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Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture (2012)

Phillip Telfer & Colin Gunn  |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Phillip Telfer & Colin Gunn
  • Producers: Phillip Telfer
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Media Talk 101
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GS7R1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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WE ARE SURROUNED BY SCREENS. Have we entered a techno utopia or a virtual prison? Should we be celebrating unreservedly or should we be cautious and skeptical? Is it the greatest leap in productivity or the biggest setback from the things most meaningful in life? Has today's connectivity drawn us closer to one another or strangely more disjointed? Is our social experience richer and deeper or more shallow and artificial? Is it all of these things or none of them? Discover insightful answers to these questions from media experts, church leaders, and inspiring individuals and families from across the country. Most importantly you will discover how God's word addresses the unique media challenges we face today. Special appearance by Kerby Anderson, Dr. Ted Baehr, Mark Bauerlein, Phil Chalmers, Ray Comfort, Dr. Dimitrie Christakis, Trace Embry, Melissa Henson, Maggie Jackson, Al Menconi, Dr. David Murray, Dr. Jeff Myers, Raul Ries, Dick Rolfe, Joe Schimmel, Kevin Swanson, Bob Waliszewski, Dr. David Walsh, Major Phil Willis, Tim Winter AND KP Yohannan 107 min, Plus 2 hours of bonus features! "Deft and powerful" ~Parents Television Council

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw your TV in the trash February 9, 2012
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This documentary is excellent. Videography was great and the overall quality of production was better than most produced by alternative media outlets. I like that they had a wide range of interviews, from medical doctors, PhD social scientists and church pastors, to every day working folk, moms and dads. The scenes for each interview were different, from academic office spaces to rural farmland. This was great because many documentaries, in trying to come off as authoritative on the subject at hand, only interview people sitting in front of bookshelves full of books.

I was aware of books that went into the evils of TV--Plug in Drug (1988), Living Without the Screen (2008), to name a few. Similarly, there is literally an endless amount of articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals that show why owning a TV is bad for your physical, mental and spiritual health. But until I stumbled across Captivated last week, I was not aware of a documentary that did. The only thing that came close was Alex Jone's, Fall of the Republic (2009), which devoted 15 minutes to how the government uses TV to propagandize its citizens.

The first half of Captivated--along with most of the extended interviews in the bonus features-- show how using TV, the Internet, ipods and smart phones dumb down the population. Being hooked on these devices has turned Americans into a bunch of obese people with short attention spans. Take a look around you: Americans no longer command their native English language, choosing instead to utter short phrases that they exchange in SMS, IMS or Facebook comments; no longer associate with neighbors or any other community, choosing instead to walk around with earbuds plugged into their ipods while they type meaningless messages on their smart phones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done documentary January 29, 2012
I found Captivated to be extremely well done technically in terms of videography and audio qualities. The story is well thought out and the premises made are laid out intelligently and very coherent.

While you may not agree with everything said, it will motivate you to think about and consider the important issue of media influence on ourselves and our families. In particular, our children. The producers lay out a convincing case that we are suffering from dogma out of Hollywood and that the damage to our lives are much more serious than we normally would we glide through out lives without contemplation of the messages within those propagandistic media and their influence on us long term.

I highly recommend this film to anyone with mature thinking and contemplative of our existence and what helps to make the world a better place to live...or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST See Documenrary For All Families March 18, 2012
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Captivated is only of those eye opening movies that completely changed they way I view media in today's society. As a high schooler, I am well aware of the unfortunate affects of media not only amongst my friendships, but also the affects it has on family households. I am very appreciative of Philip Telfer, Colin Gunn, and staff for their masterpiece told from a Christian perspective. I wish every Christian household would be able to see this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening May 7, 2014
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I wasn't really sure what to expect when I ordered this. A friend of mine had recommended it to me. I was blown away by the facts presented in this DVD on how media is affecting our society negatively. Prior to watching this DVD I had many negative feelings on the use (esp. over use) of media in my home and with my children whether it was for pure entertainment or educational purposes. Watching this just confirmed my beliefs with documented facts that I had been on the right track all along. I also was encouraged to read the book they mentioned in the movie "Amusing Ourselves to Death". While I do not agree with this authors liberal beliefs he does present a clear case of how our society has been dumbed down in our communication skills specifically due to increased entertainment we immerse ourselves in by way of screens... T.V. to be specific. I think every American esp. those that call themselves educators should be required to watch this. I also believe every born again believer should watch this. In the end it begs an answer to the question of what truly does captivate you and how do we preserve a society that is educated in truth and wisdom instead of just pleasure.
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This film has so much insightful information detailing the media's influence on young minds. If it were possible, a film like this should be given out at every baby shower in America because it alerts parents to the dangers, indoctrination, propaganda, and deception that awaits their children. Some of the most profound and eye-opening observations come near the middle of the film when they discuss MTV and share quotes from MTV producers blatantly bragging about their mind control over children and teenagers. I would also highly recommend you watch this WITH your family together and pause the movie throughout for discussion. 'Captivated' is one definitely for your library.

Note: It doesn't stop at kids as you'll see in the film. It clearly shows how adults are being manipulated by the rectangular box in the corner of the room as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst documentary ever
Not clever, this is a documentary about what people think media does on people, religious people talking about finding "peace" without technology. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julian Roo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
What a great DVD. If you know anyone glued to their phone or computer, sit down with them and help them. You will be shocked. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important DVD You Can Ever Watch
This documentary has been such a blessing to our family and our church! The research Phillip has done empowers parents and young people to use discernment in our media choices and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by lorraine teoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good information!
Well worth your time to watch this. Very informative and well put together. I recommend it! Have a blessed day!
Published 7 months ago by M. Krueger
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Long & Too Christian IMO
I got seriously bored after a while.
Pity, as (deliberate?) TV & video-game mind-programming of modern children, to turn them into entranced zombies, could be a much more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This movie was excellent and very informational. Not a lot of new knowledge in terms of the unhealthiness of TV, but newer stats and application which were surprising. Read more
Published 7 months ago by N&L7
5.0 out of 5 stars And people wonder what's wrong with this generation.
Many people are wondering about the decline of this generation. This video is a warning to parents about how much tv and entertainment they should allow their children to watch.
Published 8 months ago by Mississippi Mud
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Dumbest Generation
Excellent film. I also bought it for my friend for Christmas because I hope maybe it will be like a subtle intervention for his life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rodney Varfley
4.0 out of 5 stars Exposes the media industry
There are several DVDs out there that address the negative effects of media on people, especially children. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reimy Emmanuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
This documentary really gets one thinking about how we are captivated by electronic media. It has a strong Christian worldview, which I appreciate, but I think it would even make... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marc and Marce
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