Friday, April 6, 2007

Check it out on DVD


I like watching documentaries, but sometimes I have more sympathy for the subject than I have admiration for the filmmaker's craft. With Who Killed the Electric Car?, it was actually the opposite.
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Being a renter who rarely has a garage, a car you have to plug into an electrical outlet rarely fits my lifestyle; I figured the enthusiasm for the car just faded away over time, but that isn't the case, most especially with General Motors EV-1, the all-electric vehicle that is the main subject of this film. All sides get to tell their stories, and the conclusion drawn by the filmmakers is hard to dispute.
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Like any good documentary, you find yourself rooting for some character or characters in particular; though the film is full of actors who were customers and boosters of the EV-1, including Alexandra Paul, Peter Horton, Tom Hanks and an only slightly crazy looking Mel Gibson [who knew?], the stars of the show are Iris and Stanford Ovshinsky, a husband and wife team of inventors involved in battery and solar technology. You'll be happy when they come on camera.
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Matty Boy says check it out. (Now available for sale or rent.)

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