'Fahrenheit 9/11 - Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Michael Moore, et al / Blu-ray / R / (2004) 2020 / MVD Visual)
Overview: In the most provocative film of 2004, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' Academy Award© winner Michael Moore (2002, Best Documentary, Bowling for Columbine) presents a searing examination of the role played by money and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
Moore blends captivating and thought-provoking footage with revealing interviews, while balancing it all with his own brand of humor and satire.
Blu-ray Verdict: Without too much doubt, Michael Moore is the pre-eminent cinematic muckraker of our time. From 1989's ROGER AND ME to 2002's BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, the man from Flint, Michigan has put his money where his mouth is.
And in 2004, with 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' he truly outdid himself by leaps and bounds, provoking a firestorm of response, both pro and con, that I have not seen in quite some time (before or after).
Done with savagely ironic narration by Moore himself, this is a chilling expose about the administration of George W. Bush, from the Florida debacle to the horrors of the 9/11 attacks and the rush to the war in Iraq and beyond.
We all may have seen the mountain of footage that Moore has assembled for this film time and time again on our TV screens back all those years ago, but there's a lot more.
We see the connections between the Bush family and Osama Bin-Laden; Dick Cheney's connections with Haliburton; the complicity of the mainstream media to go along with Bush; the passage of the so-called Patriot Act, which not a single member of either body of Congress even bothered to READ, much less object to.
And even more, we see Moore and his crew try to get people in Congress to enlist their kids to go fight in a war that they force other kids from lower-income families to fight.
Of the 535 members of the House, both the Senate and the Congress, only one has anyone in their immediate family serving over there in Iraq.
Undoubtedly, there are those apologists who will slam Moore and his film as being totally unpatriotic and traitorous. But from the first few days after the 9/11 attacks to the release of this film, those same apologists in the news media - Rush Limbaugh; Ann Coulter; Sean Hannity, Chuck Scarborough, etc. - have bombarded us with their own right-wing, indeed borderline fascist, pro-war propaganda and have reduced words like "patriotism", "freedom", and "democracy" to punchlines.
Of course, neither of these people has ever served in combat. Even if he is a left-wing propagandist, Moore and his film merely serve to balance the scales; and if it means that the far-right's apple cart turns over, then so be it.
Moore is only doing what is his RIGHT to do, what our soldiers are supposedly DYING for - calling it like he sees it under the First Amendment, the same as Limbaugh and friends.
And by asking the tough questions, probing without fear, and willing to make us look at ourselves without shame and realize why we are where we are now, Moore defines what it is to be an American and a patriot - someone who is willing to fight for common people.
To me, and still, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' joins a select group of politically-oriented films that deserve to be called masterpieces because they provoke discussion, debate, and thought.
It was true with DOCTOR STRANGELOVE, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, and JFK, and it is true here. It is infuriating and provocative, and any film that manages to be those things should be seen at least once. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Featurette: 'The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11'
Montage: The People of Iraq on the Eve of Invasion
New Scene: 'Homeland Security, Miami Style'
Outside Abu Ghraib Prison
Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq
Extended Interview: More with Abdul Henderson
Lila Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. Premiere
Arab-American Comedians - Their acts and experiences after 9/11
Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission Testimony
George W. Bush's Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission Appearance
Original Theatrical Trailer
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