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,See more details below

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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, 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.

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0027616882264
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:59:00

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

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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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