Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

3.8 73
Director: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Matt Stone, Marilyn Manson

Cast: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Matt Stone, Marilyn Manson


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Michael Moore's award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The fully loaded supplemental materials include a new interview with Moore about his controversial Oscar acceptance speech,


Michael Moore's award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The fully loaded supplemental materials include a new interview with Moore about his controversial Oscar acceptance speech, footage of Moore speaking to the citizens of Colorado, an interview from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival conducted by Joe Lockhart, a Moore appearance on The Charlie Rose Show, a teacher's guide, a segment from Moore's television series The Awful Truth, a music video from Marilyn Manson, an introduction from Moore, the original theatrical trailer, and a commentary track recorded by a handful of twentysomethings who worked on the film. They obviously had a great time making the movie, but they offer very little insight into the film itself. It is not unlike listening in on a stranger's class reunion. All in all, this is a strong disc from MGM/UA that should get this film even wider exposure.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jeffrey Iorio
Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine is one of the more polarizing, disturbing films in recent memory. The empirical facts put forth in it are irrefutable: Millions of guns are circulating in the U.S., and Americans are inexplicably using them to kill one another. Discerning empirical facts from deftly disguised leaps in logic, however, can sometimes be a tall order, especially when the man at the helm is rabble-rouser Moore. A folksy cherub with a sardonic wit and an insatiable appetite for off-kilter confrontation, the Roger & Me gadfly shepherds the audience to the desired epiphany with all the grace of a battering ram. Using as a linchpin an absurd yet horrifying bit of evidence -- that the Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attended their regularly scheduled bowling class the morning of their shooting spree -- Moore launches an investigation into the origins of America's culture of violence. To his credit, the usual scapegoats, i.e., "too many guns" and "video games," are discredited. Canada, we are told, has nearly as many guns as the United States but experiences a minuscule murder rate. In Japan, ultra-violent comics and video games are the norm, yet gun crime is almost nonexistent. One could argue, though, that Moore's thesis -- that American media cultivate an atmosphere of fear by using violence as its centerpiece -- is weakened by the broad strokes he uses to paint the picture. Whatever feelings one has about National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston, who spoke at a pro-gun rally in Littleton shortly after the killings, Moore's bizarre interview with the aging actor casts Heston more as a dotard than the devil. Still, the film's impact remains undeniable, and those willing to look past Moore's propagandistic tendencies to the central issue discussed will find ample food for thought.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
In Michael Moore's best work, the director's attitude toward his subject walks a fine line between bemusement and bitter outrage, and those two extremes are closer than one might ever expect in his film Bowling for Columbine. Moore's examination of America's three-way addiction to guns, violence, and fear doesn't offer many answers to the tough questions it poses, but to a large degree that's part of the point; one of the film's most telling moments comes when Moore interviews the father of one of the students killed in the Columbine High School massacre, and after a while he can only conclude ruefully that he simply doesn't know why America has become such a violent society. Of course, Moore certainly has his opinions about this matter, but for every moment where he's taking on K-Mart for selling handgun ammo or Charlton Heston for appearing at major pro-gun rallies days after highly publicized incidents of handgun violence (in the latter case, at least Moore's entitled as a member of the NRA), there's another where Moore sets out to find if it's true that Canadians don't lock their doors by simply barging in unannounced, or visits a bank where you can get a free rifle for opening a savings account. Moore is able to make the absurdity of real life communicate his message just as well as his rage or sadness, and the film's pointed but effective comedy not only makes the film more entertaining, but also reinforces the more somber (and sometimes shocking) material elsewhere. Bowling for Columbine has an obvious and specific political agenda (and your appreciation of the film may well have a lot to do with the degree to which you share his views), but Moore seems less interested in determining who is right or wrong than in asking what can be done to make America a safer and saner place to live, and for all the craziness (both funny and disturbing) on view, it's the shaggy regular-guy humanity of Bowling for Columbine that makes it most effective, both as a polemic and as cinema.

