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The Awful Truth: Season One
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted November 11, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Michael Moore has fought crime both corporate and otherwise in his two documentaries "Roger and Me" and "The Big One"; he also had a brilliant television show where he would go after different situations on a weekly basis. The show was absolutely hilarious as Moore thought up hugely creative ways to go after evil. Although "TV Nation" was eventually taken off the air, it was only a matter of time before Moore would be back on the airwaves.

With "The Awful Truth", he brings back the same kind of format that made "Nation" so fascinating and fun to watch. Different segements show Moore's gang attacking various harms against society, from people dressed up as witches going after political sins in the first episode to Crackers the Corporate Crimefighting Chicken going after an egg company who was polluting the areas around the factory as well as Crackers Vs. Disney. Between segements, Moore occasionally gets on stage and talks about various issues. In the episode that eventually gained the most press, Moore places a webcam across the street from the apartment of Luicanne Goldberg, who convinced Linda Tripp to tape her conversations with Monica Lewinsky, in an attempt to teach Goldberg about our rights to privacy. There's even some saddening moments where Moore leads Christmas Carolers who have to use voice boxes due to damage from cigarette smoke in front of Phillip Morris and brings a "funeral" to the doorstep of an insurance company who won't pay for the operation to save the man's life.

Some of the funniest moments lie in the confrontations themselves, as guards and other corporate employees respond in either anger or confusion or stunned silence. When "Nation" came off the air, I missed it greatly, but I'm pleased to see that "The Awful Truth" continues the mission wonderfully. This DVD edition shows the 12 episodes of the first season, and often it's hilarious and very smart.


The DVD

AUDIO/VIDEO: "The Awful Truth" is presented in the show's original full-frame format, and it looks quite good. There are times when other footage is used that doesn't fare as well with some minor artifacts, but the main parts of the show look very good. Sharpness and detail is solid, and colors are strong and natural. Aside from those few little segements that don't look as good, the show looks better than broadcast quality. The stereo sound is perfectly fine, with very good clarity to Moore's dialogue and conversations.

MENUS:: The menus are fairly basic, but it's nice that they allow us access to the different episodes and the other features of the disc. Or, viewers can choose to play all episodes.

EXTRAS: Trailers for other Docurama titles ("Regret To Inform", "Paul Taylor - Dancemaker", "Don't Look Back"), additional text notes, Moore bio and weblink.

Final Thoughts: "The Awful Truth" is supremely funny and entertaining, and I'm glad to see that it's finally released in a first-season box set so that everyone can see it. Very highly recommended, especially for fans of Moore's previous work.


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