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Gasland (2010)

Josh Fox , Dick Cheney , Josh Fox  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon, Aubrey K. McClendon
  • Directors: Josh Fox
  • Writers: Josh Fox
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • 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: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJD8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gasland" on IMDb

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Over 45 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Footage

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Little did director Josh Fox know that he'd find himself trailing the history and future of natural gas mining for this documentary, Gasland, or so he claims in this moving and evocative political exposé. Thankfully unpretentious and lacking in the didacticism that plagues many political documentaries, Gasland is edifying in the most entertaining and palatable way. Fox's open-ended questions presented during his narration are answered by interviewees found as he travels cross-country to source out water pollution happening as a result of hydraulic fracturing. The tension begins when Fox researches a letter he receives in the mail at his rural Pennsylvania farmhouse, inviting him to sell his land for $100,000 and permission to mine natural gas. He comes to discover how the Delaware River watershed's imminently endangered status will threaten New York City's main water source, and towards the end of the film focuses on New York City, as respected politicians like John Gennaro and Congressman Maurice Hinchey speak on behalf of this issue. But before filming congressional hearings, Fox charts his personal dilemma and how it quickly spirals outward, as first his neighbors tell him horror stories about water contamination due to this process. And as he tours Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas, where hydraulic fracturing has already contaminated myriad underground wells, Fox actually films many families' water faucets catching fire as people hold a match to their running tap water. Fox's continuing investigation ties this unchecked chemical process to Dick Cheney's Halliburton activity and bills covertly passed during the Bush administration. Gasland does not have a conspiratorial feel; it takes an honest, even-keeled investigative approach and relies on information relayed to Fox from renowned activists like Dr. Theo Colborn and Environmental Protection Agency staffer Weston Wilson. This documentary sheds light on what has been a practice that many American citizens have assumed mysterious and possibly benign. It is easy to understand why Gasland has garnered so many film festival awards, since it presents vital information that will necessitate action once it reaches enough of the population. This is grassroots documentary filmmaking at its finest. --Trinie Dalton

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In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York, Pennsylvania and huge stretches of the Northeast. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land for a new method of drilling developed by Halliburton and soon discovered this was only a part of a 34-state drilling campaign, the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Part mystery, part travelogue, and part banjo showdown, Gasland documents Josh's cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is actually safe. As he interviews people who live on or around current fracking sites, Josh learns of things gone horribly wrong, from illness to hair loss to flammable water, and his inquiries lead him ever deeper into a web of secrets, lies, conspiracy, and contamination - a web that potentially stretches to threaten the New York Watershed. Unearthing a shocking story about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, Gasland races to find answer about fracking before it's far too late.

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211 of 282 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Have We Done? November 12, 2010
Format:DVD
When you watch Josh Fox's brilliant GASLAND, it's as if you're watching a nightmare scenario of what would happen if our lands were taken over by evil aliens, intent on sucking the earth dry, regardless of the consequences to the planet--and to us. This is no sci-fi thriller that could never happen in real life, however. Shockingly, it IS really happening and it's worse than you can imagine.

Very fortunately, for all of us, Josh Fox, brave soul that he is, ventured out into the heart of America and into the small towns of this country to actually speak to regular, law abiding, tax paying citizens who are now paying the ultimate price for "clean" gas drilling with permanent health effects, including brain damage, chronic respiratory conditions and many other serious conditions, too numerous to mention. Their land is worthless, their water undrinkable. The now famous scene where the tap water actually bursts into flame is just the tip of the iceburg. The epidemic of hydrofracking now taking place in America is worse than any disease we've ever encountered. It destroys our water, our air, our animals, our vegetation (including farm crops), our livestock, our health and our lives. This is Three Mile Island, Love Canal and Chernobyl--times fifty.

