Awful Truth: the Premiere Season

Awful Truth: the Premiere Season

Director: Michael Moore

Cast: Michael Moore

     
 

Gonzo filmmaker Michael Moore heads up the scathing comedy TV series in Michael Moore: The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season, presented in a two-disc box set. Each of these 12 episodes is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and look good for their original medium of videotape. The colors and black levels all appear natural and very warm with well-rendered fleshtones.… See more details below

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Gonzo filmmaker Michael Moore heads up the scathing comedy TV series in Michael Moore: The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season, presented in a two-disc box set. Each of these 12 episodes is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and look good for their original medium of videotape. The colors and black levels all appear natural and very warm with well-rendered fleshtones. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo and is also apt for the material. While the bulk of the soundtrack is filtered only through the front and center speakers, overall, it is a fine audio presentation with little-to-no distortion or hiss. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are available on these discs. The extras on this two-disc set are rather thin -- the only supplements viewers get are some "Moore Awful Truths" outtakes and a rather extensive biography on Michael Moore.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
If you can imagine a superstar who looks like a Yeti in a Detroit Tigers cap, then it is fair to say filmmaker Michael Moore is America's biggest leftist-activist superstar. No one, with the possible exception of Ralph Nader, has been as well regarded a raiser of awareness as Moore over the last 15 years. Nader has certainly done more for the American people but, unlike Moore, he doesn't have his own TV show. Following his damned-be-General Motors documentary Roger & Me, Moore produced the great TV Nation, airing on NBC and Fox in sporadic and poorly-rated spurts through the early nineties. Moore found a home on Bravo (via the BBC) in 1998, and if The Awful Truth, his new show, is less freewheeling and witty than TV Nation, it does offer Moore fans the considerable advantage of getting a brand new release on video and DVD. Moore seizes the potential of television as a cultural and ethical alarm clock as no one ever has: Imagine 60 Minutes made by a crop of angry, sarcastic hardcore liberals, and you'll get an idea of what Moore's work is like. The targets here are familiar bad guys (HMO's, union-busting corporations, cynical industrialists, bigots), though their familiarity doesn't make them any less bad, or their actions less disturbing. Moore advances his case against the enemy in characteristic style, which swings from wince-inducing (victims of throat cancer, their larynxes removed, rasp Christmas carols in the Philip Morris Co. lobby) to hilarious (a "corporate debt collector" strong-arms a wrongly-dismissed UPS employee back into a job). You'll laugh, you'll squirm, but chances are that you'll be glad Michael Moore is still out there doing his thing, and that someone is still brave enough to put it on television.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0767685946831
Rating:
NR
Source:
Docurama
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
5:00:00
Sales rank:
64,548

Special Features

Michael Moore biography; "Moore Awful Truths"; Interactive menus; Scene selection

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Scene Index

Disc #1- Vol. 1
0. Disc #1- Vol. 1
0. Scene Access
1. A Cheaper Way to Conduct a Witch Hunt [12:04]
2. Funeral at an HMO [12:50]
3. Beat the Rich [9:21]
4. The Sodomobile [15:08]
5. Crackers vs. Mickey Mouse [13:14]
6. The Voice-Box Choir [11:15]
7. Sal, The Bill Collector [11:28]
8. Duck and Cover [13:01]
9. The Awful Truth Man of the Year [8:26]
10. TV Pundits? [5:41]
11. 150 Feet from NBC [11:33]
12. Work Care! [5:20]
13. LucyCam [7:36]
Disc #2- Vol. 2
0. Disc #2- Vol. 2
0. Scene Access
1. Cohen is a Wimp [9:40]
2. LucyCam #2 [1:06]
3. Manpower, Inc [13:42]
4. Montana Shacks [8:40]
5. Joe Camel Needs a Job [6:53]
6. LucyCam #3 [8:55]
7. Hail Turdonia [9:40]
8. Teen Sniper School [3:34]
9. Hitler Makes a Withdrawal [11:15]
10. Crackers vs. the Egg Farm [11:11]
11. The Michael Moore Playset [1:18]
12. American Apartheid [5:45]
13. Bill Gates' Housewarming [5:14]
14. Weapon Inspectors [11:28]
15. The Make a Wish Foundation [3:18]
16. We Find Hillary a Date [9:42]
17. NAFTA Mike [12:10]
18. Strikebreakers [3:22]
19. The Merger [8:57]

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