Merchants Of Doubt

Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

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Inspired by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway’s book, the must-view Merchants Of Doubt takes audiences on a comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin and lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities––yet contrarily are aiming to spread maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Robert Kenner, three deleted scenes (HD 05:24), An Evening At The Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Kenner (HD 17;44), the theatrical trailer, and upfront previews.

The 1.78:1 1080 AVC picture is extremely well produced as an insightful documentary featuring real people interviews, historical footage, and overall generally good picture quality, as one would expect of a standard documentary. The modern interviews are natural throughout. The imagery is powerful and provocative. This is a MUST VIEW documentary. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced with a supportive music score and consistently clear and intelligible dialogue—the focus of the soundtrack. (Gary Reber)