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Inside Job [DVD] [2011]

Matt Damon , Charles Ferguson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matt Damon
  • Directors: Charles Ferguson
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As he did with the occupation of Iraq in No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson shines a light on the global financial crisis in Inside Job. Accompanied by narration from Matt Damon, Ferguson begins and ends in Iceland, a flourishing country that gave American-style banking a try--and paid the price. Then he looks at the spectacular rise and cataclysmic fall of deregulation in the United States. Unlike Alex Gibney's fiscal films, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Casino Jack, Ferguson builds his narrative around dozens of players, interviewing authors, bank managers, government ministers, and even a psychotherapist, who speaks to a culture that encourages Gordon Gekko-like behavior, but the number of those who declined to comment, like Alan Greenspan, is even larger. Though the director isn't as combative as Michael Moore, he asks tough questions and elicits squirms from several participants, notably former Treasury secretary David McCormick and Columbia dean Glenn Hubbard, George W. Bush's economic adviser. Their reactions are understandable, since the borders between Wall Street, Washington, and the Ivy League dissolved years ago; it's hard to know who to trust when conflicts of interest run rampant. If Ferguson takes Reagan and Bush to task for tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, he criticizes Clinton for encouraging derivatives and Obama for failing to deliver on the promise of reform. And in the category of unlikely heroes: former governor Eliot Spitzer, who fought against fraud as New York's attorney general (he's the subject of Gibney's documentary Client 9). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

From Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight), comes Inside Job, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Charles Ferguson & Producer Audrey Marrs
  • The Making of Inside Job
  • Deleted Scenes

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Excellent Movie ! Great Photography 11 Mar 2011
I knew most of this detail already and was only surprised not to see friends being interviewed. Larry Summers who makes an appearance in The Social Network as President of Harvard was the influential mentor of Ed Balls, MP. The film was beautifully constructed. It was well-structured and provided modules of insight to comprehend what was really quite simple - but journalists and apologists pretend is "complex".

When you buy something you do not expect to have to unscrew the fascia plate to find if the insides are what the outside says they are. You do when you deal with financial products. Manufacturing synthetic government bonds for pension funds by using mortgages is great until you need increasing supply to soak up that liquidity slushing around from Chinese trade surpluses. So a whole group of new companies set up to seduce the unwary into houses on easy mortgages just to generate the bonds to trade - the poor suckers lose their homes and savings and dreams when the teaser-mortgages adjust to market interest rates, but the bond trader is in the money.

A few snake oil salesmen from Moody or Fitch to chant incantations over the offering and declare it AAA or golden enough for widows and orphans to insure their future, and a friendly insurance company evading US regulators in London builds a casino business around risk-insurance CDS. Soon the great Goldman Machine finds it can buy CDS insurance against any eventuality and make money by selling junk to suckers, dumping junk in the market, and turning to AIG for insurance cover. This great aircraft insurer doesn't need to make reserves for risk because it is all UNREGULATED. And, if it goes bust there are politicians on payroll to use taxpayer funds to bail out the mess.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of polemical film-making 18 Mar 2011
I've seen this film twice now and can't recommend it highly enough. It covers much of the same ground as Whoops!, but with much greater focus on America in general; and the way that investment banks, the government, and academia are cosily interlocked in particular.

The opening six minutes - a potted history of Iceland's deregulation and subsequent near-collapse - should be required viewing for anyone arguing that the UK (or anywhere else) is "over-regulated", as some of our political leaders have been doing at the time of writing.

The film makes no attempt to present a balanced view (though I've yet to come across any counter-argument from any other source either). The interviews are either with people heavily supportive of the film's basic premise, who are just allowed to talk; or (heavily edited) sessions with some of the key supporters of the banks who get asked some very awkward questions and have to squirm whilst the camera keeps rolling. It's fun to watch their discomfiture and hard to feel any sympathy when you find out just how rich these people are, and remain. There are also highlights of some of the Congressional hearings that followed the 2008 crisis, one of which neatly sums up the (continuing) problem: that the banks are very sorry for what they have done and promise not to do it again - just the same kind of response you'd expect from a bank *robber* if they were caught.

The explanation of the cause(s) of the crisis - whilst helped a bit by some fancy graphics - is neither as lucid nor as entertaining as Whoops!, but the central argument of the film is very powerful and in places breathtaking. (When I saw this at the cinema there were gasps from the audience at several points). This is particularly true of the end when it is made clear that, despite the branding, things haven't changed (and aren't likely to) under the Obama administration.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Just seen Inside Job on Emirates flight to London. It was compelling viewing both on all aspects of global meltdown of 2008 covered succinctly as also o where the world in now. It is shocking to hear bankers admit they have been guilty of over-the-topgreed and need to be regulated. More shocking is revelation of how the study of Economics at major US academic centres like Harvard/ Berkeley / Columbia are being corrupted to meet the diktats of powerful banking industry. The nexus between politics / financial industry/ and academics in de-regulating the not very ethical world of money has been laid bare
There were strong warnings sounded all through the last decade by honest professionals
that were over-ridden and un-heeded - especially one like Raghuram Rajan in his paper of 2005 asking - Is the
financial industry making the world riskier? The likes of Alan Greenspan and Larry Summars need to have their
heads examined as do University Professors who stare blank at conflicts of interest in taking money for writing
things in support of actions that have damaged institutions and the world-wide economy. No one can not help us when
we repeat the same mistakes and head into more risks and crisis
This is a must-see for all serious central bankers and finance ministry officials of countries
Christie Cherian
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By besidec
This is, without doubt, a film YOU should see. This chronologically demystyfies why YOUR TAXES will pay the1% to walk away, scot-free from the disaster they caused. You will not get back any of the billions they took in commission but at least you will understand the scam and how it worked and who profited. Then you can decide what, if anything, you can do about it. This could be who you vote for or protests you could make. If you watch it and you find i am wrong, come back and tell me in comments. As suggested by another reviewer watch the deleted scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, informative
This is a well researched and informative documentary. It makes one question, How did they get away with the mayhem they created in the financial world? Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rosalie Friend
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets the insiders did not want you to know
This tells you why and who was responsible for the catastrophic global credit crunch and banking collapse that Gordon Brown said no-one knew was coming. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mr. P. R. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A depressing but nonetheless very intereresting story
I'm sorry to say that it seems we have learnt very little from 2008 and Gxxxxxxx Sxxxx tail continues to wag the democratic dog. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Bankers are rotten to the core
This will shake your confidence in bankers who are rotten to the core - greed rules. From lunatics who sell bad debts, offer ridiculous mortgages to those who can't afford them,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting film
If you want to know how the world got into the terrible financial state we are in now just watch this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by m. wiiliam
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the news papers
A thinly disguised expose of the macinations and greed that brought on the deserved downfall of Lehman Brothers. Kevin Spacey deserved an Oscar
Published 1 month ago by Kevin J. Kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars WALTON BONANZA
My wife's favourite tv programme and it was great to have a dvd with all the films in one set. It was made in 70's and 80's so ideal for those original viewers in their middle... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr k hynds
5.0 out of 5 stars clear narrative, honest about point of view
The movie does a good job with the narrative of the collapse. In doing so, it takes care to define things like credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations -- concepts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars The last hurrah
Having watched all 9 seasons of the waltons I was almost tearful when it came to and end. I was delighted to discover they had made a couple of one off movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by andii34
5.0 out of 5 stars excellet
This should be required viewing for , well everyone who has a bank account. I think this is the best and most revealing documentary I have ever seen as the level of arrogance,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nai
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