Top Food Stories movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent No Reservations on DVD No Reservations
Synopsis
Kate, an uptight chef, finds her life turned upside down when her sister dies in a car accident and she becomes her niece's sole guardian. The arrival of an unpredictable sous chef at her restaurant adds to the chaos.
Cast
Cast
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Bob Balaban, Brian F. O'Byrne, Lily Rabe
Director
Director
Scott Hicks
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Food Stories
Rent Eat Pray Love on DVD Eat Pray Love
Synopsis
Recent divorcée Liz decides to reshape her life, traveling the world in search of direction. She heads to Italy, India and Bali, indulging in delicious cuisine while seeking the true meaning of self-love, family, friendship and forgiveness.
Cast
Cast
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, Hadi Subiyanto, Mike O'Malley, Tuva Novotny, Luca Argentero
Director
Director
Ryan Murphy
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Religious & Spiritual Dramas, Food Stories, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Super Size Me on DVD Super Size Me
Synopsis
Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fare.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Spurlock, Bridget Bennett, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Dr. Stephen Siegel
Director
Director
Morgan Spurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent Food, Inc. on DVD Food, Inc.
Synopsis
Drawing on the nonfiction books Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industry's detrimental effects on human health and the environment.
Cast
Cast
Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin
Director
Director
Robert Kenner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Food Stories, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Bottle Shock on DVD Bottle Shock
Synopsis
France's position as the world's top wine producer went unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines on the map -- a story delightfully told in this full-bodied tale about the heady early days of Napa Valley's success.
Cast
Cast
Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, Bradley Whitford, Miguel Sandoval, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Mark Famiglietti
Director
Director
Randall Miller
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Wine & Beverage Appreciation, Food & Wine, Dramas Based on Real Life, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Food Stories
Rent Big Night on DVD Big Night
Synopsis
Despite its superb cuisine, an Italian restaurant run by immigrant brothers verges on bankruptcy. But the siblings risk it all to save their bistro when they get the chance to cook up a feast for bandleader Louis Prima.
Cast
Cast
Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver, Allison Janney, Marc Anthony, Liev Schreiber, Christine Tucci, Pasquale Cajano, Gene Canfield, Larry Block, Caroline Aaron, Jack O'Connell, Campbell Scott, Karen Shallo, Peter McRobbie, Andre Belgrader
Director
Director
Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Food Stories, 20th Century Period Pieces, Food & Wine, Period Pieces
Rent The Future of Food on DVD The Future of Food
Synopsis
Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Deborah Koons
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Forks Over Knives on DVD Forks Over Knives
Synopsis
Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Lee Fulkerson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Science and Nature Documentaries, Healthy Living, Food & Wine, Mind & Body
Rent Simply Irresistible on DVD Simply Irresistible
Synopsis
Struggling chef Amanda (Sarah Michelle Gellar) just isn't cutting the mustard, but her soufflés begin to improve thanks to a magic crustacean in this love story infused with culinary delights. Smitten upon meeting Tom (Sean Patrick Flanery), Amanda can't get him to take notice. But when she's given a crab from a caring cupid, her dishes begin to cause a certain magic of their own -- and Tom can't ignore her anymore.
Cast
Cast
Sean Patrick Flanery, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Betty Buckley, Amanda Peet
Director
Director
Mark Tarlov
Genres
Genres
Romance, Romantic Comedies, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Jiro Dreams of Sushi on DVD Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Synopsis
This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies. Ono is also a father, whose sons struggle to live up to his legacy and make their own marks.
Cast
Cast
Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Director
Director
David Gelb
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Foreign Documentaries, Japanese Language
Rent The Ramen Girl on DVD The Ramen Girl
Synopsis
When her boyfriend leaves her high and dry in Tokyo, spoiled American tourist Abby finds solace in a neighborhood ramen noodle house run by a cantankerous old chef, who agrees to take her on as an apprentice.
