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Blackfish [Blu-ray]

Tilikum , Gabriela Cowperthwaite  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tilikum
  • Directors: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Killer whales are beloved majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. The documentary BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who unlike any orca in the wild has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. BLACKFISH expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.

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136 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Not To Be Missed July 22, 2013
Everyone should see this movie to learn the truth about orcas in captivity. It's a terrifying, heartbreaking, well-constructed argument and the images and interviews will haunt you. I can't wait until an equivalent documentary is done about other forms of animal captivity like circuses and zoos, etc.
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99 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackfish August 9, 2013
The documentary takes you back to the 1980,s and the beginning o the Orca's demise. It has various interviews and first person narratives of how orcas actually have displayed aggressive behavior within the confined pools in SeaWorld and other places, like Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain. There is some bloodshed in the movie, so I would advise caution if you plan on taking your kids. This piece is similar to another movie about similar cetacean, The Cove; in both movies you get pieces of a truth well hidden by those with a fat pocket, unwilling to let go the reins of a multi-billionaire industry. It's just sad.

My opinion:

Be prepared to view heartbreaking footage. To pillage another being's young, to dislpay it in front of millions of viewers and lie to the public in order to conceal the animals' frustration--leading to fatal, aggressive behavior--is immoral. It's obvious to you as a viewer how much these animals suffer when they are being taken from their pods by looking at the trainer's reaction to the animal's captivity. The saddest part of the movie for me was Tilikum's abduction. An orca's wailing after its young has been taken from its side is heartbreaking.

So think about it for one second. You're taken from your parents when you are four years old, stuck in a tank made of concrete, and forced to hang out with strangers from a diversity of cultures you would probably hate (each pod of orcas is so different that it's like comparing the Homo sapiens, a single species, with thousands of different religions) --this is the road to insanity.

It's not only about freeing Tilikum; it's also about stopping the massive hunting of whales and other highly intelligent beings, like dolphins. Cetaceans are having a hard time nowadays. Watch "The Cove" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it September 2, 2013
By MayMay
I am giving Blackfish five stars not because it is the best-made documentary I've seen, but because everyone should see it. I teach college students and I often show The Cove; starting this November I will also be showing this movie. I often hear students (and others) complain that a documentary is biased, as though that is somehow against the rules. Of course Blackfish is biased; most docs are. Even The March of the Penguins betrays some pro-penguin bias; we don't notice because, hey, who doesn't like penguins? Plus, of course, there are no humans on camera interfering with them.

This movie is rather graphic for children, but I will allow my 10yo to see it. The whale penis was not as disturbing to me as the whale blood, but if blood is the price of entertainment then I think we should all know about it.

The film's argument is not quite as tightly structured as I might like, but I was fascinated and emotionally involved, and I certainly came away convinced. (Well, maybe I already belonged to the choir.) There is a Sea World in my city, and, although I have always been uncomfortable with the confinement of animals, I didn't absolutely refuse to go there until I saw The Cove. It's hard for me to imagine anyone seeing Blackfish and still buying tickets.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and revolting... a MUST SEE documentary August 23, 2013
"Blackfish" (2013 release; 85 min.) takes a critical look at killer whales being kept in captivity, and the devastating effects on the orcas AND their trainers. The movie opens with the news in 2010 that veteran orca trainer Dawn Brancheau has been killed at an incident at the SeaWorld water amusement park in Orlando (we don't see any footage of it). From there the documentary goes on to show the beginnings of orca whaling to bring them into those water amusement parks. In the early 90s a young but rapidly growing orca named Tilikum is involved in "an incident" at a small park in Victoria, BC, after which the owner decides to shut down the park, and Tilikum is bought by SeaWorld in Orlando. I won't tell you how it all connects to the tragic death of Brancheau, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this is a shocking and yet riveting documentary, one of the likes you don't get to see very often. Second, the movie interviews a bunch of former SeaWorld orca trainers who, with years of wisdom, now decry the multi-million dollar industry that has become these water amusement parks with killer whales putting on a "show". Their point of view is clear. Third, there are no reposts from anyone at SeaWorld in the movie (in the end credits, we are told that "SeaWorld did not respond to multiple requests for an interview". Last, but certainly not least, towards the end of the movie, we are shown a number of graphic videos of "when orcas go wild" and viewer beware, they are not for the faint of heart, but at the same time, they bring home the point that keeping these killer whales in captivity is just wrong, and can lead to disastrous results.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Seems like whiny ex employees...we all know the whales enclosures are too small, who cares
Published 2 days ago by Stephanie Y.
4.0 out of 5 stars Persuasive techniques abound
Utilized part of the documentary as a persuasive lesson for students in 8th grade. Definitely was effective!
Published 5 days ago by lwill94930
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch
This film is essential to watch. It illustrates the harsh reality of Orca whales that are living their lives in captivity. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Hannah Held
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very moving, informative, and makes you want to save the orcas. Best movie ever. It is suitable even for younger audiences, as it is not too graphic, but makes them understand that... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jenna Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Blackfish and Orca both remind me of how cruel humans ...
Blackfish and Orca both remind me of how cruel humans are and can be. I do not blame the fish for what he did to the human.
Published 9 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice goods.
Published 9 days ago by T. Logans
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I saw this
So glad I finally saw this movie. Nice documentary that helped me understand the back story about Sea World.
Published 10 days ago by Polly Mertens
Published 13 days ago by Wallie Starnes
4.0 out of 5 stars informative and interesting- definitely eye opening- but limited...
informative and interesting- definitely eye opening- but limited complexity to the narrative... a documentary made to educate more than art of film.
Published 13 days ago by Joseph Knelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the doc, hate the story...
Published 14 days ago by gregory kiss
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