seems hard to believe but the last time I saw this haunting, powerful film was in September. And it’s still stuck with me.
Maximum Tolerated Dose is a film that explores the lives of humans and non-humans involved in animal testing. Be it the animals that are tested on, or the former animal experimenters grappling candidly with their past work in that industry. It’s artistic, haunting, and oddly beautiful while at the same time being completely heartbreaking.
The Special Edition DVD comes with a 20-page booklet with an essay by Dr. Lauren Corman, professor of Sociology (Critical Animal Studies) at Brock University, and the “MTD User Guide,” a scene-by-scene guide giving extra context for the film.
Special Edition DVDs contain:
- Maximum Tolerated Dose the film, uncut.
- Subtitles in Spanish, Italian, Polish
- Almost a full hour of Special Features: Full interview with Lynda Birke (40mins) & “Animals in Rocket Flight,” a film by the U.S. Army
If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the trailer and see if it’s playing in your area.
You can also read filmmaker & director Karol Orzechowski’s Q&A with Our Hen House for a bit more on the salient hows and whys of the film. Or his conversation with the Humane Research Council, and check out the Maximum Tolerated Dose website.