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Plastic Planet

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap, it's practical, and it's everywhere - from the highest mountains to the hottest deserts, from the North Pole to the South Pole. It's even part of us - inside our blood.

Should we be worried?

In the tradition of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, this feisty yet informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reach of plastic. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies...and the health of future generations.

In English, German, Italian & Dutch w/English subtitles

Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices DVD Wallet

Review

Plastic Planet is that rare call-to-action documentary that might rouse viewers to do something more than nod their heads in agreement. A methodically researched yet engaging examination of the environmental and health problems associated with plastic, this wide-ranging warning cry uses an intelligent investigative style along with animation and vintage footage to drive home its message. --Jay Weissberg, Variety

Every bit as unshakable as An Inconvenient Truth. --James Snyder, Time Out New York

Fascinating and ultimately alarming. --Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Every bit as unshakable as An Inconvenient Truth. --James Snyder, Time Out New York

Fascinating and ultimately alarming. --Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Werner Boote
  • Directors: Werner Boote
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IY3G32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 11, 2011
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Somewhere between any of Michael Moore's investigative documentaries and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, lies German documentarian Werner Boote's film Plastic Planet.

If there is one prime message to be gathered from watching this 99-minute film (packed in an environmentally-friendly cardboard package) it is that "PLASTIC KILLS!"

Boote travels the world from China - where toys exported to the world are made from unsafe plastic - to the US to meet with scientists who are learning that using too much plastic in your house can actually cause infertility in both men in women. In all, he gathers 700 studies showing the dangers of the chemicals in plastic (which was first discovered in 1907 and is an integral part of our lives.). While some environmentalists are discussing the issue of recycling plastic bottles to save the environment, Boote's main cause is to show the effects on our health.

Like Gore (and Moore too), Boote uses animation and colorful graphics to make his point easier to understand. And, like Moore, he goes in search of the President of Plastics Europe, at a major trade show, to confront him with the results of the 700 studies he has collected. (And, like Moore, he is rejected in his efforts.). But there is a lot of technical jargon used by the interviewees, and Boote is not as "humorous" as Moore so the film drags in spots. Another issue is with the subtitles. Because Boote is meeting with international experts who don't speak English, subtitles are used often. These are in while lettering which makes them often difficult to read when the background contains white. I only wish that more filmmakers would use the bright GREEN or YELLOW that French filmmakers often use.
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This really opened my eyes.
This documentary explains which plastics can be harmful to your health And why!
Since watching this ive shared it with 3 friends, started recycling, and cut down on plastic dishes and utensils that I buy.
There Are alternatives to plastic.
A Great buy if you give a damn about the environment!
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Having already watched the documentary 'Plastic Planet' on LinkTV I knew that my purchase would be worth the money paid. Because I intended to loan the documentary to other people, therefore spreading the word, I was more than willing to make the purchase (I bought two). I strongly recommend that everyone that may be 'on the fence' to buy at least one copy and endeavor to loan it to everyone you know and encourage them to pass it on to everyone they know.
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After waiting for over a year for NF to acquire this DVD, I broke down and paid $18 for it. Werner Boot does the required footwork here, interviewing a couple of scientists and professors, and making lots of visits to plastic manufacturers. In the end, though... we don't really get to see anything interesting, and the whole deal is presented in a dry, sedated tone. Not entertaining, or engaging in the least. In the end, we learn what many of us already know: Man-made stuff is usually unhealthy for us, and corporations will do anything to make a buck and hide the dirt under the rug. I wish I had my $18 bucks back.
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One of the most informative & shocking exposes ever on the plastics industry! A MUST SEE. Share this one with everyone you know...it may save your life.
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Carefully researched and entertaining while astonishing and motivating. I showed it to my Organic Chem class for an excellent discussion.
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I watch a lot of documentaries that are in this vein but few are as thoroughly researched as this one. Werner Boote travels across the world with his plastic globe to discover what it, and many other plastic products, are hiding in its chemical makeup. The findings should be enough to jump start a true modern eco-friendly revolution given the implications of what today's plastics are leeching into our bodies and will continue to leech into the planet for over the next 500 years.
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