Controversial Classics Vol. 2

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ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN: With ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, director Alan Pakula adapts the best-selling book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Pakula created a film that takes its place among such important conspiracy dramas as THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. The focus is on the 1972 investigation of the break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters, otherwise known as the Watergate burglary. Through a complicated web of intrigue and secrecy that eventually involves the highest levels of government, hungry young journalists Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) of the Washington Post aggressively examine the incident, uncovering information that ultimately leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Exceptional performances by Redford and Hoffman are complemented by Jason Robards as the dubious but supportive executive editor at the Post, and Hal Holbrook's celebrated characterization of the mysterious informer Deep Throat. The pacing of the film is quick and exciting, drawing viewers into the action of one of the most intriguing mysteries in all of American political history. DOG DAY AFTERNOON: Al Pacino plays a ferocious and fed-up bank robber in Lumet's classic film, DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Balancing suspense, violence, and humor, the film's depiction of a grand-scale media event craftily dives from the political to the personal, evoking a piercing portrait of a man and his devastating downward tumble as seen through the media circus that Lumet made a career of chronicling. Pacino is heartbreakingly real as Sonny, a smart yet self-destructive Brooklyn tough whose plan to rob the local bank to fund his male lover's (Chris Sarandon) sex change goes absurdly wrong. Accompanied only by his doltish accomplice, Sal (John Cazale), Sonny realizes that all the money had been removed before his arrival, and decides to kidnap a handful of bank employees instead. As the lengthy August day drags on, Sonny and hordes of local police, led by Sergeant Moretti (Charles Durning), make little progress, and eventually Sonny's wife and lover are brought to the scene. The crowd's sympathy is immediately captured by the charismatic Sonny, whose antagonism with the police is played out before an audience of millions, leading to an inevitably tragic finish. NETWORK: With stunning prescience, Sidney Lumet's searing satire of television and the contemporary moment chronicles media corruption and the way that the public buys into the myths the media creates. The moral and spiritual turpitude delivered by the debilitating forces of television are rendered in sharp relief against a backdrop of crumbling humanity in what is regarded as one of the great satires in Hollywood history. With a visceral script from Paddy Chayefsky, NETWORK follows the doomed path of aging newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch), who, upon learning that he is to be fired after decades as a news anchor, announces to millions of viewers that he will publicly commit suicide during his last broadcast. When the ratings consequently shoot up, hungry executive-in-training Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) seizes the moment to exploit Beale's Messianic nervous breakdown, turning his rage into the vehicle for the network's first Number One show and a nationwide craze. Who could have predicted that this 1976 film might someday influence an even more contagious trend in television broadcasting: the reality show?

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Studio Warner
SKU 202125371
UPC 012569764392
UPC 14 00012569764392
Format DVD
Release Date 11/10/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Hoffman,Dustin
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Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - [Dog Day] Actor
Alan J. Pakula - [President's] Director
Charles Cazale - [Dog Day] Actor
Charles Durning - [Dog Day] Actor
Chris Sarandon - [Dog Day] Actor
Dustin Hoffman - [President's] Actor
Faye Dunaway - [Network] Actor
Jane Alexander - [President's] Actor
Jason Robards, Jr. - [President's] Actor
Peter Finch - [Network] Actor
Robert Duvall - [Network] Actor
Robert Redford - [President's] Actor
Sidney Lumet - [Network, Dog Day] Director
William Holden - [Network] Actor
Awards
Winner (1977) Oscar, Jason Robards, Jr., [President's] Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, George Jenkins, George Gaines, [President's] Best Art Direction/Set Decoration,Oscar, William Goldman, [President's] Best Writing, Screenplay,Oscar, Peter Finch, [Network] Best Actor,Oscar, Faye Dunaway, [Network] Best Actress,Oscar, Beatrice Straight, [Network] Best Supporting Actress
Winner (1976) Oscar, Frank Pierson, [Dog Day] Best Writing, Screenplay
Nominee (1976) Oscar, Al Pacino, [Dog Day] Best Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review [Network] ...outrageous satire on television looks less and less like fantasy as the years pass... Entire cast explodes, particularly Dunaway as ruthless programmer, Holden as conscientious newsman, Duvall as shark-like v.p. , and Beatty as evangelistical board chairman. Well-deserved Oscars went to Finch (posthumously), Dunaway, Straight, and Chayefsky.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Dog Day] Lumet's film is also a study of a fascinating character: Sonny, the bank robber who takes charge, played by Al Pacino as a compulsive and most complex man. He's street-smart, he fought in Vietnam, he's running the stick-up in order to get money for his homosexual lover to have a sex-change operation. He's also married to a chubby and shrill woman with three kids, and he has a terrifically possessive mother (the Freudianism gets a little thick at times). Sonny isn't explained or analyzed -- just presented. He becomes one of the most interesting modern movie characters, ranking with Gene Hackman's eavesdropper in "The Conversation" and Jack Nicholson's Bobby Dupea in "Five Easy Pieces."
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Documentaries, Featurettes, Commentaries, Interviews, English, Spanish, French Subtitled, 6 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Al Pacino / Dustin Hoffman / Faye Dunaway / Hoffman,Dustin / John Cazale / Peter Finch / Robert Duvall / Robert Redford / William Holden
Director Alan J. Pakula / Sidney Lumet
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com [Dog Day] ...modern cinema's template for the bank-robbery-gone-wrong flick is this one.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews [Network] Network is brilliant...the cast...is stellar...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [President's] Best elements of newspaper pictures, detective stories, and thrillers rolled into one superb movie.
New York Daily News [Dog Day] Bitingly funny and wonderfully compassionate.
Roger Ebert's Video Companion [Network] A supremely well-acted, intelligent film.

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