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The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

Dustin Hoffman , Anne Bancroft , Mike Nichols    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Few films have defined a generation as The Graduate did. The alienation, the nonconformity, the intergenerational romance, the blissful Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack--they all served to lob a cultural grenade smack into the middle of 1967 America, ultimately making the film the third most profitable up to that time. Seen from a later perspective, its radical chicness has dimmed a bit, yet it's still a joy to see Dustin Hoffman's bemused Benjamin and Anne Bancroft's deliciously decadent, sardonic Mrs. Robinson. The script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham is still offbeat and dryly funny, and Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for his direction, has just the right, light touch. --Anne Hurley


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, needs a better DVD April 19 2003
Format:DVD
The Graduate is a great film and I grow to love it more with each viewing. Everything is nearly perfect about it. The script, Mike Nichols' direction, the performances of Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross, the music of Simon and Garfunkel. It's funny yet dramatic, moving and profound all at the same time. A very enjoyable film all around. Dustin Hoffman has rarely been better than in The Graduate, although he has certainly given many other fine performances (Midnight Cowboy, Rain Man, Kramer Vs. Kramer). However, even more than those pictures, Hoffman will always be remembered for The Graduate and his portrayal of an awkward young man trying to get a hold on his life.
Also worth noting in particular is the direction of Mike Nichols. He truly gives the film a unique visual style to make it an experience rather than just a comedy/drama. Note the opening credits with Hoffman on an airport moving sidewalk set to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence". Nichols' uses cuts very interestingly in several scenes such as the scene where Benjamin jumps up on his raft in the pool, and lands in bed with Mrs. Robinson. He also uses zooms to great effect throughout the film. Nichols' Best Director Oscar for this film was well-deserved. I think that Hoffman's performance should have won also, as well as the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.
One other thing that I must mention is that The Graduate absolutely must been seen in its original aspect ratio! If you're not watching a widescreen version, then you're not watching The Graduate. The film was shot in the Panavision process with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Mike Nichols makes wonderful use of the 2.35:1 frame, so the film will be absolutely botched in pan and scan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60's movie June 15 2006
Format:DVD
The Graduate has become a classic film, one that makes all those `top 100 film' lists. It stars a young Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a young man from a wealthy family, who has just graduated from college. He is in limbo, unsure of what to do with his time and where life will lead him. The Robinson's are his parents' best friends and it is their daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) who Ben's parents have earmarked as a partner for their son. However Mrs Robinson (played by a brilliantly predatory Anne Bancroft) has other plans and is set on seducing the naïve young man. When Elaine returns from college, Ben falls for her and ends his relationship with her mother. Predictably Mrs Robinson reacts with hostility and sets out to ruin both his relationship with her daughter and his life.

Simon and Garfunkle provide the music in their inimitable style and the title song, Mrs Robinson, was a huge hit for them. Director Mike Nichols managed, in this film, to capture the feel and mood of the 60's flawlessly and he deservedly won an Oscar for his work. The DVD itself has few extras, a documentary by the director, interview with Hoffman, some trailers and the usual subtitles. The picture and sound quality are good, what you would expect from the format. This is a film that has stood the test of time and is still worth watching today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Crafted Film Feb. 13 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is a classic example of how good films were even as recent as the 1960's. The plot itself is not so original (young man has an affair with older married woman), however the movie is done in such an artistic way that the affair itself is put in the backseat for most of the film. If this movie were to be remade today, it would have been very sexualy charged and raunchy will the majority of the content focusing on the actual affair itself. However because this movie was made during a time when true quality and craftsmanship was appreciated, the themes are delicate and subtle. It really makes you use your imagination and look deeper into the storyline, rather than just the obvious. The backdrop (Southern & Northern California), the wonderful musical score (Simon & Garfunkel) and great cast made this movie very worthwhile to see as well. If you enjoy movies made with thought and care behind it, you should definitely check this one out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Weirder Than I Anticipated Jan. 26 2004
Format:DVD
I somehow managed not to see this movie until 2004, and I am very glad not to have missed it. What I found most surprising about the film is that it had a very quirky sense of humour, and that its lessons were not quite so "feel-good" or "Hollywood." I couldn't believe it won an Academy Award, because I thought those were reserved for good movies that were, nevertheless, still mainstream. The initial scene where Mrs. Robinson "makes herself available" to Ben will show the viewer what I'm talking about here. It's weird, creepy, and hillarious.
The opening sequence on the airplane and in the airport perfectly set the stage for Ben being a character who "goes with the flow," letting everything around him dictate the direction in which he takes his life, without hitting one over the head with exposition. The way this ties into the ending is also brilliant and subtle, but I would be remiss if I spoiled it for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet.
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman's performances are perfect, and the cinematography was good enough for me, someone who usually only cares about the script and story of a movie, to notice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Graduate Review
Perfect. I've been looking for this classic on DVD for so long and I'm so happy I finally own it. It's brand new, works perfectly!
Published 13 months ago by Megan Duarte
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but disipointed.
When my package arrived I was quite happy because it is a fantastic movie especially jf you are a simon & garfunkel fan, but when I opened it up, there was damage to the case. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Morganator
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Coming of Age Movie
This one is fantastic and very relevant even now a days. Dustin Huffman's breakout film has wonderful performances by all of the actors, a great story, beautiful filmography and a... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Antonio Canas
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad movie, no donut
I was 21 when this came out, it was pointless then and still is.
Hoffman was no actor and still is not.
Published on March 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring, Timeless
The DVD version of this movie will delight true fans because it contains lenghty interviews with the stars Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross, and screenwriter Buck Henry. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by E. Laway
5.0 out of 5 stars Here�s to you, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven loves you more than you can say, hey, hey, hey. Some of the best music of the 60s, by Simon and Garfunkle, makes up the sound track for this iconic movie with Dustin Hoffman... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
This is one of the defining films of my generation, and of course I saw it when it came out in 1967. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Dennis Littrell
4.0 out of 5 stars The graduate
The movie "The Graduate" is a story that focuses on the life of Ben Braddock after his college graduation. The narrative takes you through evolutions in his life. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Rachael Wech
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A little bit dated, but overall, you gotta love this movie. Really brilliant, very anti-establishment, pretty radical especially considering when it came out in the late... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Adam Sacks
2.0 out of 5 stars Goofy
All of the characters are cartoon figures. This is an 'intelligent, funny satire' only in the sense that 'Springtime for Hitler' was too. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003
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