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  • Actors: Jack LaLanne, Ray Kurzweil, Suzanne Somers
  • Directors: Mark Wexler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071BY2XC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A cell lives an average of 5 minutes. A hummingbird for 5 years. Right now, humans live for about 75 years. What might it mean to live forever?

Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. HOW TO LIVE FOREVER documents his journey as he seeks to learn if eternal life is possible or even desirable. Exploring these issues with a fascinating array of people from futurist Ray Kurzweil to comedian Phyllis Diller to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathon runner Wexler presents a riveting series of stories and insights about youth, aging and longevity.

Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking, often comically poignent, examination of what truly gives life meaning.

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Engaging... remarkably spry and lighthearted! --The New York Times

A wry, hopeful yet enigma-appreciating documentary about the perils and possibilities that come with growing old. --Los Angeles Times

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A very good documentary that is funny and thought provoking.
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I really enjoyed watching the documentary and see what other people think on the matter.
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Great documentary on so many ppls take on how to live a healthy life.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bob Krist on May 22, 2012
Format: DVD
I wasn't sure what to expect from this film, but was delighted that it hit home on so many levels. For a generation contemplating our own mortality, the title certainly is a hook. But this is no dry doco, or how-to. Instead, director Wexler takes us through a quixotic assortment of folks who have beaten the clock in one way or the other, and shares their personal stories, and the universal truths they contain. With a journalist's instinct, Wexler tracks down a delightful assortment of elder statesmen, from the indefatigable Jack LaLanne, to a beer guzzling, cigarette-smoking, marathon-running centenarian (my personal hero). Along the way, you sense that the filmmaker is very concerned with his own mortality, but never loses the sense of irony that makes this movie so watchable (I almost never watch a film more than once, and I'm on my third viewing) and never descends into sentimentality or easy answers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
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We are all going to get older. It's a fact of life. But what we do with that time is really what distinguishes a life lived. The engaging documentary "How to Live Forever" covers quite a few topics in a short 90 minutes and it gives one a lot to ponder. Filmmaker Mark Wexler approaches the subject of aging and the notion of prolonging life from a very personal angle that serves the piece well. He is singularly fascinated by the many theories and thought processes behind aging. And it's easy to identify with his questions.

At first, "How to Live Forever" seems to posit that we should live to our fullest no matter what our age categorization. We are introduced to many subjects that are reveling in their advanced years, living life to its fullest potential. It's a great message, one that's hard to deny. But as he starts to track down why some seem to live longer than others, the proposition becomes a bit trickier. There is not a lot of common ground and his interviewees are as diverse and colorful as can be. While in Japan, clean living and an active lifestyle seems to have raised the age limit, but other results vary with participants who drink, smoke, and have lived a life of excess. Another topic soon follows and the film starts to examine some ways to counteract aging. From hormones treatments to advanced studies of scientific manipulation, the film explores ways of feeling younger and perhaps even staving off death altogether. There are many more discussions to be had including cryogenics and even a trip to a funeral home convention. Literally, the film touches on dozens and dozens of topics.

In the end, the focus of "How to Live Forever" appears to jump all over the place. Wexler seems to want the documentary to be a comprehensive look at aging and death.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ask MK on April 11, 2012
Format: DVD
Director Mark Wexler freaks out about growing older, and decides to fight back. Luckily for us, he takes his camera along for the journey. With characteristic wit and depth, Wexler tackles the complex and prickly subject of aging with a surprising variety of opinions. This gem of a film gives us the cutting-edge science of futurist Ray Kurzweil, the wisdom of author Marianne Williamson, and the genius of science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, alongside more controversial voices like a 101 year old chain-smoking marathoner and an elder porn star. Wexler works out with fitness legend Jack LaLanne, contemplates a future on ice at a cryonics lab, laughs with comedienne Phyllis Diller, drinks gallons of green tea, and extracts promises of immortality from life-extension expert Aubrey de Grey, but draws a blank when asked by his friend, writer Pico Iyer, the actual merits of simply wanting more. It is the ultimate question, and one the director sagely leaves to the viewer. After all, as the subtitle warns us, results may vary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Marin on June 14, 2012
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From director Mark Wexler I expected funny and entertaining and quirky. "How to Live Forever" is so much more than that. From the very first scene, in which Wexler goes to visit Edna Parker, the oldest living person at 115, we are aware that the dark, devolution of aging will subtend whatever else the film promises to offer on the longevity front. Edna appears beyond this world, her tiny frame wrapped in a gauzy robe and propped in her wheelchair. Her sunken eyes remain expressionless as the cheery nursing home staff loudly announces Wexler's visit. She is unmoved by his friendly display of interest in her. We can't help but feel the discomfort of their disconnect. What is actually happening here? Might it be nothing more than voyeurism? Right when discomfort gets to be the main character, the scene shifts. Over and over the film proceeds this way, cutting from one speaker to another just after we begin to squirm, or laugh, or sink, or cry.

You can't just watch "How to Live Forever" because the very topic requires participation. Wexler transparently models our assumptions, defenses, and uncertainties about the unassailable fact of our own demise. We can keep a distance perhaps when he's being gingerly hoisted into a casket by a "body scoop" demonstrated at a Las Vegas morticians' trade show (he's a corpse with a little smile), but his furtive measurement of midriff flab in a fast bathroom scene, or his earnest queries at a San Francisco Brain Gym lend a disarming intimacy to the wealth of attitudes and info the film presents us.

Inevitably we are drawn in by the diversity and richness of the film's speakers--each is presented with a ticker counting up his/her age--and their particular cultural and historical contexts.
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