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Prize: An Epic Quest for Oil Money & Power [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2013
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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Since seeing this documentary way back when on BBC...I have been looking for a copy to claim as my own. It never seemed to be available! Then I did discover a company with the dvd in USA. It was to cost $50. So you can imagine my joy to suddenly see this on Amazon at a really great price.
It's a super set of documentaries and I commend it to enthusiasts of good programming.
Amazon did a great job and the set was dispatched and received in a timely manner.
Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
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great product and fast delivery
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My dvd player could not play it 11 Jan 2014
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I ordered this product through Amazon UK, but after 4 weeks I apparently got a USA version that my EU configured player could not play. Very annoying...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary....Terrible Looking Print Used! 25 July 2013
By Angelo Colombus - Published on
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Excellent documentary on the history of oil i saw for the first time on PBS. Have the VHS video box set so when i played this dvd i was shocked how bad the image looked compared to the VHS version. The image on this dvd release looks weak with poor color and sound. Looks like i will have to keep the video tapes. For people who don't have this documentary in their collection do buy the dvd since the VHS video set is out of print. Five stars for the movie...2 stars for the print used to make it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Documentary 14 Sep 2013
By L. Topper - Published on
I remember seeing this documentary on PBS. I in fact taped in on a VCR. The VHS tape went out of print and a complete set on VHS became difficult to find at a reasonable price. I have to say that this is one of my favorite documentaries. The criticism of the visual aspect is fair. This documentary appears to simply have been put onto a DVD without any effort to clean it up.

As far as i am concerned, I am glad to have it. I previously have made attempts to contact the producers of the documentary. I have contacted PBS. I got no where. PBS said that their license to broadcast it or produce it for sale had expired. They had no plan to renew the license. The producers said nothing. A friend of mine was able to download the series as separate parts from the internet as a bit torrent. The reproduction was often much worse than the current DVD release and would have actual problems with tracking the VHS tape. In essence, at least we do not have this problem with the picture.

The Prize is a history of the 20th century. The importance of petroleum in modern life is so great and pervasive that one cannot separate the history of petroleum with the history of the world. Both world wars would have looked very different without oil. Production of modern mass transport of people and products (along with all of the highways) would not have occurred without oil. Availability of cheap natural resources so abundant in the United States made our modern economy possible.

Get the documentary while you still can at a cheap price. VHS copies new and used are in the 100's of dollars. Viewing the VHS tapes on Hi-Def televisions will have a poor picture. This is likely to be the best copy of this documentary that you will get unless the producers properly digitize this documentary.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The many aspects of oil and its history 31 Aug 2013
By jadams - Published on
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It is difficult to understand that this fantastic educational history can be so detailed and broadly inclusive of so much and yet be so inexpensive. I was expecting much less because of the low price. There is a lot of historic information on the beginnings of oil and all aspects of it from the early days to up to date modern times and all the different aspects of so many things in todays situation and society. The relationships between producing countries and the early oil companies was very interesting and then on to the changing relationships between those parties certainly kept my interest. The role that oil played in wars ever since and including the second world war was explained also. This program held my interest from start to finish and while it was full of information, it seemed to intertain also. I have several dvds on oil and several books...and this is the most comprehensive. The only reason that I didnt give it five stars is that the quality of the DVDs do not seem the best. I can understand the historic information not being top notch since some of the photography is very old....But, it was obvious that the quality should have been much better in the more modern parts.
Even though I have knowledge on oil and the history of oil, I learned quite a lot from this program...I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Documentary 28 Jan 2014
By Deborah J. Dirk-Haley - Published on
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I had The Prize on VHS several years ago. Love the documentary. I am glad I was able to purchase this documentary in DVD. I would recommend this product to everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Documentary, Poor Video 2 Jan 2014
By T. Burrows - Published on
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This is a the fascinating story of the oil businesses, from its rough and tumble beginnings in Pennsylvania and Ohio to its status today as the world's most vital international resource. It contains lots of excellent footage and portrayals of key players like John D. Rockefeller. Daniel Yergin's book is the basis of it, and he is interviewed extensively, along with a couple of other historians. This must be a popular documentary, because my local PBS station used to show it during fundraisers. I have been wanting this for a long time and was delighted to see it get released on DVD. So why is it such a lousy copy? It looks it was transferred from VHS tapes or something - images are a little blurry and the colors are way off. Hopefully there will be a better version put out sometime in the future, but for now, at the bargain price of under $10, grab it.
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