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  • Actors: Dean Cain
  • Directors: Barker White
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VH0ALW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beyond Pollution is a firsthand investigation on BP's disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The film's production team traveled across the gulf coast interviewing environmental experts, government authorities, fishermen, scientists, drilling engineers, and key BP contractors. The film examines the economic impact and health effects this tragedy will have on the local communities both immediately and long term. Beyond Pollution uncovers what really happened, why, and who actually benefited.

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Once the film got going, the message was much stronger than technical issues.
Daniel G. Lebryk
Their refusal to admit the truth in the face of overwhelming evidence comes off as callous to say the very least.
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"Beyond Pollution" is a documentary film about the disaster, what led to it, and the aftermath.
J. Chambers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2013
Format: DVD
There are certain documentaries that take your breath away - some because of the beauty of the natural phenomena they share, others because of the horror of war as depicted in photographs and videos with running commentary from the fields where war is happening - both abroad and at home, as in watching the films of 9/11 or the Boston Marathon explosions. A well-made documentary should jolt us to action: BEYOND POLLUTION does just that.

This masterfully constructed and documented film by Barker White places the heinous action of BP oil company in our faces. It is not pretty nor is it sensationalized. This is excellent reportage of the tragedy of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill three years ago in April of 2010. The images of the explosion of the oil rig are not unlike the films we have seen of the atomic bomb explosions and the aftermath of that disaster is almost equal - and continues to decimate the peoples in the states touching the Gulf of Mexico.

But very, very wisely Barker White does not solely focus his attention on the BP spill of 2010. He instead takes us back in history to recap our growing dependency on oil and how that dependency has infiltrated the way our government functions, the way our nation is viewed throughout the world, and the history of the incompetency in the BP company revealed as the hundreds of spills and explosions and deaths and pollution of the atmosphere as well as the ground level and the below the sea level of our planet are recreated: these are all ignored by BP and indeed our government still contracts with these ruthless people.

The film is shocking, terrifying, and makes the level of anger rise and peak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2013
Format: DVD
News Junkies will learn little new here, but viewing weeks and months of blaring headlines in a compressed format adds to the jolting impact of this tragedy. The film traces the BP disaster from the initial explosion to the current state of the Gulf with commentary by national politicians, local politicians, local affected citizens, scientists, and news reporters. The viewer is even taken back to the days of Reagan, the Bushes, and the Exxon Valdez to see how a lax system evolved to allow such an event to happen.

Mercifully there are few scenes of dead or dying oil soaked animals, scenes that are too painful to watch. The high point of the film for me is the segment about following the money. At this juncture it all comes together, and the involvement of one major player, a prominent friend and contributor of the current White House, who has much to gain by suppressing facts about the real impact of the massive oil spill is quite the revelation.

If you can stomach the streaming lies of BP spokespeople and oily politicians, Beyond Pollution is worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28, 2013
Format: DVD
Probably one of the most comprehensive documentaries on American oil disasters, "Beyond Pollution" covers all the bases. Beginning with the Exxon Valdez debacle, the director and his team recount how since that disaster, the entire areas ecological system has collapsed. The human toll is great as well with serious illness and death accounted for by the clean-up crew.

When the focus is on the BP spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the truth comes out. Back in the Reagan and Bush years, regulations on the oil industry were so relaxed that hundreds and hundreds of spills occurred over the years. Nearly every single year, there was a major spill somewhere. These are events that most Americans don't know about. Not to lay blame on one side of the political aisle, the commentary shows that even in the Obama administration, not enough was done soon enough or fast enough.

Culminating dozens and dozens of television interviews and news reports, "Beyond Pollution" gives a massive amount of history and tragedy which is an ongoing nightmare. Although some of the footage is grainy and old, the sheer lack of accountability of politicians and oil industry executives is crystal clear. The Gulf economy may never get back to normal and the oil that still sits in massive plumes in the Gulf is stunning. This documentary shows that we have yet to fully experience the result of the Gulf oil spill, both ecologically, economically and in health terms. You will learn what really happened, why it happened and who benefited politically and monetarily. The story isn't over. The spills will continue.

This film was generously supplied by Passion River Films for an honest and fair review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 27, 2013
Format: DVD
It's been just over three years since the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed eleven people and resulted in oil gushing from the sea floor for almost three months. "Beyond Pollution" is a documentary film about the disaster, what led to it, and the aftermath. The film is guaranteed to make you angry, whether you're a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative.

The first part of the film recounts the history of BP Oil and the environmental accidents and human lives lost because of alleged shortcuts and lack of safety concerns. From there, the filmmakers point a finger of guilt at the Reagan and Bush administrations for deregulating the energy industry. This was done in a fairly heavy-handed manner, but later in the film, the Obama administration gets its own share of criticism for the slow response to the developing disaster. The real "stars" of the film are the Gulf Coast residents, business owners, and political leaders who were most directly affected by the disaster. A number of them were interviewed by the filmmakers, and they painted a truly grim picture.

The film expresses a hope that government, corporations, and Wall Street would all become more responsible for their actions. It's hard to argue with that.

One note: In the film, it's stated that after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, due to the life cycles of fish and other marine life, it took about four years before the local ecosystem collapsed. It would have been interesting to have a brief update on the ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico in the past three years.

A review copy of the film was provided by Passion River Films.
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