Cast
Cast
Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Gabriel Mann, Daniel Evans, Renji Ishibashi, Sohee Park, Kimiko Yo, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Maria Abe, Masayoshi Haneda, Hajime Inoue, Justin Berti, Judai Ikeshita, Sonya Inge
Director
Director
Robert Allan Ackerman
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Food Stories
Rent Today's Special on DVD Today's Special
Synopsis
After he gets passed over for promotion, haute cuisine sous chef Samir quits to pursue his dream of cooking in Paris, but an emergency forces him to take over his family's shabby Indian restaurant in Queens.
Cast
Cast
Aarti Mann, Dean Winters, Kevin Corrigan, Jess Weixler, Naseeruddin Shah, Aasif Mandvi, Ajay Naidu, Amir Arison, Kevin Breznahan, Madhur Jaffrey
Director
Director
David Kaplan
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Food Stories, Indie Comedies, Indie Romance, Food & Wine
Rent Dinner Rush on DVD Dinner Rush
Synopsis
Louis (Danny Aiello) is an aging bookie and restaurateur who's bemoaning the transformation of Gigino's -- his restaurant in the TriBeCa area of New York City -- from a down-to-earth, mom-and-pop Italian eatery to a pretentious, see-and-be-seen establishment. To make matters worse, Louis's son Udo (Edoardo Ballerini), a talented chef, wants to take over the restaurant ... as do a pair of thugs who murdered Louis's partner.
Cast
Cast
Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno, Lexie Sperduto, Zainab Jah, Alex Corrado, Michael McGlone, Polly Draper, Vivian Wu, Manny Perez, Summer Phoenix, Sandra Bernhard, John Corbett
Director
Director
Bob Giraldi
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Mobster, Food Stories
Rent What's Cooking? on DVD What's Cooking?
Synopsis
This multicultural comedy-drama set in Los Angeles's middle-class environs paints an intriguing portrait of family tensions as four ethnic clans -- Latino, black, Jewish and Asian -- get ready for Thanksgiving dinner.
Cast
Cast
Joan Chen, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Mercedes Ruehl, Julianna Margulies, Dennis Haysbert, A Martinez, Lainie Kazan, Maury Chaykin, Estelle Harris, Suzanne Carney, Francois Chau
Director
Director
Gurinder Chadha
Genres
Genres
Drama, Comedy, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Food Matters on DVD Food Matters
Synopsis
With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.
Cast
Cast
Andrew W. Saul, Charlotte Gerson, David Wolfe, Ian Brighthope, Victor Zeines, Phillip Day, Dan Rogers, Jerome Burne
Director
Director
James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Australia/ New Zealand
Rent Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on DVD Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Synopsis
Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
Cast
Cast
Joe Cross
Director
Director
Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent I Like Killing Flies on DVD I Like Killing Flies
Synopsis
In this quirky documentary, filmmaker Matt Mahurin peers into Shopsin's, a hole-in-the-wall Greenwich Village restaurant that's been dutifully serving comfort food to satisfied customers for more than 30 years. Lording over the eatery is hilarious, ersatz philosopher/owner Kenny Shopsin, who caters to his regulars while dispensing tough love with his okra chowder. And he's just as likely to throw his customers out as he is to take their orders.
Cast
Cast
Eve Shopsin, Kenny Shopsin, Calvin Trillin
Director
Director
Matt Mahurin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent Tampopo on DVD Tampopo
Synopsis
A celebration of the role of food in Japanese culture, acclaimed director Juzo Itami's hit satire was dubbed the first "noodle western" for its delightful parody of American Westerns and Japanese samurai films. Tampopo follows a young widow (Nobuki Miiyamoto) who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki), a cowboy hat-wearing truck driver, as they attempt to concoct the perfect bowl of ramen.
Cast
Cast
Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Kôji Yakusho, Rikiya Yasuoka
Director
Director
Juzo Itami
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Japan, Japanese Language, Food Stories, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent How to Cook Your Life on DVD How to Cook Your Life
Synopsis
German filmmaker Doris Dörrie documents a summer in the life of renowned Zen practitioner and cook Edward Espe Brown as he teaches culinary classes in Zen centers in Austria and California, revealing the role food plays in our bodies and spirits.
