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Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature, Vol. 4 - Last Oasis [VHS]

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Alfre Woodard, David Brower, Floyd Dominy, Barry Goldwater, Robert Towne
  • Directors: Jon Else, Linda Harrar
  • Writers: Jon Else, Marc Reisner, Sandra Postel
  • Producers: Jon Else, Linda Harrar, Dan McCann, Jonathan Halperin, Jonathan T. Taplin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Homevision / KTEH / PBS / Columbia
  • VHS Release Date: June 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078001930X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,826 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Last Oasis takes viewers to India, China, Mexico, the U.S., and the Middle East to investigate a new era of water scarcity and the future of water conservation and recycling.

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The Third World has looked to the United States for examples of how to make the world more livable, and now that water is in shorter supply, they hope to build huge dams like our projects on the Colorado River. But even as they try to repeat our history, we are trying to undo it or at least rethink it, as shown in Last Oasis. Lush photography and interviews with scientists and indigenous peoples tell a tale of increasing desperation as more people look for more water where there is none. The environmental devastation caused by dams threatens some of the few remaining places of natural beauty, but American-led conservation efforts may prove ultimately more beneficial (and cheaper!) for us all. This last installation of the Cadillac Desert series makes the story of water compelling and personal, and it holds forth the promise of a new way of looking at it. --Rob Lightner

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Essential information for understanding western politics. Essential information for anyone interested in agriculture and/or environmental problems in the western United States.
Gives a concise history of water resource development in the west. Describes how water projects became epitome of what we know as pork barrel politics.
This series is based on a book of the same name by Mark Reisner. The film is a good synopsis of the book but for any one who enjoys the film I strongly suggest also reading the book. The book covers so much more information and gives many more startling examples.
For any one in the buisness of natural resource conservation or preservation I would suggest this documentary and the book as required materials.
For anyone in the agriculture buisness I would suggest the film as required and urge you to read the book if interested in the topic.
I grew up on a family farm and have since moved in to the field of fisheries biology. I have seen how difficult it is for small farmers to survive, I have also seen how most of our native fishes are failing to survive. Both of these tragedies result, in part, from large agribuisness which is a direct product of the large federal projects you will see in this documentary.
Buy it, and enjoy learning. Knowledge is power!
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Marc Reisner's book is certainly superior, packed with eye-opening information about the evolution of water policy. Read that first.
Having said that, this video series is a fine companion, and shows a lot that just can't be illustrated in the book. Among the real treasures is footage of the profoundly beautiful Glen Canyon before it was flooded, and footage of a dam burst in action. And after reading about the larger-than-life Floyd Dominy, it's an absurd hoot to hear him declare in an interview, "Those Indians treated me with more reverance than the Buddha!"
The first three volumes follow much of what Reisner explored in the book, and he is an enthusiastic, wise presence in many video snippets. The fourth volume focuses more on worldwide water issues, and is based on a different book, "Last Oasis".
I also finally watched the movie Chinatown, which wasn't very historically accurate, and seemed to be less about water policy than about twisted family history. But screenwriter Robert Townsend weighs in with some compelling commentary in this video series.
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This series is entertaining, dramtic, smart, important and true! The boxed set even comes with the feature film "Chinatown"
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I have seen this video 3 or 4 times during and since college and it amazes me every time I veiw it. Man's arrogance towards nature is very saddening. This is a very good example from both sides of the board on water conservation. It shows what there views were then and what they are now are and how they have changed. I would reccomend this to anyone especailly those who think that water/power is a never ending resource, and those who take conservation lightly.
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Water policy is now becoming a hot issue not only locally, but worldwide. This is an episode of a landmark PBS series produced in the 1990's that looked at the relationship between water and the development of the west. This episode- the final of the series looks ahead at water shortage, limitation and he implications for our culture and specifically the SW US. Not ever released on DVD to my knowledge, out of print and not available on iTunes, Amazon video or elsewhere. This is it- VHS or nothing.

Based upon the late Marc Reisner's book of the same name.
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people who have seen or bought this series mimic those who saw or bought "the great war." they all lament the prices and the fact that it is not on dvd or netflix. the fact is, this will probably never be on dvd for the same reason "the great war" will not; money. to do this would require a small fortune to cover all the legal & licensing bases, all for a film which very few people would buy. this is the dark side of "intellectual property." the tapes are expensive. they are worth it. just buy them. when the last tape breaks, this will be extinct.
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