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Collapse [Blu-ray] (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q7B706
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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National Geographic reveals a vivid look into the future to our descendants in the year 2310 as they set out on scientific expedition to find the single factor that tore modern society apart.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So far, the book is better October 30, 2010
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The framework is a little hard to swallow: archaeologists in the year 2210 with more advanced technology than we have--do they really not know how civilization collapsed 200 years previously? (The swimming pool example did force a laugh.) I did, however, like the concept of someone else trying to figure out all of our Achilles heels, just as we currently are trying to figure out which problems truly threaten our existence.

At any rate, I haven't finished the book yet, but found that the movie really glossed over important points that the book made. It seemed like the NG adaptation of Guns, Germs and Steel followed Diamond's book much more accurately than this movie did. The movie felt watered down and seemed like the producers put more effort into making post-apocalyptic urban landscapes look realistic than into creating cohesive, informed arguments about how our society might fail.

Michael Ruppert's "Collapse" documentary/interview was much more thought-provoking.

Overall, it was disappointing, but there are worse films to waste your time with out there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important warning message. July 23, 2011
This is an interesting film. But how did the shown survivors survive the collapse? The survivors are shown here in 2210, healthy, well dressed and with advanced electronics gadgets analyzing the remains of civilization 200 years prior. They find these objects in the desert. But what part of the world do these survivors come from? (I'm not sure but it appears that the film suggests that the whole world has become a desert.) That puzzle makes this film less believable than it would otherwise be. But the film does show much of what is being predicted now, including fights over resources and food crises. The film also, and rightly, speaks about humans going primarily for short-term interests and that we are the victims of our own success.
The film is worth watching especially for the warning message that it gives.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lame adaptation of an excellent book January 14, 2011
I eagerly awaited National Geographic's film Collapse, which, like Guns Germs and Steel, is a film adaptation of Jared Diamond's fantastic book. I have to say that I was severely disappointed.

Basically, my complaints center around the style of presentation, which is, like History Channel and Discovery and TLC, completely focused on violence and intense sequences designed to provoke emotional response in the viewer. There is plenty of conflict and gore. If this is your thing, you'll love it. But if you were hoping for a well-constructed visual representation of the book, you will most likely feel let down as I did. The book was very logical, and progressed through a series of civilizations while crafting an important and timely thesis : that civilizations make choices on a macro scale which ultimately determine their success or failure. Diamond is clearly a highly intelligent researcher, thinker and theorist who is very good at putting his ideas together in a way which makes complex schemes graspable by a lay audience. Guns Germs and Steel won the Pulitzer Prize! I wonder what he thinks of this jumbled collection of rambling vignettes and meandering storylines? He is featured prominently in the film, although none of the synthesis which is so prevalent in the book makes it into his monologues in the film. All the while we are made aware that our choices are bad, that our civilization is doomed, but no real program is put forward to advance a solution, or even a redirection. The only one who says what really needs to be said is James Kunstler who spouts his usual line about our whole automobile-centric life being unsustainable. Another guy brings up nuclear power as the only solution which will feed our energy demands. Lame lame lame.

If you want to tap in to Jared Diamond's brilliance and see the world in a deeper and more powerful way, buy the books and spend some quality time with them. Don't waste your time on this tripe from Nat. Geo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A softer approach... January 11, 2011
By Donna
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This was a very well done documentary about things to come. Unlike Collapse by Michael C. Ruppert, National Geo spins it a bit more optimistic, as always. They suggest that there is room for change and if we do so our society will sustain. However, it appears that the scientists and authors featured in this film may not agree. I would love to get them off camera and get their true take on the current situation(s) and predicted chronological outcomes as our world continues to erode. For those who don't lend true credibility to Ruppert, or for those who have friends or family that need an introduction to the true "reality show" on how we have mis-handled our planet and her resources, than this is a great film. Great to have regardless.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsustainable Practices October 11, 2010
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We are in Peak Everything - the Era of Declines. This is not severely cynical or negative, but a matter-of-fact treatment and comparison of current society with the Romans, Aztecs, Anasazi and other cultures. In particular, we have "burned through" 120 years of ancient sunlight (oil & coal) with little regard for consequences or limits. The video is from the perspective of archaeologists in the year 2210. The archeaologists are looking backward to 2010 and making assumptions about our decision-making processes and the information upon which we made our decisions. Of note is the extraordinary effort and resources we invest in vehicles and transportation.

In each case, the Romans, the City of Phoenix and Aztecs, each culture overshot carrying capacity, resources and water. Politics and short-term decisions trumped long-term sustainability. War and territorial expansion took priority over food, sustainable living and health. As a species we are genetically equipped to deal with short-term crises, but unable to plan ahead for long-term needs and limits. What is remarkable is that each culture has left a footprint of its short-term thinking in denial of climate change, food and water limits, transportation constraints and other factors.

This is good Jared Diamond. As a geographer he further "polished" his perspective in "Germs, Guns and Steel," but "Collapse" stands on its own. It is not frightening, but sobering. Will we pay attention? Not without limits on human population that keep our numbers below 7 billion, and preferably less than a sustainable 3.5 billion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Used library copy
I did not realize that this DVD was a used library copy. More used than most private party used DVDs. I was expecting better.
Published 19 months ago by Lorna J. Stickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Collapse Is Based on the Book by Jared Diamond
This is an excellent National Geographic documentary. Diamond, who narrates this blu-ray, is a professor of geology at UCLA who is best known for the book and DVD of Guns, Germs... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Zarathustra
4.0 out of 5 stars Regional codes as an obstacle
Unfortunately, I was not able to play the dvd at my home TV-widescreen set due to the obstacle with
regional codes. So, I watched it at my computer at work. I liked it.
Published 20 months ago by tore fjordheim
4.0 out of 5 stars A Planet in Danger
I thought that collapse was good documentary about how socities of the past have collapsed, and what might happen to our own planet, if we do not take better care of it.
Published 21 months ago by D. GREEN
3.0 out of 5 stars Lame representation of the book.
Bought this because I read the book and my husband does not read much. Wanted him to be able to see what I read. Should have paid attention to the negative reviews. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Cynthia G. Barley
4.0 out of 5 stars It accomplishes its main goal.
I honestly loved this Movie. Many people say that this movie isn't very good because it doesn't give you all of the facts and details that the book gives you, so if you want the... Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Rene
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too informing, but entertaining nonetheless
Nearly all established sources critique this movie negatively given the detail and analyzing that takes place in the actual book. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Ismail
4.0 out of 5 stars Open eyes and Open arms
As many may argue against, I believed this documentary was a very insightful explanation of civilizations past and future collapses. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Paul J. Cobb
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but...
This documentary abandons a lot of the past collapses (mentioned in the book); opting to concentrate on how WE (the U.S.) could some day collapse. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Samuel Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Born and Raised Equal in Front of the Apocalypse
The DVD under review finds its inspiration from the best seller "Collapse," that Jarred Diamond released in 2005. Read more
Published on November 15, 2010 by Serge J. Van Steenkiste
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