Cast
Cast
Edward Espe Brown, Doris Dörrie
Director
Director
Doris Dörrie
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Nina's Heavenly Delights on DVD Nina's Heavenly Delights
Synopsis
Born into an Indian expatriate family and raised in Glasgow, Nina (Shelley Conn) flees to London to avoid an arranged marriage. But when she returns home to run her family's struggling restaurant after her father's death, she discovers a new kind of love. Joining forces with the chef, Lisa (Laura Fraser), she works to win a cooking contest her father entered and save the restaurant. Soon, her blossoming feelings for Lisa take her by surprise.
Cast
Cast
Shelley Conn, Laura Fraser, Ronny Jhutti, Art Malik, Raji James, Veena Sood, Raad Rawi, Atta Yaqub, Zoe Henretty
Director
Director
Pratibha Parmar
Genres
Genres
Romance, Romantic LGBT, Food Stories, Romantic Dramas, Romantic Comedies, LGBT, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Pressure Cooker on DVD Pressure Cooker
Synopsis
Three Philadelphia high school students negotiate the challenges of the inner city and the demands of their tough-minded culinary arts teacher, Wilma Stephenson, to become contenders in a citywide cooking competition. Charming and surprisingly hilarious, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker's inspiring, Emmy-nominated documentary showcases the heights young minds can reach, regardless of their environment, when they're expected to succeed.
Cast
Cast
Wilma Stephenson
Director
Director
Mark Becker, Jennifer Grausman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Ages 11-12
Rent Our Daily Bread on DVD Our Daily Bread
Synopsis
Bypassing the human factor, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's provocative documentary offers an intensely clinical look at the machinery of industrial food production. Geyrhalter focuses his lens on high-tech aspects of agriculture, using a rich mix of film techniques to capture machines in action. Humans, animals and crops appear incidentally, with droning conveyor belts, automated crop dusters and other machinery in starring roles.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Foreign Documentaries
Rent Kings of Pastry on DVD Kings of Pastry
Synopsis
Acclaimed documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus venture inside the deliciously cutthroat Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the legendary French pastry competition, to capture this fascinating account of what it takes to be the best "patissier."
Cast
Cast
Jacquy Pfeiffer, Sebastien Canonne, Philippe Rigollot, Regis Lazard, Nicolas Sarkozy, Frederique Lazard, Philippe Urraca
Director
Director
Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food on DVD Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food
Synopsis
Twenty-year-old filmmaker Adam Curry traveled across the United States, Britain and Canada to make this documentary, which explores the statistic that 60 percent of the food Americans eat has been genetically altered or engineered. The jury is out on whether these products could harm the population, and Curry demands answers -- talking to nutritionists, physicians, scientists, farmers and other experts in an effort to uncover the truth.
Cast
Cast
Adam Curry
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Special Interest
Rent Everyday People on DVD Everyday People
Synopsis
Independent filmmaker Jim McKay wrote and lensed this story about a Jewish-owned deli in Brooklyn called Raskins, which serves an almost exclusively black clientele. After years in business, owner Ira (Jordan Gelber) considers selling out to a big corporation. The decision comes as part of the city's urban renewal program, but how will it go down with Ira's employees and customers? Not like a bottle of Dr. Brown's Celery Tonic, we wager.
Cast
Cast
Steve Axelrod, Bridget Barkan, Ron Butler, Julia Carothers Hughes, Jordan Gelber
Director
Director
Jim McKay
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, HBO, Food & Wine, Food Stories, African-American Dramas
Rent American Adobo on DVD American Adobo
Synopsis
In the tradition of Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet comes American Adobo, a comedy-drama about five Filipino-American college friends who reunite years after graduation (around a sumptuous banquet) to compare notes about their lives. Top-lined by the Philippines' most distinguished dramatic actor, Christopher De Leon, American Adobo offers just the right combination of ingredients; it's a fabulous feast for the head and heart.
Cast
Cast
Christopher De Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherrie Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Sandy Andolong, Traci Ann Wolfe
Director
Director
Laurice Guillen
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Independent, Indie Comedies, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Spinning Plates on DVD Spinning Plates
Synopsis
This gastronomic documentary profiles three restaurants based in very different locales: Chicago; Tucson, Arizona; and Balltown, Iowa. Whether humble or elegant, all three establishments retain a laser-sharp focus on keeping the customers happy.
