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Blue Vinyl: The World's First Toxic Comedy
Blue Vinyl The World's First Toxic Comedy
Actors: William Baggett, Charlie Cray, Daniel B. Gold, Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes, Florence Helfand
Directors: Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand
Genres: Comedy, Educational, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 38min

Part family comedy and part horrifying investigative reportage, Blue Vinyl can make one simultaneously laugh and shiver with fear in the same, deceptively low-key moments. Documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand, upset that h...  more »


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Actors: William Baggett, Charlie Cray, Daniel B. Gold, Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes, Florence Helfand
Directors: Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand
Creators: Daniel B. Gold, Beverly Peterson, Cheryl Furjanic, Chris Pilaro, Christopher White, Colette Smith
Genres: Comedy, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Educational, Comedy
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/29/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Funny and thought provoking
Claudia J. Mcbarron | Portland, OR USA | 11/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We were able to see it screened at our local theater with the movie producer giving comments. It is one of those movies that will change your lifestyle and how you think. Funny and thought provoking, anyone involved with building, from architects to engineers should see this!"
Great documentary
Mad Max | Seattle, WA USA | 01/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In this movie, Judith Helfand searches for the truth behind the vinyl industry.

Questioning her parents decision to put blue vinyl siding on their house, she sets out to find the truth about vinyl: what are the hazards, are there side-effects, are there dangers in the production and disposal of vinyl?

The result is entertaining, informative, and disturbing. I knew, from my work in the environmental field, that exposure to vinyl chloride is an extremely underrated hazard. Research has shown for years (and Helfand makes a strong case for this in her movie) that vinyl chloride is a carcinogen, and that the production & disposal of vinyl is a serious environmental and health risk.

But one new area of concern, which was not addressed by the film, is that regular (so-called "inert") vinyl, found in PVC pipes, vinyl siding, shower curtains, car dashboards, etc., emits small doses of toxic chemicals, which also pose serious concerns.

The film walks you through her process of learning about the industry, talking to victims and various experts, going to trade shows, and her many discussions with her (very patient) parents on this subject.

Fun. Informative. Thought-provoking. What else can you ask for in a movie? I applaud the filmmaker - we need more movies like this one."
Informative & funny!
mama.x | | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

Good flick. Easy to understand. Even kids can watch it.

I loan this to my architectural clients before they make decisions.
It often prevents them from making unhealthy/environmentally detrimental choices.

It's entertaining & funny also - always a good tool for getting people interested."
Vinyl Siding vs. Historic Preservation
J. Burger | Salina, KS | 09/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is probably a must read for members of local Historic Preservation Commissions as they often review proposals for plastic siding that is applied to historic homes. Too often vinyl siding is placed on a home for a quick sale rather than the owner repairing the damage caused by lack of paint or leaking pipes. It is called replacement siding because you or someone else will replace it at the end of its life in 10-12 years.

The film does an excellent job in portraying the true cost to the environment and people associated with its manufacture and installation. Its a precise, humorous but harrowing true tale."