by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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Just as Mentos is considered “the freshmaker”, the documentary Earthlings is widely known as “the vegan maker”. Originally released in 2003 and narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix, the film covers the suffering of animals used for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. And now, it’s getting a special-edition re-release with even more footage.

“Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees Earthlings, they will tell three.”

The new edition includes extra commentary by writer/director Shaun Monson, and more than 25 minutes of deleted scenes with additional narration by Joaquin Phoenix and two featurettes. Subtitles now are offered in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Arabic and Hindi.

“The response and support from fans around the world who have been empowered to make a difference in the lives of animals, and in their own lives, has been extremely gratifying,” said Monson. “We hope this new edition provides viewers with some additional experiences that will make showing the film to friends and in viewing parties even more effective and enlightening.”

The film is also now available in eco-friendly packaging with 100 percent recycled paper — 80 percent of it post-consumer — and printed with soy ink.

Please check out the official site and consider picking up a copy here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Key

    Hmm, learn about something new everyday. I’d never heard about this film before but I’ll try and make room in my schedule to check it out asap.


    Great Doc. It was one of the reasons that I went Vegan. Everyone who can should watch this doc.

  • parrish

    It’s been on my list to watch forever, but never got around to it…NOT ANYMORE! Just went to and bought myself a copy!

  • Sibi

    Love Joaquin. I love his brother River too, such a loss not having him here :(

  • kyleSF

    Earthlings is such a beautiful yet heartwrenching film. I would have to say that, although it is difficult to watch in parts, it is the best documentary I’ve ever seen. It’s incredibly powerful.

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