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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
I remember seeing this documentary on PBS. I in fact taped in on a VCR. The VHS tape went out of print and a complete set on VHS became difficult to find at a reasonable price. I have to say that this is one of my favorite documentaries. The criticism of the visual aspect is fair. This documentary appears to simply have been put onto a DVD without any effort to clean it up.
As far as i am concerned, I am glad to have it. I previously have made attempts to contact the producers of the documentary. I have contacted PBS. I got no where. PBS said that their license to broadcast it or produce it for sale had expired. They had no plan to renew the license. The producers said nothing. A friend of mine was able to download the series as separate parts from the internet as a bit torrent. The reproduction was often much worse than the current DVD release and would have actual problems with tracking the VHS tape. In essence, at least we do not have this problem with the picture.
The Prize is a history of the 20th century. The importance of petroleum in modern life is so great and pervasive that one cannot separate the history of petroleum with the history of the world. Both world wars would have looked very different without oil. Production of modern mass transport of people and products (along with all of the highways) would not have occurred without oil. Availability of cheap natural resources so abundant in the United States made our modern economy possible.
Get the documentary while you still can at a cheap price. VHS copies new and used are in the 100's of dollars. Viewing the VHS tapes on Hi-Def televisions will have a poor picture. This is likely to be the best copy of this documentary that you will get unless the producers properly digitize this documentary.