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Too Big to Fail (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack) [Blu-ray]

James Woods , John Heard , Curtis Hanson    Unrated   Blu-ray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief Seller Feedback & Product Review March 18 2014
By Doug
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Amazon.ca quickly provided a brand new copy of this DVD / Blu-ray set (HBO's Too Big to Fail), which arrived in perfect condition.

The movie is as good as the outstanding book on which it is based, and, perhaps in a few instances, even better, in making arcane, complex issues understandable. HBO is to be heartily congratulated for turning out this excellent film, with some top notch actors who turn in terrific performances. It's a shame that it probably won't get broad or deep TV exposure, since it lacks high speed car chases, steamy sex scenes, and over the top gun battles. Also, it requires sustained, careful attention to the dialogue, in order to understand and get the most out of the film. And yet, the movie should be among the biggest grossing, most popular "disaster blockbuster" movies of all times, because it tells the true story of how we actually came within a hair's breadth in October 2008 of a global financial and economic meltdown that would have initiated a new Great Depression, one far worse, and decades longer, than the original in the 1930s, a genuinely, apocalyptic catastrophe of biblical dimensions. And it was an entirely man-made crisis, made by many of the persons depicted in this film, who rallied in the clinch to pull us back from the brink with only hours to spare. Ideally, screening this picture (and reading the book) would educate, anger and galvanize the public into demanding that their political and economic leaders take action to ensure that we never run such a dire risk of disaster and destruction again.

In short, Too Big to Fail is a high quality, serious movie, but it's also as thrilling and scary as the trashy disaster entertainment classics, like The Poseidon Adventure, and much better acted and better made. Well worth seeing, but you'll probably have to watch it on a DVD or Blu-ray disc, rather than see it on commercial TV channels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Big to Fail Jan. 4 2014
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This DVD debunks and explains some of the lies and intricacies of deceit that are occurring right under our nose. An excellent production and a must-have for any activist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!!! Nov. 26 2013
By chris
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Not only is this movie entertaining, it's factually accurate! Most people don't seem to even realize there was a stock market crash, everyone should watch this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only On Wall Street Aug. 27 2013
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If Washington paid any attention to this movie, there would be a few in jail. The whole 2008 crisis was a sad time for investors while the crooks got away with millions. Only In America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic, Literate, And Irresistibly Entertaining--The Financial Crisis As A Riveting And Important Contemporary Thriller May 25 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
In the realm of made-for-TV movies, there is no question that HBO has been leading the way with critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated fare within recent years. Why? They simply have made an effort to be a prestige label and to support and produce edgier, more sophisticated entertainment--oftentimes projects that you can't imagine any other network or studio championing. Turning Andrew Ross Sorkin's provocative chronology "Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves" into a film version seemed like a somewhat dubious idea. Financial crisis as entertainment isn't the most comfortable notion, and yet the story is rife with drama and intrigue. Curtis Hanson's (L.A. Confidential) riveting docu-drama chronicles the pivotal period in 2008 where the United States, and indeed the world, faced an insurmountable financial collapse. As we still feel the devastating repercussions and are still exposed to the some of the same risk, this makes "Too Big To Fail" a must-see project for serious minded and adult audiences.

Centered around Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt, who we will be seeing around Emmy time), the film charts the period when Lehman Brothers was spiraling into bankruptcy and how the government's decision not to bail them out exacerbated a worldwide crisis with AIG. Like a house of cards, the tenuous balance of the economic system was in danger of toppling unless some major moves and compromises could be made. Introducing a huge cast of characters, the narrative puts Paulson at the center of the action as he wrestles to maintain an overall financial stability. As a dramatic recreation and interpretation of events, this plays as a blow-by-blow thriller. Even though you might be aware of the outcome, it doesn't lessen the film's brisk pace or unrelenting intensity. Seriously, I found this to be edge of your seat exciting as well as enlightening. Truly an important piece for the time in which we live.

Aside from Hurt's stellar work (his best performance in years), the film boasts an oily and uncompromising turn by James Wood as the Lehman CEO and an increasingly desperate portrayal of the President of the Federal Reserve Bank by a great Billy Crudup. In addition to these larger roles, the film boasts the most impressive cast of the year with Paul Giamatti, Ed Asner, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Modine, Kathy Baker and many other familiar faces. Smart, provocative, chilling, literate, and most of all, incredibly entertaining--I highly recommend "Too Big To Fail" as one of the year's best dramas produced for television. In truth, I didn't expect to be as engaged and involved as I became. Anticipating a somewhat dry history lesson, HBO has instead served up an irresistible and important contemporary thriller. Don't miss it. KGHarris, 5/11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! July 13 2011
By BarbZ - Published on Amazon.com
This is a must see... along with Inside Job.

The story is incredible... One caution: it's tough to keep all the players straight. I had to watch it a number of times in order to follow the cast of characters. You'll need to have time when you can concentrate to watch it.

