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4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Jill Heinerth
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0979878985
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I just finished watching my copy of Ben's Vortex. It is a compelling story for sure. I have to think that those who have spoken badly of this video have a personal interest in the story. I can see why some of the information would be disturbing to a grieving family. Personally I am glad that the makers of the video did not sugar coat the facts in order to please people. There are things in the movie that certainly will not be pleasing to Ben's family. There are also things that the cave diving community (which I am a part of) are not thrilled with in this video. To me, it is a good sign that a documentary about a mysterious case ticks everybody off. It means the film doesn't pander to one side or the other. There were no quality issues with my video whatsoever. The underwater shots are superb. It is a compelling story and I am sorry for the family and all those who have been affected by Ben's disappearance.
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Just watched the film for the first time after following the story through the news and am even more fascinated by the story. The movie is well put-together and seems well-researched; the fact that there is open discussion about the different possibilities makes it so intriguing. I really appreciate the integrity of the film makers; even as a non-scuba person, the explanations of more technical aspects of the story are clearly explained along the way. I was drawn in by the "if this, then that" thought process that is elaborated upon by the film makers; I recommend this film to anyone with interest in the story, in cave diving, or just in mysteries in general.
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I thought this was a well done film that tried its best to show all sides of a complex story. Our family watched it together, and we were all riveted to the twists and turns in the case, as well as the beautiful underwater footage.

As for the reviewer who claims that only fans of Jill Heinerth would give positive reviews, I'd have to counter that he must be a friend of Ben's family in order to feel the need to belittle anyone who enjoyed the film. I am not a cave diver nor a fan of Heinerth; and I didn't come to the story with any preconceived ideas. There were absolutely no problems with poor quality production or sound problems either.

This was a great film that tried its best to give an accurate, unbiased and interesting account. I consider it well worth the money spent.
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Robert and Jill did a fantastic job with this fim. Even non cave divers (my wife) really thought that it was a compelling story and it provoked very good discussion on some of the notifications she would initiate if I was overdue. Some of the restrictions that Paul was filmed going through were really sick. I enjoyed Kevin's point of view as one of the members of the search team. I would have really liked to here Mat's perspective but I know he declined to be interviewed. Beautifully shot, well edited and a compelling mystery what more could you want in a dive documentary.
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If you are a scuba diver, you will appreciate the crystal clear underwater scenes, some of them shot inside incredibly tight caves. The story is told from various vantage points, showcasing the conflicting opinions that exist about Ben's disappearance. The story is compelling and left me with both a fascination for cave diving and a healthy dose of respect for the rules that surround this dangerous, but exhilarating sport.
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The events that are covered in this documentary happened right after I moved to Florida I was interested in cave diving so I followed it pretty close. With just a hint of MythBusters Robert and Jill really seemed to cover all the details of this story as only they could. AWESOME cave scenes and great story telling... I've already watched my copy twice and know I will come back to it many more times because the story is told so well.
-Tim
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I just watched Ben's Vortex with my non-cave diver girlfriend. She found it to be a very compelling story- she works for the Florida State Attorney's Office and she too has seen her share of unscrupulous people quite capable of assuming a false identity and staging an elaborate hoax. The interesting thing about this case is that the hoax theory is one of several possibilities, each of which are explored in this film. I came into the film with my own idea as to what happened, now I'm not so sure. What happened to Ben McDaniel? Watch and see if you can make up your own mind.
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I'd first like to start by saying, despite the negative reviews and the family's view on this film, I went ahead and purchased it because my co-host and I cover missing persons cases in the United States via podcasting. I wanted to make sure we knew all the facts surrounding Ben's case so that we could accurately give our listeners the whole story. Without Ben's Vortex, I don't believe we could have done that. The production quality was a little amateur, but you could tell Jill and her husband did their research and tried their very best to remain objective throughout the documentary. The cinematography was beautifully done! I was amazed at the high quality videos they were able to capture in that cave. I would definitely recommend this documentary to anyone who is interested in deep cave diving, scuba diving, and missing persons cases! It was truly intriguing and well researched! Thanks again, Jill for this amazing documentary!

Melissa Bridges, co-host of "America's Missing Podcast"
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