Cast
Cast
Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach, Francisco Martinez, Gabby Martinez
Director
Director
Joseph Levy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Eat This New York on DVD Eat This New York
Synopsis
Documentarians Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack intercut scenes of the trials and tribulations of two young restaurateurs with interviews with some of New York City's most successful and famous restaurateurs in this engaging film. Daniel Boulud (Cafe Boulud), Keith McNally (Balthazar) and Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern) tell of their humble beginnings and how they were able to make it in a city where most eateries close within five years.
Cast
Cast
John McCormick, Bill Phelps, Daniel Boulud, Danny Meyer, Rocco DiSpirito, Keith McNally, Sirio Maccioni
Director
Director
Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Food Stories, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine
Rent Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasens on DVD Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasens
Synopsis
This amazingly candid, affectionate documentary chronicles the closing of legendary L.A. restaurant Chasen's, which shut its doors in 1995 after 60 years of serving its famous chili (among other entrees) to movie stars, presidents and other VIPs. During its two final weeks, Chasen regulars, management and staff (including waiter Tommy Gallagher, a longtime fixture) gave interviews where the anecdotes flowed as freely as the wine.
Cast
Cast
Raymond Bilbool, Tommy Gallagher, Quentin Tarantino, Jack Lemmon, Jay Leno, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, John Travolta, Donna Summer, Rod Steiger, Fay Wray
Director
Director
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Flavors of Italy on DVD Flavors of Italy
Synopsis
Buon appetito! Grab your taste buds and your passport for a multisensory tour of the cities of northern Italy and Tuscany, where the sumptuous food and lush scenery are equally delicious. Under the tutelage of the country's most famous culinary minds, you'll study the history of each region and learn how to prepare a menu of the savory traditional dishes that have helped to make Italy one of the most visited cuisine capitals in the world.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent El Bulli: Cooking in Progress on DVD El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
Synopsis
Filmed over the course of one year, this appetizing documentary about the creation of Michelin-rated three-star cuisine shadows world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià as he plans and perfects a new menu from the privacy of his Barcelona cooking lab.
Cast
Cast
Ferran Adrià, Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch
Director
Director
Gereon Wetzel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Food & Wine, Food Stories, Foreign Documentaries, Spain, Foreign Languages
Rent Fresh on DVD Fresh
Synopsis
This absorbing documentary surveys American farmers' and researchers' pioneering efforts to develop efficient systems for growing food. All of those profiled share a common goal of limiting pollution while creating healthier products.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ana Sofia Joanes
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent King Georges on DVD King Georges
Synopsis
This engaging documentary focuses on Georges Perrier, owner of Philadelphia's Le Bec-Fin, one of the nation's best French restaurants. As he ponders retiring from the frenetic world of the kitchen, Perrier frets over the eatery's future.
Cast
Cast
Georges Perrier, Nicholas Elmi, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert
Director
Director
Erika Frankel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Food & Wine, Food Stories, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Vegucated on DVD Vegucated
Synopsis
In this documentary, three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture.
Cast
Cast
Tesla Lobo, Brian Flegel, Ellen Mausner, Marisa Miller Wolfson, Joel Fuhrman, T. Colin Campbell, Stephen Kaufman
Director
Director
Marisa Miller Wolfson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Healthy Living, Food & Wine
Rent A Hot Dog Program on DVD A Hot Dog Program
Synopsis
From Anchorage to Atlanta, Americans are obsessed with hot dogs -- a passion Rick Sebak explores in this documentary on the wonderful wieners at the top of the snack chain. Providing a look at how hot dogs are made and the folks who devour them, as well as a tour of some of the country's best wiener joints -- where you can get everything from a deep-fried dog in New Jersey to a "snappy slay dog" in the South -- this show is a dog lover's delight.
Cast
Cast
Rick Sebak
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Food Stories, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Food & Wine
Rent Artois the Goat on DVD Artois the Goat
Synopsis
When lab technician Virgil Gurdies (Mark Scheibmeir) sets out to win back the heart of his ladylove, Angie (Sydney Andrews), he realizes there's only one way to do so -- by creating the most delectable goat cheese the world has ever tasted. This turns out to be no mean feat when a shady German baker, a ghoulish hermit and a petite goat named Artois all have a hand in the matter in this comedy from Cliff and Kyle Bogart.
