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Vanishing of the Bees [DVD] [2009]

Maryam Henein , George Langworthy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Maryam Henein, George Langworthy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VE97MU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as 'Colony Collapse Disorder' displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well. Unnatural. Unheard of. Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. Except it s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet and no one knows why.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful, insightful documentary into the disappearance of the bees around the world. As an American citizen I was particularly interested in the workings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its responsibility for the present and future crises. Although no one seems to know exactly the reason for CCD(Colony Collapse Disorder) there are some definite indications of at least some of the blame. Single crop farming and the use of chemical pesticides seem to be at least partially culpable. In modern society we have forgotten where our food comes from. Apples, peaches, cherries, almonds, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and onions are just a few of the crops dependent on the lowly honey bee for pollination. How different our tables would be without them!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This film was not exactly what I expected. Most of the film was based in the USA, for some odd reason i wasn't expecting that.

A very informative video on the events currently taking place (when the film was shot). It might have lacked "epic" moments and cliff hangers like The Cove, or Sharkwater has, but none the less the facts are there, and they're frightening indeed.

A good film for grown ups as well as kids, although the kids might have to be explained a thing or two when it comes to the technical aspects.

I recommend buying it, if you're even just a little concerned for our environment and for the survival of these lovely creatures who we owe so much to.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enpowering information 4 Sep 2010
this movie gives in depth an idea of the world of bees, the complexity of their work and the tremendous importance it has for maintaining human existence on the planet. It clarifies the role of organic growing and is subtle to put that as a solution. It evokes warm feelings towards the delicate creatures that compose the great symbiotic environment we live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good dvd 9 Jan 2013
By michala
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this dvd was brill it opened my mind to new things that I previously did not think about or know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the buzz 15 Sep 2012
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"The most fast moving, productive era, when mankind has surpassed all previous expectations and surged forward to achieve seemingly near total control over the world and its resources" could well be the ironic epitaph placed on grave of the last bee.

This film chronicles the path that has led to a situation where I could even imagine bee extinction as a possibility whilst there's still life on this planet. It makes a sobering viewing talking of inexplicable colony loss on the back of modern industrial agriculture and industrialised bee-keeping.

All is not yet lost but it's noy yet resolved, either. Watch this for an update and to point your thinking in a bee friendly way (if it ain't already!)
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I thought the program was well put together and informative, this DVD would appeal to anyone interested in protecting wildlife bees in particular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up call 29 July 2011
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It just goes to show how important bees are to life itself. In mans quest to solve the food problems/environmental we seem to do more damage otherwise; solving one so called environmental problem we create a bigger one. bees are necessary for pollination of crops as are other insects therefore, should be protected at all costs. We need more DVD evidence like this regarding other man made catastrophies and maybe one day society may just wake up.
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