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Ed TV (1999)

Director: Ron Howard     Starring: Matthew McConaughey
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Learn more about Ed TV:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40114889
UPC: 025192064425
UPC 14: 00025192064425
Category Keywords: America  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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It's the unforgettable story of a nobody, that everybody's watching. The hilarious story of a total unknown turned celebrity, who falls head-over-heels for his brother's girlfriend shari only to discover that their most intimate private moments have just become public entertainment.

"Hilarious! Great fun!  New York Post

Editor's Note
A normal video store clerk, Ed (McConaughey), doesn't realize what he's getting himself into when he allows a television executive (DeGeneres) to begin filming his life 24 hours a day. The resulting media circus makes for an entertaining social commentary about how important (and, perhaps, detrimental) an issue television has become in our lives.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/1/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20644
Video UPC UPC: 00025192064425
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dennis Hopper
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Hurley
Video Cast Info Ellen DeGeneres
Video Cast Info Jenna Elfman
Video Cast Info Martin Landau
Video Cast Info Mathew McConaughey
Video Cast Info Rob Reiner
Video Cast Info Sally Kirkland
Video Cast Info Woody Harrelson
Video Cast Info Ron Howard - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
...?Well-timed comic performances....An insider's spoof on small-screen shenanigans and a fuller examination of what role television plays in viewers' lives..." 12/??/1999 p.44

Entertainment Weekly
"...Softhearted media satire....A pleasantly diverting look at an engaging dullard..." -- Rating: B 08/20/1999 p.132

New York Times
"...A funny ensemble cast clearly savors the absurdity of what unfolds here in an affectionate, rambling comedy..." 03/26/1999 p.E1

"...It's zippy, involving, and frequently quite funny. Howard is remarkably deft at deploying his big, vivid cast....[Elfman] imbues her role with oodles of spirit and grit..." 04/01/1999 p.30

USA Today
"...Funnier -- and bawdier -- than TRUMAN's sterile and sexless universe..." 03/26/1999 p.9E

Total Film
"...A more realistic sense of fly-on-the-wall telly gone too far..." 08/01/2000 p.108

New York Times 0 of 10
In his good-humored, deceptively easygoing satire EdTV, Ron Howard holds up a fun-house mirror to a world ruled by voyeurism and specious fame. It's a world where a simple "He's cute!" can lead to overnight stardom and where a book can be written by someone who has never read one. It's a world where tabloids and television truly snoop to conquer, and where the distinction between nobody's business and everybody's business is unclear. And it's all too well-trod territory. Howard can't really say much about it that's new. But what he can do, and does here so amusingly and fondly, is bring the effects of such cultural topsy-turviness right home, not just to this film's hilariously embattled characters but to the viewer as well. In a film that begins almost nonchalantly, Howard soon lures his audience into a morass of peeping-Tom opportunism and advertising hustle that's an awful lot like what you can see on the evening news. And because it would be easy to savage this state of affairs, EdTV does something more interesting: it makes palpable the way viewers are compromised by what they see. Whether within the film or merely while watching it, audiences are turned into becoming part of the process that transforms a good-looking nobody like Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) into our latest disposable toy. Having been sliced and diced by this same process in his own life, McConaughey understandably plays Ed with a vengeance, and with slyly raffish style. It also helps that most of the principals (in a cast including Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Hurley, Rob Reiner and Woody Harrelson) and the director himself have been here and done this in some fashion. A funny ensemble cast clearly savors the absurdity of what unfolds here in an affectionate, rambling comedy whose ideas about deranged media needn't really brook comparison with The Truman Show. EdTV doesn't aspire to such a cool, conceptual overview. With down-to-earth comic instincts, it simply invests its story with a loud ring of truth. - Janet Maslin

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