GASLAND should be shown in every elementary, high school and college classroom. At least that way, when our children grow into adults, they will know why there is no such thing anymore as fresh water in America. And they will know who was responsible.
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This movie is both entertaining and poignant. The imagery is beautiful and haunting. After two years of personal research, travels and meetings with folks from multiple states, I am convinced this is the most important environmental topic of the decade. Gasland grabs your attention with testimonies from real people and explains the technical details in a way that everyone can understand.. In Gasland II, Josh Fox takes it a step further by exposing the national and political impacts. This movie is bulletproof and any critics of this movie who cite Frack Nation subscribe to bad logic. Their logic is similar to the following: "I got lung cancer and don't smoke, therefore smoking doesn't cause lung cancer". Claims that scenes in this movie are fake are unfounded. Methane does migrate and yes, fracking waste disposal does cause earthquakes. These are only a few of the impacts of fracking. Watch Gasland for your self and your children.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Water is the life blood of our planet July 9, 2013
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After viewing Gasland I was angry at how corrupt our government has become. There is a water shortage for farmers in drought areas and to see MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of gallons of water being trucked in and used for hydrofracking when instead they could be HELPING farmers is astounding. I know there are some who say natural gas is worth drilling. But with 50% of all drilled wells failing how safe is it when the aquifers systems are compromised. There is NO WHERE ELSE TO GET WATER BUT HERE. It is the life blood of our planet and it is being POISONED. How (if you are Christian) do you explain to GOD in your hour of JUDGEMENT what you did to PROTECT what GOD himself has created? When he asks, "What did you do to protect MY INVESTMENT?" How can you look him in the face with a clean conscious and say you did when you sat on the sidelines and watched as greed tore apart HIS planet. This is our HOME and the only one of it's kind in the GALAXY. Think about that for a second and then ask yourself CAN AND SHOULDN'T WE BE DOING BETTER.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative January 30, 2011
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Grassland is a provocative film about drilling for natural gas.

Josh Fox's film is a diary of his travels around the country exploring what happens when unbridled drilling for natural gas is allowed. The film starts off innocently, he talks about his hippie parents that built the house where he grew up in Pennsylvania, and the beautiful stream that he played in as a child. The turning point of the film is when he discusses a land lease offer he received for drilling rights on his property. The $100,000 is tempting, but he wants to understand more about what he could sign away.

The film is built very nicely around Josh's discovery of how the American public gave away our stewardship of public land to allow drilling rights. Strong supporters of the Bush administration will be offended by this film, and will likely find fault with Josh's logic. Josh does understand dramatic effect very well; he opens the film with actual congressional testimony that is not easily comprehended. He closes the film with essentially the same footage, and the testimony now makes sense, the glossing over of facts is apparent. In short, I learned a lot watching this film, and Josh reminded me of how much I learned.

Technically this is probably some of the worst camera work ever recorded on video. The video switches from clear high definition to enlarged horrible standard definition. The live sound recording is badly done, sometimes dialog is clear but sometimes it is incomprehensible. Where Josh Fox excels is editing and his voice over narration. He has built a compelling film that overcomes all the horrendous technical problems. He very gradually, logically builds his case.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - a must see for everyone so we can all start getting the...
I have read, heard, and scene, a lot of content around hydro fracking. The science in unmistakable it will harm the land around where it is done, it will most likely poison well... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but Perhaps a Little Too Negative
This is an in-depth look at the now widely used method of recovering natural gas from non-productive wells called, "Fracking". Read more
Published 14 hours ago by BobSound
4.0 out of 5 stars For assignment
Josh fox came to my university a couple years ago and i had the pleasure to attend his lecture about gasland. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rhuemy Yang
5.0 out of 5 stars Wakw up !
This DVD is must see for every one.The stuff that gos on in this country is a crime.The big company,s that run our lives with nothing but greed an no respect for us.
Published 1 day ago by Rod
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up Call
While there may prove to be some factual oversights in Josh Fox' presentation, his basic premise is sound: fracking is not a friend of mankind, but a serious foe that must be... Read more
Published 6 days ago by EarthSong
5.0 out of 5 stars Who the Frack Knew?
Wow, had no idea fracking was so destructive. This is a good film that shows the harm fracking does to drinking water.
Published 10 days ago by J. G. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to cry
The reporting is quite exhaustive. Please watch this. I was at the verge of tears the entire time, but this was necessary.
Published 13 days ago by Thomas L. Reingold
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits really close to home and--ouch!--it hurts!
The low-key avoidance of hyperbole, sensationalism, or a musical score that elicits emotion makes the message of this documentary powerfully, disturbingly real. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Gina Tillman-Young
1.0 out of 5 stars I watched the first 10 minutes and stopped
Seriously? No data, lots of emotion (personal), and not being able to reach anyone in a corporation? I work for an employer that has 6,500 employees. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Cy Shimizu
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be shown in schools! A must see!
Everyone MUST see THIS film, whatever your views are on the issues! Seriously...... It IS that good! Very honest VERY honest!
Published 20 days ago by Kamber Sokulsky
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