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Wal*Mart - The High Cost Of Low Price [DVD]

Robert Greenwald    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Producers: Robert Greenwald
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FTJ74G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,518 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Hard-hitting documentary looking at the business practices of American retail giant Wal Mart. Interviewing current and former employees, director Robert Greenwald assembles evidence that demonstrates the ways in which the company is forcing small businesses to close, as well as attacking its restrictive, anti-union employment policies.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is to blame for the high cost of low price? 27 July 2006
It has been a rich month for the corporate bashing documentary films, with the release of Enron - the Smartest Men in the Room, and now Wal-Mart - the High Cost of Low Price. The first deals with the collapse of a company now non-existence, the second with a corporation still very much in existence.

The documentary begins, and is structured, by an almost evangelical Wal-Mart AGM. This rally for the faithful sees the CEO Lee Scott detailing the successes of Wal-Mart, and answering the growing criticisms of the firm's business practices. The documentary then seeks to show the key criticisms of the firm by telling stories from communities across the United States, indeed across the world.

The first story is the Hunter family, a true ma and pa operation hailing from Middlefield, xxx. This is middle America, conservative, Bush voting and freedom loving. But importantly Wal-Mart hating. For the opening of a Wal-Mart in close proximity to the town centre saw the family business destroyed. Later on this story is repeated in the tears of the Esry family from Hamilton, Missouri, who lost their small grocery chain when Wal-Mart opened with subsidies from the city, county and state government.

Some of the claims are disturbing and upsetting. Chief amongst these are the criticisms of the employment practices of the corporation. In the US this involves keeping a majority of the staff on the unsustainably low wage of approximately $7 per hour. Overtime is routinely unwaged, and the benefits package is inadequate and unaffordable for most. Over to Loveland, Colorado where attempts to unionise a part of a giant Wal-Mart see the corporation react in typical, if massively disproportionate fashion.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Beyond Belief 12 April 2007
As the title to this review states it is just beyond belief that a modern global business can behave like this and get away with it. Walmart a company that deliberately discriminates against its employees, underpays its employees, relies on the state to provide healthcare for its employees, recklessly causes environmental pollution and exploits foreign workers (who are in effect its employees) all in the name of profit. How are these actions rewarded? With paltry fines for pollution and huge state subsidies for development and expansion which effectively put the small shopkeeper out of business.

Another documentary in the vein of Who Killed The Electric Car? and Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room which just makes you despair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this. 22 May 2007
There's nothing much I can add to Ian David Curry's excellent review below but I feel compelled to give my recommendations to this documentary. One of the previous reviewers said this was a one sided film. What is the other side? This film presents nothing but facts. For another opinion talk to the bosses at Walmart. One scene that I remember was a woman recalling being car jacked in the Walmart parking and threatened with her life. This is apparently a fairly common occurence in Walmart parking lots. This all happened with security cameras watching the whole thing. These cameras are not set up for the customers safety however, they are in place to watch out for any union reps who might appear. Get this. No police were called and no security appeared to help the lady.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I thought I had the lost the ability to be shocked by documentary film making like this. Yes, I am ware that Corporations are often ruthless in puruit of the bottom line. Yes, I know that power corrupts. Yes, I know that vested interests can be formidable.
But what his film shows is a corporate power that has the resources and the power to sin with impunity, and can afford not to care.
The film is similar stylistically to many of its genre, e.g. Michael Moore's output, except it has no central narrator. It relies on its interviewees (small business owners, representatives of government agencies, ex Wal Mart employees from all levels)and stock footage and of course editorialisation. Having no framing narrator works for and against the film. It adds to a feeling of authenticity, that is the subjects in the film can speak entirely for themselves without having critical points rammed home, but it can also make some segments feel overlong and meandering. This felt particularly the case in the early scenes before the subject matter had really taken hold, and in the occasional feeling of, here's yet another screwed over small business or disgruntled ex employee.
But on the whole the pros of this approach far outweigh the cons. The film is also restrained in its use of graphics and special effects; the stories told, the weight of the meaning, and some of the juxtaposiitons (CEO Lee Scott in triumphal AGM mode set agaginst testimonies from gutted individuals and communities)give all the punch we need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
Walmart gets the treatment in this film but you could easily replace it with any of a number of the large retailers world wide. Read more
Published 19 days ago by FRANKIEZ
3.0 out of 5 stars it's good but not on the whole surprising at all
Watching via playstation 3, sound awful, the soundtrack louder than the dialogue! As for the film, it's good but not on the whole surprising at all. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Wayne kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great
This could have been a lot shorter, the basic message was about the giants bad practices. The music playing over the talking made it difficult to hear some of the points.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, fast delivery and well packed. AAA+
Published 28 days ago by tez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good insight to their operations.
Published 29 days ago by Jairzinho
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
A really great documentary on the true power of Walmart. It showed a lot of evidence to back up the theories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't hear what anyone is saying!
Annoying background music all the way through that makes it difficult to hear and understand what anyone is saying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Sunderland
4.0 out of 5 stars shocking!
I did not know what to expect when i started to watch this documentary. I know of course of the American corporations dealings but this film was such an eye opener on Wal-Mart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jbl
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting message, awful production.
Production of this film left a lot to be desired. Struggled to hear most of the dialogue because the background music was foreground. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Dirth
4.0 out of 5 stars Lies, lies and Wal Mart
I wasn't really surprized by Walmarts treatment of women, minorities, trade unions, foreign workers, local stores, their charities, the local environment, even the bad deal the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Neal
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