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An Update with Former Vice-President Al Gore (2006)




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Worth seeing if you enjoyed the film because the material is as compelling and interesting as it was in the film
6 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the time between the original cinema release of the film An Inconvenient Truth, other evidence and studies regarding global warming have come out. As a result Al Gore comes back in front of the cameras with his slides and graphs to provide more information to support his arguments and pleas. Obviously if you hated the main film and spent the whole time muttering "nonsense" and "spin" to yourself then a) you'll really have no interest in this DVD extra, and b) thanks for having an open mind. However if you were even vaguely engaged by the main film then it is worth taking another thirty minutes and checking this out.

At first it will strike the viewer as a bit cheaper visually and of course this is because it is. Instead of a really well filmed studio presentation we have Gore filmed head and shoulders against a pretty basic "family photograph" matted backdrop. But this wasn't really more than a minor issue for me because I soon settled into the material rather than the booth. In this regard the update will please everyone who liked the film because it is more of the same. Some of it is extended scenes from the film but a good portion of it consists of new material, new slides and new discussion points.

The chapter structure is good and makes the material easier to digest but it does throw up one issue of repetition. In each chapter Gore repeats the mantra about "we can't keep putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere" or words to that effect, but each time he says it nearly word for word. With each chapter only about five minutes long, it does feel like he is saying it too much; he may be right but the repetition is annoying and it made me feel like I wasn't being trusted to get the message on my own from the evidence presented.

Worth seeing though if you happen to be watching the DVD and enjoyed the film because, despite the obvious step down in production cost and scale, the material is as compelling and interesting as it was in the film.

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