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. They recount the making of the movie, the critical decisions that Mike Nichols made and most of all they reminiessed about making the movie itself.
I have watched this movie many many times and has not grown tired of it, if any, I have grown to apprreciate it even more. I think it has an enduring quality because it is a well made movie and as some reviewers have pointed out, we can all relate to Ben Braddock's lost, lonely and indecisive phase in our youths no matter if it was in a lesser or greater degree. And folks, let's face, the soundtrack is a Bomb.
The movie is also an excercise in style and technique, although according to Henry, some came by accident as the actors and the director sort of fumbled around when they didn't know quite how to create a certain scene. I love the part when Dustin Hoffman eagerly kisses Anne Bancroft with smoke still in her mouth.
Some reviewers complained that this movie didn't reflect the turbulent times and places that was happening then. But in a way doesn't Ben's own ambivalence towards his future and his ultimate courage to go against all odds and fight for what he wants reflect this? To lodge this particular complaint about this movie is really missing the point.
This movie will last and will appeal to any generation. I first saw this movie in junior high back in the early 80's and I thought what a neat movie it was. I was mostly impress by the cinematography and I loved the neat ending, but as you watched the movie with age, you grow to appreciate it in different levels, that's why I think this movie will endure many generations of movie lovers and DVD collectors.
Get the DVD, it will make a nice addition to your collection and when you're feeling reflective on a nice gloomy day, pop it on and enjoy.