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AN INCONVIENT TRUTH: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
In the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, former US Vice President Al Gore re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In his "traveling global warming show," Gore presents scientific research that provides unarguable proof that mankind is contributing to nature's work in warming the planet to dangerous levels and action needs to be taken. He maintains - and demonstrates - that it's not a political issue, but a moral imperative.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Yeah, I buy it. Al Gore is persuasive and passionate about his subject, his slide show being a polished but serious presentation that joins the dots in a way that defies argument. If, after this film, you still doubt that global warming is a threat and that we are contributing to it, you must be stubborn beyond redemption. Gore is inspired here, a man on a crusade that slide by slide and impassioned remark by remark drives home the inconvenient truth about global warming. It's an alarming scenario so calling him alarmist really misses the point.

Charismatic and personable, Gore looks like Presidential material, more so than he ever did on the hustings. Director Davis Guggenheim inserts a few intimate introspections that come close to cloying but are saved by Gore's obvious emotional sincerity. Some concern his own family tragedies or near tragedies, and give texture and weight to what he so obviously believes.

Thoroughly detailed, An Inconvenient Truth resonates with apposite observations about the human condition; like a quote here and there, such as Mark Twain's wisecrack, "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

The film is a record of one such slide show, interspersed with the private footage, and he reveals that he has presented this 'show' more than a thousand times. He is determined to take his message to every town, every family, every soul willing to listen, not just across America but the world. That kind of passion is infectious.

There are some special feature on the DVD including an update with Al Gore, a making of documentary, music video and two commentaries.

Published January 25, 2007

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AN INCONVIENT TRUTH: DVD (PG)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Documentary featuring Al Gore.

PRODUCER: Lawrence Bender, Scott Burns, Laurie David

DIRECTOR: Davis Guggenheim

SCRIPT: Al Gore

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Bob Richman

EDITOR: Dan Swietlik, Jay Lash Cassidy

MUSIC: Michael Brook

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 14, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Update with former Vice President Al Gore; The Making of; music video; commentary with director Davis Guggenheim; Commentary with producers Laurie David, Laurence Bender, Scott Z Burns, Lesley Chilcott

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

DVD RELEASE: January 25, 2007







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