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Blackfish [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Gabriela Cowperthwaite    Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Whale 31 July 2013
By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Blackfish is a powerful and shameful documentary exposing the cruelty and unsuitability of containing killer whales at theme parks focusing on one Orca in particular, Tilikum, who has been involved in a number of animal trainer attacks and fatalities.

Tilikum was originally captured from the wild, removed from his family pod and and has been kept for 30 years or so in a series of glorified swimming pools and holding pens where he is used to perform 'tricks' for the amusement of paying customers and his sperm regularly taken to maintain the captive killer whale population in similar 'attractions' Male adult killer whales are in excess of 20 feet in length and 6 tons in weight and can an do travel up to 100 miles daily.

One of the interesting elements of the film was the psychological impact upon the trainers represented within the film. Most of the five or so had visited a seaworld type establishment when young and had thereafter harboured ambitions to work as a trainer with these animals. Eventually all bar one of those represented here, eventually grew disillusioned with their roles having witnessed the injuries the whales inflicted upon each other; the separation of mothers and calves, unstimulating environment for the whales and unpredictable behaviour of the animals in their charge. It is clear that the Seaworld organisation are very effective at protecting their cash cows in the form of slick marketing, misinformation and manipulation. Many of the trainers grew very attached and developed strong emotional bonds to various whales with one stating that the reason he stayed in post for so long despite his increasing unease was the fear of what would become of 'his' whale once he left.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing 2 Jun 2013
Blackfish throws up some interesting points of view in its taut 80 minutes. Exposing the ill-treatment of Killer Whales in the marine entertainment industry, it focuses the full force of its ire at the renowned SeaWorld, whilst not allowing those of its ilk to completely escape unscathed either. Using the case book of accidents, incidents and killings that have occurred on the trainers over the years, the film dives into the history of the practice. Choosing to canvass opinion and eye-witness accounts, the lid is well and truly lifted on the captive treatment of the species of orca commonly known as Blackfish.

This is whistle-blowing cinema that peeks behind the veiled curtain to deliver a suspected but up to now unseen `truth'. It spews with a barely contained rage and the fact that there is no counter view provided by SeaWorld (they apparently declined to comment), makes this an inherently lop-sided film. It is effectively a pro-animal rights soliloquy. However, quite how SeaWorld could have constructed an argument to deflect the evidence against them would have perhaps left a task more gargantuan than the exceptionally large whale, Tilikum, who lies at the centre of this film. Tilikum is the beating heart and glue of this sprawling piece, who is famous for his size and infamous for his capacity to `lunge' at his trainers.

We hear tale after tale of inconsistent and volatile behaviour from him. We also hear heart-rending stories of how he is bullied by the smaller and more agile females, along with hours of isolation and a complete and utter lack of stimulation that makes up the bulk of his confined life.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three deaths, two decades, one whale. 5 Aug 2013
In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking documentaries in a generation, Blackfish turns the spotlight on humankind's selfish desire to confine large, charismatic marine mammals in a captive situation for our viewing pleasure. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's important film could have so easily been labelled `just another activist film' but this is different - our narrators here, for the most part, are `industry' i.e. ex-marine mammal trainers who have decided to speak out on the culture, the management style and the monstrous PR machine that exists at one of America's most identifiable brands - SeaWorld.
The trainers don't have an axe to grind as many left the industry years ago and have gone on to establish successful careers in other disciplines. Neither were they rewarded financially for their contribution to the film. Blackfish draws aside the thin façade that hides the dark underbelly of the captivity industry and arms the filmgoer with the facts allowing them to finally dispel the myth behind the Shamu label.
In a searingly honest and candid account of their time at SeaWorld, the trainers eloquently talk about their frustrations with the job and about how controlling senior management could be if they didn't toe the corporate line. The trainers openly and honestly acknowledge that they had doubts and questions about the whales' behaviour and the trainer's working practices but didn't dare raise them so as not to jeopardise their own positions.
Just as the orcas are deprived of food if they miss a cue or don't perform correctly during showtime, their trainers feared that they too may be `deprived' of working with the whales if they were to speak out on any welfare or safety concerns they may have had.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Drags on without saying much.
Published 2 days ago by D.Dimmick
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing ...
Terribly sad to watch majestic animals treated in an utterly barbaric way. The sooner that these 'Killer Whale' circuses are shut down the better.
Published 6 days ago by EagerReader
5.0 out of 5 stars blackfish
Arrived day after ordering. Very impressed.
Published 6 days ago by Mary Knights
5.0 out of 5 stars I watched this myself send thorn used it as a ...
I watched this myself send thorn used it as a stimulus for writing with a year 6 group.. They were so engaged, emotional about the facts in the documentary.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs Sarah Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Gave to film maker son he was pleased to see it so that was a success
Published 10 days ago by Lizzy
1.0 out of 5 stars research needed
Very unTrue, not impressed with the facts or how they use footage that a whale never did! Just disgruntled ex employees trying to shame SeaWorld! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Miss Natasha S. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch for everyone
Excellent documentary! Have told everyone I know to watch it and encouraged me to watch others like it. Opens the eyes of the viewer to the plight of animals in captivity.
Published 15 days ago by Miss Elayna L. Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for those considering going to a Dolphin or Whale...
A VERY truthful account of what is involved in trying to train what are some of the most powerful aquatic mammals on this planet. The death of three trainers. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Michael Mac Aogain
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see documentary
Everyone must see this film. As someone who visited SeaWorld many years ago it makes me ashamed to be human. Read more
Published 25 days ago by GSW
5.0 out of 5 stars This Will Change Your Life.
Watched this and cried.Gave it to a friend, and she cried, and then became a Vegan.
If you care for your fellow creatures then this is a must see DVD
Published 29 days ago by huh
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