Food, Inc.

Featured In Issue 147, March/April 2010

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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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Food, Inc. lifts the veil off our nation's food industry, exposing how our food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health—the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and our own environment. The documentary reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, and who we have become as a nation. Not to be missed. Should be mandatory viewing for every American—actually every human being! (Gary Reber)

Special features include eight deleted scenes (SD 37:44), seven celebrity public service announcements (SD 07:14), ABC News Nightline You Are What You Eat: Food With Integrity (June 16, 2009) (SD 07:21), The Amazing Food Detective and Snacktown Smackdown: Stay Active and Eat Healthy (SD 03:05), a resources listing, Food, Inc.—The Book companion book explores the challenges raised by the film, the theatrical trailer, up-front previews, and BD-Live functionality.

The 1080p 1.78:1 VC-1 picture was shot digitally, and the imagery is impressively well balanced and natural. Even the supermarket shots appear vibrantly colorful. The exterior farm scenes are often spectacular, with excellent contrast and color balance. Blacks are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is generally revealing. Resolution is inconsistent but generally quite good, depending on the source material and the circumstances under which the imagery was photographed. Overall, the picture is sharp and clear, with few artifacts and a generally pristine appearance, with occasional noise artifacts apparent. Some of the material is standard-definition archival stock footage, and the picture is soft and mutated in quality. This is a shockingly vivid account of mass food production that presents a natural pictorial. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced, to convey the strong message, with absolute clarity, whether interviews, narration, or commentary. The music is largely guitar-based, accompanied with orchestral backup at times. The sound is nicely recorded, with natural-sounding dynamics. This is a simple soundtrack, which effectively realizes its mission to communicate. Overall, the sound is effectively clear. (Gary Reber)