DVD Release: Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged

DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
Price: DVD $22.99
Studio: Virgil

Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged movie sceneThe documentary film Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged examines the resurging interest in the epic and controversial 1957 novel and its writer, Russian-American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand.

Directed and produced by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Chris Mortensen (Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War) the movie explores how Rand’s book — a philosophical manifesto in the form of an epic novel — and her own philosophy of “Objectivism,” which trumpets rational self-interest over altruism, is perceived by many as a prescient blueprint of what is happening in America today.

Via exclusive footage of Rand and scores of new interviews with critics, writers, Rand biographers and friends, as well as noted executives from the business world, the film argues that Atlas Shrugged ‘s view is being frighteningly mirrored in the world today.

Meanwhile, the 55-year-old book is rising to new heights, with its frequent acknowledgment in the popular media and sales of more than 1.5 million copies in the past five years (with over 500,000 copies in 2009 alone). Throw in that a movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged was released earlier this year, and there’s no denying the book is enjoying a helluva revival.

Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged had a one-night-only digital premiere on Jan. 17, 2012, in selected theaters in some 50 U.S. cities.

Bonus features on the DVD include a making-of featurette with extended interviews.

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