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  • Actors: Coyote, Jenny Edwards, John Edwards, John Paulsen, Ken Kreps
  • Directors: Robinson Devor
  • Writers: Robinson Devor, Charles Mudede
  • Producers: Alexis Ferris Bridoux, Ben Exworthy, Daniel Katz, Garr Godfrey, Jeff Sackman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE/THINKFILMS
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66QFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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ZOO is an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a seemingly normal Seattle family man whose secret sexual appetites led to his shocking death. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Robinson Devor (Woman Chaser, Police Beat), the film explores the ensuing media coverage and public outcry that uncovered a secret community of zoophiles, who call themselves "zoos." This expressionistic rendering of how apparently upstanding citizens banded together and videotaped their journey into the most taboo realms of behavior, reveals the enormous gulf between what we appear to be and who we really are.

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I don't care if you think it's wrong, or immoral, people are doing it.
Gradient Vector Field
Part of the testimony is about the behavior of the key people; some of the rest of the testimony has experts going over evidence of alleged abuse to the horses.
"Rocky Raccoon"
We get a very clear sense of loneliness, alienation, need, and obssession, but it's all so fluid and quiet that it's almost poetic.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ty Arthur VINE VOICE on January 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Many people were probably very angry upon reaching the end of Zoo when they realized that they had not just watched a documentary, they had watched an art house film deceptively packaged as a documentary. Zoo eschews all standards of documentary filming such as factual content or video interviews, and instead strives to amaze viewers with flashy cinematography, a haunting musical score, and existential self-referential segments that have little or no connection with the subject matter of the documentary. The potential audience for this film should be warned ahead of time that it provides few solid facts about the events in question, sheds no new light on the subject of bestiality, and fails to provide any insight into why human beings would choose to make love with animals.

Zoo is nominally about the events leading up to Kenneth Pinyan's death due to a perforated colon when he engaged in anal intercourse with an Arabian stallion on videotape, as well as the individuals in Pinyan's life who encouraged or were at least indifferent to his interest in bestiality. The word "nominally" may be giving Zoo too much credit, as it never even provides Pinyan's name, instead solely using his online moniker "Mr. Hands". None of the individuals associated with Pinyan, from the group of people who identify themselves as living the zoo lifestyle that he met with regularly to engage in acts of bestiality, to his ex-wife and child, or even the police and prosecutors involved in the aftermath of his death, are ever shown on screen. Director Robinson Devor choose to use actors to create reenactments of events coupled with the occasional voiceover from audio interviews with a scant few people willing to talk about the issue.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Viva on September 27, 2007
Format: DVD
If they hadn't spent so much footage on seemingly endless tracking shots of highways and byways, the filmmakers could have gone more into depth as to what causes bestiality urges in some people, the online communities they are involved in, and more. As it stands, the documentary is not very insightful in the long run. It feels as if it's only the first chapter in a series that will probably not be continued.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "Rocky Raccoon" VINE VOICE on September 28, 2007
Format: DVD
I've always thought there had to be more. Ever since the breaking news of Kenneth Pinyan's death, I have never liked the treatment his story was given. Either the object of tasteless jokes or scathing condemnation, his death has left a void that needed to be filled. Mostly, famed director Robinson Devor's documentary, 'Zoo,' doesn't do much to fill that void, but maybe no documentary can.

Mostly a reenactment, 'Zoo' traces back the account by actors who go to the facility where guests would engage in bestiality with stallions at a stable just outside of Seattle. Hooking up via the anonymity of the Internet, Pinyan (bka "Mr. Hands") and others from many regions joined up to spend time with one of the prized horses. Using eerie, low-ebbed synthesizer music, the film has a lurid quality as it unveils alienated men who bond through tequila and space exploration videos, making their way later solo to pair off with horses often in the middle of the night. Much of the photography is meant to touch on the aesthetics of the environs and equestrian beauty, but the analysis of the human aftermath is few and far between. One of the better aspects touches on the profile of the men: Varying in socio-economic and religious backgrounds, all of them seem tragically alone.

Much of the footage focuses on Pinyan who died one night after an encounter ruptured his colon. As the news headlines flashed across, it became one of those tragic, novelty human interest stories. Devor survey's some of those reactions. Anyone from CNN to Rush Limbaugh is given space, but then they go to some witnesses. Part of the testimony is about the behavior of the key people; some of the rest of the testimony has experts going over evidence of alleged abuse to the horses.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Przybyciel on June 27, 2007
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Devor has created an aesthetic masterpiece with this film, which I first saw at Sundance this year. Don't let the debate over the subject matter impact your decision to watch this film. It is too weird and beautiful to focus on such a hollow point. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a good introduction to the Gonzo Filmaking that is sweeping the documentary world.
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I remember first hearing about this man who died from internal damage after having sex with a horse. I clearly remember thinking, uncharitably, "One less pervo." Yeah, not nice. But the idea of such an act is so repulsive, that one assumes the person is damaged and, in some strange way, has become "less than human." While repulsion, disgust, and horror is natural, I think it is unwise and unkind to dehumanize men (and women) who do acts that seem to "beast-ti-fy" them, in a literal sense.

This documentary allows for the humanity of the group of men who gathered regularly to indulge in said repulsive sexual preference. It has a very peaceful eerieness, a sort of pastoral idyll gone wrong feel. Some scenes are very powerful--the man running frantically with a pailful of bestiality recordings across the greenness of a field in the Pacific Northwest (one DVD dropped for police to find has the name of the horse with whom the victim met his demise); the men walking in the dimmest of lights, on the way, silently, to the barn; the strange, subdued, darkened partying of the men in the house where they had their meet-ups, featureless, moving heavily; the actor playing Ken Pinyan shirtless in a stall, silent and expectant, and in another scene, quietly holding his son's hand in an observatory. Lots of beautiful, somewhat melancholic shots of the Seattle area and Enumclaw and Mt Rainier, too.

We get a very clear sense of loneliness, alienation, need, and obssession, but it's all so fluid and quiet that it's almost poetic. Which is very freaky, given what we know is ultimately going on among these men with their dark urges--they get regularly sodomized by stallions. They record it. They share this obession online.
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