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Killer at Large (2008)

Bill Clinton , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Steven Greenstreet  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Pollan, Mike Huckabee, Tom Harkin
  • Directors: Steven Greenstreet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NLAVL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Killer at Large" on IMDb

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Film producer Bryan Young, 28, lost 40 pounds over two years when making the documentary, Killer at Large, which details some of the reasons and possible solutions to the nation s obesity epidemic.

The film premieres Friday in New York and opens to wider distribution in January. An educational version (45 minutes) will be offered on DVD through the web site on Dec. 1; a theatrical version (104 minutes) will be available on DVD in April.

The documentary takes a broad look at many causes of overweight including our toxic food environment, the problems with school lunches and vending machines and the impact food lobbyists have on determining government policies. It also includes stories about young people who ve had gastric bypass surgery or liposuction. Plus, there are interviews with dozens of people who have tried to bring attention to the obesity problem including former president Bill Clinton, Kelly Brownell of Yale University and consumer advocate Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Young says making the documentary was eye-opening to him. At six-foot tall, he weighed 260 pounds when filming began two years ago. As he learned about the causes of obesity, the first thing he did was cut out fast food which he was eating almost daily for lunch. I lost 10 pounds in a month.

Then he stopped drinking caloric beverages such as juice and Gatorade and started drinking water and coffee. He had given up regular soda 10 years ago.

Young, who now weighs 220 pounds, says he isn t been able to go the gym as much as he d like to because he has been busy putting the finishing touches on the documentary, which cost $300,000 to make.

So what will it take to reverse this epidemic? Telling people to eat less and exercise more isn t working, says producer Steven Greenstreet. It s an extremely complicated and multi-faceted problem.

Adds Young: It s going to take progressive public policy action. We need to take action in our communities and schools.

Proceeds from Friday s New York premiere are being donated to the Children s International Obesity Foundation. The film s producers and the foundation will be presenting actor Chevy Chase and his wife Jayni with an award for their work in fighting childhood obesity. --USA Today, Nov. 19, 2008

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Obesity rates in the United States have skyrocketed over the last twenty years, with no end in sight provoking former Surgeon General, Richard Carmona to state that "obesity is a terror within. It is destroying our society from within and unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist event that you can point out..."

As this epidemic of obesity reaches out into even the most remote corners of the globe, only one thing seems clear, the issue is more complex than you could ever imagine.

Seeking to trace the problem to it's root, we find ourselves in the African Savannah 4 million years ago where we discover how our hunter gatherer ancestry, when mixed in with our modern environment of convenience, stress and abundance has led us to become the most obese generation in the history of the world. Perhaps an even more sobering fact is that we're the first modern society to raise a generation of children with a projected life expectancy that is shorter than that of their parents.

One of the film's most compelling characters is found in Brooke Bates, who after struggling with her weight for all her young life, resorted to liposuction and a tummy tuck at age 12 (all caught on camera). Where the media blitz around the surgery focused on her age and questioning her parents judgment, our documentary camera's dug deeper between the lines to address the confluence of emotional and environmental factors which lead Brooke and so many other young people down a contentious path of food addiction and self loathing.

Beyond the shocking medical statistics and newspaper headlines that one would expect, Killer at Large also examines the ethical and moral implications of the obesity epidemic with leaders of several world religions who sight scripture calling all believers to live healthful lives free of overindulgence and laziness, characteristics that are sadly becoming the norm.

The film goes on to expose the public policies that have been institutionalized by the government and their industrial paymasters who have worked to create an infrastructure that forces farmers to over-produce all the wrong kinds of foods for mass consumption. Add to that further policies that force the price of vegetables artificially high and the price of intensely processed food artificially low, making the poor uniquely positioned to suffer from the results of public policy on obesity.

Other policies and government programs that contribute to obesity are also explored, including those in our schools that are making our children obese. From George Bush's No Child Left Behind proposals and the Federal School Lunch Program to budget cuts and vending machines, America's public schools are becoming the perfect storm of conditions causing unprecedented weight gain in our nation's youth.

But most frightening of all are the National Security implications, causing Carmona to wonder, "Where will our soldiers, sailors and airmen come from? Where will our police and firemen come from if the youngsters today are on a trajectory that says that they will be obese?"

In fact, the problems with the military are presenting themselves now. According to Dr. Linda Kinsinger (U.S. Dept. of Veteran's Affairs) 71% of our veterans are overweight or obese and they suffer more amputations due to type 2 diabetes than from war-related injuries.

Clearly, America is on the wrong path and drastic action is needed to reverse this pandemic weight gain that is negatively affecting every segment of our population. Like Dr. Lionel Tiger says in the film, "It's a battle we fight three times a day and we've all been drafted. It's truly the most democratic of wars."

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a scary, informative look at "the terror within" October 16, 2009
Format:DVD
Killer At Large is a very good documentary that explores the obesity epidemic and the major causes of obesity along with the politics, social issues and even the health problems caused by obesity. The film progresses at a very good pace and I was never bored; the people interviewed gave insightful comments that were very relevant and we get both sides of the story although admittedly the film focuses on the people who support the viewpoints of the filmmakers. The quality of the print is very good, too.

