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  • Actors: Christopher Coppola, William Poundstone, Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, John B. Alexander
  • Directors: Jeff Warrick
  • Writers: Jeff Warrick
  • Producers: Jeff Warrick
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ignite Productions
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0982571771
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I think you should watch knowing that not everything in this documentary may be true.
Didi
The director mixes together fact with innuendo, and the manipulative images and music are supposed to fill in the logical gaps in the argument.
endofthedial
It presents people from both sides of the argument - they make their case, end of story.
Derick

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ron DuBois on January 15, 2012
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I enjoyed this film although it was not as hard hitting as I expected. It presents a balanced view of the use of subliminal messages by those who desire to influence our thoughts, habits, and actions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By m4tch on November 14, 2013
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The documentary starts with an excellent opening FDR quote “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds”. When you examine the definition of the word subliminal it means the existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness. However, when I think of the definition of the word subliminal I think of something that is below to nonexistent on the radar, something that is secretly force fed to us or perhaps something communicated indirectly. Yet, when you look at the footage used as examples in this documentary, to me these “subliminal messages” are all in plain view, most I wouldn't even consider subliminal! We may think that our minds are registering our favourite colours, favourite foods or an appealing style, but there are four main forces that drive our lives: fight, flight, feeding and fornication.
Could the use of subliminal messaging be contributing to the downfall of our social and economic society? I think partly yes. After all, the news, advertisements, movies, campaigns and music can all persuade us to buy or consume what’s being marketed. I don’t think there’s even a question of whether subliminal messages work or not. Of course they work (perhaps better on some compared to others). Just look at how so many political campaigns push their personal agendas with scare tactics and hidden messages to influence voters! In reference to the subliminal messages in music “You’ll find a way to hear or see what you want”…I mean, have we forgotten about the excellent example from the movie ‘The Number 23’? Not just that, but there have been studies of exposing volunteers to random photos with no subject matter and recording the mind’s way to find and distinguish something familiar to the volunteers.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By endofthedial on November 21, 2013
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I'm shocked to see how few people have recognized that this video itself is manipulative in its use of sound and images to create in those who watch it a sense of fear and anxiety! There is ominous music throughout with quickly flashing images that cannot help but have a profound manipulative effect on the viewer. The director mixes together fact with innuendo, and the manipulative images and music are supposed to fill in the logical gaps in the argument. Rarely is any particular argument in the movie carried through with care, step by step to reach well supported conclusions. That apparently is neither the aptitude nor the intent of the producers of this film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derick on December 16, 2013
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From the standpoint of how the movie itself was done it is rather mediocre. It's not captivating, the narrator isn't pleasant to listen to (though not unpleasant), and the message is repetitive.

From a content perspective it gives a disproportionately weighted opinion based argument in favor of subliminal messaging. It presents people from both sides of the argument - they make their case, end of story. If you present me with two 'credible & impartial' sources (i.e two people both who have worked in advertising for years with one for & against subliminal messaging) then you have done nothing to advance your argument. How am I the viewer to gain anything if guy A says 'yup', and guy B says 'nope', and they are presented with equal credibility? That's fine - you present both sides of the argument. Now you're supposed to present the impartial scientific literature available on the matter. Not just jump between guy A & guy B.

Where is the science that talks about the human minds ability to find patterns within everything? Or the numerous studies on subliminal messaging? There are entire religious groups of people who think there is a mathematical formulation to the bible versus. What is more likely? That group happened to find a repeatable mathematical pattern within the bible or a couple thousand years ago someone intentionally put in the vastly complicated mathematical pattern into the bible that literally no one from that era could decipher?

People are not drawing dicks, and writing sex all over F*ing ice cubes - they're putting a half naked chick right in front of you. It's not a secret. They use influencing adjectives, and run study groups seeing how they can influence a particular response.

And What was with the HAARP crap at the end? "HAARP does this - the end". It did nothing to further the documentary, presented no scientific basis, and presented a bias perception.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rockstar (Ret.) on October 3, 2013
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It was fairly interesting until the predictable, tedious lefty Bush -Bashing at the end of the film. I do look at liquor ads in magazines more closely, though.
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By 337wise on October 14, 2012
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Overall this was an interesting documentary. Whatever you choose to think on this, I find it interesting the comments musicians and executives say "you can make yourself see or hear what you want to." But yet Judas Priest admit to doing things in prior albums just not the one that was bringing them to trial. And Devo producer with his antics into commercials he worked on. If original that part of subliminal messages being introduce actually had no effects of sells being increased, then why is it still being attempted? Is it for fun? Or is it for "lets just do it incase it actually does do something?" Makes one think there has to be some truth of its effects. My only critique is the political part. My one question is, when was this documentary actually done? If it was actually released August of 2011, then why not equal coverage of Obama's slogans derived from some of the Communist slogans in the 2008 campaign? Or the media biased / influence of 2008 campaign. Truth or not, it was a subject of discussion that would seem to warrant "let's take a look to see if there is anything to this so called conspiracy talk favoritism by media". I mentioned only based off of the Democracy Now woman mentioning that "we have responsibility to present the facts." To me, it seems like a support of one party over another near the end of this film. Just present something as well showing opposing party to the republican party. One might say the documentary was ending on "subliminally" trying to present a one sided party with questionable issues rather than the other.
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