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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 546 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001NF6T0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Adrian Grenier of Entourage enlists the help of his fellow green guru friends to show how all people can make green a part of their lives.

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Our society has come to loving "American Idol".
Ultimate Jordan
No instead, they use lime green colors and glossy paper over a big plastic clam shell.
Daniel G. Lebryk
They will feel kinship, this show will speak to them.
Remy Chevalier

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ultimate Jordan on April 7, 2009
I think the previous viewer, Mr. Lebryk, while entitled to his opinions is a bit inaccurate on his review. While the claim to the pretext of the show is green renovation, it is not solely an instructional show on eco remodeling. That is what the program "Renovate Nation" is geared for. It would be redundant having 2 similar shows on a growing network. The show is not intended for a Home Depot/Bob Villa step 1-10 show because not enough mainstream folks would watch that, especially the youth. I actually enjoy the side projects they do while renovating. The side projects range from visiting schools to pampering visits. Pampering is unnecessary but lets face it, this is America who loves to pamper themselves.

I think the series "Alter Eco" is great to open eyes all over the world. Our society has come to loving "American Idol". Unfortunately, it will take celebrities for the world to catch on about the environment and the true "reality". We live in such a disregard, selfish, unnecessary consumption and wasteful society right now that it's good to see the crew go off on a tangent while on the green renovation. It shows how when they do go off on a tangent, that they are reaching out to schools and to the community to get the 'ecolution' going. They try to get in touch with what normal people do, especially the ones who are high consumers. They find restaurants, clubs, shops and much more that are contributing to decrease our "carbon footprint" on our environment. It has to start somewhere. The majority of our eco problems stems from the factories and industrial pollutants and depletion of resource. But the root cause of the pollution production is not the factories in in itself but the demand of which we the people create. If a show like this can open peoples eyes and rethink demand, it just might make a difference.

PS. Planet Green (affiliate with the Discovery Channel) did pick up this show on the cable network.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 28, 2009
This is series is more fluff than content. Four people try to do a green renovation of a house, that will ultimately be their Alter Eco headquarters. It turns into four hipsters that mean well, but get lost along the way. They try to do good, but just end up not doing much.

Product packaging, not something that is usually the first item in a review. But this is supposed to be all about being eco - minimizing waste and resources. How is this DVD packaged? A big plastic clamshell with three DVD's. The series would fit on a single disc (dual layer, a bit more expensive to manufacture, but uses 2/3 of the resources of those 3 DVD's) and the packaging could be paper, because a single disc will fit in a paper sleeve. But that doesn't fit in on a store shelf, and won't get attention for people to buy this. No instead, they use lime green colors and glossy paper over a big plastic clam shell. The hypocricy of it all. A well intentioned program gone bad in marketing and execution.

The four characters are, Adrian (Mr. Cool Handsome Guy), Ms. Super Model, Mr. Worker Guy, and Mr. Money Man.

April 16, 2013 Update: It has been a very long time since I watched this program. Fast forward 4 years, this group did not make much of a difference. This was never picked up by a network with reasonable distribution. No more programs were made. Adrien Grenier went on to Entourage for 96 episodes. Angela Lindvall continued down the model path with Project Runway and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Boise Thomas, mr. hard working guy, continues to work hard as crew for a variety of productions. The big clamshells still sit on the shelf. In hindsight, this is still an annoying series.

Each episode is built around the same outline.
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Planet Green had a lot riding on this show, because Adrian Grenier has a very successful series on HBO. Sadly, Planet Green, which used to be the conservative Home Channel, didn't have the young viewers necessary to give this wonderful series the success it deserved.

Planet Green is a luxury for homeowners, an additional expense on the cable bill, usually part of the extended package. The 20 somethings Alter Eco show rings true with didn't have a chance to see on television, unless they sat in their parents house. They would have quickly become addicted to it though if Planet Green had also made the decision to webcast.

I enjoyed the show tremendously, because of its charm, its pacing, its humor, its gentle connection to its surroundings, its people, the general sense of laisser faire and savoir faire... It might play much better on a European audience than in America, because it certainly has that Los Angeles lifestyle and attitude. Nobody yells or shouts, or throws things, no temper tantrums. Imagine, a good vibes show.

The people you see on screen, are friends, comrades, they share a common goal and vision, they are enjoying their lives, they're not down on the world because the planet is falling apart. They're learning as they go. They're young. They separate themselves from what we need to do as human beings to fix things, from the anger that the first reviewer harbors at the world. Yes, the Blue Meanies are monsters... we are up against the evil empire. But let it rest man, the facts speak for themselves.

Each episodes ends in wine and song. But the products and services Alter Eco showcases in each episodes are one step ahead of the pack.
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