Cast
Cast
Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Taylor Fry, Dan Braverman
Director
Director
Cliff Bogart, Kyle Bogart
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Romantic Comedies, Food Stories
Rent To Market to Market to Buy a Fat Pig on DVD To Market to Market to Buy a Fat Pig
Synopsis
Foodies will salivate over this PBS tribute to market houses and farmers' markets across America, showcasing the buyers and sellers and, of course, the food. From crab cakes in Baltimore to specialty celery in Lancaster, Pa., berries in Santa Monica, Calif., bison in Santa Fe, N.M., and heirloom tomatoes in Asheville, N.C., filmmaker Rick Sebak and crew check out the culinary bounty and social aspects found in this country's regional markets.
Cast
Cast
Rick Sebak
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Coca-Cola: The History of an American Icon on DVD Coca-Cola: The History of an American Icon
Synopsis
With its curvaceous, red-branded bottle and rich, dark liquid, Coca-Cola transformed itself from a run-of-the-mill beverage to a cultural icon. This fascinating documentary examines how John Pemberton's sweet concoction became firmly entrenched into the American zeitgeist, and what it's come to symbolize not only in this country but also the world over. Includes original commercials, pictures and more.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Step Up to the Plate on DVD Step Up to the Plate
Synopsis
Acclaimed French chef Michel Bras passes the torch (in this case his namesake restaurant) to his son Sébastien in this intimate documentary. The eatery, its mouth-watering cuisine and Michel's mammoth reputation are all virtual co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Michel Bras, Sébastien Bras
Director
Director
Paul Lacoste
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Food Stories, French Language, France
Rent Short Order on DVD Short Order
Synopsis
Writer-director Anthony Byrne's whimsical tale centers on talented Parisian chef Fifi Koko (Emma de Caunes), a brilliant culinary artist who hides her gifts from the world, fearing that she'll fail to live up to the expectations of those around her. Toiling away in a short-order diner, Fifi encounters a colorful cast of characters who inspire her to reexamine the choices she's made and explore the possibilities of a brighter future.
Cast
Cast
Emma de Caunes, Jack Dee, Vincent Fegan, Paschal Friel, Vanessa Redgrave, Cosma Shiva Hagen, John Hurt, Tatiana Ouliankina, Rade Serbedzija, Paul Kaye
Director
Director
Anthony Byrne
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Food Stories
Rent The Adventures of Food Boy on DVD The Adventures of Food Boy
Synopsis
When high school overachiever Ezra (Lucas Grabeel) discovers that he has the strange power to make food appear in his hands, his life quickly shoots to the head of the popular crowd at school. But as his ability starts to take over every area of his life, he must decide whether to give up his gift and live a normal life or embrace his identity and use his power for good. Dane Cannon directs this family drama that also stars Brittany Curran.
Cast
Cast
Lucas Grabeel, Kunal Sharma, Jeff Braine, Noah Bastian, Ryne Sanborn, McCall Clark, Curt Dousett, Brittany Curran, Joyce Cohen, Nenetzi Scott, Charles Halford
Director
Director
Dane Cannon
Genres
Genres
Children & Family, Family Comedies, Teen Comedies, Coming of Age, Food Stories
Rent La Cucina on DVD La Cucina
Synopsis
Food preparation on a summer evening reveals the intricacies of relationships in four related stories. Lily (Christina Hendricks) prepares a gourmet meal for her older lover (Joaquim de Almeida), while pregnant Shelly (Leisha Hailey) runs tearfully to friend Jude (Rachel Hunter) when her lasagna-making attempt fails. Meanwhile, Jude makes Italian food for her absent lover, Celia (Clare Carey), who's busy filming a kitchen scene in her movie.
