Awful Truth: the Premiere Season

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Michael Moore biography; "Moore Awful Truths"; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • UPC: 767685946831
  • Rating:

  • Source: Docurama
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,997

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Moore
Technical Credits
Michael Moore Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Nick McKinney Screenwriter
Doug Abel Editor
Ellin Baumel Producer
Richard Calderon Editor
Francis Gasparini Screenwriter
Kathleen Glynn Executive Producer
Bob Golden Musical Direction/Supervision
Andy Kris Sound/Sound Designer
Henriette Mantel Screenwriter
Jay Martel Screenwriter
Meg Reticker Editor
Charlie Siskel Co-producer
David Tedeschi Editor
Jim Villone Editor
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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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Menu

   Play All Episodes
   Special Features
      Michael Moore Biography
      Moore Awful Truths
      Docurama Previews
         Bob Dylan- Don't Look Back
         Regret To Inform
         Paul Taylor- Dancemaker
   Credits
   Weblinks
   Play All Episodes
   Special Features
      Michael Moore Biography
      Moore Awful Truths
      Docurama Previews
         Bob Dylan- Don't Look Back
         Regret To Inform
         Paul Taylor- Dancemaker
   Credits
   Weblinks
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