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  • Actors: Ted Koppel
  • Directors: Ted Koppel;Robert Goldsborough
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: June 2 2009
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001O7R75Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,202 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Genre: DocumentaryRating: NRRelease Date: 2-JUN-2009Media Type: DVD

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cb1978) out of 5 stars China Capitalism: FEAR IT? OR EMBRACE IT? DOES USA HAVE AN OPTION? May 25 2009
By Harold Wolf - Published on
Format: DVD
An excellent, informational 2-DVD set covering the Chinese people, business, politics, government, religion, and many other aspects that are all now revolving around commerce--world wide business. China is thickest with America. This program is educational but not only for schools. Business leaders considering, or involved with China on an economic level, need to view this in-depth series on "the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC of CAPITALISM." States, cities, and any committee looking to encourage outside (China) investors, first watch this new Athena DVD, presenting Ted Koppel and his program seen early in 2009 on Discovery Channel.

Ted Koppel is perfect for presenting this topic as he spent so many years reporting on China when little was known. He was one of the first people allowed inside the country when it began to open it's doors. He has the first-hand knowledge, but also he went to Chongqing, a staggeringly fast-paced growing city based on industrialism and consumerism. The facts, the interviews of the people, and the growth-at-any-cost attitude will enlighten you, PERHAPS ADD A BIT OF FEAR.

Impact of Wal-Mart, Ethan Allen, Buick, Briggs & Stratton, Apple, and others is highlighted.

The current economic world crisis is another factor that makes this program so relevant. Major US business is going bankrupt, Americans are loosing good jobs, US economic growth is balancing between crash and recovery, while China is winning the commerce exchange by 4 or 5 times. Why is China/USA trade so lopsided? Can it be equaled? Can it be stopped? Who is really controlling economic trade so important to the American economy? The answers may surprise you. May scare you. Or, they could suggest that you jump into the frenzy with your own company.

A rising middle class, rich and becoming powerful, driving the Chinese economic forces, is a factor to be reckoned with. Having learned of, and sometimes tasted, the excesses of a better life, the young newly-rich class grows and persists toward ever-higher levels. This rags-to-riches rise is not unlike events of the United States in earlier decades. Here the ethics (or lack of) eventually brought about laws governing how business can legally be conducted regarding the safety and fairness of American people. These laws are few or nonexistent in the People's Republic. What exists can be bought off.

Made in China--let the buyer beware. Sell technology to China?: Let the buyer beware. So is the industrial/commerce exchange with China good for all American people? It sure is for China's huge population. Although lopsided trade exists now--can it be reversed or leveled? Listen to the Chinese answer (and non-answer) to that very topic in this DVD. Then decide.

The bonus interview with Broadcasting Hall of Fame member, Ted Koppel, offering his own opinions after making the 4 part series, is as educational and interesting as the series he created.
_____A bonus booklet provides highlights and questions for each episode, like: How is US/CHINA trade affected your 401(k)? Bibliography included for additional information, map, a PR of China map, and fun facts (like top-10 selling Chinese cars soon to be dumped onto the American market.) Chinese government knows of the auto industry impact on 20th century USA. They intend to make it happen there over the next few decades. US impact? World impact? Oil impact?

SUBTITLES available for the 4 episodes:
PART 1 Joined at the Hip
PART 2 MAO-ism to ME-ism
PART 3 The Fast Lane
PART 4 It's the Economy, Stupid

SUMMARY: Enlightening, Educational, Business oriented, Informative, Fantastic filming, In-Depth reporting, Brutally honest, Heart-felt look at China's poor, Corruption revealing, WELL WORTH THE PURCHASE.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cb19cc) out of 5 stars OUR FUTURE WITH CHINA - COOPERATION OR COMPETITION?? July 4 2009
By Loves To Read - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Imagine if the population of the U.S. quadrupled and the increase came mainly from rural areas and earned a fraction of what the rest of us earned. That would be something like the great contrasts that exist in China as it establishes itself as an economic superpower and the U.S. and China go forward, awkwardly 'joined at the hip', possibly irreversibly so. In this four part documentary Koppel takes a look at this complex love/hate relationship. We hate China when they take our jobs with their cheap labor but the same people who lost their jobs are the same ones (with millions others) who love shopping at Wal-Mart and other retailers with cheap, imported goods from China. We all probably know that but what doesn't seem to make the nightly news is the appetite the growing Chinese middle class have for high end 'American-made' products such as Ethan Allen furniture where the fabric and some components come from China, assembled here and shipped to China. Same is true autos. GM & Ford are flourishing in China and Asia. A Black Buick is a status car in China where 25,000 new cars are added to the highways EVERY DAY - 9,000,000 every year. 80% of Chinese car buyers have never owned an automobile. Think of America's love affair with the automobile back in the 1950's. The segment on auto insurance and how they handle the tsunami of accident claims is entertaining. Making money is the new religion in China. It comes before everything else - product safety, environmental concerns and even morality. In 2006 over 24,000 government workers were convicted of graft. While clearly many more goods come from China than are exported, our relationship is not as simple as the sound bites make it seem. Many American companies have established a very strong presence there and will benefit from the continuing growth of this amazing country and the seemingly unlimited potential of its growing middle class. To understand our future and the future of the planet, we need to understand China, both the good and the bad (huge environmental and energy issues, lack of political freedom). Will we compete or cooperate or both? This excellent documentary is a good beginning for those of us who are not experts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cb1ca8) out of 5 stars Indispensable for some understanding of this amazing country Aug. 14 2014
By Steve Kohn - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Does it need to be said that it's impossible to summarize any country, much less China, in just four hours? But I think this series comes as close as any could.

