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In the mid-1800s, corporations began to be recognized as individuals by U.S. courts, granting them unprecedented rights. The Corporation, a documentary by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and author Joel Bakan, delves into that legal standard, essentially asking: if corporations were people, what kind of people would they be? Applying psychiatric principles and FBI forensic techniques, and through a series of case studies, the film determines that this entity, the corporation, which has an increasing power over the day-to-day existence of nearly every living creature on earth, would be a psychopath. The case studies include a story about how two reporters were fired from Fox News for refusing to soft-pedal a story about the dangers of a Monsanto product given to dairy cows, and another about Bolivian workers who banded together to defend their rights to their own water supply. The pervasiveness of corporate influence on our lives is explored through an examination of efforts to influence behavior, including that of children. The filmmakers interview leftist figures like Michael Moore, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, and Noam Chomsky, and give representatives from companies Burson Marsteller, Disney, Pfizer, and Initiative Media a chance to relay their own points-of-view. The Corporation won the Best Documentary World Cinema Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.~Josh Ralske
16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen TVs
"Q's and A's:" video interviews with the filmmakers from radio, TV and theaters, including segments from CNN Financial, WNYC, WBAI, and Air America
Trailers for The Corporation and Manufacturing Consent
Janeane Garofolo interviews wrtier Joel Bakan on Air America's Majority Report
Two filmmaker audio commentaries
Grassroots marketing presentation
English descriptive audio for the visually impaired
Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles
Joel BakanBook Author
Velcrow RipperMusical Direction/Supervision
Mark AchbarExecutive Producer
Velcrow RipperSound/Sound Designer
Documentary, Special Interests
Politics & Government [nf],Social Issues [nf]
Year of Release
Special Edition, 2 Discs, DVD
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
The Corporation [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Buy this and change your perspective.
You’ll know why you can’t pick this up in store, after you finish watching the documentary.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Documentaries, period.
This documentary takes a solid, in-depth look at what goes wrong when we allow corporations to make all the decisions. It starts with the history of corporations, and how the landscape has changed since the early days.
I don't recall Mr. Moore being part of this DVD, but I could be wrong. Either way, don't let that put you off watching. The only people that might find this DVD irritating are big-ticket CEOs, everyone else - regardless of political persuasion - will find something interesting here.
If you're tired of the TV fluff documentaries that only touch the surface, take a look here. Well made, well written, well presented, The Corporation goes in-depth to look at where we are and how we got here. The interview with the CEO of Interface Flooring alone is worth watching.