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The Brain Fitness Program
The Brain Fitness Program
Actor: Peter Coyote
Director: Eli Brown
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Exercise & Fitness
NR     2008     1hr 40min

The Brain Fitness Program is based on the brain's ability to change and adapt, even rewire itself. In the past two years, a team of scientists has developed computer-based stimulus sets that drive beneficial chemical, phys...  more »

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Actor: Peter Coyote
Director: Eli Brown
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Educational, Documentary, Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

DVD is NOT a brain training program, it's an infomercial for
requin | Massachusetts | 03/06/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I donated to PBS and got the set of Brain Training items. This dvd is just the PBS program all over again. It is NOT a brain training program with exercises you can do, etc. It's talking heads plugging how great their program is. It's marginally interesting on first viewing but I can't see wanting to watch it again. Just watch it on PBS and save your money.

The actual brain program this dvd touts is very expensive and available on the website. It came w/ my donation and it's very well made, but is truly boring, as the other reviewer stated, I dread doing it (and in fact, haven't in a week or more). It's focus is auditory not visual which is ok but it'd be better if it had both. I haven't done it enough to give a thorough review of it or it's benefits."
The Brain Fitness Program
Kathryn A. Hunter | 04/18/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"After watching the program on PBS, I thought the DVD would have the brain exercises, which it didn't. I was disappointed."
Brainy Boredom
Amaranth | Northern California | 03/08/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The "Brain Fitness Program" has a good motive--- to keep people's minds nimble and fit. Exercising the mind IS important, and unfortunately, neglected. "Brain Fitness" manages to blend an otherwise good idea and common sense with pseudo-science and a boring presentation.

"Brain Fitness" is mainly lots of talking heads (this is a PBS program,after all!) Peter Coyote,once prominent in the hippie/psychedelic movement and the world of mind-altering substances,provides lackluster narration. He's as bored out of his mind as the hapless viewer.

"Brain Fitness" doesn't address the tricky question of brain chemistry. It naively suggests that their repetitive exercises can miraculously help people recover from strokes, dementia, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) They tell the story of a widower who suffered from a stroke. Through the exercises, he miraculously recovered and is now happily remarried. It's presented as a cure-all! If you can sit through it.

"Brain Fitness Program" takes an otherwise good concept, presents it in a dull infomercial way,and backs it up with pseudo-science. Read a book instead."
Intereresting material but title incredibly missleading
David P. Tipton | Sacramento, CA USA | 04/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The title of the DVD is "Brain Fitness Program" and if you read the back cover it suggests that you are going to get an excercise program designed by "50 leading scientists to help improve your brain" . However when you actually get the dvd it is simply an hour long documantary about recent studies showing that the Brain can be improved. Nowhere on the dvd is any "fitness program" or any "mental excersizes". I am surprised at this being that it was originally a PBS show and yet it comes across as a bit if an hour long promotion or infomercial and by the end you are interested and intrigued and also angry at the lack of the "program" that the title and description seem to promise.

Oddly the only place they refer to an actual program is in the title and back cover. The people in the documentary don't really even refer to it. I did enjoy the documentary but I felt ripped off."