Product Details

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Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive Michael Moore interview on his Oscar win & acceptance speech; Personal introduction by Michael Moore; "Return to Denver/Littleton" featurette; Interview with Michael Moore by former Press Secretary Joe Lockhart; Audio commentary by receptionists and interns; Teacher's guide; Segment from "The Awful Truth II: Corporate Cops"; Michael Moore's "Action Guide"; Film festival scrapbook; The Charlie Rose Show with Michael Moore; Marilyn Manson's "Fight Song" music video; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Moore Participant
Charlton Heston Participant
Matt Stone Participant
Marilyn Manson Participant
Dick Clark Participant
George W. Bush Actor
James Nichols himself
Barry Glassner himself
Richard Castaldo Participant
Brandon T. Jackson Participant

Technical Credits
Michael Moore Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Bishop Producer
Matthew Bookbinder Animator
Dave Concepcion Animator
Gaia Cornwall Animator
Jim Czarnecki Producer
Brian Danitz Camera Operator
James Demer Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Donovan Producer
Kurt Engfehr Co-producer,Editor
Jeff Gibbs Score Composer
Bob Gleason Animator
Kathleen Glynn Producer
Bob Golden Score Composer
Miguel Hernandez Animator
Francisco Latorre Sound/Sound Designer
Michael McDonough Camera Operator
Harold Moss Animator
T. Woody Richman Animator
Kareem Thompson Animator
Wolfram Tichy Executive Producer
Aneurin Wright Animator
Rehya Young Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
1. Morning in America [1:41]
2. North Country Bank [1:48]
3. Mike's First Gun [3:20]
4. Chris Rock [:56]
5. Michigan Militia [3:43]
6. James Nichols [2:56]
7. Oscoda Boys [5:18]
8. Littleton [3:54]
9. Wonderful World [5:53]
10. Columbine [5:39]
11. Heston at NRA Rally [3:14]
12. South Park/Matt Stone [2:37]
13. Scary Kids [2:51]
14. Marilyn Manson [3:55]
15. "Was it the Bowling?" [1:36]
16. We're #1 [3:08]
17. A Brief History of America [3:15]
18. Fear of Everything [3:05]
19. Fear of Black Men [3:08]
20. Suburban Guns [3:58]
21. L.A. Cops [1:27]
22. Corporate Cops [4:05]
23. Oh, Canada! [5:01]
24. Unlocked Doors [5:43]
25. Little Kayla [6:36]
26. The Other Victim [2:35]
27. "Welfare to Work" [5:41]
28. Fear and Ammo [2:35]
29. Returning the Merchandise [4:34]
30. K-Mart [3:19]
31. Charlton Heston [8:40]
32. Mike Bowling/Credits [3:16]


