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This DVD is the first documentary of its kind to mix history, criticism and an unapologetic revelry of all things Apple into a movie experience. The film explores the early years of Apple, the many challenges Apple has faced, and what the future may hold for the company and its products. Ex-Apple employees, engineers and community members offer insight on the company's innovations, failures, cultural impact and what the future may be like beyond the reign of its co-founder Steve Jobs. Interviews include Andy Hertzfeld, Guy Kawasaki, Leander Kahney, Jim Reekes, and Ron Wayne, original co-founder of the Apple Computer Company.

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  • Actors: Wayne Bibbens, Vince Briel, Charles DeVore, Richard Halsey, Andy Hertzfeld
  • Directors: Rober Baca, Joshua Rizzo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Baca Productions
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWT5XU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sniff Code on September 8, 2009
Format: DVD
Here is a documentary that is so polished and pristine that if not for the footage in the closing credits, you'd swear that this was something that came right out of Apple's PR camp. The aesthetics of the film successfully mirror Apple's aesthetics and could almost pass as a commercial. And the movie is so damn upbeat that even when Apple is being criticized by former employees it seems to strengthen the companies image, not dampen it.

Okay, so I'll just come out and say it. It's a good documentary. A great one, actually.

The director rewinds the clock to the very beginning and shows just how much of an uphill climb innovation really is. There is no voice over narration. The documentary is pushed forward by interviews by former engineers, co-founders, marketers, collectors and pundits of the Apple legacy. Every last single person interviewed is refreshingly candid. Especially a former product engineer who says just how haphazard things were thrown together during his day at the company. The hysterical cynicism of this fellow is reason enough to watch this relatively brief documentary.

Despite the true confessions on such Apple products as QuickTime and the identity crisis of the company, especially in their signature start-up tune; the movie is, unequivocally, a mac altar. It is an open invitation for PC users to repent and for mac enthusiasts to revel in their faith or simply to renew it. You'll hear the phrase "change the world" mentioned at least a dozen times. Maybe more.

The documentary, of course, saves the best for last (or the worst, depending on how you feel about the man). That would be Steve Jobs. Much to my surprise, the documentary seems to side-step most of the brutal rumors about Jobs' brutal personality.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allen Stenger on February 13, 2009
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This film suffers from a lack of focus; it's probably an exaggeration to say it is "about" the Macintosh, although everything in it has a relation to the Macintosh. There are lengthy segments with a Macintosh collector (his house and a shed are full of old Macintoshes) and with someone who built a work-alike replica of the Apple I. The first 20 minutes (of an 83-minute film) deal with Apple Computer before the Macintosh, with an emphasis on the Apple II.

The film is compiled from a large number of interviews, although most of the interviewees are peripheral figures such as retailers, bloggers, commentators, and collectors. Only three real Macintosh insiders were interviewed: Andy Hertzfeld (who with Bill Atkinson designed most of the original Macintosh software), Guy Kawasaki (an early Macintosh software "evangelist"), and Jim Reekes (one of the original QuickTime developers). Reekes describes himself as a "recovering engineer" and is much less star-struck than the rest of the cast. The filmmakers clearly idolize Steve Jobs, but they keep this under control and he plays a fairly small role in the film. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were not interviewed, although Jobs appears in several film clips from trade shows.

There is some attempt to analyze the attraction of Macintosh and to characterize those who are attracted; I thought this was the strongest part of the film. It tries to place this attraction in the bigger context of what sets Apple products (from the Apple I to the iPod and iPhone) apart from the competition.

The DVD includes a short "making of" video (which also lacks focus) and much longer versions of the interviews with the participants.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Black VINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
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Like all things Mac, this is a one-sided look at the global love affair with Apple. That's OK, though. If you have a Mac and want to understand just how it became such a good machine, get this DVD. But do yourself a favor and read "Revolution in the Valley" first.
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As a life-long PC user, I found Welcome to Macintosh a great history lesson on the basics of Macintosh's beginnings. Steve Jobs is not the main focus of this film. It is more about the brand, it's followers and the companies growth over the years. It goes into the rolls everyone who was involved with Macintosh's beginnings played.

The good and the bad are both portrayed. Former programmers who worked with the company speak openly about how the company could have been better at different points in history. What makes this documentary a pleasure to watch is while both the good and bad aspects are covered, this film doesn't get too one sided. It neither bashes nor overly praises the company or it's founders. It remains remarkably light hearted and is quite humorous.

A lot of Mac history is packed into this one film. The stories behind the different Mac computers that have been created, the founders, programmers, cult followers and commentary by people who worked for Macintosh are all found in this documentary. A lot is covered, but the director does a terrific job of putting it all together. This film will be enjoyed best by those who have a passion for computers, but can very easily be understood by almost any audience.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Myles Wakeham on October 21, 2012
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This is an excellent movie length documentary. Having lived through all of Apple's history (had my first Apple II in 1978), and worked in the software industry with guys like Kawasaki, etc. watching this brought back a lot of great memories. Particularly of the 1990s which was a very interesting time to be a Mac developer. This movie really does give a fair and objective view of the history of Apple & the Mac, in its good and bad times. It really shows some footage and history that I haven't seen anywhere else, and has interviews with folks that really were critically important to the very products we use today, yet are seldom celebrated.

So get this movie. You'll like it. And if you liked it, try "Indie Games - The Movie". :)
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