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Collapse [DVD]

Chris Smith    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Chris Smith
  • Producers: Joe Wong, Kate Noble
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZIZ2SO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,865 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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Tristan Martin VINE VOICE
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.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greate video great service 14 Dec 2010
By bigmog
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short sharp and should be watched 29 Jun 2011
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COLLAPSE 5 Jan 2011
An interesting look at how living and thinking outside the box can slowly weigh you down if you dont have some form of outside support, to revitalise and nourish. Here you see a man slowly dwindle before your eyes as his faith in human nature is tested and found wanting, leaving him broken and rudderless. This is a process we will all have to go through if his predictions of social and economic collapse come to pass. A great film that captures the mood of the time and gives hope and ideas of how to get to the other side. See what you think...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a fairly short documentary, a film of one actor (actually, a police officer turner independent investigator) and, once you get used to Michael Ruppert's emotions (tears, shouting and jumping from one subject to the other and scattered narrative), you start to be grabbed by "Collapse". Self-proclaimed expert, whose views, as he acknowledges himself, is gathered from the information widely available (but not necessarily widely highlighted) in mass media.

I found the narrative exhausting, it felt like I was watching on-line tutorial recommended by Uni (although my professors did not chain-smoke and swear). BUT if you are interested in economics, finance, ecology, environment, politics, overpopulation of the planet and future without oil (if indeed it is possible) - an inevitable collapse of the human industrial civilization. Food for thought, indeed.

(Would have given it 4 stars, but just for the enthusiasm and urge to alert the world about all of the above. I just wish the film was produced differently.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Very interesting DVD very thought provoking well edited. It is true everything is in plain sight if we just took the time to look at it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Teresa Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting watch
Got this for a friend. Good gift for someone who is interested in the economy. It's a sad watch though. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Ben-David
5.0 out of 5 stars The quest for the 100th monkey
"Collapse" is a somewhat curious documentary, essentially being an extended interview with one man, Michael Ruppert. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars relevant, important, riveting.
Very well put together series of clips & mainly interviews with one person, which could have been boring but isn't. Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by E. Dalhuijsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Uuh this is a good one
Michael Ruppert a so called whistleblower tells a fascinating story!

The DVD comes in a thin cardboard case with gives it a nice unique look. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Lond
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a conspiracy film, it is plain facts that we all need to...
This is the definitive overview of the great converging challenges we face as a species and as beings of mother earth who is being destroyed by us. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Mr. Peter M. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable.
This documentary is about as no-frills as you can get. It is, essentially, a man talking for 80 minutes with a few clips playing on the screen to support his arguments, and little... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by Mail-order Christ
5.0 out of 5 stars an astonishing document
This man speaks about what's actually happening in the world so anyone dismissing him as a conspiracist crank need only review the news being broadcast in the mainstream media... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Hill Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars "Collapse" - Peak Oil and other things too. Insider's view point.
Michael Ruppert was born to parents who both worked closely with the US Government and as their son at an early age, had a "Q" clearance to comply with secrecy laws. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by conrad143
4.0 out of 5 stars MONEY FOR NOTHING
Firstly the other amazon reviewers of "Collapse" must be applauded,this is a great little movie/interview/documentary. Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by mister joe
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