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Super Size Me [DVD] (2004)

John Banzhaf , Bridget Bennett (II) , Morgan Spurlock  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Banzhaf, Bridget Bennett (II), Ron English (III), Don Gorske, Mary Gorske
  • Directors: Morgan Spurlock
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002OXVBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Super Size Me [DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four deleted scenes
  • Interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
  • Extra interviews
  • The Last Supper: recipes from healthy chef Alex

Editorial Reviews

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rejected five times by the USC film school, won the best director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for this alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation. Under extensive medical supervision, Spurlock subjects himself to a steady diet of McDonald's cuisine for 30 days just to see what happens. In less than a week, his ordinarily fit body and equilibrium undergo dark and ugly changes: Spurlock grows fat, his cholesterol rockets north, his organs take a beating, and he becomes subject to headaches, mood swings, symptoms of addiction, and lessened sexual energy. The gimmick is too obvious to sustain a feature documentary; Spurlock actually spends most of the film probing insidious ways that fast food companies worm their way into school lunchrooms and the hearts of young children who spend hours in McDonald's playrooms. French fries never looked more nauseating. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

It was a simple but novel idea: Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock wanted to see if McDonald's food is really as bad as we think it is. What would happen if he ate nothing but McDonald's three times a day for 30 days? The revealing and often hilarious results will surprise and maybe even scare you. 2 DVDs. 2004/color/96 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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205 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McNastiness October 22, 2004
By CreepyT
The current trend towards obesity in the US is not a difficult one to notice, and yet so many people turn their backs on it. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just the opposite. He throws it in the faces of the movie-going public with a unique and intelligent fervor, akin to that of Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Spurlock states "Super Size Me is one man's journey into the world of weight gain, health problems and fast food. It's an examination of the American way of life and the influence that has had on our children, the nation and the world at large." Furthermore, "It's a film about corporate responsibility and personal responsibility," and indeed this film is just that.

Spurlock spends 30 grueling days eating nothing but McDonalds food, and exploits the health risks accompanying such a lifestyle in the process. Under the supervision of three medical doctors and a nutritionist, Spurlock's health steadily declines, his weight steadily increases, and his cholesterol skyrockets. All the while, his vegan chef girlfriend, Alex Jamieson, is in the background rolling her eyes.

Interspersed throughout the documentation of Spurlock's McDiet are highly intriguing facts regarding the food industry and its somewhat less-than-benign ventures, as well as interviews with key people who have attempted to urge the public to change their eating habits for the better (such as author John Robbins and former Surgeon General David Satcher). Though this film is chock full of facts and statistics, Spurlock is not without witty repartee and humor. In other words, this is not your average snore-inducing PBS special.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get the original at half the price! October 11, 2010
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If you have this DVD already, don't bother with purchasing this. It has only two new features, and neither one is that informative. The ten questions feature is only 11 minutes long, and it doesn't tell us anything new. The appearance at the college is about 50 minutes long, and it irritated me because Spurlock seemed to be trying to come off as a stand-up comedian. He presents a few interesting anecdotes bur certainly nothing worth $18.00. I wasted my money.

If you don't have the movie, by all means buy the original. It has more features (which, surprisingly, are not included on the new version), and it's half the price. "The Smoking Fry" and the piece about the McDonald's collectors are entertaining. When I give one away to my students, I will definitely give away this one and treasure the original. I am surprised that Spurlock would be a part of this. He at least could have included the original features on this DVD. Perhaps on Super Size Me Tenth Anniversay there will be more.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already Super Sized December 11, 2004
What can one say besides WOW at the very premise of this film. Mr. Spurlock has done something very foolhardy and dramatic to prove a point... we are killing ourselves with the over consumption of food that is cheap, easy to obtain, grossly over proportioned and harmful in more ways than one. Mr. Spurlock points both barrels at the McDonalds Corp. with this exercise (an obvious and widely recognized target), but it literally could have been any of the dozens of fast food restaurants that populate the urban landscape across North America. To eat only McDonalds food, three meals a day for 30 days is something not even the most die-hard McD's fan would recommend, but to do so under close medical examination is revealing to say the least. And the impact this diet has on his physical condition is stunning. Obesity is a major problem worldwide, and all you have to do is look around you to see the impending health care disaster waddling from meal to meal. I'm 47, and when I was in public school in the sixties I remember perhaps two or three girls who had a healthy amount of baby fat and one boy who was slightly obese. Today, children of this age group are phenomenally large and have already established disastrous eating habits. Eating habits and patterns which will get harder and harder to shed as they get older. The primary difference between then and now? Similar to Mr. Spurlock's experience I can count on one hand all the times my Mother and Father and I ate in a restaurant, and I wouldn't use all my fingers. My Mom made virtually every meal we ate, and there wasn't a fast food joint on every other corner and donut shops on all the others. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Standing Up Against a Corporate Giant! Go Morgan!!! October 30, 2004
I love the people who attack this movie and say "No one thinks McDonald's is health food!" and "You can eat healthy at McDonalds' BLAH BLAH BLAH. Sounds like the movie hits too close to home, or more like it, to the waistline. Sure, you can eat healthy at McDonalds and exercise more. BUT AMERICA DOESNT DO THAT!!!! That's the point of the movie. And corporation's won't spend a dime to see that we change unless they can see a profit in it. Spurlock does not deny that 3 squares of Mickey D's a day is going overboard and people have to be responsible for their lives. I love the pinheads also say, "You can eat burgers and fries at fine dining establishments and get the same results." How many of us visit a Wolfgang Pucks's daily? Are they on every corner in every American city? SUPER SIZE ME is also about the marketing of fast food. The food, as McD's shows us on a daily basis, is secondary to that happy feeling we are supposed to get from the whole McDonaldland experience. The most sinful thing of all is that the marketing is not directed at adults who can see past the Golden Arches, but at children.

Also, why doesnt McDonald's ever show Ronald actually eating the food? Hmmmm?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really exposed the fast food industry in America!
Great movie with a ton of eye opening information. Really exposed the fast food industry and obesity epidemic in America!
Published 8 days ago by Kevin E Pack
1.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
So what's he trying to prove? That if you overload on crap food for a month, it will harm your body? DUH!!! This was not a documentary, it was a propaganda piece. Read more
Published 22 days ago by J.N.
5.0 out of 5 stars america is sick...
This documentary is awesome and shows that we the USA have a huge problem and sickness...FAST FOOD.... Read more
Published 29 days ago by John W. Spencer III
5.0 out of 5 stars the icicle
Very educational. This film served as a BIG eye opener to those of us who are totally unaware of what EXTREMELY INEXPENSIVE FAST FOOD can really do to our bodies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by unhappygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this for their collection
This is a funny educational cult classic. Add it to your collection and buy copies for your family and friends if they haven't seen it
Published 1 month ago by C. Dickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Stomach aches
This is an eye opener and I recommend to those who like eating fast food. My stomach ached just watching what this adventurer went through. A teaching tool as well as entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Pineda
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener - a MUST SEE
After watching this I have totally steered clear of fast food - except veggies only at the local Chinese place. It sure explains alot!
Published 2 months ago by KimPossible!
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate story
This documentary is incredibly one-sided (as many are) and poorly documented. The calorie intake doesn't match his specified rules - he clearly ate much more than he claimed to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for class viewing
Excellent movie for education! My students were amazed! Brought up lots of interesting points about our nutrition and eating processed foods
Published 2 months ago by Pam Fuchs
4.0 out of 5 stars Supersize Me
Arrived ready for use with students. Everything seemed in good order but it cost more than I would have liked to ship it to Australia.
Published 2 months ago by Ian Dignon
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