Cast
Cast
Christina Hendricks, Joaquim de Almeida, Rachel Hunter, Leisha Hailey, Kala Savage, Clare Carey, Oz Perkins, Michael Cornacchia
Director
Director
Allison R. Hebble, Zed Starkovich
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Food Stories
Rent A Tale of Two Pizzas on DVD A Tale of Two Pizzas
Synopsis
The pies fly when two crusty Yonkers, N.Y., pizzeria owners (Vincent Pastore and Frank Vincent) compete to be crowned the "Pizza King of Yonkers." Neighborhood kids are recruited, devious plans are put in place, and the stage is set for determining who will become the really big cheese. In the end, it may take a little intervention by the kids (Robin Paul and Conor Dubin) of the two feuding men to really settle things. Vincent Sassone directs.
Cast
Cast
Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent, Robin Paul, Conor Dubin, Patti D'Arbanville, Geoffrey Arend, Pooch Hall, Melissa Marsala, Frankie J. Galasso, Louis Guss, Angela Pietropinto
Director
Director
Vinnie Sassone
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Food Stories
Rent Cooking with Stella on DVD Cooking with Stella
Synopsis
Housekeeper Stella's superb culinary skills have helped her hide the fact that she's skimming more than a little off the top, but the jig may be up when a very honest nanny threatens her side business.
Cast
Cast
Don McKellar, Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Shriya Saran, Vansh Bhardwaj, Alexaine Perreault, Maury Chaykin, Kanhaiya Lal Kaithwas, Annie Desjardins
Director
Director
Dilip Mehta
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Food Stories
Rent Forks Over Knives - The Extended... on DVD Forks Over Knives - The Extended...
Synopsis
This companion to the acclaimed documentary about veganism includes never-before-seen footage of expert interviews, covering several themes in greater depth and addressing important issues that weren't touched on in the film.
Cast
Cast
T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Pam Popper, Doug Lisle, Terry Mason
Director
Director
Brian Wendel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Healthy Living, Food Stories, Mind & Body, Food & Wine
Rent Dive! on DVD Dive!
Synopsis
Digging into the hidden recesses of the American food industry, this eye-opening documentary reveals the appalling amount of edible, nutritious goods that are thrown away -- wasted -- every day in a nation where millions of citizens still go hungry.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Jeremy Seifert
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent Mambo Café on DVD Mambo Café
Synopsis
College student Nydia's schooling may be coming to an end if she can't help her family's restaurant, The Mambo Café, get some much-needed business. During her summer vacation, Nydia and her brother come up with the perfect plot to bring back the customers -- even if it takes the Mob and a murder to do so. A comical series of mishaps ensue, and the customers follow -- as does a hefty helping of trouble.
Cast
Cast
Thalía, Danny Aiello, Paul Rodriguez, Rosanna DeSoto, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Costanzo, Richard Hillman, Lillo Brancato
Director
Director
Reuben Gonzalez
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Latino Comedies, Food Stories
Rent Fridays at the Farm on DVD Fridays at the Farm
Synopsis
Lamenting his family's loss of connection with the natural world, filmmaker Richard Power Hoffmann joined a local organic farm and documented his experiences with the community-supported organization as he himself transformed from consumer to grower. The fascinating result uses nearly 20,000 still images to create time-lapse and macro photography sequences that reveal Hoffmann's personal journey in a powerful, one-of-a-kind visual experience.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Richard Power Hoffmann
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent After Hours with Daniel on DVD After Hours with Daniel
Synopsis
Go behind the scenes at exclusive restaurants with James Beard Award-winning chef Daniel Boulud, who's been hosting private late-night dinners for celebrity guests, top chefs and friends for years. And now, you have a seat at the table. Trading culinary secrets, savory food histories and exclusive recipes, the world's leading culinary authorities invite you to share their gastronomic passion.
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Cast
Daniel Boulud
Director
Director
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Genres
Special Interest, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Crazy Legs Conti on DVD Crazy Legs Conti
Synopsis
Crazy Legs Conti -- a man who would (and did) eat his way out of an 8-foot box of popcorn to promote a movie -- is the subject of this documentary about the world of competitive eating. Following Conti on his journey from passionate fan to serious contestant on the competitive eating circuit, the film reveals a fascinating subculture dominated by capacious-stomached giants like Mo Ribs, Crawfish Nick and Cooke Jarvis.
