Inconvenient Truth

Inconvenient Truth

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Director: Davis Guggenheim

Cast: Davis Guggenheim

     
 

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Former vice president Al Gore shares his concerns on the pressing issue of global warming in this documentary. A long-time environmental activist, Gore first became aware of evidence on global warming in the 1970s, and since leaving public office he has become a passionate advocate for large- and small-scale changes in our laws and lifestyles that could help alleviate… See more details below

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Former vice president Al Gore shares his concerns on the pressing issue of global warming in this documentary. A long-time environmental activist, Gore first became aware of evidence on global warming in the 1970s, and since leaving public office he has become a passionate advocate for large- and small-scale changes in our laws and lifestyles that could help alleviate this crisis. An Inconvenient Truth records a multi-media presentation hosted by Gore in which he discusses the scientific facts behind global warming, explains how it has already begun to affect our environment, talks about the disastrous consequences if the world's governments and citizens do not act, and shares what each individual can do to help protect the Earth for this and future generations. An Inconvenient Truth was directed by Davis Guggenheim, a veteran documentary filmmaker who also has an extensive background in episodic television.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Former vice president Al Gore lends an appropriately sober face to the issue of global warming in this arresting documentary. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim offers a fairly straightforward adaptation of Gore’s well-honed lecture, effectively enhancing it with elaborate graphics. Gore’s data is concise and accessible, thanks in large part to a state-of-the-art, slide-show presentation that includes computer-model charts, photos -- including distressing before-and-after shots of shrunken glaciers and otherwise degraded land masses -- archival footage, and even cartoons that dramatically illustrate the impact of global warming. His alarming point: that manmade pollution has wrought more drastic changes in a few decades than the planet had previously seen since the Ice Age. Not the world’s most natural public speaker or funnyman, the former veep nonetheless makes a compelling case for swift and decisive action.
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On the heels of Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) and March of the Penguins (2005), An Inconvenient Truth was the breakout documentary du jour for 2006, setting box-office per-screen average records over Memorial Day. But it was also a makeover for former vice president Al Gore, repositioning him as a hip and accessible public servant who might actually have enough buzz to win the 2008 presidential election. While Gore has denied having any future presidential aspirations, what's undeniable is that this man has worked tirelessly to increase awareness of his long-time pet issue: global warming. His film makes it seem absurd that these concerns were ever considered marginal. An Inconvenient Truth provides incontrovertible evidence to even the most determined skeptics, and does so without scolding viewers or resorting to overtly partisan politics. As a bonus, it actually entertains audiences in a way Gore the candidate never could. He is conversational, easygoing. Although Gore and director Davis Guggenheim cannot resist several low-level jabs at the Bush administration, these come off at the perfect pitch, and add humor to the otherwise sobering and staggering figures. With a savvy mixture of lecture footage from Gore's exhaustive touring circuit, computer-aided scenarios and vignettes from Gore's life, An Inconvenient Truth does double duty: it humanizes the prospective global tragedy, but it also humanizes the politician himself. Gore supporters may wince during a potentially self-serving recap of his loss to George W. Bush, or when he stretches to assign topical relevance to his sister's lung cancer. But even these are handled well enough not to distract, and they provide a necessary counterpoint to the onslaught of scientific information. Whether An Inconvenient Truth ultimately engenders long-term policy and social change, or just a temporary upswing in recycling, remains to be written. Just like Gore's own legacy as a public figure.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
UPC:
0097363480846
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

"An update with former Vice-President Al Gore"; "The making of An Inconvenient Truth"; "I Need to Wake Up" music video by Melissa Etheridge; Commentary by producers Davis Guggenheim; Commentary by producers Laurei David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns and Lesley Chilcott; Free companion educational guide available at www. clilmatecrisis.net

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning
1. The River [6:29]
2. Continental Drift [:21]
3. Basic Science of Global Warming [2:02]
4. Global Warming Cartoon [1:00]
5. Professor Revelle [1:54]
6. C02 Measure Since 1958 [:29]
7. Glaciers Recede [1:47]
8. Ice Cores [2:17]
9. C02 Levels Back 650,000 Years [2:09]
10. Albert's Accident [:02]
11. Rising Temperatures [1:49]
12. Hurricanes [3:46]
13. 2000 Election [:41]
14. Precipitation and Evaporation [3:16]
15. The Gore Farm [1:55]
16. The Arctic [4:11]
17. The Ocean Conveyor [2:33]
18. Resistance to Change [:16]
19. Troubling Signs [2:20]
20. Antarctica [2:20]
21. Sea-Level Rise [:21]
22. China [3:48]
23. Population Explosion [2:14]
24. Old Habit + New Technology [1:12]
25. Working Tobacco [2:04]
26. Is There a Controversy? [2:47]
27. Science Fraud [3:01]
28. Balancing the Economy and Environment [3:21]
29. City by City [:36]
30. The Solutions Are in Our Hands [2:15]
31. Are We Capable of Doing Great Things? [1:44]
32. Our Only Home [1:13]

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