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  • Actors: Tilikum
  • Directors: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (863 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,940 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.

Customer Reviews

Wow, We will never go back to SeaWorld again after seeing the movie.
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And unlike movies that seems to spell it out too much to make one feel juvenile (ie Food Inc), Blackfish's story is sufficient enough to guide the viewer.
A very informative, easy to understand documentary explaining why humans have no right to capture these beautiful mammals for our entertainment.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Heaney on July 22, 2013
Format: DVD
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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103 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Wunderlich on August 9, 2013
Format: DVD
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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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By MayMay on September 2, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tawn on October 25, 2013
Format: DVD
This documentary revealed things to me about whales, and Sea World I was ignorant about.

After watching this disturbing documentary on the treatment of Tilikum, I don't wonder why he kills his trainers, I wonder why he doesn't kill all of them.

He was snatched as a baby from his mother and forced to spend most of the day in a tiny black metal box at Sea Land. He was attacked by female whales, his skin shredded. At Sea Land he killed a female trainer so the owner closed the park.

Then Tilikum was bought by Sea World. There he killed another trainer, and probably a male visitor, who was found dead floating on Tilikum's back. He has injured many. Tilikum is viciously attacked by female whales so he spends most of his life just sitting in a tiny, shallow pool. Another sick aspect of his captivity is the use of his sperm to make more Orcas to sell to be exploited. I don't even want to say here how they obtain it. The footage of that in this documentary is truly revolting.

Putting these majestic animals in bathtubs for people to scream at is reprehensible and disgusting.
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful By NYFB on July 19, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
It is not our imagination that many species are becoming extinct. We need to be aware that making use of nature should not be synonymous with destroying or using it up since we will drown in our selfishness, ignorance and waste which is increasing everyday. What some do to many creatures of this planet, including to this planet are those criminals without integrity that are not hold liable since their victims do not have a voice.

When I watched The Cove Documentary, the disturbing part was how could a group of people in a civilized society known for their accomplishments in this case Japanese, gather up hundreds of dolphins every year, year after year and slaughter those dolphins by hitting them so hard that blood covers such a huge area in the ocean without any protest or any resistance from a single citizen, all in the name of gathering and selling few dolphins to other nations and the rest of their catch to their citizens for a whale meat instead of a dolphin meat. To understand the impact of the Sea World, an American business on dolphins, killer whales, etc. as well as the Japanese, one needs to watch A Fall from Freedom Documentary. These days, the Japanese Navy even accompanies whale killing vessels in Antarctica supporting the Japanese fisherman from environmentalists. At the Edge of the World Documentary documents their activities and what it takes to stop Japanese from killing thousands of whales in the name of research without any fear of being stopped by any other nation in the world.
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