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Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

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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.

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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
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 couldnt stand it. I especially hated when he attacked that senile, feeble old man towards the end of the film. BLAH!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
He should be ashamed! Hey Moore, read the definition of ''documentary''. There is more fiction than truth in this story and is done solely to further his political cause, as evidenced by his acceptance speech. Don't waste your money on a work of fiction.
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
Michael Moore makes people face the problems that are plaguing this country. He looks for answers, although I don't know how many he was able to find by the people in the US. It's very interesting to hear the way Canadians live and think. We may need to look outside of this country and try to see why others live without the fear that we do. It's eye opening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bowling for columbine, is about the problems of guns crimes in America. The idea of the film is to persuade the Americans to change their beliefs about guns and the laws that let us have a gun in our house. It shows us other countries such as Canada and their policies and how America has the highest percentage in gun crimes and death, even though other countries have the same amount of guns. Michael Moore (the director) not only discusses bout guns, but also about race, fear and violence he involves celebrities to give their opinion. After watching the film a lot of questions went trough my head, I didn’t know if the people, meaning us are treated justly?, how come everybody is able to buy bullets that can actually kill people in stores such as “k-mart”?, do we have to make a protest every time something like this happens in order for us to be heard?? I stared wondering why in Canada people can live their doors open and not be afraid that someone is going to sneak into their house at night? I believe there is no other person to blame but the government for not listening, for waiting until the last minute to stop selling guns in a place that is accessible for kids and irresponsible people. Everything is a chain, what makes 2 kids walk into a bowling place and kill dozens of people? Not education? The parents are not home everyday? Well let’s see, they can’t be home because the have to work more than 12 hours a day just because the are on welfare and because of this the can’t be on top of their kids supervising every move. I agree with every part of the film, I think it shows us what the government is not doing and the issues that Americans have to live up with every day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Moore in this film introduces a lot of complex ideas to its viewers, many of whom dont seem to interpret them the right way. This is not a movie about gun control. This is a movie about how fear controls American society. And when people are scared, they buy guns because they think then they will be safe. The media controls our thoughts and behaviors through fear without even us knowing it. Think about it, how many times do you see something positive on the news? We live in a very scary place, and when people are this scared, Moore says, people should not have a lot of guns laying around. Moore has also been accused of hating America, but he is only making the distinguishing line between our right wing government and the American people, which are two completely different things. If you watch this film closely and with an open mind, it will make sense to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many seem to be preoccupied determining if this is fact or fiction. The only fact is the number of people killed by guns each year in the US - and that killings at our schools happen all too often. The reasons behind these facts and what to do about them is up for debate. I appreciate Mr. Moore sharing one point of view. The content is at time unbelieveable, but so is the senseless violence it questions. Above all - weather you agree or disagree, it makes you think - something that is needed in discourse on this topic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering that we are currently in a state of war, this movie is worth watching if for no other segment that the one that reviews the history of political overthrows in other countries. Not only do we nurture violence in our society, our government has a record for decades of covert intervention in other countries, backing and installing brutal regimes. The cartoon offered by the 'South Park' inventor, and this chronology is a must see for every American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the most important movie of all time. I think everybody should see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie the night it came out, and I loved every minute of it. I went back and saw it five more times. Every American should see this movie, especially the ones who are obsessed with guns. It is a poignant look at a deadly American obsession. With all its humor, it still carries a very strong message.
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
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
In this amazing film you learn more about the obsession in this country for guns. Michael Moore does an excellent job of showing how guns have changed this country for the worse. Whether you like it or not this film is very powerful and will bring much impact upon you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film made by Michael Moore involves a journey where the author try to find answers of why people buy guns and how in some cases have affected innocent people. It exposes how dangerous is to use guns with or without a permission. There is an example of the little girl of six years old that was shot by another child with no reason, and here is where a lot of questions arise, why that little child had a gun, why nobody inside the school noted or control that, or coming to the present why parents don’t know what their children used to have, or most important why should happen terrible situations to can apply new rules and punishments. In other hand, there is another example of the two teenagers that were shot, and make guilty K-mart as the weapon manufacturing, so is it possible that you can consider that the origin of all is the place that sell this, are they really guilty, or it is guilty the person who buy it with a dangerous purpose. In the film he also travels to Canada, and make a comparison with United States, it is amazing that people in Canada do not lock their doors, and be so calm, in contrast with this country where people is worried about to be protected also with guns. Canada has the same access to many of the same weapons, but do not have the same violent culture. Moore also makes some interviews, and a lot of time he pushes the people to say more than they feel, that’s the way I see it. Here is when I note that Moore is very subjective with the film, because it is more about his feelings, and of course about people that in a moment suffered with any accident, but I think that to make a kind of film like this he should be more objective. There is also a cartoon about the Usa’s colonization that is a very big example of the violence in this country showing that it is not only now but also since a lot of years ago. So could it be possible that at this time with a gun control we could stop violence, that maybe a new president could stop it or at least apply more control over the use of weapons. Maybe that was the message of Michael Moore to be more conscientious of the world where we are living now and how to improve it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is important for every American to see, especcially those that are subject to the American Scaremongering, i.e. everyone. It brings ideas to light that the modern day babysitter (TV) won't tell you. I'd be scared not to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie initiates critical thinking and provides a conceptual framework for reviewing the America's evolution in recent years. MJ's review indicates that an unbiased analysis of events is simply not plausible for some people. I would like to note that this is a movie that will specifically give audiences information for further investigation and critical thought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bowling for Columbine a documentary on about the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, and how the gun laws in America, along with the current state of American culture, played a role in how the events that day folded out. First off, I must say that I am a Michael Moore junkie. I think that he is not only brilliant, but he's also on the fore-front of repairing America. This documentary is, in every meaning of the word, amazing. Not only does it explain why guns should be regulated, but it also explains the other side of the story why people want to keep guns. Five stars a million, if Barnes and Noble would allow me to give it.
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
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.