Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11

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Cast: George W. Bush

     
 

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The most financially successful documentary in history, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 debuted on DVD less than four months after its initial theatrical run in order to maximize any effect it might have had on the presidential election of 2004. The disc offers the film in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1See more details below

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The most financially successful documentary in history, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 debuted on DVD less than four months after its initial theatrical run in order to maximize any effect it might have had on the presidential election of 2004. The disc offers the film in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include nearly a dozen new scenes, including testimony in front of the 9/11 commission, eyewitness accounts from the war in Iraq, and a featurette on the release of the film. Although this initial DVD release does not boast all the bells and whistles that came with the DVD for Bowling for Columbine, this is still a worthwhile disc.

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Those seeking a 126-minute raging tirade, whether to reaffirm their own feelings regarding the 43rd President of the United States, or of Michael Moore as a preachy leftist shill, will find themselves disappointed with Fahrenheit 9/11. While unabashedly edited to suit the conclusions that Moore has already reached, it is a far cry from being a personal vendetta. Rather, the film is a harsh indictment of the long-term results of corrupt business dealings and social injustice, and at the same time a tribute to -- and a rallying cry for -- the distinctly American souls trying to keep their heads above water in the face of it. At one point, Moore comments that immoral behavior can only breed more of the same, and that sentiment, more than anything else, is F9/11's underlying theme. The Bush administration and the obvious state of disconnect between themselves and the individuals they send to war are not portrayed as a two-dimensional evil force, but as the inevitable result of decades of immorality. Bush himself is presented as an incompetent but necessary cog in a machine much older and more insidious than he is, and while Moore does not pretend to give his audience a wholly fair look at the President, it is hard to imagine a context where an antiterrorism speech hastily delivered on a golf course seconds before Bush asks onlookers to "watch this drive" is anything other than cruel and insulting to the people who have suffered at the hands of war. Yet, the Democrats don't escape entirely unscathed -- in the film's chilling opening scenes, former Vice President Al Gore is met with applause after rejecting the heartfelt pleas of several Congress members to investigate the claims of disenfranchisement among African-American voters in Florida before legitimizing the 2000 election. The overwhelming amount of information and atrocities are held together by Michigan native Lila Lipscomb, who, reeling from the news of her son's death in Iraq, manages to communicate a leaden, all-encompassing sadness that scenes of war carnage, 9/11 families, and disillusioned soldiers were unable to express by themselves. Regardless of Moore's political leanings, Fahrenheit 9/11 puts a face on the "war on terror," and begs Americans to never stop questioning their government's proposals -- even when they come gift-wrapped in flags.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Scalding and glib, derisive yet impassioned, Fahrenheit 9/11 is an intensely resonant piece of Bush-bashing, because it lets the president do most of the work.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A compelling, persuasive film, at odds with the White House effort to present Bush as a strong leader.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
UPC:
0043396086708
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Featurette: "The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11"; Montage: The People of Iraq on the Eve of Invasion; New scene: Homeland Security, Miami Style; Outside Abu Ghraib Prison; Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq; Extended interview: More with Abdul Henderson; Lila Lipscomb at the Washington D.C. premiere; Arab-American Comedians - Their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission testimony; Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start (Just a Dream?) [7:34]
2. Vacation [2:40]
3. Fahrenheit 9/11 [3:14]
4. September 11, 2001 [3:19]
5. In the Classroom [3:03]
6. Grounded [5:50]
7. Service Records [4:18]
8. Access Is Power [4:39]
9. 9/11 Commission [4:34]
10. Saudi Embassy [4:01]
11. Going to War [5:29]
12. Target: The American People [6:33]
13. The Patriot Act [4:08]
14. "No One Read It" [3:45]
15. Securing the Homeland [4:31]
16. The Real Plan [2:51]
17. The Ultimate Rush [3:40]
18. Trust [2:21]
19. Iraq [1:27]
20. An Independent Media [2:12]
21. Street Clashes [2:47]
22. New Recruits [7:06]
23. Christmas Eve in Iraq [3:33]
24. The Backbone of America [3:06]
25. Frontline [4:46]
26. "It Pains Me" [5:28]
27. Why We Fight [7:45]
28. Congressional Recruitment [7:21]

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