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Triumph of the Nerds
Triumph of the Nerds
Actors: Bob Cringely, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates
Director: Paul Sen
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Documentary
UR     2002     2hr 45min

It happened more or less by accident; the people who made it happen wereamateurs; and for the most part they still are. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringley puts PC bigshots and nerds on the spot, and te...  more »


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Actors: Bob Cringely, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates
Director: Paul Sen
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Special Interests, Documentary
Studio: Ambrose Video
Format: DVD - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/22/2002
Original Release Date: 06/12/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 06/12/1996
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 45min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Jacob G. from E RUTHERFORD, NJ
Reviewed on 3/9/2009...
Simply the best personal computer history documentary I have ever seen.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Still a great show, but the Ambrose edition is not complete!
Sean Breazeal | Mt. Pleasant, UT USA | 10/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Triumph of the Nerds is still one of the best public level documentaries about the origins and development of personal computers from their beginnings in the mid-70's on through the IBM/Apple years and into the mid-90's with the launch of Windows 95. It is dated somewhat, especially at the end with the forecasts about the future growth of the internet and what it would mean to PC and Mac development and the world. Nothing was truer then than remains today, predicting the long-term future of the computer and internet industry is simply impossible.

What troubles me with this edition by Ambrose is that they have apparently sacrificed bits and pieces here and there for some unfathomable reason. The main points are all still there, but some of the side stories and flavors have been cut. Examples include Steve Wozniak's description of his early interest in electronics in finding an old AT&T phone company manual to learn to hack into the phone system to call the Pope. It cuts Steve Jobs' description of his early experiences with Bill Gates, saying that the original version of Word was "just terrible but they kept at it...", and someone whose name I can't remember describing the early mainframes and trying to use one as "you were lucky if your entire city had one mainframe, and, if your company had it, there would only be one." These are the ones I noticed right off, I'm sure there are others and they are minor things, but it's troubling that a company buys the rights to a show and edits it for whatever reason rather than simply giving us the whole deal."
Sociopaths, egomaniacs, hippies and nerds.
Joseph Ekaitis | Southern California | 09/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"And we have THEM to thank for all of this.Your humble author can't help but wonder how Bob Cringely got the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Paul Allen and others in front of the cameras for an honest look inside the slightly twisted minds that begat the personal computer.At 3 hours in length, "Triumph of the Nerds" isn't just a PBS miniseries. On home video, it becomes an epic. And why shouldn't it be? The personal computer has an impact on our lives equal to that of the light bulb and the automobile. But in the case of the PC, most of the people responsible for its creation and worldwide influence are still alive. These are flesh and blood humans, not fading historical sketches like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison."Triumph of the Nerds" was originally produced as a 20-year retrospective on the personal computer. But the PC will be 25 years old in the year 2000. I can't wait to see Bob Cringely's follow up."
Good show but both the DVD and VHS are editted
5150 | Houston, TX | 05/14/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I am in agreement with several of the reviews that indicate the DVD version is editted. Sadly, so is the used VHS copy I purchased. Maybe it was once available on VHS uneditted but not anymore. Beyond the scenes already mentioned as missing, additional scenes include more background on the Mac team and Steve Job's recruitment for the team; early discussions at Apple to make the Mac open source; and an extended scene about the "Microserfs". By my count there are 21 edits (large and small) which add an additional 15 to 20 minutes. I see no reason for the edits since they could easily fit on a videotape or stereo DVD. I am guessing Bob thought he improved the pacing of this program by the edits and a few are more "politically correct." But I am still waiting for the full version. In the meantime, I will keep my old broadcast edition."