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The End of America: Director's Cut (2008)

Naomi Wolf , Ricki Stern , Annie Sundberg  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Naomi Wolf
  • Directors: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Indiepix
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IX4CC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The End of America: Director's Cut" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Extended Interviews: Daniel Ellsberg, Vincent Cannistraro, Brigadier General James P. Cullen, Eric Lichtblau, Col. David Antoon, Mike German
  • Conversation with Anthony Romero, Executive Director, ACLU Featurette
  • Targeting Minorities Featurette
  • Hamptons International Film Festival Premiere Featurette
  • Audio Commentary by Professor Wlater Murphy, Constitutional Expert
  • 2008 Pre-Election Ending
  • 2008 Post-Election Update

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Product Description

This two-disc director's cut is jam packed with never-before-seen bonus material, including: an exclusive interview with Anthony Romero, president of the ACLU; a detailed interview with Daniel Ellsberg, former military analyst; a featurette with New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, and much more. Along with the rest of America, best-selling author and feminist Naomi Wolf was overwhelmed by the swell of conflicting information and the sudden march to war after 9/11. Wolf looked to history to help her understand the dramatic changes she believed she was witnessing, and discovered the disturbing similarities between post-9/11 US policy and that of historically fascist regimes such as Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany. Wolf authored her next book, THE END OF AMERICA, which demonstrated that the United States was on a remarkably certain path toward ending democracy. Taking the thesis of her book to the streets, Wolf set out on a national tour to discuss the evolution of America from a functional democracy into a closed, fear-driven society with a terrifying absence of due process. In this profound and eye-opening film, Award-winning veteran documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT) accompany Wolf as she discusses America's dangerous passage towards becoming a society of fear and surveillance, and expresses her plea to restore our nation's most cherished values.

About the Actor

Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, The End of America and Give Me Liberty. She has toured the world speaking to audiences of all walks of life about gender equality, social justice, and, most recently, the defense of liberty in America and internationally. She is the cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, which teaches ethics and empowerment to young women leaders, and is also a cofounder of the American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Eye Opener January 23, 2009
By MuzaK
This movie is no joke. It is a documentary about how this past administration have abused their power and have engaged in slowly taking away our rights and liberties. After seeing this film, you will want to start taking action and fight for your rights immediately after the credits. It is almost unbelievable to witness some of the horrifying actions legal and physical that this past administration has performed against citizens of America and innocent individuals across the world. No matter what political slant you may be, I highly recommend purchasing this dvd and spreading the word about these obscenities.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as timely now December 21, 2010
I really thought President Obama would substantially dismantle the Bush rush to what will may well end up as a right wing dictatorship, just as this movie portends. Hasn't happened. Not one bit. If not Mr. Obama, then whom? One thing's certain. Left to drift, with our politicians kicking almost every can down almost every road and all the decisions being made behind closed doors as faits accompli, we the people are left adrift and bereft. So we edge towards more disorganization, more fear and therefore a great chance of the end of our civilized, educated, democratic and functional society. As she said, this is not a "Left vs. Right" situation. This is about the fabric of culture itself. Scary stuff.

My only criticism of the documentary is that there is perhaps too much stage time and not quite enough field work. But the points are well made nonetheless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than mere "liberal commentary." March 31, 2010
This is a great movie, and also made a great book. Wolf basically goes over the 10 steps every would-be dictator implements to close down an open and free society. Very scary stuff, especially when she went into the burning of the Reichstag, the "disappearances" of journalists, and the putting of people on the "watch list." Highly recommended movie.
There was an Amazon reviewer that said this was nothing but "liberal drivel." I completely disagree. It is not right-wing nor left-wing. Those things don't matter...they are only there to blind us from the truth, methods of control put in place so that Americans will bicker and argue with each other, pitting brother against brother. For what it's worth, it is a warning, not only to the "young patriot" described in the title of the book, but to all people living in the U.S. Dictatorial government is coming - count on it. This will give you a historical perspective on what happens when people don't intervene in time and put a halt to fascism.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, yet Frighteningly True January 23, 2009
By MuzaK
I recently saw the screening of Naomi Wolf's "The End of America" and if I wasn't already frustrated enough with this past administration this film put me over the edge. This documentary depicts how Bush, Cheney, and many others of the past administration have abused their power,taken away many of our liberties, and deceived the citizens of our nation. The film is done very well and depicts some horrific images that arouse the senses, yet also includes a few humorous clips that show the ridiculousness of our ex-president, George W. Bush, and his administration. I highly recommend this movie to those that care about your freedoms and rights as a citizen of this country, no matter what political standpoint.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A POWERFUL & FRIGHTENING BOOK October 23, 2008
By Sept
This was one of those books that I knew was going to upset me but I had to read it. Ms. Wolf makes a strong case that we are at the brink of losing our democracy; it is justifiable to compare the current neo-conservative movement in America to past repressive regimes. Some of her points:

Black Water, the vigilante group with billions of dollars in their war chest has the ability to take down third world governments and yet owes no allegiance to our constitution.

Countless laws have been broken by our White House and yet no one is held accountable (illegal wire tapping of Americans; misleading Americans into the Iraqi war; torture; outing a CIA agent for political gain; etc.)

Corporations controlling all our media and therefore the flow of information "We The People" receive.

The tampering of our free elections (voter machine fraud, the Supreme Court illegally over riding our democracy and appointing George Bush President; the selective removal of Americans from voting lists; etc.)

Ms. Wolf's point is that these attacks are done boldly and deliberatly to frighten and intimidate Americans into doing nothing.

I found this book to be most terrifying because most Americans aren't even aware that there is a problem. There is a deliberate move in this country to wipe out middle class America (unaffordable educatuion, the end of pensions, the attempt of President Bush to convince Americans that Social Security is bad; unaffordable health insurance, etc.) I hope this DVD release acts as a wake up call to all Americans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and Chilling January 24, 2009
From my point of view as a political activist and a writer who has battled the paranoia of the Bush Administration and the zeitgeist that accompanied it, this is a balanced and intelligent portrayal of a very powerful social phenomena - suppression of dissent.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Film combines both Naomi Wolf books September 20, 2009
In her 2007 book THE END OF AMERICA, Naomi Wolf listed the ten steps regimes such as the Bush Administration took to lead a nation away from democracy. The steps are in CAPS followed by examples of the Bush gang's methods:

The "War on Terror"

The "Extraordinary Rendition" program


Warrantless wiretapping, which Bush started before September 11, 2001, and not after, by the way(despite what the corporate media says)

The film FAHRENHEIT 9-11 depicts one example, the peace organization that learned a member was undercover law enforcement

The 2004 Republican convention, where New York City police arrested people just for being on the street

Bush administration whistle-blowers lost their jobs and careers

The moneyed interests controlling governments such as Bush's have bought up major media

This relates to step 8, press restriction, as the corporate-controlled media follows Bush administration-dictated talking points, personally attacking Bush critics because it is impossible to refute their arguments

George W.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. A must see.
Very well spoken and explained by a good speaker. She gets the message across and exposes the problem we face.
Published 21 days ago by Steve Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 21 days ago by Lisa M. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The movie was great! The library copy i received had a damaged case, but the movie was watchable.
Published 1 month ago by Greg Kemppainen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good video a lot of good information provided and she ...
Good video a lot of good information provided and she rounds things out to make it understandable to everyone watching the video
She tell's it like it is rather you like it or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Naomi Wolf Gives An Excellent Presentation On The Bush Team
On the second DVD you will find interviews in depth from many people who were involved with the abuses in Iraq and in secret locations where prisoners were tortured, which the Bush... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Zarathustra
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time!
Despite her good intentions, Wolf's interpretation of events are taken out of context with no historical accuracy. A waste of time!
Published 16 months ago by mehran sepasi
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes I would agree:
And as with any documentary there are things that are against this premise, it is a very good one indeed but in the long run what good did it actually do when the people that cause... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dean
1.0 out of 5 stars Uses fear to mislead and dumb people down
I have never watched a documentary where fear is such a motivating factor. Science tell us that fear of the unknown, or fear someone or something's that are different from you or... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Enigma
5.0 out of 5 stars America today
If you would like a quick, down & dirty, in your face list of some of the things our government is doing wrong today. Then get this documentary, and decide for yourself. Read more
Published on October 29, 2012 by Brian Ernest Blackmore
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Eye-Opener
This movie is great. With the recent Bush Administration blunders, this is the kind of movie people need to see. Read more
Published on April 19, 2009 by A. Kanter
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