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  • Directors: Chris Smith
  • Producers: Chris Smith, Kate Noble
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZIZ2SO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,490 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. Collapse also serves as a portrait of a loner. Over the years, Ruppert has stood up for what he believes in despite fierce opposition. He candidly describes the sacrifices and motivators in his life. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tristan Martin VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Directed by Chris Smith, who directed the hilarious documentary American Movie, a film so funny I half expected it to be a hoax, turns his attention a radical 180 degrees and instead gives us 82 minutes in the company of a former Los Angeles Police Department detective turned investigative journalist, in Collapse.

Collapse is a penetrating character study of Michael Ruppert, an enigmatic man who advocates fiercely that industrialised civilisation is at a tipping point because global energy supplies - essentially oil - have peaked. Western society is in such a precarious position, Ruppert argues because money has no power without energy and (easily available) energy has crossed the Rubicon into an inexorable downward slope. As a consequence, the world faces financial turmoil and civic unrest.

Not entirely without criticism (Ruppert occasionally comes across as a little unstable and erratic, prone to hyperbole), this documentary gives the viewer a chance to get familiar with uncomfortable topics that get scant column inches in the mainstream mass media.

This "intellectual horror movie" (according to Variety) is sure to leave an impression on all who watch it, whether you agree with Ruppert's analysis or not. Collapse is a valuable piece of filmmaking and deserves as wide an audience as possible.

Edit: it is with great sadness that I note Mike's sad death, a suicide, on thirteenth April, 2014.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By bigmog on 14 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
The video 'Collapse' is an extradinary piece of work, and everyone should watch it. The work Michael did on peak oil, exposing CIA involvement in drugs and the fundamental corruption of US politics be self interested money men shows how broken the western idea of democracy is. His opinions on how the western economy will fail and collapse into localised areas of sustainable production bears less scrutiny. He never really explains his view of how the end game will play out. But this is minor criticism of a profoundly moral guy who has the courage to challenge a corrupt system. Whenever anyone ever does this they are always portrayed as traitorous communists just look at what is happening with Julian Assange
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By history fan on 29 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
I agree with most of what the other reviewers have to say. I must say I was expecting some kind of drivilling crackpot to be expounding some apocalyptic story of armageddon but was happily dissuaded of this view by what I saw on the dvd 'collapse'. The mainstream media appears to move like a herd and there appears to be less and less investigative journalism about asking different questions or sometimes the questions that people deliberately avoid so my curiousity was alerted when I came across this documentary. At 82 minutes its about the right amount of time to give to the topic of peak oil and 'the end of civilization as we know it' in a documentary. There are some extras which are worth a look. A short follow up report made a year after the film was released and 15 minutes or so of deleted scenes which are not as cringe inducing as some can be. The speaker who becomes somewhat the subject of the documentary at times, is fairly well practiced in organising arguments, public speaking and talking to issues of consequence through work as a freelance journalist, campaigner and public speaker so its not amateurish. The film is largely a interview in what looks like somebody's poorly lit windowless basement but there are regular cut aways to stock footage to such things as oil workers or rioting people on city streets to illustrate in a thousand words in a few seconds what is being talked about in the overall sweep of argument and discussion. The interview is fairly convivial, the interviewer pokes about a bit like I said making the interviewee the subject in pretty much the way alot of journalists do.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 7 Jan. 2013
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"Collapse" is a somewhat curious documentary, essentially being an extended interview with one man, Michael Ruppert.

Ruppert is often accused of being a conspiracy theorist, but since I haven't read his books or followed his now defunct newsletter, I can't really judge that issue. "Collapse" mentions conspiracy theory mostly in passing, and instead concentrates on the peak oil issue and its ramifications. I admit that I liked the film. It reminds me of John Michael Greer, James Howard Kunstler and similar authors. There is a certain tension in the film between Ruppert talking about peak oil, and the interviewer wanting him to talk more about himself (he seems to have had a pretty colourful career!).

Those familiar with the issues will recognize most of the material covered. In fact, it's pretty basic: peak oil, the almost complete dependence of our modern civilization (including agriculture) on oil or gas, the impossibility of replacing the fossil fuels with alternative forms of energy, etc. "Collapse" points out that all forms of alternative energy are ultimately dependent on the oil economy - for instance, you need oil to replace standard cars with electric cars.

Ruppert predicts financial panic as the next crisis turns out to be unsolvable because of the super-debt and the decrease in oil production. Some nations might explode or even collapse, such as Saudi Arabia or Dubai. Mass starvation and depopulation will be another consequence of the crisis. American society will be in for a rough ride, as well.

Ruppert don't believe survivalism in the hills is an option, unless you are already very well prepared for it - which most people are not.
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