Frost/Nixon

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Good Movie === GREAT PRICE!

by Bob on 12/17/2010

I ordered this movie and received it very quickly. It is a really interesting movie and the price makes it a HIT.

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Studio Universal
SKU 210792585
UPC 025195016919
UPC 14 00025195016919
Format DVD
Release Date 4/25/2010
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2009) Brian Grazer, et. al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Frank Langella, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Mike Hill, Daniel P. Hanley, Nominee, Best Achievement in Editing,Peter Morgan, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Ron Howard, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing
Golden Globe (2009) Frank Langella, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Frost/Nixon, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Hans Zimmer, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Peter Morgan, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Ron Howard, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild (2009) Frank Langella, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,Frank Langella, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story," or so the saying goes. With Frost/Nixon, director Ron Howard and playwright/screenwriter Peter Morgan have taken this precept to heart. With this movie, a fictionalized account of real events, the filmmakers have fashioned a powerful and compelling duel between two iconic figures that, despite liberties taken with known facts, provides a few hard-earned truths and a complex portrait of one of the most controversial individuals to sit in the Oval Office. Especially in an era when the public's view of the presidency (and the man who holds it) has dropped to historic lows, it would be easy to demonize Nixon. By avoiding that lazy and easy pathway, Howard and Morgan have transformed this story into something more than an embellished re-telling of recent history. They have shaped a tragedy that is almost Shakespearean in force...The tone of Frost/Nixon is staid and sure, as befits a movie with this subject, but there are powerful dramatic currents roiling beneath the sometimes calm surface. It's a forceful, unrelenting movie that folds back time and recalls, albeit imperfectly according to the public record, how a long national nightmare finally faded. It's a David vs. Goliath story where even the loser gained something. And, above all, it causes us to ponder the truth, or lack thereof, of Shakespeare's unforgettable words: "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones." In a way, Nixon's presidency was buried during that final interview with Frost. But it gave his legacy a chance at new life. Had he denied to his dying day in 1994, he would have been forever viewed with scorn. His admission and remorse in front of a world-wide television audience allowed for a measure of healing on all sides. The way it has been dramatized in this movie allows us to feel and understand, if only a little.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Strange, how a man once so reviled has gained stature in the memory. How we cheered when Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency! How dramatic it was when David Frost cornered him on TV and presided over the humiliating confession that he had stonewalled for three years...The confession wrung out of him by Frost acted as a catharsis. He admitted what everyone already knew, and that freed him to get on with things, to end his limbo in San Clemente, Calif., to give other interviews, to write books, to be consulted as an elder statesman. Indeed, to show his face in public...Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" is a somewhat fictionalized version of the famous 1977 interviews, all the more effective in taking the point of view of the outsider, the "lightweight" celebrity interviewer, then in his own exile in Australia. Precisely because David Frost (Michael Sheen) was at a low ebb professionally and had gambled all his money on the interviews, his POV enhances and deepens the shadows around Nixon (Frank Langella). This story could not have been told from Nixon's POV because we would not have cared about Frost...Frank Langella and Michael Sheen do not attempt to mimic their characters, but to embody them. There's the usual settling-in period, common to all biopics about people we're familiar with, when we're comparing the real with the performance. Then that fades out and we become absorbed into the drama. Howard uses authentic locations (Nixon's house at San Clemente, Frost's original hotel suite), and there are period details, but the film really comes down to these two compelling intense performances, these two men with such deep needs entirely outside the subjects of the interviews. All we know about the real Frost and the real Nixon is almost beside the point. It all comes down to those two men in that room while the cameras are rolling.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Christy Lemire, Associated Press Ron Howard's finest film yet.
Claudia Puig, USA Today It's hard to imagine how a film built around one-on-one interviews could be entertaining, but Frost/Nixon could not be more enthralling.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Ron Howard has made his best movie with Frost/Nixon, an electric political drama with a skin-prickling immediacy.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club In a masterful performance, Langella highlights Nixon's oily charm and guile.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...a totally absorbing and entertaining film, one of the best historical dramas from Hollywood in many years.

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