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Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary of the year. An audience and critical favorite, An Inconvenient Truth makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don’t act now. Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way: often humorous, frequently emotional, always fascinating. In the end, An Inconvenient Truth accomplishes what all great films should: it leaves the viewer shaken, involved and inspired.

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Davis Guggenheim
  • Commentary by producers Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, and Lesley Chilcott
  • "An Update with Former Vice-President Al Gore"
  • "The Making of An Inconvenient Truth"
  • Music video
  • Package made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials

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  • Actors: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan
  • Directors: Davis Guggenheim
  • Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Diane Weyermann, Jeff Ivers, Jeff Skoll, Laurie Lennard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,381 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICL3KG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Inconvenient Truth" on IMDb

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1,082 of 1,415 people found the following review helpful By thornhillatthemovies.com VINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
Ok, let me get this straight. They made a documentary about Al Gore giving a lecture? About global warming? Okay, I'm already asleep. Snore. Yawn. Why don't I just stay home and save the money I would spend to take a nap.

All kidding aside, if you know anything about Al Gore, you know this is a subject he is extremely committed to and passionate about. Very passionate. And after five years of some of the worst, most harmful environmental policy to ever come out of Washington, DC, there is no better time for "An Inconvenient Truth".

I know many consider Gore to be less than a captivating speaker. But in "An Inconvenient Truth" he comes across as a different man because he is so passionate and committed to the subject of global warming, he comes across as a different man. Informed, knowledgeable, conversational and persuasive, if he were like this during the election, there would be no Florida Recount in our history books. Okay, so that didn't happen. But the result is that Gore, much like Clinton and Carter, are trying to do something with their status to help better the world. Gore has long been an environmental advocate and it shows. He knows the facts inside and out; people have provided him with statistics, graphs, charts and more, and he uses them in this presentation.

As Gore states, he has given the lecture more than a thousand times around the globe. Because of this, he is extremely comfortable addressing large audiences, giving them a lot of scientific research to digest. Remarkably, he makes it easy to understand, pointing out key facts, walking us through some of the more difficult to understand ideas and problems. He also knows when the audience needs a break and interjects humor here and there.
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666 of 907 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Weber on May 28, 2006
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When I was a child, people clapped at the end of movies -- we knew that the filmmakers wouldn't actually hear us, but we showed our appreciation nonetheless. Over the years, it seems that tradition has died out. I don't think I've heard anyone clap at the end of a movie for twenty-odd years. Until, that is, this afternoon.

The entire audience clapped at the end of "An Inconvenient Truth".

It is all too rare to see people act out of idealism and ethics. Those qualities shine throughout this film -- Al Gore has noticed a problem -- a BIG problem -- and he has learned about it, and is trying to solve it. The "news" media gives us little 15-second soundbites instead of news and arguments, believing that we, the American public, are too stupid to comprehend any non-trivial ideas. Gore, on the other hand, clearly has faith in us to UNDERSTAND, to do the right thing, and, above all, to CARE.

See it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Smith VINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
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Discussions about the global warming issue can very quickly take on the tone of religious warfare, as some of the reviews here show. I want to focus on the video as a video, reviewing some of its interesting features-- and some of its limitations.

Those looking for an introduction to global warming should buy the book in addition to-- or maybe instead of-- the DVD. Obviously, the film parallels the book, but it is, after all, a film of Gore giving his presentation. That means that there's no way to look at the charts and graphs closely or to think about them before moving on. In fact, some of them go by so quickly or lose so much detail as the camera pans out that it's not easy to understand what they're showing.

Further, like the book, this is at most a very general introduction to global warming issues. It's best suited to an audience that doesn't have much of a technical background. (Like me; and, for the record, in the last year, I moved from the skeptic's camp to that of the non-fanatic believers.) There certainly is a little Bush-bashing and a generally negative attitude toward Republican policies. That's not too surprising, considering that Gore has spent his life as a Democratic political figure. In any event, they're pretty mild. While Gore's explanations of global warming are pretty convincing, his suggested solutions to the problem (mostly strict adherence to the Kyoto treaty and living a "carbon-neutral" lifestyle) seem to me to be very much open to debate.

In my view, the impact of the film is somewhat reduced by the occasional personal vignettes about Gore's upbringing, his son's serious accident, and his sister's death.
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43 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Major David Watkins, US Marine Corps on December 13, 2006
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As I read the past negative reviews, I can see that these people have no concept of science. I'm a conservative republican and never thought I would side with Al Gore on ANY issue. Yes, I'm one of those "right-wingers", love Fox news, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. But as a scientist, specifically a chemist, this movie explains in layman's terms the Science of global warming. I was most impressed. Yes, he talks negatively about the current Administration, the loss of the 2000 election, as well as personal matters, but this is done to explain his story about how he's trying to change other people's perceptions. Get over political party affiliations and look at the science!

This video goes through the basic science of global warming. He also explains what has happened in the past and makes a persuasive prediction for the future. Mr. Gore demonstrates the cause and effect of altering our atmosphere by changing weather patterns and ocean currents. I experienced 7 of the 10 typhoons that hit Japan in 2004 that Al talks about in the film...that wasn't fun. He provides ways to improve our situation, one person and household at a time. The one thing he doesn't explain is the effect of the massive human population explosion. We are our worst enemy by consuming so many resources. Look in your garbage can after one day to see all the waste and unnecessary packaging.

All Americans need to take their own "political agenda blinders" off and stop seeing what you just want to see. We all need to come together and change the course we're on. Global Warming won't affect us as much as future generations, but some day I don't want my grandson/granddaughter to ask "Why I didn't do anything to stop it.
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