Reds 25th Anniversary Edition

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An instantaneous classic, Warren Beatty's Reds was nominated for more Academy Awards in 1982 than any other film for the previous 15 years. The recipient of numerous critical "Best Picture" prizes throughout the world, it won every major directorial award of 1981 - 1982 for Beattty.

Reds is the story of the love affair of John Reed and Louise Bryant in a war-torn world and how the Russian Revolution shook their lives. Warren Beattty is John Reed, American Communist, journalist and activist who was buried in the Kremlin Wall. Diane Keaton is Louise Bryant, writer and feminist, whose love for Reed carries her across continents. Jack Nicholson is Eugene O'Neill, America's greatest playwright, whose life intertwines romantically with Bryant's. Maureen Stapleton is anarchist and feminist Emma Goldman and Jerzy Kosinski is Bolshevik leader Gregory Zinoviev.


Studio Paramount
SKU 202819184
UPC 097360133141
UPC 14 00097360133141
Format DVD
Release Date 10/10/2006
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Love Triangle
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Riding high after the box office success of SHAMPOO and HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Warren Beatty used his seemingly limitless power to write, produce, direct, and star in this epic historical romance. The film recounts a particularly eventful period in the life of notorious American communist John Reed (Beatty), who journeyed to Russia to witness the Bolshevik Revolution firsthand. Before that, he met the already wed Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) in Portland in 1915. However, they shared such a mutual attraction for words, and each other, that soon Bryant was living with Reed in New York City. It was here where they befriended some of the early 20th Century's most recognizable faces: Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson), Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton), Max Eastman (Richard Herrmann), and Horace Whigham (George Plimpton). Yet Reed's commitment to his craft caused an endless friction in the relationship, until Louise found her own journalistic voice, leading the couple to Russia at a crucial moment in history. But just when they appeared to have come to a perfect place in their relationship, tragedy struck.^REDS is one of the last vestiges of early Hollywood, a broad, sweeping spectacle that is simultaneously thought provoking and unabashedly entertaining. Beatty inserts fascinating interviews with actual participants from that earlier era throughout the film to provide even more context and insight. At a time when Ronald Reagan had just become the president of the United States, Beatty's sympathetic portrait of notorious American communist John Reed seemed even more daring. Yet, as it continues to age, the film only continues to grow in relevance, assuring its rightful place at the top of the Hollywood canon.
Plot Summary
Summary Warren Beatty's award winning epic mixes drama and interviews with major social radicals of the period. "Reds" tells the story of the love affair between activists Louise Bryant and John Reed. | Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous start of the twentieth century, the two journalists' on-again off-again romance is punctuated by the outbreak of WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution. Louise's assignment in France at the outbreak of the war puts an end to their affair. John Reed's subsequent trip to Russia, and his involvement with the Communist party, rekindles their relationship. When Louise arrives in Petrograd, she finds herself swept up in the euphoria of the Revolution. Reed, however, eventually becomes disillusioned with Communism when he sees his words and intentions augmented and controlled by the growing Soviet propaganda machine.
Variety "...Courageous and uncompromising..." 12/02/1981
New York Times "...Keaton is nothing less than splendid....REDS is an extremely fine film." 12/04/1981 p.C8,"REDS remains a superior history lesson, thanks to Mr. Beatty's thorough command of the material and to his inclusion of real-life 'witnesses' to the life and times of Reed." 10/04/2006 p.E1
Entertainment Weekly "A rabble-rousing tour de force....The movie is political, educational, provocative...It is also intellectually stirring..." -- Grade: A 10/20/2006 p.63,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 DVDs Of The Year" -- "[T]he movie has only increased in power and relevance." 12/29/2006 p.112
Rolling Stone "Beatty's passion is indisputable." 11/30/2006 p.96
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Beatty and Keaton give career-best performances and Jack Nicholson, as ever, steals all his scenes..." 05/01/2007 p.122
Sight and Sound "There is plenty to admire here....It takes a certain gumption to make a three-hour Hollywood epic centered on the Russian revolution." 04/01/2007 p.86-7
Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
Jack Nicholson
Diane Keaton
Cast & Crew
Al Bryan, et. al. - Original Music By
Dede Allen, et. al. - Editor
Diane Keaton - Actor
Edward Herrmann - Actor
Gene Hackman - Actor
George Plimpton - Actor
Jack Nicholson - Actor
Maureen Stapleton - Actor
Paul Sorvino - Actor
Trevor Griffiths, et. al. - Writer
Vittorio Storaro - Cinematographer
Warren Beatty - Producer
Warren Beatty - Director
Warren Beatty - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 013314
UPC 00097360133141
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 195 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (1983) British Academy Awards, Jack Nicholson, Best Supporting Actor,British Academy Awards, Maureen Stapleton, Best Supporting Actress
Winner (1982) Golden Globe, Warren Beatty , Best Director - Motion Picture,Oscar, Maureen Stapleton, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Vittorio Storaro, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Warren Beatty, Best Director
Review Up to this very day, Reds continues to divide critics and audiences, with the supporters claiming is Warren Beatty's best film to date and one of the finest epics ever made, and its detractors slamming it as a preachy, self-indulgent, overlong, and excessive film about an American Communist! I couldn't actually see why the mere fact that this film is about an American communist would be enough to bash this film (Making a film about Saddam Hussein wouldn't?). At any rate, I simply loved this film the moment I saw it. It's a very engrossing film, filled with superb performance, impressive photography, and strong direction.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The heart of the film is in the relationship between Reed and Bryant. There is an interesting attempt to consider her problems as well as his. She leaves Portland because she is sick unto death of small talk...So [Beatty] gives us people. And they are seen here with such warmth and affection that we sense new dimensions not only in Beatty and Keaton, but especially in Nicholson. In "Reds", understating his desire, apologizing for his passion, hanging around Louise, handing her a poem, throwing her out of his life, he is quieter but much more passionate than in the overwrought "The Postman Always Rings Twice".
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Beatty,Warren
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice ...a richly textured drama that successfully blends history, romance and reminiscenes in its portrait...
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress ...powerful filmmaking...
Steve Crum, Epic telling of Communism roots...

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