Before starting my review, I should probably say that for the most part, I agree with Michael Moore's politics. I dislike president Bush and his regime, and think they have been very destructive in their first term (here's hoping the second term isn't so bad). That being said, Moore's controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" is a disappointingly mixed bag. Unlike "Roger and Me" or "Bowling for Columbine," it's straight propoganda. Moore hits the audience over the head with his message, giving this reviewer a severe headache by the film's close. While Moore doesn't appear on camera as much as his previous films, his narration is near-constant - his narration combined with the endless news footage and documents gives this an irritating "slide show" or "court case" feeling. While Moore's previous films had interesting human stories, "Fahrenheit 9/11" gives us only the plight of Flint war mother Lila Lipscomb. Moore attempts some of his trademark pranking, but it's unsatisfactory (particularly in the awkward Patriot Act scene - a prank that peters out before a punchline). After a while, the film just gets dull. That being said, there is still plenty good to say about it - the scene where Lipscomb goes to capitol hill is undeniably moving, and much of the "found footage" (Bush in the classroom reading "My Pet Goat," the unforgettable "Now watch this drive" scene) is great, and many of the individual scenes (the opening, homeland security) are well done.
The DVD has the film in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Since a startling amount of this movie is grainy news footage, there really isn't much the DVD can (or should) do. Suffice to say, the image looks good enough. The real value of the DVD is in the extras. Some of the extras, especially the scene with Condelleza Rice ("I believe it was called 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the US'") and the documentary about Arab American comedians. The worst extra is about the release of the film, which is fifteen solid minutes of people saying what a great guy Michael Moore is - dull, dull, dull! Another extra worth checking out is the theatrical trailer, which is surprisingly effective.