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MOVIE REVIEW OF ...
Blue Vinyl

(Documentary)   Released: 2002

This Blue Vinyl review written by Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet.

DVD cover for Blue Vinyl That innocent-looking vinyl siding on your house is not so innocent. Your kid's rubber ducky is probably a vinyl ducky, spit out from the hell-fires of a polyvinyl chloride factory. The list of vinyl-containing products in our modern lives goes on and on, and vinyl's ubiquity is not good. But don't believe me—just sit back and relax and watch the DVD Blue Vinyl.

This award-winning documentary, from filmmakers Judith Hefland and Daniel B. Gold, takes us from novice to nervous when it comes to vinyl. It uses the new blue vinyl siding on Hefland's parents' house as a focal point for exploring pollution from vinyl production, dangers to anyone living in a building with vinyl siding, and the extensive cover-up that the industry has engaged in for decades.

The documentary's quirky style keeps the subject from seeming dry, often moving us to outright laughter. But there is serious information being presented here too, and the stories of some of the people who have been affected by vinyl's toxic dark side are heartbreaking.

After watching Blue Vinyl, you may find yourself far less satisfied with the siding on your house and our vinyl-filled world in general, but you'll be glad your eyeballs made the trip trough this blue world.

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