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Blackfish [Blu-ray] [2013]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 16)

    Special Features


    • A note from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite
    • Kanduke
    • "Death by Mosquito" in marine parks
    • Orca teeth show the stress of Orcas in captivity
    • Recollections of a former SeaWorld trainer
    • The truth about wild whales
    • Alternatives to captivity
    • Director and producer commentary

    Synopsis


    Blackfish
    In 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, FL, water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing 10,000 pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. What made the incident all the more disturbing was this was not the first time Tilikum had turned on one of his trainers, and that the orca had also caused the death of a trainer in 1991 before he was purchased by Sea World. While orcas will sometimes attack humans in captivity, such incidents are extremely rare in the wild, leading some scientists to question the wisdom of keeping large, intelligent, and sometimes territorial creatures in captivity and expecting them to perform on a regular basis. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in the documentary Blackfish, she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals that humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display. Taking its title from a Native American name for orcas, Blackfish received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gripping and Heartbreaking

      Posted
      TheSchmidt
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      I bought this as a blind buy because of the buzz that it had received. I was completely blown away by this film. I can't remember the last time I was truly gripped by a documentary. The film maker remains very objective and does not sway the documentary one way or another (even inviting SeaWorld to be part of it. They refused). I would recommend this documentary to anyone with the exception of small children.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible Movie

      Posted
      hillnick

      This movie opened my eyes to the animal cruelty going on at SeaWorld. It was also very well researched and well filmed. Would highly recommend if you're someone who would like to learn more about these beautiful creatures and the horrible business model that is SeaWorld.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      NicSh
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      Great movie. It was very interesting to learn how these animals work. It was definitely a jaw dropping documentary. I was interested all the way through which is huge for me because I always get distracted during movies and play with my phone or laptop. It is definitely a good documentary and worth buying!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gut-wrenching

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      Memmone
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      Great documentary about a tragic situation of mammals in the aquatic parks known worldwide. The movie holds no barrels and it's a punch to the stomach — but it should be watched because its poignancy. Great Blu-ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow

      Posted
      zigger74
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      This will have you glued to your TV the whole time. Incredible story, investigating and produced film about the real world of this beautiful, but vary dangerous creatures.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Heartbreaking and yet informative

      Posted
      Plzquietmymind09
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      This documentary had me in tears. I had read about the orcas and their treatment, but this just show you how animals have feelings and mourn in their own language.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What an eye opener Blackfish is.

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      JNizzle
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      Blackfish is a must see. I always loved Sea World, but my opinion of the place changed 180 degrees in 1 hour and 30 minutes. I will never go there again. Poor whales.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow, what a movie

      Posted
      Anna
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      Wow, I used to love Sea World and this definietly opened up my eyes to the things that go behind the scenes. Its a great documentary, and very informative

      I would recommend this to a friend


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