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A seriously interesting DVD!,
This review is from: McLibel [DVD]  (DVD)
For those of you who like documentary style DVDs' then this is one to watch. Two people Helen Steel and Dave Morris were distributing leaflets outside a McDonalds in the 1980's, which critiscised company working practises and environmental degredation. Suddenly they found themselves sued for libel by the instantly world recognisable McDonalds Corporation itself.
Consider the David and Goliath scenario! Two ordinary members of the public, not allowed legal aid, and with no legal experience, thereby forced to defend themselves. Against them was set the full might of the McDonalds corporation able to afford whole teams of lawyers to put the opposing side of the argument.
The trial originally estimated to last not more than 3 to 4 weeks, soon rolled into years and become the longest in English legal history.
I took great heart in viewing this DVD because it shows how individuals really can make a difference when they refuse to back down against seemingly insurmountable odds and believe that what they are doing is right.
There are two DVDs in this issue with considerable overlapping of the material. However the second one is updated with the ruling from the European Court of Human Rights in 2005. On the first DVD covering the court case in 1997, there is generous additional material including press conferences and interviews with key individuals (well worth watching) who are part of the story as well as a clever re-enactment of many of the court scenes using original transcripts. The DVDs follow the highs and lows of the McLibel Two in such a way it makes you feel you are there with them. That is what I liked most about this DVD - and the way it was made on a shoestring. However it only gets 4 stars because there was slightly too much overlapping material - like watching the same program twice.