Even now, six years later, it's still very much worth watching.

I am certain you will be awed by the city of Chongqing, which the series uses as a metaphor for all China. We've never heard of Chongqing, have we, except in relation to the Three Gorges Dam. Yet it's a city of 30 (!) million and with a modernity, energy and wealth that are staggering.

I'm old enough to remember Mao's Great Leap Forward and his Cultural Revolution. Constant images of Chinese wearing the same drab clothes, riding bicycles everywhere, producing nothing except the lowest quality products.

The Cultural Revolution (1966 - 1976) is now forgotten, it seems, in both China and the rest of the world. At the time I expected China would need a century to recover from Mao's maniacal attempt to expunge all traces of capitalism.

"Millions of people were persecuted in the violent factional struggles that ensued across the country, and suffered a wide range of abuses including public humiliation, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, sustained harassment, and seizure of property. A large segment of the population was forcibly displaced, most notably the transfer of urban youth to rural regions during the Down to the Countryside Movement." -- Wikipedia

This series has four parts. I found the second to be useful in understanding the Chinese leadership's mindset. It will be, though, I bet, the least interesting part of the series for most of us. No problem, get through it, absorb it, enjoy the rest.

Let me recommend three other documentaries:
-- Last Train Home
-- From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (and be sure to watch the extra features)
-- Manufactured Landscapes

Ted Koppel's interview is, regrettably, the only extra feature. It is certainly worth watching, if nothing else to give Mr Koppel plenty of credibility as a reporter of China, but also to help put into perspective and amplify some parts of the series.

Highly recommended. Not just in 2014, but always, for those trying to understand this most remarkable country.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cb21e0) out of 5 stars Great Introduction to China March 6 2010
By Joshua W - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My wife and I recently picked this up on Amazon and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. My Wife is Chinese and I spent 8 months in China teaching English. This video was produced and released at the same time that I was in China and it did a very good job of capturing the feel of China while I was there.

We also recently purchases "China Rises" and we are half way done with that as well, but unlike one of the other reviewers, from what I have seen so far I much prefer this(They are both very good and worth watching). One of the primary reasons that I prefer this so far is the HD component. As far as I can tell "China Rises" is not available in HD and as much as I love my HD, that is a bit of a turn off.

If you are willing to sit down and watch this with an open mind there is a lot that can be taken away from these four episodes. I personally have a bit of a bias towards China, but there are some serious concerns that the country needs to address and I feel this production does a good job of confronting some of them.

One of my biggest complaints is that the program focuses almost completely on Chongqing and I was never there. I would have preferred to see a little about some other cities(and other countries). This was about the best that could be done in four episodes though, so it is a very minor complaint.

I, my wife, and my 18 year old brother enjoyed this very much though. Can't wait to see more on China and more on other countries.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cb1a8c) out of 5 stars Way too biased Jan. 26 2012
By Jim B. Davis - Published on
Format: DVD
Let me start with a question:
- Who, in this modern day doesn't know the fact that the US and China are linked to each other at the level of inter-dependency?
This is a fact.
I liked the documentary because it gives clear examples to this fact.

But when it comes to giving examples about the free-speech, better-business etc in China. It fails.
I lived in China about 3.5 years.
I've been to places that no foreigner went before.
No matter where I went, it is crystal clear that the people are really open-minded.

I think the main reason for this documentary being so biased is that Ted Koppel is an old man with a rigid China/Chinese format in his mind. He simply cannot deliver the whole picture. He focuses on certain things and he tries to find examples to those things. And, in a society of 1.3 billion, it is not difficult to find any example you want.
In a conversation, the photographer says "I don't love my government, I trust my government". Ted Koppel jumps into this statement. Let me tell you:
- That doesn't mean that the guy "hates" his government. He does not.
- It simply means, I don't need to love my government. Love has got nothing to do with what I expect from my government.

In the interview section (special features) Koppel goes even futher and says something like "people had no sense of humour, they didn't even have a favorite joke etc) in his early visits to China. I'd recommend him to read more about the history of humour in China, Peking Opera etc. Clearly he sees what he wants to see, and shows only that.

As I said, he shows a very strong perjudice against the Chinese government, bribery, corruption etc.

But in terms of economics, the context is very well presented. You should watch this if you need real-life examples for global, US, and Chinese economies.

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