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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Dubbed: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema Intl
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001957A3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is the 21st century- The future is here!
D. Thompson Jr.
Look at it this way, to get this vision to come true, we will need great communicators.
Boru Judas Dederich
Technology in harmony with nature is the design.
P. J. Heffernan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midge on November 14, 2009
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This is an incredible film, pertaining to what could be, not just improved. The revolutionary thinking of Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows pertaining to a resource-based economy rather than an outmoded monetary-based economy is absolutely revolutionary and extremely refreshing to observe. The idea of restructuring our society by first thinking humanistically as well as using the existing technology (and future technology) is not just explained, but visually demonstrated and astonishing to behold. For example: Memory Metal. A metal or plastic that returns to its original state after being deformed over and over again that exists now! Cities designed for the sea as well as mariculture and freeing humanity's creativity instead of constant competitiveness and redundancy may well be our way out from destroying ourselves. Fresco states: "We are not civilized yet." Jacque Fresco is a genius of great magnitude, and it is extremely important to heed his gems of practical, yet creative wisdom. There is just simply too much to include in this review to give this film justice. It needs to be seen to fully appreciate the implications of it. I have bought multiple copies for others to try to bring a sense of hope for humanity's future. I have also bought 3 other discs from "The Venus Project", which is in itself astonishing! Many "Kudos" for this fabulous 2 disc film that is so needed to be realized at this time in human history!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bunnyrabbit4 VINE VOICE on June 21, 2010
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Did anyone else walk outside on the day the banks were teetering on the edge of their self imposed failures and notice that the bird's still sang and crops still grew? As the Gulf of Mexico slowly fills up with oil, is anyone else wondering what life would be like if social responsibility and concern for others replaced greed.

We are always shown the failure of communism as a model for what would happen is we all worked at what we were good at to create a clean beautiful world. Fresco's designs are clean, beautiful and livable. Community spirit replaces the hoarding of goods. It would be hard to flip a switch and convert the world to this, but I could see myself living a happier life with less in a community like the ones he envisions, especially in hurricane prone Louisiana.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Heffernan on October 18, 2009
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Technology in harmony with nature is the design. Scientific method applied to sociology is a solution. Jacques Fresco will be hailed some day as a savior! We must,at all cost, put these designs into action immediately. Fresco is one of those ultra rare individuals who's mind transcends the trappings of greed, fame and overall self interest. Since the age of 8 he has been drawing visions of a good future where man is liberated by technology rather than enslaved by it. We all feel the overwhelming need to change. Most of us just don't know any real solutions to our biggest problems. This video is nothing but solutions. If you are a billionaire out there who happens to read this, stop screwing around and invest in some of Jacques solutions! I thank and salute Jacque Fresco and friends for dreaming and designing a future I can only hope for. I finally have a vision of the future in my mind other than "Mad Max" that actually makes sense. Buy it, watch it, live it, share it! Blessings!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pimpernel Sandybanks on July 17, 2010
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My one complaint of this video, published in 2006, it already feels somewhat dated. Some of what Mr. Fresco says looks plain as day to me, particularly in the "distant futures" portion of the video, and some of what he says has already happened (genetically engineering new life forms and first stage tissue engineering).
Jacque Fresco appears to be one of a handful of anticipatory design scientists that I've become aware of in the last decade. The other anticipatory design scientists being Buckminster Fuller, Eugene Tsui, Paolo Soleri, and, in a way, Amory Lovins. It's like all these guys read Vicktor Papenek's Design for the Real World before he wrote it, with the possible exception of Tsui who is old enough to have read it in college.

I find it very interesting to me that Fuller, Tsui and Fresco have all proposed Ocean-Cities, I suspect that the social change that Fresco and Fuller advocated for (because they went through the Great Depression??) will happen when that ocean city-state is realized. An ocean city/state virtual requires sharing of resources, cradle-to-cradle recycling/up-cycling and efficient use of education. The ocean city-state might set the same sort of good example for Anarchism that the US and France did in the late 1700s for democratization.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Ribeiro on February 14, 2010
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This is an incredible DVD. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in environmental causes and for those who love social issues. Of course architects would benefit greatly from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Strawgold VINE VOICE on September 28, 2013
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Common Sense - extended - is this documentary about the life of Jacque Fresco, the stuff of futuristic Prophets; science fiction that will metamorphose into reality as all things are possible if enough thought and effort are put into it. It's all up to us, and that may be the only real flaw in the concept. My own mind has always been full of questions. Looking around in my own home, I, not even being particularly intelligent, could define unforgivable glaring errors in the design of the house, errors that should have been apparent to even the most unimaginative contractor. One good example was the plumbing. The pipes knowingly ready to freeze up in high wind, cold climate, were just as knowingly installed along the outside walls, mostly on the side the wind was known to come from. And they we're ALL like that! Each and every one of my neighbors was living in a house of that same flawed design. (they may be even still constructed like that, I haven't checked) When I remodeled my house, that was the first thing I changed - all pipes originated from inside walls. But it took literally years of suffering before that was finally achieved by - you guessed it - MONEY.

So, the above assertion is not digression, but a sensible lead-in to my review of "Future by Design" - a film about the life and brain of a truly remarkable man, Jacque Fresco. I noticed one thing constant, too, and that was the lack of MONEY even to someone who had the mysteries of the Universe eating out of his hand. Where were the Rockefellers, the Mellons, the other philanthropists of the time that threw money at everything else? Perhaps it was because despite his obvious creative intelligence, his plan was also laid out along "common sense" which is a subject to be avoided at all costs by people of power.
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