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Revenge of the Electric Car

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By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back... with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. Narrated by Tim Robbins, and from the director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, the film goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars, following the race to be the first and the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It s not just the next generation of green cars that s on the line, it s the future of the automobile itself.

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Fascinating ... a hugely entertaining portrait. (REVENGE) makes for a refreshing and ultimately very effective change of pace compared with the strident, propaganda approach so often employed by similar documentaries. Even the most skeptical global warming deniers are apt to find themselves rooting for this disparate group of risk-takers who may well be spearheading the long delayed transition from oil reliance to new technology --The Hollywood Reporter

Riveting ... highly entertaining. With unprecedented insider access, Paine presents a film that is less an environmental jeremiad than a portrait of the automotive industry as it seeks to catch up with the 21st century. (REVENGE) boasts the richest cast of quirky, compelling characters at Tribeca. --Vanity Fair

One of the best films at Tribeca ... this follow-up to 2006's Who Killed the Electric Car? is distinguished by its unguarded access to GM's Bob Lutz, Nissan's Carlos Ghosn, and Tesla's Elon Musk three colorful super-villains who might just save the planet --Esquire

Product Details

  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Bob Lutz, Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Adrian Grenier
  • Directors: Chris Paine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TZFZK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At the dramatic conclusion of Chris Paine's 2006 documentary feature "Who Killed The Electric Car?," it appeared as if this alternate source of transportation was already a thing of the past. As we know, however, electric cars (or cars that incorporate this technology) do exist in contemporary 2012. It seems quite fitting, therefore, that Paine would have compiled a follow-up film with "Revenge of the Electric Car." How did the market shift so dramatically in such a short period of time? That is a question Paine seeks to answer, and for this film he received surprising behind-the-scenes access to some of the most influential power players in the industry. The journey begins shortly after the conclusion of the initial film, with an unlikely advocate being GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz whose company received the most vocal condemnation for pulling the EV1 off the market (this is the primary subject of the first film, if you have not seen it). With Lutz cooperating with the filmmaker (and other companies working on the electric car), "Revenge" plays as a decidedly less political film. It is not as interested in chronicling the issues already raised in the previous documentary, but in showcasing the rise of this new industry.

But it's still a path that is fraught with challenges, and the film astutely chooses to focus of the viewpoint of four major characters over the course of several years. We see these individuals at their best and at their worst as they deal with the ever-changing world. Aside from GM's Lutz, who wants to leave his company's Volt as his legacy, there are three other stories to tell. We've got PayPal billionaire Elon Musk, whose start-up Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley is working on high-end luxury cars.
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First let me make it clear that know very little about the electric car. I am all about getting back to the earth & living Organic. I live almost entirely off of the grid. However I am not a super techie kinda gal. But I do like to learn.

I learned a lot more than I expected to about the journey of the electric car. It was very interesting to get to see the background of the people behind the cars. The guy who created PayPal now makes electric cars? I had no idea! I also didn't know about the recall. That was a real shocker to me. I didn't know the technology was around & being used by the public. I guess I was still pretty young then & not paying attention to much.

It was great to see the different aspects of the business. You have the person working from their garage. Then Mr. Paypal who has tons of money but no experience building cars like GM & others. Then our US major car maker & finally our "enemy" - the Non US major car maker whom I was very impressed with; his confidence plus he seemed the most in control & in the game compared to everyone else.

The inventiveness of everyone is astounding & brings hope to our abused little planet. It is my hope that we can find something even better than the electric car since electricity is hardly a clean option either! I know, I know, there is wind power, solar power, hydro power, thermal power & more. They all have their limits & they themselves need improvement. You also must take into consideration the ramifications of having those giant toxic batteries. It makes me wonder if we are simply trading one evil for another.

I was hoping to see something about the Prius. The Prius seemed to be the ice breaker for a greener car.
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Talk about cool! This movie is the best insider look at cutting edge vehicle programs and the rise of the newest generation of electric cars from 2005 to 2011. It was fun and easy to watch (I watched it twice in a row) because the protagonists are great, the story keeps you interested, the music is phenomenal and the picture quality is top-notch. This is not your average documentary.

I have been interested in Elon Musk and Bob Lutz for a long time, so this movie was at the top of my must-see list. Not only does it give an inside look into the lives of Elon and Bob (at work and at home) but the filmmakers arranged a meeting for the two to get together at the North America Auto Show. Elon and Bob talk about the cars as they tour the auto show together! Priceless!
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Great job of telling a very important story of our times.
Truth is always more interesting and fascinating than fiction. This is history unfolding before our eyes told in a very interesting manner --- from the perspective of a journalist and four key players. From the little guy to the biggest in the industry.
The beauty of it is that the final chapters will be written before our eyes.
There are no losers here we see these winners in action and as a result of there efforts we all win!
I am rooting for Tesla and the success of the Model S. This should lead to, hopefully, the next major growth industry in Silicon Valley --- the electric auto industry. I also want the GM Volt and the Nissan Leaf to gain significant market share. We will all be winners in their success. And let us not forget "Gadget" and others like him, I fully expect the conversion market to be a huge one in the coming years.
All in all, this is a story well told.
My next vehicle purchase will definitely be an electric one.
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