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on 6/27/2008

Best documentary I have seen besides "My Father's Garden".

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An unforgettable and shocking wake-up call, A Crude Awakening offers the rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Relentless and clear-eyed, this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis.

Drawing on an international cast of maverick energy experts and thinkers, directors Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack debunk the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stare bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. Featuring a haunting score by Phillip Glass and a fascinating array of rare archival footage, the film explores oil's rocky relationship with human progress in locales ranging from ancient Baku, Azerbaijan to dusty oilpatch town McCamey, Texas.

Amidst a dark and disturbing vision of our future, A Crude Awakening hints at a humbler way of life built around sustainability and alternative energy, providing a visually stunning, boldly prophetic testament which provokes not just thought but action.


Studio New Video Group
SKU 204543373
UPC 767685992036
UPC 14 00767685992036
Format DVD
Release Date 7/31/2007
Name Mccormack,Ray
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Basil Gelpke - Executive Producer
Basil Gelpke, et. al. - Director
Daniel Pfisterer - Cinematographer
Daniel Schnyder - Original Music By
Frank Messmer - Cinematographer
Georgia Wyss - Editor
Ray McCormack - Producer
ReviewSource Variety
Review Cautionary docu about the world's rapidly depleting oil reserves manages to avoid stridency and simplicity while delivering an alarmist message bolstered by myriad interviews with government, industry and academic experts...Like many docs of its type, "OilCrash" mines archival educational pics of yesteryear for dark ironies. In this case, filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack offer stark contrast between the sunny tone of '50s shorts promising endless oil supplies, and dire warnings of contemporary observers regarding the precious and nonrenewable resource described as "the bloodstream of the world's economy"...Overall tech polish goes a long way toward helping the filmmakers grab and sustain attention while delivering a virtually nonstop barrage of bad news.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review In case prices at the gas pump haven't scared the bejesus out of you, just pop A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash into the DVD player, and you just might end up with night terrors. Directed by Swiss first-time filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, this somber, well-crafted documentary argues that oil, what it calls "the bloodstream of the world's economy," is hemorrhaging. The concern is as easy to understand as it is dire: The planet grows more and more dependent on oil as its primary energy source, and we are quickly running out of it...A Crude Awakening backs up its thesis with an impressive array of experts who range from geologists and oil consultants to physics professors and government officials. These aren't folks who naysayers can dismiss as environmentalist wackos...A Crude Awakening doesn't make it easy on viewers, but perhaps the time for niceties is over. This hard-hitting documentary is a wake-up call. The end might just be closer than you think.
Reviewer Phil Bacharach
ReviewRating 7
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Actor Mccormack,Ray
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kieran Grant, Eye Weekly Neatly pedantic but not preachy, the film's success lies in just how matter-of-factly its dry note of alarm rings out.
Travis Mackenzie Hoover, Exclaim! The film is bleak, unpleasant, but necessary, and I suggest you rush along to see it.
Turner Classic Movies ...may just be the most important film of the decade...

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