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on 9 July 2013
Exellent dvd at highlighting what freedom is and how much of it we actually have in practice..Read and watch Noam Chomsky's work for further study if you are getting that feeling that something is very wrong when you don't believe what the papers and magazines say,or the t.v(media)or the government.There is an answer to all this.It is complex at times,because the powers that be have deliberately made them that way,relying on everyones lazy habits of not going through the bother of looking the evidance up.1 man has and is to be listened too as he hasn't so many years left.He will let you understand that the cards were stacked from the beginning and each year they are re-stacked in favour of the 2% rich and powerfull and against the 98% struggling each day to get by.We are £ making machines pure and simple and it doesn't matter how you vote,there all on the same team.This MUST change and people must in a peacefull way take back whats 98% there's for a better,more peacefull,more equal future..John T.
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on 24 June 2011
A very disquieting documentary about the gradual leaching away of civil
rights under Tony Blair.

Always interesting and entertaining, and occasionally deeply

Yet for me it just misses greatness through it's one-sided arguments
that sometimes feel a bit forced, without acknowledgment that
it represents a personal view point.

The difference between someone blatantly, admitting 'this is my
perspective', as a film-maker like Michael Moore does, and this film's
pretense at 'objectivity' makes it a bit harder to take, and somehow
less affecting than films that are more honest that they are stating
(in this case quite effectively) a specific point-of-view.

None-the-less, I'd re-watch this, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it again,
and learn more. An important film about just how fragile democracy is.
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on 18 February 2008
I actually bought the CD soundtrack to this movie last year, long before I recently saw the film on DVD, and was not sure what to expect from the movie. Was it just Fahrenheit 9/11 in drag, or something new and original with a message all its own?

I needn't have wondered: this film is fantastic -- and long overdue. This focus of this important documentary work by director Chris Atkins focuses on the loss of civil rights, privacy and legal protection by British citizens in particular, with the filmmakers carefully avoiding the 'talking head model' of TV documentary in favor of interviewing common people who are on the front lines of defending those rights in British society.

That said, though, the same loss of liberties has been happening to the citizens of other countries whose governments have been blindly supporting the so-called 'war on terrorism'. One can only hope that the makers of Taking Liberties will see fit to give this movie Japanese subtitles and screen it over here in Japan, where the loss of civil liberties since 9/11 in some ways is worse than in Britain.

And then there are the extras. Taking Liberties, like most British independent documentary DVDs, has lots and lots of great extras that complement the interviews in the cinema version and strengthen the film's basic premise. You definitely get your money's worth here.

Merely the 'U.K.'s answer to Fahrenheit 9/11'? Far from it. Taking Liberties is an artistic masterpiece of social commentary that stands on its own, with an important message at the end of the film about who really has the power to change things in society. So ignore all the critics and detractors of this film (wink, wink), and buy this DVD and share it with everyone you know. Tony Blair, for one, will *not* be glad that you did.
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on 9 March 2012
I love all the American Political DVD's but it's nice to have something closer to home. This DVD is the shocking truth! The footage is there to be viewed. It's not conspiricy theorys; it's hard, cold facts!

A truley shocking expose of the nanny/big brother culture we live in. The government are taking away freedom piece by piece. At least now you can be aware of what is happening!

If there is one DVD you watch this year make sure this is it.
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on 7 November 2011
If there's one film you have to see this year, it's this one. You NEED to watch this if you care at all about freedom and civil liberties. This film demonstrates the gradual erosion of our dearly-valued liberties since 9/11, showing how the government has used terrorism as an excuse to strip us of our rights. I have always been paranoid about the increasing state intervention in our personal lives, but watching this still really freaked me out - making me think, in some ways, that it's worse than I imagined. It doesn't matter which political party you support. This isn't a partisan film, just a film to show how the Bush & Blair duo managed to sneakily strip many of our rights away. Please watch it now if you haven't - the more people that watch it, the better. I know Bush & Blair are no longer in office, but people still need to be educated about what they did, lest a future government try the same.
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on 25 August 2015
A few years old now, but still actually a very often shocking and sometimes funny documentary looking at our rights to freedom of speech and expression of our views in the UK. A must-see, with plenty of fascinating cases of tragic tales but with hope at the end.
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on 6 April 2011
This film is very informative, giving details of how the Blair Government changed the whole of Britain's laws and essentially turning us in to a Police State by default. It does not entertain any conspiricy theory at all, instead relying on facts, witness and victim testimony, and very slick animation to show the laws that were passed and the historical precedent that had been set by other governments. The bonus features are great, the extended interviews give more detail if you want it and are just as entertaining (especially Boris Johnson talking wiffle and sense at the same time). I would reccomend anyone in Britain to buy this DVD as it shows how our rights were systematically stripped by a supposedly 'liberal' party government, I would love to see this film maker do more on what has happened under Brown and what is happening under the ConDem(nable) coalition. Overall great, not as funny as i thought it would be, but hugely fascinating, entertaining and informative.
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on 3 February 2016
Perhaps over-long, but then again there's some great unused material in the special features. Everyone in the country should watch this.
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on 5 March 2015
Very enlightening programme.
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on 23 February 2009
really enjoyed it - important stuff if discussed here. at times it can be a bit over-dramatic but gets to grips with relevant and interestng issues. Recommend
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