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More Than Honey (2012)

John Hurt , Markus Imhoof  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Hurt
  • Directors: Markus Imhoof
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F878K2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

From Markus Imhoof (the director of the Academy Award nominated film THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: ''Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's THE FLY.'' This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

NARRATED BY TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE JOHN HURT (Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, V For Vendetta, Alien)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best film on bees April 19, 2014
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There have been a number of recent films on bees; MORE THAN HONEY is easily the best -- thoroughly researched, superb photography (including a mesmerizing shot of a queen bee mating) and featuring interesting individuals from the world-wide beekeeping community. The importance of almond pollination to commercial beekeepers in the U.S. is covered (1.6 million bee colonies are needed in California almond orchards for several weeks in February) with cameras following beekeeper John Miller during this time (those that read about Miller in the outstanding book THE BEEKEEPER's LAMENT may recognize this interesting character). Current well-publicized problems with honey bees are covered and some solutions offered. The makers of this film did their homework and obviously spent many, many hours making this film. The result is an entertaining and educational film suitable for a wide audience, whether they are familiar with honey bees or not.

Joe Traynor
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail the bees! January 21, 2014
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What an informative, touching, and heartbreaking story. The video footage is amazing! One is shown the painstaking love and the personal involvement of the smaller beekeeping outfits which contrasts with the disgusting greed self-serving destructiveness of the colossal beekeeping businesses. It answers the question of why the bees are disappearing-how can they be expected to survive the grueling and unnatural ordeals they are put through? My heart felt heavy to see what poor stewards of the earth some are and my heart soared with awe and wonder at these amazing little creatures. A necessary video for all who love bees, are afraid of bees, and anyone who enjoys a meal, since we owe so much of what we eat to the bees. Do not miss out on this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, beautiful, and truthful January 14, 2014
By JandM
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This film was well done. It was beautifully filmed with some absolutely amazing footage. It tells the modern story of bees and shows that our use of them can be exploitation. Even some of the bee keepers that think they are treating the bees with respect are show, in a sublime way, that they actually aren't.

I liked that the film didn't give and conclusive reason for colony collapse disorder but showed it is most likely a lot of different issues including pollution. It does pose the question that perhaps the bees we are exploiting for honey and pollination are just not healthy and that is the biggest reason for all for CCD. I do find it strange the film didn't mention neonicotinoids which the EU has pretty much proven is a very large contributor to CCD. Nevertheless, this is a complete film that shows the trouble bees are in, for many different reasons, from several different sides.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistry + Inspiration November 20, 2013
This is an extraordinary film. It is a well told exploration of the mystery of the bee population crash. Stunning photography. I saw this film at Palm Springs festival and was deeply moved. It is both inspiring and motivating. Well worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Very moving and fascinating documentary which creates an intense window on the life of bees. Segments photographed inside the colony allow us to see the interaction of bees with each other and the queen. There was nice diversity from the small bee keeper who still keeps bees the way they have been kept for hundreds of years to the large agribusinesses which keeps bees in the hundreds of thousands. Also covered - the crisis of the death of honey bees.

My only complaint - the many segments of dialog that are not translated. Frustrating because the dialog seems quite important. There is a segment in which a small keeper gasses & destroys his bees, then burns the frames from the apiary. Why? I have no clue. If the info these people are conveying is not important, why include it?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Honey January 16, 2014
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More than Honey is a wonderful and informative movie. Although it has subtitles (which I thought I would hate) the action in the movie and the scenery is so fascinating that it did not matter to me. I order this before it was released and it said that I could get it the day it was released which happened to be Christmas Eve (this was a Christmas gift for my bee keeping husband) and so when it was delivered as promised I was overjoyed. I would definitely recommend this movie. It is both educational, entertaining and beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary about honey bees July 12, 2014
By anca s.
The best documentary about honey bees I have seen so far. It has some astonishing visuals, such as the queen bee's mating flight, or the scout in search of a new home for the bee colony. It also contrasts commercial, CAFO-like beekeeping with traditional beekeeping. In my opinion, the film captures most of the issues that have led to the massive disappearing of the bees we experience nowadays. As a beekeeper who keeps bees for the sake of bees, I did find some parts of the film particularly disturbing. One of them was the image of a bee falling off a flower, dying right after the almond orchard had been sprayed, another was the instant where traditional beekeeper Jaggi kills one of his queens because she has mated with a drone of a different color. The filmmaker has cleverly combined images to make the viewer ponder over certain issues; for example, the image of the bee dying on an almond flower contrasts with the commercial beekeeper saying that spraying is not harmful to bees. I also commend the filmmaker's choice to present opinions favorable to Africanized bees -- people need to stop fearing these bees. Overall, I think that "More Than Honey" does a wonderful job at pinpointing issues and inspiring the viewer to regard honey bees as more than just honey producers. Honey bees are wonderful creatures and the documentary is well worth watching. I will definitely watch it again -- except for the part where Jaggi kills his queen, something I would never do to my queens...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good technical information on beekeeping
As a beekeeper I enjoyed the information on beekeeping in this movie. Our local association is looking at incorporating it into their training for beginning beekeepers. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Galen L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch. Showed it to my 2 classes ...
A must watch. Showed it to my 2 classes of middle schoolers after the worked with a local bee keeper. They were all engaged and gripped. Everyone should be aware of the bee crisis
Published 8 days ago by Hillary R. McPartlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, very well done, and very informative. For American audiences: the entire political spectrum is represented.
Published 10 days ago by moss-covered in seattle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by rachel jamieson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by pjpoz@sbcglobal
3.0 out of 5 stars no subtitles?????
Very good show. Would've gotten 5 stars but I hated that half the movie was in a foreign language and it wasn't translated or didn't even have any subtitles! What's up with that?? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Elfering
4.0 out of 5 stars The photography was amazing - such as the mating of the queen in ...
As hobby beekeepers - it was interesting to say the least. The photography was amazing - such as the mating of the queen in mid flight.
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Eye opening!
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary!
Great documentary, well worth the time to watch it! I'm new to beekeeping and this helped me learn a lot about different species and how bees in general function.
Published 1 month ago by nicksreview
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have shared this movie with many, many people--VERY interesting!
Published 2 months ago by S. Smith
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