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Dave Gorman In America Unchained [DVD] [2008]


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Product details

  • Actors: Dave Gorman
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001033JF4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Comedian Dave Gorman's latest experiment finds him setting off on a journey to see if it's still possible to live in America without giving any money to 'The Man'. He's travelling coast to coast and he's not staying in any chain hotels, eating in any chain restaurants or filling up at any chain gas stations. On this journey, only independent Mom and Pop businesses will do. Of course, travelling unchained in a chained world is tricky. When you're tired you can't just stop at a Starbucks and when the tank is running empty you can't just stop at the next gas station. So staying true to the task is going to be a struggle.

Synopsis

In Dave Gorman In America Unchained, the multi award-winning performer sets off on a journey to see if it's still possible to live in America without giving any money to 'The Man'. Travelling coast-to-coast, he's not staying in any chain hotels, eating in any chain restaurants, or filling up at any chain gas stations. On this journey, only independent "Mom & Pop" businesses will do. Of course, travelling unchained in a chained world is tricky--when you’re tired you can't just stop at a Starbucks, and when the tank is running empty you can't just pull up at the next gas station. Staying true to the task was always going to be a struggle, but the people facing the real struggle are those working to keep the unchained businesses of America alive.

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smurfy on 24 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
If you've heard all the hype about Neil Boorman's 'Bonfire of the Brands', I'd urge you to watch this film. Unlike that gimmick-laden publicity stunt of a book, Gorman's film does what it sets out to do simply and effectively, without ignoring the practicalities. Not for Gorman pointless symbolic gestures (you won't find him pouring BP petrol down the drain or throwing WalMart food in the bin) - he gets on with it and tries his best to complete the journey on the terms he set out to. The results are at times fascinating and often touching. As other reviewers have said, you may feel like you've suffered from 'how do I get petrol?' overdose by the end, but there is a point to it - aside from the practical aspect of needing petrol to complete a journey, independent gas stations were once a big part of America that is dying out. What was once something for a working class man to aspire to own is no longer a realistic option.

If you're looking for a laugh-a-minute road trip show with crazy events, this is unlikely to excite you. But it's interesting, watchable and above all, real.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Spellman on 19 Feb 2008
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I have enjoyed Dave Gorman's other stuff and eagerly awaited this one. I have to relcutantly admit it was disappointing. Great idea, to travel across the USA only using independant gas stations, motels etc.. We see far too much of Dave predictably agonising where he'll get his next tank of 'unchained' gas etc, far too many in-car shots of anguished faces and not enough of the charachters along the way or why the journey is important.. Ultimately it turns out to be a bit dull, not enough fun, colour and interest to keep it going. Loyal fans will enjoy perhaps but not Dave's best work on this occasion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Creative Critic on 30 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
This isn't actually a thrilling documentary (it's very short, given how long Dave was in the USA). It doesn't go into much detail about the journey, spending more time pondering about the lack of petrol than talking to the people Dave met on the way.

BUT it's worth remembering that - in fact - Dave set out to do this journey for a BOOK, not a FILM - the film idea only came later, and Dave only agreed if it could be one filmmaker (not a car full following behind) and that the cameraman would also be the Producer/Director.

So, enjoy the DVD, but wait for the book too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roland Markuns on 5 May 2009
Format: DVD
Disappointment!
After having read his book (America Unchained) which by the way was fantastic, this DVD ruined my imagined picture of D.Gorman's adventures in the USA. If it was meant to be documentary then it is not very interesting. Lack of continuity and sudden jumps from one place to another leaves the viewer confused and doesn't leave space for imagination. Very boring! Read the book insted! My rating for his book 5/5, for the DVD 1/5.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Burrows on 18 April 2008
Format: DVD
I loved this documentary when it was on TV so was really chuffed when I saw it was going to be released on DVD. Enjoyed it even more on second viewing and have lent it to a couple of friends who have raved about it too.

Yes it's different to Are you Dave Gorman and Googlewhack Adventure but it has an important point to make. After all it's a documentary, not a comedy, and in order to keep it authentic he hadn't researched his route or had a massive entourage like other travellers (take note McGregor and Boorman), so what you see is what you get - the real account of a road trip.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see the other side to the corporate America we're all so familiar with or has an interest in supporting independent businesses. There's some wonderful stories and captivating scenery. Well done Dave on a genuine film, beautifully shot.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 19 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
Dave Gorman is a talented comedian, and an excellent writer.

However, this documentary falls between two stools. There are moments that are genuinely entertaining, but there is no real vision. Yes, he wants to avoid buying food or petrol in corporate run chains but what is he really trying to prove?

It has little substance and is slightly meandering. Wheras in his stand up comedy there are always moments of real humor that really shine through, this documentary does not live up to the work of truly fine documentary makers such as Morgan Spurlock, Michael Moore, Louis Theroux or Nick Broomfield.

If you are really interested in Dave Gorman, I'd recommend buying his first two books or taking a look at his photos on flickr, all of which are really top notch. But you are unlikely to be amazed by this diverting but underwhelming film.
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By Mr. Mj Whitby on 16 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
Some of the criticisms are that this film is too short and i'd certainly like it to be longer than it was, but it's Dave Gorman's film and his choice to choose the length. Others have said that it's "boring" and "not much happens" but it's precisely this laid-back, leisurely approach that makes it so enjoyable and relaxing to watch. My only real criticism is not of the film itself but the DVD. No DVD extras? That's disappointing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scannánaigh Dignam on 29 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant little film to show that true independence maybe facing extinction due to globalisation, but Dave shows it just maybe possible to make it across America (In A Very Round About Way) without paying "The Man". There genuinely is some great moments along the journey and ultimately the film leaves you feeling with mixed emotions about the future, "The Man" may want to take over the place and make everywhere the same but its Man-Kind who can fight the good fight and not make it easy for them!
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