Cast
Cast
Crazy Legs Conti, Takeru Kobayashi, Jeremy George, Dinshaw Gobhai, Richard Shea, George Shea, Rona Conti, Richard Conti, Cookie Jarvis
Director
Director
Danielle Franco, Chris Kenneally
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine
Rent Great Chefs: Chocolate Passion on DVD Great Chefs: Chocolate Passion
Synopsis
A must for all chocolate lovers, this volume of the Discovery Channel's Great Chefs series features culinary experts from around the world creating decadent chocolate masterpieces from their own restaurants. Indulge in White Chocolate Mousse Cake, Chocolate and Drambuie Soufflé, Chocolate Fontaine, four kinds of Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Terrine and more as the chefs whip up the delectable desserts while providing step-by-step instructions.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Special Interest, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Barbecue: A Texas Love Story on DVD Barbecue: A Texas Love Story
Synopsis
Barbecue is a religion in Texas, and this droll documentary takes a look at some of the colorful characters who live and die for this culinary art. Narrated by former Gov. Ann Richards, the film covers everything from the Church of the Holy BBQ and the Great Texas Mosquito Festival to a zealous group of University of Texas students who lead "barbecue missions." Interviews with Dan Rather, Kinky Friedman and other famous Texans are included.
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Cast
Ann Richards, Dan Rather, Kinky Friedman
Director
Director
Chris Elley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent Eating the Uneatable on DVD Eating the Uneatable
Synopsis
This intriguing documentary explores a world that many have heard about but few have seen: the gut-wrenching delicacies enjoyed by the rural Chinese population. Featuring an unbelievable assortment of food -- including fried cicadas and a variety of worms -- from different tribes across the country, Eating the Uneatable is an educational exploration of some of the world's most absurd cuisine.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, China, Foreign Regions
Rent Doughboys on DVD Doughboys
Synopsis
Bronx brothers Frank and Lou must work together to save the family bakery after Lou's gambling debts pile up and the local mob boss orders them to settle up or hand over the business. They find themselves reflecting on the life choices they've made.
Cast
Cast
Louis Lombardi, Vincent Pastore, Andrew Keegan, James Madio, Mike Starr, Gaetano Iacono, Tony Arrigo, Clyde Baldo, Rick Borgia, Makenzie Caine, Andy Deliana, Katharine Higgins
Director
Director
Louis Lombardi
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas, Food Stories
Rent We Feed the World on DVD We Feed the World
Synopsis
Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer takes the food industry to task in this thought-provoking documentary that looks at the effects of mechanization and globalization on fishermen, farmers, consumers and the environment. Traveling to Brazil and throughout Europe, Wagenhofer details some shocking food production processes used by multinational corporations to maximize their profits -- regardless of the cost to humanity.
Cast
Cast
Jean Ziegler, Peter Brabeck, Karl Otrok
Director
Director
Erwin Wagenhofer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Combination Platter on DVD Combination Platter
Synopsis
Illegal immigrant Robert (Jeffrey Lau) works as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant and seeks a marriage of convenience with an American citizen so he can obtain a green card, all while struggling to preserve his cultural identity despite pressure to assimilate. Eventually, Robert meets a woman who may be willing to help him -- but he is flabbergasted at her ambivalence to his situation in this engaging indie film.
Cast
Cast
Jeffrey Lau, Colleen O'Brien, Colin Mitchell, Kenneth Lu, Thomas Hsiung, Peter Kwong
Director
Director
Tony Chan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Food Stories
Rent Hot Chick Hot Rod Stoner BBQ on DVD Hot Chick Hot Rod Stoner BBQ
Synopsis
It's finger-lickin' good, y'all! Fire up the grill for a second round of hot chicks and good times, courtesy of this aptly named collection of heavy metal music, barbecue footage and -- that's right -- award-winning recipes. Featured bands include Drunk Horse, Parchman Farm, the Suplecs, High on Fire and Trans Am, as well as videos from Alabama Thunderpussy, Fatso Jetson, Dirty Power, Hightower, Las Ultrasonicas and Totimoshi.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Rock & Pop
Rent Major League Eaters on DVD Major League Eaters
Synopsis
Crumbs fly in this documentary stuffed with the biggest names in competitive eating as Takeru Kobayashi, Tim "Eater X" Janus, Sonya "the Black Widow" Thomas and others engage in all-out food-to-mouth combat, devouring hot dogs and opponents alike. From the first bite, it's hilarious fun as these major league eaters use technique and skill to gobble the competition -- and avoid the dreaded "reversal of fortune."
