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Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009)

Malcolm McDowell , Maude Barlow , Sam Bozzo  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Maude Barlow, Vandana Shiva, Tony Clarke, Oscar Olivera
  • Directors: Sam Bozzo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MWGZ6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This award winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo is based on the book BLUE GOLD: THE FIGHT TO STOP THE CORPORATE THEFT OF THE WORLD'S WATER by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark. The film examines the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water. Contains 30 minutes of bonus material, including deleted scenes and an interview with the filmmaker.

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Life "Quantum of Solace" June 1, 2009
We can't live without water. You may have thought it was a human right. But certain corporations have been plotting to control the water supply on this planet for a while now, and have been moving into place around the globe. Now the World Bank has required certain governments to privatize their precious water supply -- make it a corporate commodity answerable only to stockholders -- as a condition to getting a loan. In some places it is now illegal to catch rainwater, because rain is being considered private property, including the United States. The evil of this worldwide corporate grab for control of your most precious resource is practically inconceivable, but it is happening. Blue Gold: World Water Wars is a landmark documentary that every school, library and church should own and show. Do you want the cost of your water to be controlled by private corporations and stockholders only interested in their bottom line? Do you want to give up your right to the water around you, including rain? It is time to get educated and get active. Start with this film.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful study of the global water crisis June 19, 2009
We hear a lot about a global oil shortage. Even more ominous is the growing shortage of water in the world, a shortage being compounded by global warming which is reducing the snow melt, a key factor in creating the water flow for rivers. An ugly secret of the "green revolution" that reduced hunger has been the huge expansion of pumping out underground aquifers around the world. From Arizona to northern China water tables have been falling rapidly for years. The percentage of world crops dependent on irrigation has soared in the last 50 years. Even the US CIA sees water as a severe global crisis. I don't agree with all the points in this DVD but it serves as a wake up call about what is to come. There is a related book by the same author Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water. I would also recommend When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake-up call April 9, 2009
Sam Bozzo has given us a real eye-opener, calling attention to a seldom thought of looming crisis. We have been bombarded by information on Global Warming and energy consumpton, but little has been said concerning the world's current and future water crisis. As long as we can turn on the faucet and get a clean glass of water, why worry?
This fascinating look at man's seemingly never ending ability to jeopardize his own well-being should be seen by everyone.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, Not as Epic as I Hoped, But Still Tops August 27, 2010
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I'm watching this in the context of reading and reviewing twelve books on water before I leave Guatemala. Having read Marq de Villier's book, Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource several years ago, and more recently The Water Atlas: A Unique Visual Analysis of the World's Most Critical Resource, this movie is a collage. I recollect Human Footprint and The 11th Hour as better films but this one is focused and I am coming down on a five rating.

The tid-bits are certainly a pleasure to watch....
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important and thought provoking May 22, 2009
I found this movie via torrentfreak which featured an article about the response of the independent film-maker to his movie being shared via torrent. His response was well written and thought out and simply asked for a donation if you respected what he was trying to do (donate to him via [...] I immediately donated but it wasn't until a couple of days later that I thought it would be worthwhile seeing something created by such a level headed and thoughtful man.

And am I glad I did! It was great! The material was important and in a lot of ways it was tragic but it was put together in a way that gave a human face to the suffering without rubbing your nose in it and actually gave hope that individuals could make a difference. It could have gone over the top and produced another 'corporations are evil' movie but it was toned down enough that you didn't dismiss it out of hand and listened to the important message.

The first hour and a bit is a lot to handle but it is offset by the upbeat ending which shows ways in which changes are being made for the better: basically "its not all doom and gloom, we have a big problem but we know the solution and can point to cases where it has worked".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Loved the movie.
Published 9 days ago by Gary Lessard
5.0 out of 5 stars "But Not A Drop To Drink"
A very scary wake-up call to the world about how water, something we have taken for granted for so long, is an alarmingly scarce resource, and how private industry is buying... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LenGlen
5.0 out of 5 stars Know where your water comes from before it is too late.
This is a very informative documentary. It brings many important issues to light that should not be taken lightly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Water will be weapon
Water will be a weapon in the very near future. Stand up against the corporations now ...or KNEEL before them.
Published 2 months ago by Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Gold is worthwhile
I chose this because I was looking for a documentary about environmental issues. It is 'viewer-friendly' in that it is presented in an understandable way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Mahoney
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, can we the people of the world get this one right?
The topic is very intersecting, with extensive issues describing what we face concerning the availability of our absolutely necessary life preserving need for water. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up.
A very informative film. It kept my attention and was good for much discussion after. Makes me think more about the products I buy.
Published 3 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I never imagined there was so much going on with our precious water. Learn what's behind that bottled water of yours. Great documentary, I highly recommend it!
Published 4 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Conserve our water
This documentary opened my eyes to how we need to nit take water for granted. We in West Virginia are still in water crisis due to chemical leaking into our supply. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars new information
I was aware that water is a scarce commodity, but was surprised to see how big business was addressing cornering the market in less developed countries.
Published 4 months ago by happy joe
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