Roger & Me
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Roger & Me

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Director: Michael Moore

Cast: Michael Moore

     
 

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With the release of Bowling for Columbine, it's no surprise to see Warner take advantage of the publicity and issue Michael Moore's first film on DVD, the highly successful Roger & Me. Shot on 16 mm film, the transfer is shown in its original full-frame, 1.33:1 aspect ratio. While only so much can be expected for a low-budget, basically amateur effort,See more details below

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With the release of Bowling for Columbine, it's no surprise to see Warner take advantage of the publicity and issue Michael Moore's first film on DVD, the highly successful Roger & Me. Shot on 16 mm film, the transfer is shown in its original full-frame, 1.33:1 aspect ratio. While only so much can be expected for a low-budget, basically amateur effort, the picture looks good and certainly no worse than the theatrical print. Grain is going to be evident, due to stock footage and the film that was available, but for the most part, it's a solid transfer. The sound, which is only a mono Dolby Digital track, presents clear dialogue, which, again, is all that is required for such a film. As for extras, there is a theatrical trailer, but in a smart move, Moore also contributes a commentary. What starts off sounding like narration over the documentary's narration, turns out to be an insightful, political (surprise!), and often funny track. His personal comments, including those that he makes against himself, really add to the content of the film. Regrettably, Moore's lesser-seen short film "sequel," Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint, couldn't be included. Fortunately, this highly praised film stands entirely on it's own.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The deep chasm between the haves and have-nots opens wide in 1989's Roger & Me, Michael Moore's hilariously scathing documentary. In this breakthrough film, which put the future Academy Award winner on the map, Moore takes up the case of his hometown, Flint, Michigan, a city sucker-punched by the American Dream. The city has been decimated since the 1980s, after the closing of General Motors plants put tens of thousands out of work. As the self-appointed representative of the people of Flint, Moore embarks on a quixotic quest to find GM's then-chairman, Roger Smith, and get to the bottom of things. Moore sketches his case in broad strokes, allowing the corporate fat cats to shoot themselves in the foot either in interviews or in candid footage, meanwhile intercutting a tragic series of local foreclosures and evictions. All the while, Moore's camera proves an utterly disarming presence, and even those familiar with the media spotlight -- including Flint native Bob Eubanks and former Chevy spokesman Pat Boone -- seem caught unawares, looking foolish at best and heartless at worst. In the end, Big Business and the rich appear indifferent and even cruel, while everyone else seems mindless, deluded, or just recently homeless. This makes for an often wickedly funny yet disturbing film that asks tough questions about corporate responsibility while exposing a nightmarish side of contemporary capitalism.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Michael Moore's Roger & Me offers a scathing critique of corporate America. Offering a strong point-of-view and a palpable contempt for anyone who takes advantage of the working class, Moore reveals a series of heartbreaking people whose lives and city have been taken away from them due to corporate greed. Moore's everyman persona provides a perfect disguise. Those in positions of authority who are willing to talk to him for this film seem unable to comprehend how this chubby average guy could possibly do them any harm. While he certainly takes (arguably deserved but always hilarious) potshots at a future Miss America, game show host Bob Eubanks, and crooner Pat Boone, Moore's bitterness is tempered by a sadness that allows one to forgive him when his satire hits an innocent bystander rather than his intended target. Funny, cruel, outraged, and sad, Roger & Me offers more emotions than the average fiction film -- one of the many reasons it became the most successful documentary ever at the time it was released.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0085392764525
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary track from director Michael Moore; Theatrical trailer; Scene access

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Every Day a Great Day [4:11]
2. San Francisco [1:31]
3. Back to Flint [4:25]
4. GM Headquarters [3:29]
5. Repercussions (Wouldn't it Be Nice?) [3:04]
6. President's Visit [1:02]
7. Great Gatsby Party [1:37]
8. Deputy Fred at Work [1:50]
9. Grosse Pointe Yacht Club [1:41]
10. Bob Eubanks [2:31]
11. The Parade and Miss America [4:12]
12. Poor People [2:22]
13. Detroit Athletic Club [1:34]
14. Rev. Robert Schuller [1:14]
15. Anita Bryant and Pat Boone [5:55]
16. Amway Lady Janet [3:06]
17. Taco Bell; Lint Rollers [1:57]
18. The Bunny Lady [2:02]
19. Blood Bank [:59]
20. Police Blotter [3:09]
21. On the Links [1:17]
22. People on the Move [3:07]
23. Renewed Vigor [2:46]
24. Tourist Mecca [8:34]
25. Meet James Bond [1:40]
26. Pets or Meat [2:43]
27. Burning Money and Nightline [2:18]
28. Jailhouse Rock Gala [2:06]
29. Shareholders Meeting [1:08]
30. The Plant's Final Day [2:06]
31. A Dickens' Christmas [5:27]
32. "New Era"; End Credits (Wouldn't it Be Nice?, I Am Proud to Be an American) [5:16]

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