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The Brain Fitness Program (2008)

Peter Coyote , Eli Brown  |  NR |  DVD

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  • Actors: Peter Coyote
  • Directors: Eli Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012M1KW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Brain Fitness Program is based on the brain's ability to change and adapt, even rewire itself. In the past two years, a team of scientists has developed computer-based stimulus sets that drive beneficial chemical, physical and functional changes in the brain. Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California and his colleagues share their scientifically-based set of brain exercises in this life-altering program.

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290 of 298 people found the following review helpful
By requin
I donated to PBS and got the set of Brain Training items. This dvd is just the PBS program all over again. It is NOT a brain training program with exercises you can do, etc. It's talking heads plugging how great their program is. It's marginally interesting on first viewing but I can't see wanting to watch it again. Just watch it on PBS and save your money.

The actual brain program this dvd touts is very expensive and available on the website. It came w/ my donation and it's very well made, but is truly boring, as the other reviewer stated, I dread doing it (and in fact, haven't in a week or more). It's focus is auditory not visual which is ok but it'd be better if it had both. I haven't done it enough to give a thorough review of it or it's benefits.
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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Brain Fitness Program April 17, 2008
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After watching the program on PBS, I thought the DVD would have the brain exercises, which it didn't. I was disappointed.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
The title of the DVD is "Brain Fitness Program" and if you read the back cover it suggests that you are going to get an excercise program designed by "50 leading scientists to help improve your brain" . However when you actually get the dvd it is simply an hour long documantary about recent studies showing that the Brain can be improved. Nowhere on the dvd is any "fitness program" or any "mental excersizes". I am surprised at this being that it was originally a PBS show and yet it comes across as a bit if an hour long promotion or infomercial and by the end you are interested and intrigued and also angry at the lack of the "program" that the title and description seem to promise.

Oddly the only place they refer to an actual program is in the title and back cover. The people in the documentary don't really even refer to it. I did enjoy the documentary but I felt ripped off.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with an earlier reviewer, a rip-off. July 13, 2008
The DVD is a repeat of the PBS program, which was good, but has nothing to do with exercising your brain.
A very misleading sales statement
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistake May 8, 2008
Thought this would be some exercises and things to do to improve the brain. It says Brain fitness Program. It turned out to be a copy of the PBS program and not a program for brain fitness. Hana
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74 of 84 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brainy Boredom March 8, 2008
The "Brain Fitness Program" has a good motive--- to keep people's minds nimble and fit. Exercising the mind IS important, and unfortunately, neglected. "Brain Fitness" manages to blend an otherwise good idea and common sense with pseudo-science and a boring presentation.

"Brain Fitness" is mainly lots of talking heads (this is a PBS program,after all!) Peter Coyote,once prominent in the hippie/psychedelic movement and the world of mind-altering substances,provides lackluster narration. He's as bored out of his mind as the hapless viewer.

"Brain Fitness" doesn't address the tricky question of brain chemistry. It naively suggests that their repetitive exercises can miraculously help people recover from strokes, dementia, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) They tell the story of a widower who suffered from a stroke. Through the exercises, he miraculously recovered and is now happily remarried. It's presented as a cure-all! If you can sit through it.

"Brain Fitness Program" takes an otherwise good concept, presents it in a dull infomercial way,and backs it up with pseudo-science. Read a book instead.
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76 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video - Get a Life - Good for Seniors March 8, 2008
This DVD is a bargin, especially for seniors like myself.

In my opinion, applying these findings to one's life style is one of the best ways to stay young and engaged.

I could not digest all this information in one viewing so the dvd really comes in handy because one of the foundations in learning new skills is repetition.

The DVD shows that science can now provide images of what parts of the brain are engaged when the subject is performing various mental tasks. I found is really interesting as it provides more facts about how our brains actually work. My hearing could be better, but I turned captioning off on the TV (my eyes were replacing my ears). Now i try harder with my ears, ha,ha.

Yeah! New challanges for learning; I recently got a new digital camera and find that the more I use it the more motivated I become in learning how to take and make great images and then view them in hidef on the new TV. Build those synapse connections! Yeah.

One last point, the program stresses keeping your heart strong. I hike 3-4 miles every day, its not hard once one gets out, yes, it does take time, but my dog and camera come along also, so its not boring (for me), and I see and enjoy much more walking than I ever did driving.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary, Misleading Title December 22, 2008
This is a fascinating documentary about the human brain, how it functions, how it ages, and how to slow that process. However, the title is misleading. I was expecting specific exercises to sharpen the viewer's mind, maybe some memory or concentration drills. But there is none of that on the disc. The viewer is left to pretty much figure out what to do on their own, although it is mentioned that physical activity helps keep the brain younger.

There are several extra features running from 1-25 minutes each, which may be leftover material from the main feature. A "play all" feature should have been included for those, since all together they are less than an hour.

If you enjoy documentaries, such as programs that run on the Discovery or National Geographic Channels, this is an interesting study of the brain. If not, you may find it dry or boring.

If you're looking for an actual brain fitness program with exercises to do, this is not it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brain Fitness Program
Very good brain entertainment and exercise. A bit scary what can happen to our brains if we do not exercise them regularlyl and challenge the brain. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eadie Hampson
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved for husband
Bought this for my husban d that has brain damamge from Iraq. He watches this dvd every week. So far it is both insightful & helpful in his situation. Thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Dannette Lynn Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and fascinating.
I enjoy things that allow me to understand the human body. This is slanted toward the older population but useful for the middle age group[ also. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Title fool me once...fool me twice make fool out of me!
It seems there is a lot of misunderstanding because of the semantics of the words in the title.

Unlike many of the reviewers both my partner and myself did not... Read more
Published 23 months ago by natureguy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Educational Experience
I saw this program on PBS and was fascinated by the science, which is expertly presented and done so in an interesting and easy-to-understand manner. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Gayle Lynds
1.0 out of 5 stars Brain Fitness Program
Three years ago, after seeing the documentary on PBS, I paid $400 for the full program. It was forty, 1-hour interactive sessions, and I saw a definite improvement in my memory. Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by Alta Waddell
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves Better Reviews that many here
I don't know what some people were expecting. This is an overview of recent research on the subject of brain plasticity. As far as the name, I see nothing wrong with that. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Frank S. Kalich
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, informative
Entertaining and full of good info, presented at a level anyone can understand. Well done. I use it for a graduate psychology class as the concepts are very current.
Published on February 5, 2010 by BigRiver1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Fitness
I originally watched this DVD on a library copy. The video gives a good explanation of what helps and doesn't help memory. Read more
Published on December 12, 2008 by Margie Sejbl
3.0 out of 5 stars Brain Training
I was a little disappointed in that I thought the DVD would give specific exercises to do to enhance the working power of my brain. Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by Coralie R. Pickett
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