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‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,’ a provocative documentary that focuses on the dark side of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, is hitting theaters and video-on-demand services today.

The 120-minute documentary is about the impact of Jobs’ work on modern society while cunningly playing off the controversies that had surrounded Jobs’ persona for many years.

The film follows Jobs’ path from a small house in the suburbs, to zen temples in Japan to the CEO’s office of the world’s richest company.

‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ is hitting select theaters in New York, Los Angeles San Francisco and elsewhere in the United States. Deadline reported that only 65 screens in 50 markets will be showing it.

In addition to the silver screen, the film is available for streaming on iTunes (HD rental is $4.99), VUDUXbox Video and The PlayStation Store.

Here’s the official trailer.

The full list of online viewing options are available at the official website.

“Jobs wanted what he wanted and would allow nothing to get in his way, even if what he wished was credit for work done by people who had faithfully supported him,” wrote CBSNews. Directed by Alex Gibney, the flick offers glimpse of a “bold, brilliant and brutal” Steve Jobs, as per the blurb.

That official description, however, did not sit well with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, who called it “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend” and ”not a reflection of the Steve I knew.”

The promotional poster for the movie pictures Steve looking directly in the camera and striking the famous pose with his thumb touching his chin.

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“There’s been a lot of hagiography of Steve,” said director Alex Gibney in an interview with Re/code. “I don’t think that does justice to the man. So hopefully people will see it in that context.”

“I’m appalled, really, by his cruelty, and his inability to get outside himself, and to see himself and his company in a broader perspective,” he continued.

The film was produced in partnership with CNN Films and is being released by Magnolia Pictures.

Will you be watching this documentary?

  • Jason Baroni

    Here comes the media, always trying to destroy the big ones. By reading “Becoming Steve Jobs” it comes noticeable many pokes against these sensationalist journalists.

  • But wasn’t he brutal? I did a report on him in high school, and there were tons of stuff about how he was brutal

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  • SteveJay

    I really had huge expectations for this and got very disappointed, especially for following SJ history since the 90’s so easily spot so many inaccurate details in this documentary. In every details they tried to vilify the man. They talk about him like he only did the iPhone.. nothing else. They talk about Foxccon problems like Foxccon and Apple are a single company, ignoring the fact that Foxccon it’s a also a supplier for many other companies like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and almost every single brand who produces motherboards. They talk a lot about LISA and there’s no single mention about his other kids. They picked Lisa because they only wanted to bring the bad side of Steve Jobs. And many, many other details that made it clear, that the main intention of this documentary was not talking about Steve Jobs but attacking Jobs in every single level they could pick all the negative stuff. They even talk about SJ parking on handicap, not mentioning that he was allowed to do that like every single person who has the unlucky to get cancer.

    I know the guy was not perfect…he was very far from perfect, we all know that, but in this documentary they try to convince you that he was 100% evil and only cared about money and himself, nothing else… it’s crazy.