Review: Tapped DVD

STUDIO: The Disinformation Company | DIRECTOR: Stephanie Soechtig
RELEASE DATE: 8/10/2010 | PRICE: DVD $19.98
BONUSES: commentary, featurettes; Blu-ray adds picture-in-picture commentary, digital copy
SPECS: NR | 76 min. | Documentary | 1.78:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

If you think bottled water is cleaner and safer than tap water, Tapped will make you think again.

The feature-film debut of TV documentarian Stephanie Soechtig, Tapped compares the strict regulations and stringent testing methods that municipals must go through to ensure tap water is safe to drink versus the bottled water companies, such as Aquafina and Dasani, which are private companies that are mostly unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

These companies market their water as safer and purer to drink than tap water, yet the film cites countless recalls by these same companies due to unsafe levels of chemicals that were found in their water (i.e. the 2004 Dasani recall due to unsafe levels of bromate).

This might all seem a little paranoid, until Tapped cites a very real example of government oversight: the danger of BPA (bisphenol A) in plastic bottles. Linked to breast and prostrate cancer as well as reproductive abnormalities, BPA has been deemed safe at low levels by the FDA. However, the association came to this conclusion based on two studies by the chemical industry. Not exactly reassuring.

The documentary also tackles the damage that millions of plastic bottles have done to our environment. Only 20% of water bottles are recycled in the U.S. — most end up in the ocean, damaging the marine ecosystem.

Tapped is a well-done, informative movie about the very real problems caused by bottled waters, and it certainly will make you rethink your views on drinking water.


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