We see practically everything on this topic; this film is well done indeed. For example, the footage of former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona shows him telling audiences that "obesity is the terror within; and unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist event you can point out to me." Wow, what a statement! But the facts are there to support his claims: we are inundated with medical statistics and testimony from people from all walks of life that obesity is a fantastically serious problem that merits our immediate attention. Indeed, the film begins with us meeting a twelve year old girl, Brooke Bates, who has not been able to control her weight. Her parents willingly sign her up for liposuction despite her tender age! Yes, the liposuction procedure and an additional tummy tuck work wonders for her while she exercises--until, that is, she regains the weight that she lost; and by the end of the film we learn that she's going with her parents for an even more invasive procedure even though she's still only thirteen!

And it isn't just Brooke Bates. Bill Clinton goes on record as saying that obesity is a killer; and he's right. We get great comments from Dr.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is EPIC....... July 13, 2009
Format:DVD
Remember how Doctors promoted cigarettes at one time?!!! BE informed! MOST of our government is NOT watching out for our health and our children's future, so I can see why Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger have tried to help out. They've experienced it first-hand. Wonder why you'd spend a little extra on that fashionable bag, but not on fresh food? Watch this film. Wonder why a gas station, school, fabric store now carries junk food? Watch this film. This film goes over EVERY aspect of why we should all start eating organic foods, and so far my whole family has benefited immensely from this knowledge. *Big Thanks to Bryan Young & crew*
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The politics of our food supply April 10, 2011
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This movie hits our food supply issues from the political/social perspective. Gov. subsidizes corn, much of the corn is used for sweeteners, this corn may be genetically engineered, this corn helps create food-like-products, these FLPs are then marketed to young people, the young people are drawn to the FLPs, they essentially become addicted due to the fructose content (fructose is metabolized in the body differently than glucose), increased fructose in the diet leads to metabolic syndrome, and now we are looking at potentially generations of very sick people. The adult population is also in harm's way but this movie focuses more on the youth in this country.

Sadly, even if people have studied this subject like I have, they may still partake in the demand for these FLPs. Wait until you see the scene where parents protest Sesame Street when the show begins promoting vegetables instead of cookies. The ignorance is very disturbing.

This obesity problem is multi-faceted in that it involves personal choice, culture, ignorance, cost, politics, corporate profits, etc. This movie provides a different perspective on the issue than Food, Inc. and King Corn (also excellent movies). If you care about your children and do not know much about this subject, buy this movie and change your family's eating habits. Knowledge is power...do not be a pawn to the "food" manufacturers. Know what food is and what FLPs are (brocolli vs. cheese nips, alaskan wild salmon vs. fast food fish sandwich, etc.) As a marketing major AND nursing major, I understand these issues. Watch the scene where the clever advertisers use Shrek to sell FLPs to children. This is why I exited marketing...I could not, in good conscience, lie to people just so I could fatten my wallet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great info but very disturbing February 13, 2010
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Great movie on the obvious problem in America, we eat too much and move too little. Hilarious segments on the government's attempts to address the problem. Also, a great reminder on the power the food industry has over politicians. The story of the young girl going through countless bariatric surgeries is heartbreaking. Overall very entertaining.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Point July 1, 2010
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While I've definitely seen much better documentaries about the subjects of nutrition, obesity and diabetes, Killer at Large would be a good starting point for someone who is less familiar with the topics. The use of multiple authors and the titles of their related books would be a great place for the newly interested to start a reading list. The graphic video of the 12 year old girl getting liposuction should make an impact on people who may be innured to the standard screenshots of overweight people wattling around unidentified cities. The documentary also does a good job of touching on the multiple factors wrapped up in the debate about obesity/diabetes and clearly demonstrates why the answer is far less simple than it appears at a glance. That said, it wasn't well edited and is very much an introduction documentary rather than a serious investigation or source of really informative material. I'm glad I watched it, but it won't be going on my "need to own" list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Wakeup Call Since "Food, Inc"
I just finished watching this. It was spellbounding! As a professional with a Master degree in Health Sciences from Washington University in St. Read more
Published 25 days ago by GinalolaQQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product.
Published 28 days ago by Wait! There is more!
4.0 out of 5 stars Show parts to my senior high health class*** includes SPOILERS!****
As a teaching tool, this is very useful and keeps the student's attention. They love (and shriek) at seeing a pre-teen having liposuction, and also gasp at seeing open sores on... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Schroeder
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING..
This was boring, that is seriously all I have to say. I didn't even bother finishing it. Snooze fest all the way.
Published 6 months ago by ageorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
A tremendous insight regarding this nation's obesity crisis. It's hard to turn a blind eye to our children's future when this film shows how serious our situation is regarding our... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joanne Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up Call
This is truly and eye opener and I have informed people I know about this movie. They have watched it also and it makes you take a different look at the things you are eating. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Crystal
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound should be re-mixed.
Great content. HOWEVER...
The sound is very badly mixed with what should be background music often drowning out the vocal narrative. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jon S. Wumkes
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy
There is an extremely loud background noise. So loud I cannot even hear what the narrator or anyone else is saying. Read more
Published 12 months ago by she hatton
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad but very true
A bit too long and the information isn't that new, but its still pretty true. Americans need to stop pigging out and start making eating about nurishing and caring for their body... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Monarch lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much Bill Clinton here.
I think the information on this DVD is pretty much generally known. I was looking forward to hearing much more about what Bill Clinton had to say which was very little which was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jburrous
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