Cast
Cast
Takeru Kobayashi, Tim "Eater X" Janus, Sonya "the Black Widow" Thomas, Badlands Booker
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Food & Wine, Food Stories, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Breaking Bread on DVD Breaking Bread
Synopsis
When the father of a Korean-American friend dies, Iranian filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian is invited by the family to help honor the life of this common man by preparing an authentic Persian meal for the Buddhist temple ceremony. Examining the cross-cultural themes of family, love and loss, Rahmanian's resultant documentary is an inspiring testimonial that suggests that our differences are to be celebrated and our commonalities embraced.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Hamid Rahmanian
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Indie Documentaries
Rent Gérald Passédat: Inventing Cuisine on DVD Gérald Passédat: Inventing Cuisine
Synopsis
In this delectable documentary, Gerald Passedat invites viewers into his magnificent kitchen while he prepares sumptuous creations such as la paire de tarte Réglisse and la bouille-abaisse. Guiding his internationally renowned restaurant, Le Petit Nice, to three Michelin stars -- France's highest restaurant rating -- the master chef has forged a reputation as one of the world's most adventurous and innovative chefs.
Cast
Cast
Gérald Passédat
Director
Director
Paul Lacoste
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Food Stories, French Language, Food & Wine
Rent Michel Troisgros: Inventing Cuisine on DVD Michel Troisgros: Inventing Cuisine
Synopsis
In this installment of his documentary series, director Paul Lacoste ventures into the kitchen of the Maison Troisgros -- the acclaimed restaurant noted for the unconventional "cuisine acidulée" dishes created by renowned chef Michel Troisgros. Drawing on the influences of Japanese and Italian cuisine, Troisgros is known for fashioning innovative dishes such as consommé of dashi and wakame with diced Taraba crab and kumquat, and beef cheek.
Cast
Cast
Michel Troisgros
Director
Director
Paul Lacoste
Genres
Genres
Special Interest, Food Stories, French Language, Food & Wine
Rent Michel Guérard: Inventing Cuisine on DVD Michel Guérard: Inventing Cuisine
Synopsis
This inspiring documentary features an in-depth portrait of iconic French chef Michel Gu&#233;rard, who helped lead the 1970s <i>nouvelle cuisine</i> revolution in France and remains a champion of low-calorie <i>cuisine minceur</i>. Candid interviews with Gu&#233;rard reveal the heart and soul of an artist committed to his craft, and amateur foodies who cook several of his recipes demonstrate that preparing his dishes is not for the faint of heart.
Cast
Cast
Michel Guérard
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Urban Latino TV: The Culture on DVD Urban Latino TV: The Culture
Synopsis
This educational video takes a closer look at the diversity of Latino culture from the spice of the food to the charm of the people. The segment "Barrios" tours historic Latin neighborhoods across the United States; "Sitios" peruses the most exciting Latin hot spots; "Latin Food" shows off the world's best Latin cuisine; and "Latin Culture 101" reveals the basics of Latin traditions from holiday celebrations to everyday routines.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Beyond Baklava: Story of Sylvia's Baklava on DVD Beyond Baklava: Story of Sylvia's Baklava
Synopsis
Writer-director Silvana Vienne stars as Wendy, a young woman who shelves her dreams of becoming a singer to make baklava with her grandmother, Sylvia (Sylvia Rousso), and discovers a thriving black market for the highly addictive dessert. As Wendy becomes more enmeshed in the baklava trade, she loses sight of her musical ambitions. But eventually, she learns to appreciate Sylvia's approach to cooking -- and to life. Patricia Neal co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Sylvia Rousso, Patricia Neal, Mort Viner, Silvana Vienne, Jim Akman, Philip Langner
Director
Director
Silvana Vienne
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Food Stories
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