Manufactured Landscapes

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Overview

Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal's latest film, Manufactured Landscapes, represents a multifaceted effort. The picture ostensibly provides a thought-provoking investigation of photographer Edward Burtynsky's legacy, with its aesthetic studies of industrial landscapes. But Baichwal's documentary probes deeper than a mere surface-level glimpse of Burtynsky's life and work. It uses the topic of Burtynsky as a springboard, segueing, from there, into a protracted exploration of "the aesthetic, social and spiritual ...
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Overview

Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal's latest film, Manufactured Landscapes, represents a multifaceted effort. The picture ostensibly provides a thought-provoking investigation of photographer Edward Burtynsky's legacy, with its aesthetic studies of industrial landscapes. But Baichwal's documentary probes deeper than a mere surface-level glimpse of Burtynsky's life and work. It uses the topic of Burtynsky as a springboard, segueing, from there, into a protracted exploration of "the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and globalization." Whereas Burtynsky's photographs reveal human beings dwarfed by the massive industrialized landscape that surrounds them, Baichwal much as Louis Malle did in his Humain, Trop Humain sheds a light on the tedium and monotony suffered by workers who are assigned small components of huge manufacturing processes, and must endure the repetitive work that it entails. She and cinematographer Peter Mettler also travel to China and Bangladesh -- the corner of the world that serves as a destination for much of the West's industrial waste -- and convey the devastating impact that corporate disposal makes on indigenes, such as the two young men who must wade around, waist deep, in toxic sludge while tearing ships apart with their bare hands. The picture thus raises some significant and sobering questions about the impact that we, as humans, make on our environment.
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Special Features

Gorgeous 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen tvs; Additional scenes, with audio commentary by director Jennifer Baichwal; Al Gore and Baichwal at the Nashville Film Festival; Edward Burtynsky photo gallery, with audio commentary by the artist; Video discussion with Baichwal and Burtynsky; Video interview with cinematographer/ collaborator Peter Mettler; U.S. theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 feature soundtrack; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • UPC: 795975109536
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,959

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Burtynsky Participant
Technical Credits
Jennifer Baichwal Director, Producer
Rudy Buttignol Editor
Nick de Pencier Producer
Dan Driscoll Score Composer
Gerry Flahive Producer
Daniel Iron Producer
Lucas Lackner Associate Producer
Peter Mettler Cinematographer, Consultant/advisor
Jeff Powis Associate Producer
David Rose Sound/Sound Designer
Roland Schlimme Consultant/advisor, Editor
Peter Starr Producer
Jane Tattersall Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Manufactured Landscapes
1. Chapter 1 [8:28]
2. Chapter 2 [5:55]
3. Chapter 3 [6:19]
4. Chapter 4 [5:28]
5. Chapter 5 [7:27]
6. Chapter 6 [7:43]
7. Chapter 7 [4:19]
8. Chapter 8 [3:32]
9. Chapter 9 [6:57]
10. Chapter 10 [6:36]
11. Chapter 11 [3:45]
12. Chapter 12 [4:18]
13. Chapter 13 [3:30]
14. Chapter 14 [4:24]
15. Chapter 15 [4:13]
16. Chapter 16 [3:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Manufactured Landscapes
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Additional Scenes
         Diana Liu's Extended House Tour
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
         Karaoke Bar in Qiligang
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
         Extended Old Shanghai Walkabout
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
         Stone Cutter Interview
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
         Ted Conference, Monterey California
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
         Wushan
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
         Play All
            Director's Commentary: On
            Director's Commentary: Off
      Al Gore At the Nashville Film Festival
      Discussion With the Director & Edward Burtynsky
      Mini-Interview With the Cinematographer/Collaborator
      Theatrical Trailer
   Stills Gallery With Commentary by Edward Burtynsky
      Manufactured Landscapes Series
         Frackville
         Mines
         Quarries
         Tailings
         Urban Renewal
         Container Ports
         Oil
         Shipbreaking
      China Series
         Manufacturing
         Recycling
         Shipyards
         Steel & Coal
         The Three Gorges Dam
         Urban Renewal
      View All
   Set Up
      Audio: 5.1 Surround
      Audio: 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles: English for the Deap and Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Index
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    Some Environmental movies just do the tell-you-what-to-think, but this one lets you go along around the globe to simultaneously see the problems and watch the filmmakers do their things. Sometimes it is "suspicions confirmed" about the destruction of our planet, but this is true and shocking.

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