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THIS CHARTS THE SPECTACULAR RISE OF THE CORPORATION AS A DRAMATIC, PERVASIVE PRESENCE IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. FEATURES ILLUMINATING INTERVIEWS WITH NOAM CHOMSKY, MICHAEL MOORE, HISTORIAN HOWARD ZINN ... AS WELL AS CORPORATE HONCHOS, WHISTLEBLOWERS & BIG BUSINESS SPIES.

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An epic in length and breadth, this documentary aims at nothing less than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the planet Earth in our lifetime--a phenomenon all the more remarkable, if not downright frightening, when you consider that the corporation as we know it has been around for only about 150 years. It used to be that corporations were, by definition, short-lived and finite in agenda. If a town needed a bridge built, a corporation was set up to finance and complete the project; when the bridge was an accomplished fact, the corporation ceased to be. Then came the 19th-century robber barons, and the courts were prevailed upon to define corporations not as get-the-job-done mechanisms but as persons under the 14th Amendment with full civil rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., power and profit)--ad infinitum.

The Corporation defines this endlessly mutating life-form in exhaustive detail, measuring the many ways it has not only come to dominate but to deform our reality. The movie performs a running psychoanalysis of this entity with the characteristics of a prototypical psychopath: a callous unconcern for the feelings and safety of others, an incapacity to experience guilt, an ingrained habit of lying for profit, etc. We are swept away on a demented odyssey through an altered cosmos, in which artificial chemicals are created for profit and incidentally contribute to a cancer epidemic; in which the folks who brought us Agent Orange devise a milk-increasing drug for a world in which there is already a glut of milk; in which an American computer company leased its systems to the Nazis--and serviced them on a monthly basis--so that the Holocaust could go forward as an orderly process.

The movie goes on too long, circles too many points obsessively and redundantly, and risks preaching-to-the-choir reductiveness by calling on the usual talking-head suspects--Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore. And except for an endlessly receding tracking shot in an infinite patents archive, there's scarcely an image worth recalling. Still, it maps the new reality. This is our world--welcome to it. --Richard T. Jameson

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Special Features

  • DISC ONE
  • * Two feature audio commentaries: One with co-directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, and one with writer Joel Bakan
  • * Janeane Garofolo interviews Joel Bakan on Air America's Majority Report
  • * "Q's and A's": A selection of television, radio and festival interview segments with the filmmakers, including segments from CNN Financial, WNYC, WBAI, and Air America
  • * Theatrical trailers for The Corporation and Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
  • * Selection of deleted scenes, including additional clips from Michael Moore's The Awful Truth
  • * Grassroots marketing video segment
  • DISC TWO
  • * "Topical Paradise" and "Tell Me More": Over 5 hours of additional  footage of The Corporation's 40 interviewees, searchable by topic or  interview subject
  • * Plus: Additional trailers, web links, subject updates, and more!

Product details

  • Actors: Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Jane Akre, Ray Anderson
  • Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
  • Writers: Mark Achbar, Joel Bakan, Harold Crooks
  • Producers: Bart Simpson, Cari Green
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007DBJM8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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