The updated version of Fat Head I’ve mentioned a couple of times is finally available. We received a shipment of DVDs while I was at work yesterday. Being a cruel husband, I asked Chareva to watch it to make sure there weren’t any video flaws. We’ll sell the DVD ourselves — I’m not making the mistake of trusting another DVD distributor.
(The good news is that you’re our number one seller! The bad news is that we just declared bankruptcy and used the proceeds from your film to float our operations there at the end. Sorry about the two years’ worth of residuals you’ll never see.)
Gravitas, the digital-content distributor who put Fat Head on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Play and iTunes (also the only distributor we like) will be distributing it to the same markets overseas — at long last.
Creating a version our lying-sack-of-@#$% international “distributor” can’t lock down and sit on was part of the motivation, but I’m glad I updated the film regardless. It was due for a facelift.
I named it Fat Head: Director’s Cut, even though I’m the director and cut both of them. To make room for a followup sequence at the end, I cut two sections from the film. The first was the section about kids not walking to school anymore, people driving everywhere, etc. After I learned more about the negligible effect exercise has on weight loss, I cringed a bit every time I watched that section. What the research shows is that kids start getting fat first, then they stop moving around as much. Before they get fat, the kids who become fat later are just as active on average as their peers.
The other section I cut is this:
I didn’t cringe what I saw that section, but it appeared late in the film and felt out of place. I dealt with Morgan Spurlock’s nonsense sufficiently in the first part of the film; no need to give him another whack near the end. I uploaded that section to YouTube since it’s not part of Fat Head anymore.
Now, for the new stuff: cutting the sections I mentioned above gave me time to add a follow-up section at the end. Since I want anyone who has the old version and is considering getting the updated version to know exactly what’s been added, here it is. The YouTube video below starts from about a minute before the new section:
We have a couple of boxes of the old version left, but I decided to retire that one. For the past month or so, I’ve been emailing people who ordered the DVD to ask if they’d like to wait for the updated version. Every single one said yes. If you’ve been waiting for an order, it went out today. We spent a big chunk of last night getting caught up. If you order a DVD from this point forward, you get the updated version. For those who asked recently, yes, the international version plays everywhere. It’s the only version available.
That’s one big project out of the way. I have another roast to write and produce before the low-carb cruise in May, then I have two more projects I hope to finish this year: the book and companion DVD Chareva and I have been kicking around, and the Fat Head soundtrack — if Tom Monahan and I can ever coordinate our schedules.
p.s. — Chareva’s brother and his new bride will be arriving today and staying through the weekend. I’ll check comments, but won’t be writing another post until Monday.