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Crude Impact (2006)

Thom Hartmann , William Rees , James Jandak Wood  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thom Hartmann, William Rees, Richard Heinberg, Michael Economides
  • Directors: James Jandak Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N4K6KQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It took hundreds of millions of years for petroleum to form on Earth. It took just 150 years for human beings to bleed the planet of roughly half of this oil.

Arresting in its honesty and erudition, CRUDE IMPACT examines the catastrophic prospect of ''world peak oil'' - or the point in time when the quantity of petroleum extracted from the earth begins to irreversibly decline. The film illuminates a vicious cycle of escalating dependency and need, as well as the behaviors and patterns fueling this cycle, such as consumer fetishism and the myth of endless supply, the tremendous rise in population, and the demands of many more quickly-industrializing nations. It also surveys the devastating and far-reaching effects of the rampant pursuit of oil, including increasingly aggressive political turmoil, irreparable ecological damage, economic turbulence, and gross human rights violations.

Elegantly weaving together an alarmingly accelerating pattern of consumption and depletion, the award-winning CRUDE IMPACT reveals a frighteningly dark future that can only be averted by becoming informed, spreading awareness, and revolutionizing the way we think and live.

DVD Features: Over an hour of additional interviews on globalization, 9/11, alternative fuels and more.

Packed with abundant evidence and persuasive speakers, Crude Impact sounds the alarm over world peak oil. Once extraction of this non-renewable resource passes the tipping point, the biosphere and global economy could collapse (author Thom Hartmann claims it's already happened). James Jandak Wood offers a thorough take on the crisis, incorporating factors such as the transition from agrarian to industrial societies, the switch from coal to oil, rapid population growth, and human rights abuses. Though his interview subjects, mostly authors and attorneys, concentrate on the U.S., several cite China's rising consumption rates as a serious concern. States author Michael Economides, "China has gone berserk in its energy demand." Wood also shines a light on Ecuador and Nigeria, oil-producing nations where poverty, pollution, and disease run rampant, leading to the execution of protesters like Ken Saro-Wiwa, who spoke out against the actions of Shell Oil in Africa. As in the documentary King Corn, the director concludes that our oil addiction is hastening our demise (just as our over-reliance on corn-filled products has reached critical mass). Though Crude Impact covers some of the same ground as Who Killed the Electric Car? and A Crude Awakening, all released within the same year, his point bears repeating since the problem persists. The repetitive score serves as a mild soporific, but time-lapse photography, eye-catching graphics, and clips from vintage ads, cartoons, and comedies liven up the grim scenario. Well organized bonus interviews, along with a few funny outtakes, add further value. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound Impact April 8, 2009
This is a gripping documentary on the subject of peak oil--a sobering account of our dependence on ancient sunlight to power industrial civilization and the consequences we face as we top over the global oil production peak and enter the irreversible depletion phase. While there are other documentaries that treat the subject, I find Crude Impact notable, among other reasons, for its focus from the outset on the relationship between the size of the human population and the increasingly intensive extraction of resources.

I teach a semester-long high school seminar devoted entirely to peak oil and this is the documentary, among other excellent documentaries on this subject, which I have chosen for viewing by my students. Crude Impact is simply the clearest exposition of peak oil and its far-reaching consequences. The impact has been profound.

Interviews with leading experts in a variety of related fields forward the narrative, which is accompanied by arresting images, a judicious use of graphics, and haunting musical score. Indeed the concept of peak oil itself is not fully expanded until later in the documentary after an array economic, political, social, and economic threads are systematically explored--and the full impact of peak oil then becomes frighteningly clear.

If you are new to the notion of peak oil, this is a must view which should be shared with relatives and friends. In fact, it should be shared with everyone, even those already "peak oil aware," which I fear is all too few. Crude Impact is an impressive, if deeply disturbing, documentary.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get educated while being entertained April 9, 2009
I know it's not politically correct to make entertainment even a factor when discussing a movie about a serious subject like this - but this movie is proof that you can tell people what they need to know while keeping them glued to the picture. In fact nothing is quite so fascinating as the truth when it is told with honesty and by people who are passionate about the subject. If you want to learn what the problem is, why the problem is, and even how we might go about solving the problem you need to watch this.

