CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, Deals, Distribution, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalStarkwether, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide... It might have been a catchy, popular song, but there was a reason Billy Joel included it in We Didn't Start the Fire. In the '60s, Thalidomide was given to pregnant women to help them sleep and help ease morning sickness. Little did the women know that freedom from some bathroom retching often lead to serious side effects in their babies -- extremely short limbs, toes in the wrong places, and arms similar to flippers, as well as internal problems. That's a pretty huge price to pay for temporary comfort. Now a new German documentary is revisiting the topic.
Variety reports that Warner Home Video has gotten the domestic home entertainment rights to the European doc called Side Effects. The film focuses on the defects suffered by thousands of babies in Europe during the early '60s. It was originally a TV movie in Germany, which got into a legal battle because the company that manufactured the drug, Grünenthal, tried to block it. It might be bad press, but come on -- make a mistake that large and devastating and it's going to haunt you. Last month, Germany's high court gave it the green light, and everything is good to go. The piece will be released on November 9 as a double DVD, after its television premiere.