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Gas Hole (2011)

Peter Gallagher , Joshua Jackson , Scott D. Roberts , Jeremy Wagener  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Gallagher, Joshua Jackson
  • Directors: Scott D. Roberts, Jeremy Wagener
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L51CZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What caused America to go from being a leading exporter of oil to the world s largest importer? What are the economic and sociological forces that have contributed to that change and impede its solution? Gas Hole is an eye-opening documentary about the history of oil prices and sheds light on a secret that the big oil companies don t want you to know that there are viable and affordable alternatives to fuel! It also provides a detailed examination of our continued dependence on foreign oil and examines various potential solutions -- starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumers reluctance to embrace alternatives. Narrated by Peter Gallagher, hear from a wide range of opinions from representatives of the US Department of Energy Officials, Congressional leaders both Democrat and Republican, Alternative Fuel Producers, Alternative Fuel Consumers (including actor Joshua Jackson), Professors of Economics and Psychology and more. Anyone who buys gas should see this film!

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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor research, heavy verification bias May 22, 2011
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This is a great film if you are a firm believer that Big Oil is conspiring to stop any vehicles other than gas guzzlers using petroleum derived fuels from ever getting on the road - by any means necessary, possibly not even ruling out assassination.

But the filmmakers have intolerable ignorance on issues like EROEI, the energy density of gasoline, basic economics, basic physics, how much land it would take (all arable land in the US, probably) to replace petro-diesel with biodiesel. They don't seem to know that 95% of hydrogen is made by using other fossil fuels (usually natural gas), splitting off the Hydrogen, and blowing the CO2 up the smokestack. Their suggested version of having a solar powered electrolysis unit with a compressor to store your H2 in tanks, doesn't mention what you're going to do with all the O2 floating around in your garage, nor do they mention that the catalytic material in the passive electron membrane fuel cell (AKA PEMFC, or just "fuel cell") is platinum, currently selling at ~$3000/oz. Nor do they mention it takes 1.7 volts to crack water to 2H2 & O2, and the PEMFC output will be just 0.7 volt when they are recombined, so you will need LOTS of them (which is why prototype hydrogen cars cost upwards of $1 million). Besides, it would be clearly a better use of your 1.7 volts to just charge a fully electric car rather than waste most of your electric energy cracking water and running the compressors for your tanks? Not to mention your PEMFC will wear out its catalytic material at something like 40,000 miles, and there you are having to spend anther million every 3 or 4 years to stay on the road!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
As my title states, I am the choir they are preaching to. I support any way we can have alternative energies, the elimination of dependence on imports of oil, more fuel efficient cars, etc. etc. etc. And yes, I believe that the oil companies haven't been forthcoming in their testimony and their millions in campaign contributions have swayed the debates. Ok, I've stated my creds. This is plainly a bad documentary and a bad DVD. Some of the other reviewers feel that to make this criticism means that we are shilling for the oil companies. Even our favorite actors make bad movies so it isn't a stretch that film makers conveying an important message can do so in a low quality and sophomoric way. After an hour of watching I had to walk to a different part of the room to just listen. Every interview and narration is peppered with snippets from old and irrelevant movies and cartoons. A voice says the word sweat and we are switched to a black and white scene of a guy sweating. Over and over and over again. That is one of the reasons that makes this unwatchable.

Other notes: 1. is this company serious with the 10 or so trailers before the actual movie starts?
2. On the opening sequence of the magic carburetor: perhaps there were devices invented 70 years ago that were bought and buried. I cannot comment on that. But let's face it. There are enough mechanics and engineers tinkering in their garages to have come up with these things if they were feasible. And there are enough venture capitalists with the muscle to stand up to big oil that would back such ventures.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch, Listen & Read October 29, 2012
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A friend of mine has a Hydrogen powered Vet, he gets over 60mpg.
their are more advancements in computers and stereos, and video equipment.
The advancements in the increase of fuel milage are PATHETIC. wonder why?
Cars & Trucks today have more Power, more Torque, more Speed, but gas milage remains the same. wonder why?
If you wonder why, then watch this documentary as well as Gas Nation.
Then you will know why.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really? Really?? Waste of time... August 3, 2011
The documentary authors do not understand theories and the patent process... This is a travesty. It peddles in BS for over 90 minutes. Look, we have an oil problem, we need newer fuels and better fuel economy. But get over the conspiracy theory crap! Absolutely absurd. The first part of the movie tries to convince the viewer that the technology has existed for a 100MPG+ vehicle in the 1940. Terrible, this move is sensationalism at it's finest.

Other parts of this movie about the economics of oil are much closer to reality and offer a good view. It is, however, hard to stomach the movie to get to this more informative part.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST see!!!!!!!!!!!! September 7, 2011
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This is a MUST see. Putting it to use would eliminate our oil dependancy, cut back pollution -- and that's only for a start. By making the cars as described in the documentary here in the states, it would be like the fountain of youth for our economy.

See this, see this, see this!!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Shows how Texas Rep. Barton, who is still energy committee chairman, prevented the hearings from being sworn and said "it is wrong to use Mobiles words against them". Huh? This little film shows how the market is manipulated: For example Shell closed their MOST PROFITABLE refinery in Bakersfield even though it provided a significant share of California's gas. Then it tried to cover up the evidence that it had done so. Memos from the industry also show how they conspired to reduce refining capacity. This is ignorant and intolerable, and only hurts the market and American.

The other negative and stupid reviews are probably paid for by the oil industry that has dumped $80 million into Republicans and $20 million into Democratic candidates just since Bush left office. Those reviews don't represent what you will think about the film if you watch it, nor how negative production and pricing by the industry hurts ordinary Americans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very informational dvd.
Published 2 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gashole" is definitely worth seeing!!
An excellent EXPOSE' of the oil industry and their ruthless efforts to keep control of their money-making machine... at ANY cost!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by ClarityOfMind
1.0 out of 5 stars People, take a college class.
This is total propaganda.

Shell Oil is not the enemy.

Cars don't run on water.

People! Go take a college class.
Published 17 months ago by V. R. Padgett
3.0 out of 5 stars Gas Hole
This book has a lot of good material in it, but a lot of it is based on, "I heard this story from an old timer a long time ago". Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dan Ellerbusch
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good doc
I couldn't get this documentary at Blockbuster or the library so it was good I could order it. I appreciate the availability and pricing.
Published 22 months ago by John M. Pizzo
1.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ... if you are not encumbered by logic or science :)
A few simple questions (for anyone who thinks this is a 'good' documentary)...

Published on March 17, 2012 by TS 2912
1.0 out of 5 stars Big oil is the evil empire
There is no redeeming quality to this movies. Sure, big oil companies are selling a product in high demand and making lots of money. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by H. brookshire
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a MUST SEE! Do not believe the few bad reviews!
I just watched this movie on Netflix and, like several others, am now ordering it. It covers a LOT of ground and has MANY facts that highlight much of what americans with any... Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by Lee Wiseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gashole is an Excelent, Entertaining Documentary
I am not affiliated with anyone involved with this movie, nor will I make any money if you buy it or not. I am only attempting to provide an honest review. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Richard P. Dixon
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