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Bowling for Columbine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
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I didn't know what to expect. This movie really gives you something to think about when it comes to guns, gun control, and all the different things that drive people to do what they do. This movie doesn't just address the Columbine tragedy but includes tragedy in general. Makes you think about the glorification people put on news and violence. Explains how the media, writers, film makers, etc. have more of a conscious regarding how much money they will make versus the influence they will have on people (especially young people). As they say sex and violence sells which is a sad state of our society. I now have a lack of respect for Charlton Heston (ironic how he played Moses in the Ten Commandments).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe there are people in this world that actually liked this movie. It makes me wonder if they are from planet Earth or just visiting from the planet Bad Taste in Movies. First off this movie is very inaccurate, so if your looking for both points of view it's not there. The movie is shot from an extremely left-wing point of view. (but what did you expect from Michael) Boring, Boring, Boring... It wasn't even interesting or shocking. It was a long movie with horrible interviews and at one point has Michael carrying on a crusade against K-Mart. K-MART??? Are you kidding me, who cares? A lame documentary that drags on until the bitter end. Michael if your listening, go back to the little hole you crawled out of and never make another movie please!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moore's documentary on the shootings at Columbine High School takes a very serious though thoughtfully witty examination of violence in America, both past and present. Through interviews with victims and others both directly and indirectly impacted by the tragedy, as well as stars of hollywood and others, Moore gives viewers a chance to personally interpret what he portrays as mere possibilities in the never-ending saga of the causes of violence in American culture. My final thought: Damn... how'd we EVER get this far?? Thank you Michael.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the viewers who commented that this movie should not be labeled as a documentary, since it contains more fiction than facts. I think it's unfortunate that Moore exploits the tragedy at Columbine by skewing the reality of that day's events for his own personal gain. This movie could have been better if Moore kept his personal views out of the picture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I’ve always heard about this documentary, but the title never did caught my eye however, I did end up watching it and yes indeed after all fulfilled my eyes. It is much more than an informative documentary, it makes you go beyond every single political and social issue, and it is so unbelievable how in the end everything connects. Every point Michael Moore brought up was extraordinary, he made the movie also very entertaining in some way yes he brought up the unfortunate events in which were cause by the effects of handguns, one in which he went to Columbine and visited the survivors of the deadly tragic he also went to Kmart and asked to ban ammunitions since the killers in Columbine had purchased them from Kmart. Also, near the end of the movie, Moore explores the shooting of the 6 year old girl in Flint by the 6 year old boy in which in the end it is blamed on the mother, because the boy's mother is forced to take a bus 40 miles each way from Flint to the Great Lakes for work, and the point given is that the mother didn’t have enough time to spend with her child. The movie also ends with an interview with Charlton Heston, which Moore makes him look very much so embarrassing and speechless. Moreover, I recommend this documentary to everyone, you may dislike it but in the end it’s a controversial subject and everyone should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Proving once again that he looks at the world through jade-colored glasses (or is it yellow, to match his so-called journalism?), Michael Moore rolls up his left sleeve and engages in yet another no-holds-barred attack on those who are wrong as far as he is concerned. Who died and made him God? Anyone watching this movie who has half a brain will see instantly that he lays the blame for violence in the U.S. squarely at the feet of the NRA. He didn't truly give the media their due blame for the violence problem in this country (a media that is owned and run primarily by liberals), and he didn't even touch the justice system that has been so diluted (by who else but the liberals he defends so staunchly) that murderers are allowed to kill without so much as a slap on the wrist. Nor did he examine the devaluation of life being forced down America's throat by people who believe personal convenience overrides an unborn child's right to exist (guess which political persuasion is pushing THAT agenda?). For crying out loud, he didn't take an honest look at the NRA; a group of people who are largely law-abiding citizens who take their responsibilities seriously. Yes, the NRA has its share of 'gun nuts,' but so do the inner-city gangs. Let's face it: Michael Moore doesn't understand the meaning of the words 'objectivity' or 'fairness.' He looks at an issue, decides all by himself what the problem is, then he goes out and finds evidence (primarily opinion) to support his position. Don't be fooled, and DON'T waste your time or money watching this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm and anthropology student and as such I find it necessary to research most anything that interests me as much as Michael Moore's documentary. Indeed! I have investigated Mr. Moore's information presented here and it ALL checks-out fine by dozens of credible sources, including some of the largest news and media sources in America, the NY Times, the Washington Post, etc, etc, etc. Michael Moore presents a very graphic and extremely honest look at the aggressive nature of mainstream America. As an Anthro. major, I'm relieved that SOMEONE has chosen to point out the radical problems within America who was capable of presenting this information to such a global audience, thusly, winning national and international acclaim. Snaps! to Michael Moore for visualizing and introducing most of the blind American population to our very own reality problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see an honest portrayal of guns and violence in America. Bowling for Columbine gives an honest and forthcoming look at crime.and shows that although the media usually puts a black or hispanic face on crime stories the real culpret is usually a white face. This should be mandatory viewing for all public highschool social studies classes