It's a tale of tumbling dominos.... you'll be shocked at how the key players were not at all in front of what was happening. The story is incredible, complemented by excellent acting and a great cast.

Inside Job gives a longer term view of some of the same players (please see my review)... and their relationships before, during, and after the crisis. Shocking!

I hope this is helpful.
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars way to big June 4 2011
By don dickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Great film. Anyone that has money invested needs to watch this film. I have it saved on my DVR so I can show everyone this film. There was very little party lines and for some they just want to blame Bush for everything or now Obama. But in the movie there is very little about the president. A very great cast. The true story had me from the first minute. I can say I am happy that HBO did not go to the Republican and Democrats. Very Very Good.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much and too fast to digest completely! May 24 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
HBO has come up with another controversial film that contains views that all of us should ponder. TOO BIG TO FAIL is based on the very long book by Andrew Ross Sorkin that stunned the country with its moment by moment details of how the financial meltdown of 2008 when at the end of President Bush's term the powerful battle between the backs and lending institutions of Wall Street imploded requiring a government bailout to avert a global financial disaster. The story was adapted for the screen by Peter Gould and directed at breakneck speed by Curtis Hanson, allowing the public to not only see the institutions involved in this scandal but also introduce the players from all parts of the battlefield disclosing details we did not know and the gradual history of the financial mess that had been brewing at the public's expense for years.

The film is populated with major actors portraying the big names and while there are clips of President Bush, Warren Buffet and others taken form the CNN newsreels, the big names in the film include such extremely memorable performances as William Hurt as Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Billy Crudup as Federal Reserve of NY President Timothy Geithner, Paul Giamati as Ben Bernanke, Topher Grace as Paulson's Chief of Staff Jim Wilkinson, James Wood as Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld, Matthew Modine as CIT CEO John Thain, Tony Shalhoub as CEO of Morgan Stanley John Mack, Bill Pullman as CEO of JP Morgan Chase Jamie Dimon, Ed Asner as Warren Buffett, Victor Slezak as CEO of Bank of America Greg Curl, Ajay Mehta as CEO of Citigroup Vikram Pandit, Michael O'Keefe as JC Flowers, as Barney Frank of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack scandal, Nancy Pelosi as Nancy Pelosi, and Cynthia Nixon as the PR for Paulson Michele Davis.

Each member of this huge cast plays very well, with special kudos to William Hurt, Billy Crudup, and James Wood. Each character is believable but the problem with the film is that it moves past our eyes so quickly with fleeting identifiers of who each actor is portraying that it is next to impossible to keep the players straight. There is a lot of information and so many board meetings and long work hours that even though the viewer an appreciate the rising calamity and the impact it has globally, it at times becomes word soup. Even the film's opening credits pack so much information so quickly that we are dizzy before the story starts. Is that a problem with the film or with our lack of insider information of how we came so close to the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression? Probably both. Perhaps multiple screenings of this film will allow the audience to catch up tot he speed of what is truly a remarkable docudrama of a harrowing time for this country and the world. It is very much worth spending time with this terrifying movie. Grady Harp, May 11
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work in the Industry - Informative & Entertaining Jan. 8 2012
By Joseph Kohout Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
I have had friends ask me to explain credit default swaps (CDS). In Too Big To Fail (TBTF) it was the first time, including the Congressional Hearings, where I have ever heard CDS's explained in layman terms.

I am the first to admit that I find non-fiction much more palatable when wrapped around a good story. What TBTF does is to almost perfectly cast a star studded ensemble around a really good story.

I loved the characterizations of John Mack by Tony Shalhoub ("Cover your ears. Tell Tim Geithner to bl.w me!"), Lloyd Blankfein by Evan Handler ("You are stepping out of a limo going to the Federal Reserve and not a Higgins Boat storming Omaha Beach" and Jim Wilkinson by Topher Grace ("and we all know how well the Post Office works!"). Honorable mention to James Woods (Dick Fuld) & Billy Crudup (Tim Geithner).

IMHO, the real value of TBTF is in it's illustration of the multiple levels of incompetence:

1.) Despite having more employees than many private sector corporations, neither the Treasury, Federal Reserve or SEC knew that the British Banking Regulators had to approve any merger by Barclay's. BTW, this oversight was further compounded by Treasury steadfastly refusing to backstop Lehman for the 30-days it would take for a Barclay's share holder vote

2.) Dick Fuld walking into a meeting with a Korean bank that had already agreed to take a stake in Lehman sans their "toxic: real estate. Fuld wanted the suitor to take another look at the real estate, which caused a loss of "face" and killed the deal

3.) See #1. Not knowing how long it would take to enact the proposed toxic asset buy back program (AKA "Cash for Trash")

4.) Forcing healthy banks to take money that they didn't need as "cover" for the banks that needed the money. This not only didn't fool anyone, but the verbiage was insufficient to require that the banks actually lend the money, which they for the most part didn't do

In sum. Great cast and a very good story about what went on behind the scenes at a time when the financial system was on the verge of collapse
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