This is one of those movies that can actually get you to change your behavior. It made me more aware of my impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the few films that stick with you April 10, 2009
I was at the screening when the film premiered on IDFA 2 years ago. The entire audience came out after the screening, to continue discussing the matter with the director in the hallway for another hour. I've never seen people so moved by an environmental film, and motivated to spread it's message. Truely a must see
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a HUGE impact on me April 9, 2009
You hear the term "Peak Oil" and you may think you know what it means. To truly understand where we are TODAY, the doc Crude Impact is a must-see. Finally a doc that sounds the alarm BEFORE it's too late. Wake up. Watch this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crude Impact April 9, 2009
I loved this film and found it every bit as useful as Al Gore's movie. An absolute "must see" to understand some of the issues facing us today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see documentary! April 23, 2009
This is an amazing, eye-opening film about Peak Oil. It's extremely informative and sounds the alarm about the importance of using alternative forms of energy. Buy this film and share it with your friends. That's how I first viewed it -- at a friend's home...and afterward we talked for hours about its content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Wake Up Call April 7, 2009
This is a very well done documentary that will get your attention. This film hits all important areas; the environment, sustainability and social justice. My life changed in a very positive way after seeing this hard hitting movie. A must see for our times!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds mandate. April 19, 2009
I've read a couple of books regarding peak oil, and so was interested in seeing this documentary. I must honestly say that this film exceeds its mandate of discussing the impact of consumption and peak oil on our lifestyle and planet.

After establishing well the reality of the impending peak oil crisis that we will face unless we change our practices, the film quickly moves on to tackling other subjects and agendas. Very quickly the subject turns to population control, consumerism, and globalization. Sure, the tentacles of oil policy reach far and wide, but I got the impression from the complete shift in focus that rather than viewing valid supporting arguments, I was seeing the filmmakers' original intent for the documentary in the first place. Perspective viewers are brought to this film expecting to see a documentary on peak oil, but instead end up watching a two hour dialogue about globalization and American hegemony. Those subjects are certainly worth discussing, but don't tell me that I'm going to be watching a film about peak oil and then start talking about population control and globalism.

One interview subject declares that even if we found tomorrow a green technology that would eliminate completely the need for fossil fuels, our lifestyle would be unsustainable and that we need to make drastic changes. And off we go! No longer talking about peak oil, we're talking about corporate abuse, the military industrial complex, overpopulation, and every other leftist cause under the sun. If this documentary is intended for the active supporters of those positions, then great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore those who gave this DVD less than 5 stars!!!
I don't think that this topic has been properly understood by some reviewers. Let me make this very clear: it is impossible to speak meaningfully of Peak Oil or the End of Cheap... Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by Mr. Peter M. Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Overall I think this dvd just portrays one side of the story, Im not an oil industry fan but objectively I consider this dvd to be somewhat partial on the matter.
Published on August 30, 2010 by Carlos Alcantara
5.0 out of 5 stars Crude Impact
It is impossible to see this film and not begin to rethink the way we live. Crude Impact deal with one of the most critically important issues of our time. Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by Kay Sandberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Impact...
I am glad to see this documentary available and hope many people will watch this film and feel its effects. Read more
Published on April 14, 2009 by K. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars See this film!
An interesting, informative and entertaining film that commanded my attention throughout its viewing. Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by MEF
5.0 out of 5 stars Peak Oil is here
This is a very important film. The media has yet to fully embrace the reality of what this story reveals, mostly because the media is energy illiterate. Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by NewWestRadical
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
this profound film is a must see. it's fast-paced, but the issues are articulated thoughtfully and thoroughly. seriously folks, don't miss this one.
Published on April 9, 2009 by mj blanchette
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