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Corporation, The
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 95 (Apr 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Narrated by Mikela J. Mikael

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Disc One offers a textual Q&A regarding the making-of and topics in the documentary, eight deleted scenes, a 39-minute Majority Report radio interview with Janeane Garofalo and writer and documentarian Joel Bakan, a seven-minute interview with Katherine Dodds on Grassroots Marketing, the theatrical trailer, and the trailer for Manufacturing Consent. There are also three additional audio tracks by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, an additional commentary track with Joel Bakan, and an English descriptive track (presumably for the hearing impaired). Disc Two adds an opportunity to Hear More From...Topical Paradise (or topical hell, depending on who you ask), which offers extensive additional quotes, interviews, and related Web sources from 44 different people involved in the documentary The Corporation, like filmmaker Michael Moore and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (segmented by the individual or by topics, including branding, capitalism, corporate crime, corporations and government, democracy, ethics and values, externalities, and history).

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Zeitgeist Video
(Catalog Number): Z1065
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 144
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 0
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/05/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Under law, The Corporation is a legal person. What kind of person is the question. Investigated and explored through a series of case studies on this fascinating subject, that question and more are answered in this award-winning documentary. Based on the book by Joel Bakan The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit Of Profit And Power. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits image quality typical of documentaries sourced from various film formats. Stock film footage is peppered throughout the presentation, with expected scratches and dirt. As the camera pans through the office building in the opening scene, there is severe blurring and ghosting noticed. Digitally created graphics and diagrams are revealing of stairstepping and moire artifacts. Depending on the source element, the picture can be nicely detailed or extremely blurry. Some pixel breakup is detected, but there is little in the way of bothersome edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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