Last summer, I took my husband to see the movie Food, Inc., and I advised you all to take someone who doesn’t know much about our food situation to view the movie with you. If you didn’t get to do that, now is your chance. Food, Inc. was released on DVD and Blu-ray earlier this week.
I was sent a copy of the movie to review, and I’m glad I have it now. It’s a good reminder of why I’ve chosen to change much of the meat my family buys and who we buy it from. The DVD includes the original theatrical film that opens our eyes to how the big food producers treat their animals and their workers. It also gives us an idea of the health implications that come from a steady diet of highly processed, high-fat foods.
In addition to the movie, the DVD includes several special features including deleted scenes. One scene, called Cheapness Comes at a Price, is particularly unnerving. Workers at a hog processing plant are interviewed, and we are given a glimpse of how the workers are treated no better than the animals they are processing. Several of the deleted scenes punctuate the problems that the movie reveals. If you’ve seen the movie already and found it compelling, you’ll want to see the deleted scenes.
Other special features include celebrity PSA’s, an ABC News Nightline feature that aired last June, and a kids’ feature that has information and games for kids.
I plan on showing the movie to my children. The movie is rated PG and a warning says “some material may not be suitable for children for some thematic material and disturbing images.” I’ve seen the movie already, and I think that my 7- and 10-year-old boys need to be a little disturbed about some of the foods they beg me to buy. I’d advise you watch the movie through once before choosing to show it to you own children.