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who gave this film only one star are the same people who encourage the use of guns and violence, but their target audience is no longer adults, it's the youth of America that they are finding to be the most gullible and ready to act on their preachings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never liked Michael Moore, I always thought he was just some fat liberal dork. But after actually watching this movie, I was proven wrong. This guy really knows what hes doing. Bowling for Columbine points out many very important issues that are just simply ignored by us Americans. Most of us aren't even aware of them. It really opened up my eyes and changed my perspective on things. My only compliant is that he kind of makes gun owners look bad by interviewing some strange people but other than that the rest of the movie is extremely informative and well worth your time. I think every American definitely needs to see this movie, you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a young american girl, i see the things michael moore outlines in this movie every day. in the media, all i ever hear is violence. i attend high school, and to think that something like columbine could have ever happened, let alone happen again is a very scary thing. i saw this movie in the beginning of the year and it changed me. i recommend this movie to all people of all ages. this is an important issue and i think michael moore brilliantly represents it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moore's vehicle for leftist propaganda is very transparent. Offers no surprises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful documentary about the United State's gun culture and violence. With a hint of comedy in this world of violence and guns, the director makes you think about it, even after it is long over. Showing that movies, video-games, and music don't cause this by showing and interviewing Brian Warner a.k.a., shock rocker Marilyn Manson (who speaks very intelligently and sensibly) he shows the truth behind all of this confusion. You cry, you laugh, it moves you. Again. WONDERFUL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does anyone else who has watched this movie know anything about Micahel Moore? The man is certainly not an expert in political science, for that matter neither am I, but do I claim to be? No. Does Michael Moore claim to be in this ''documentary'' (read 'editorial')? Anwser that yourself. What Michael Moore does in fact do is critizice the extablishment (which he has always done) which is sometimes good, but not always good as Mr. Moore seems to think. As its main way of demonstrating its points, the film uses interviews with unsespecting ppl. like employess of a Kmart who are selling things that are protected by the American Constitution. This simply exposes Moore for what he is; a political southpaw and one who skillfully bends truth to his own point of view. Don't let films like this sway your own views of what is or is not true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarcastic, funny and real-all geniune Michael Moore style. Hits very true to home...and makes you reflect very deeply (and consider moving to Canada).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that iam truely disappointed with the US. this movie already cameout here in europe - its been a bestseller too. you cant walk into a movie store without seeing a large display of these DVDs for sale. in fact it is even sold at a bookstore that has no other movies. why on earth is america trying to hide this flim. of yes because it goes against what americans -i am one too- were tought to believe as acceptable. if you want to see a different side of america you sould see this movie, but if your happy in your own little world find a disney movie to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This production by Michael Moore takes a look at America's society and how it is ruled by fear in consumerism. It's one of the most monumentally true movies I've ever seen, and once you do see it, you'll never look at the media the same way again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moore is an entertaining political statirist whose work is intentionally full of half truths, ommissions, manipulations, and material taken entirely out of context. His so-called 'documentary' doesn't follow the academy's rules to br classified as such, yet somehow this movie wins an Oscar. I don't rate it as a 1-star movie only because there are SOME glimmers of truth, such as the media being largely responsible for the paranoid state of affairs due to the content of their programming. Americans are fed a steady diet of nightly news that is violent and sick. I take serious issue with his 'beating up' interview with Charleton Heston, a man who is seriously ill with a degenerative disease. The film is entertaining if nothing else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Orozco I agree on the points of discrimanitation,is all likend together. If i'm an african american does that mean i'm a criminal. The movie was good and it gets to the point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 16, so I don't really know all that much about politics and what was wrong in the movie, but I thought it was great and can't get over how true it was. I LOVE this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very emotional look a very serious problem. Mr. Moore simply used the incident at Columbine as a launching pad for this video diatribe. I'm not sure where the ''fiction'' came into play, but those B&W security camera images from the High School will stay with me a long time. The oppressive air of fear we are all subjected to by the vast wealthy media of this country is certainly a problem we will have to contend with, soon. That to me is Mr. Moore's messgage here and his greatest concern going forward. As far as saying shame on the leader of our current ultra-nationalistic regime, I say more power to you.