New Release: Vanishing of the Bees DVD

Vanishing of the Bees movie sceneVanishing of the Bees, a 2009 documentary about the mysterious disappearance of honeybees across the planet in recent years, arrived on DVD on June 14, 2011, from Entertainment One.

Known as “Colony Collapse Disorder,” this bizarre phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing, apples, broccoli, cherries and dozens of other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations reportedly pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food in our daily diets.

Directed by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein and narrated by Ellen Page (Peacock), Vanishing of the Bees follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as they plead their case in Washington and travel across the Pacific Ocean in a quest to protect their honeybees.

Shot across the world, the independent film examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater economic, political and ecological ramification it holds for mankind and the planet. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers look into alternative reasons for the loss. After years of years, a definitive answer has still not been found to the mystery.

The DVD carries a price of $19.98

Bonus features include a featurette about British beekeeping and shorter pieces about beekeeping around the world.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.