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Network (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Import]

Faye Dunaway , William Holden , Sidney Lumet    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky's and director Sidney Lumet's take on television may seem quaint in the age of "reality TV" and Jerry Springer's talk-show fisticuffs, it's every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. And because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles. Finch plays a veteran network anchorman who's been fired because of low ratings. His character's response is to announce he'll kill himself on live television two weeks hence. What follows, along with skyrocketing ratings, is the anchorman's descent into insanity, during which he fervently rages against the medium that made him a celebrity. Dunaway plays the frigid, ratings-obsessed producer who pursues success with cold-blooded zeal; Holden is the married executive who tries to thaw her out during his own seething midlife crisis. Through it all, Chayefsky (via Finch) urges the viewer to repeat the now-famous mantra "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" to reclaim our humanity from the medium that threatens to steal it away. --Jeff Shannon

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Newscaster Howard Beale has a message for those who package reports of cute puppies, movie premieres and fender benders as hard news: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." Sidney Lumet directs Paddy Chayefsky's satire (an Academy Award-winning* screenplay) about the things people do for love...and ratings. Three performers won Oscars.* Best Actress Faye Dunaway is the TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting cubs. Best Actor Peter Finch is Beale, whose airwave rants become a phenomenon. And William Holden, Robert Duvall and Best Supporting Actress Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality. DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:by Director Sidney Lumet
Theatrical Trailer
Documentaries:The Making of Network (6-part Documentary): The World and Words of Paddy Chayefsky; The Cast, the Characters; The Experience; The Style; Mad as Hell! The Creation of a Movie Moment; A Classic; Network by Walter Cronkite
Featurette:Dinah! Episodes featuring Peter Finch (1976) and Paddy Chayefsky (1977)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of it's time. June 20 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Although Cronkite admits in his interview that "things are not at bad as that" as they are represented in this movie "things have become as bad as that" 30 years hence. Corporate ownership of the media has escalated to obscene levels where now 5 corporations own our networks (in Canada there are less than 10 independent media outlets presently) . This results in a polarized and sanitized view of the world represented on television and newspapers/magazines and also gives rise to oversimplification of world conditions, as the truth is masked and the world is represented in an illusory mode. Looking at the the world as a whole, roughly less than 5% of actual news makes it onto our "tabloid" news programs and is given in half truths and watered down versions where most people cannot actually piece together what truly precipitates most events.

Sydney Lumet probably did not realize what a revelation he had on his hands when he created this masterpiece. In addition, the movie stands the test of time as with some older films anachronisms exist and out of date acting reduces the film's effectiveness but not so with Network. A great piece of film making well worth the watch and a good bit of thinking afterwards. Highly recommended ... and if you like this, give "Bulworth" by Warren Beatty a watch ... also a must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Most Important Film Ever Made July 10 2004
I have put off writing a review for this film for quite a long time, but I finally decided to dive straight into the maelstrom and take a stab at it.
Network is (in my opinion) one of the most important films ever made and is essential as both an angry and cynical satire (one of the greatest) and as an eye-opening experience for our modern age. I would even venture to say that this film is even more pertinent now than when it first entered theaters 28 years ago. A huge (actually staggering) amount of events have happened since then, including the rise of the computer (which is already an average, commonplace thing now) and globalism. Corporations (the object of scorn in this film) are more powerful than ever. It makes the chilling statements in this movie even more confrontational and prophetic.
Network displays terrific ensemble acting by all of the characters involved: from "leading" figure William Holden, the old-fashioned romantic left rudderless in the wake of a new ultra-consumerist culture to his icy and mechanical love interest Faye Dunaway who is the "ugly" spirit of the Network itself to his wife Beatrice Straight, the lonely, bitter, and heartbroken woman (she won an Oscar for being in merely one scene, that's how real it was!) to Robert Duvall's exaggerated performance as a cruel and money-obsessed entrepeneur to Ned Beatty's strange, almost Shakespearean portrayal of the head executive as a sort of Antichrist for Capitalism to the small but gritty and ferocious roles of the quasi-Communist radicals who also end up tangled in the web of the Network and scrambling for their own "share".
Then we come to Peter Finch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars message to Warner Bros. Jan. 7 2004
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I can't count the number of great works of art heedlessly junked by the studios with terrible transfers. I don't care about special features. I care about respect for the films, and respect for the buying public. This transfer is a disgrace. Other Warners transfers -- Cabaret, All The President's Men, Deliverance, don't get me started on more -- follow suit with ruinous presentations. Stop buying these titles. Force the studios to respect the fact that none of us have money pouring from our pockets; that we've had enough; that we buyers are the market for these life-lifting works of art; that we demand proper due given these treasures. The studios work for us, not the other way around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES TO "Y2JK"! -- SPECIAL EDITION MANDATORY! June 25 2004
No review here. Just some pleading. WB has done some wonderful "Special Editions", granted, that almost make up for their terrible presentations of some classics.
There isn't a film more ripe for the "Special Edition" treatment than the perfect "NETWORK". With Lumet, Dunaway and Duvall all still active, their potential contribution could make this a real treasure.
For godssake, "SPACE JAM" (!) even got this treatment, and I'm talkin' "NETWORK" here . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie For Sure June 22 2004
"I'm mad as hell...and I can't take it anymore." Those words out of this movie will live on for a long long time.
It captures the essence of TV sensationalism gone mad. The movie was before its time, because many of the trends it suggested are present in today's ridiculous shows like "Fear Factor" and many of the other absurd reality shows...and of course, the worst of the worst is Jerry Springer...a show that capitalizes on people's tragic lives and unhappiness. Anything for ratings, right??
"Network" has a lot to say and more people need to experience what the movie is really trying to get across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This is mass-madness, you maniacs!!!" March 29 2004
This was the winner of 4 Oscars back in 1976, ultimately losing the Best Picture Oscar to "Rocky." But this film garnered every acting nomination across the board, winning three: Best Actress(Faye Dunaway), Best Actor(Peter Finch), Best Supporting Actress(Beatrice Straight). Other acting nominations included William Holden for Best Actor and Ned Beatty for Best Supporting Actor. Obviously, the acting here is amazing! Sidney Lumet's direction is also stellar, with fluid transitions and a professionalism that makes one forget how well-directed this film actually is. But the star of this film is screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. Back in 1971 he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "The Hospital" and wrote nothing else for the screen until "Network" in 1976 for which he won another Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. His writing for "The Hospital" is excellent, but his writing here is unprecedented. The writing is razor-sharp and savagely funny, primarily satirizing the television industry in all its lunacy. My favorite lines from the film are witty plays on poor journalism like the title of my review or "a wanton fiscal affront to be resolutely resisted." The next time you watch the news, particularly sporting news, listen for those annoying phrases where the newscaster uses absurd word-play, usually as a segue. This film actually changed my outlook on all entertainment industries, from television to radio, and showed me how everything is commercialized. We live in a capitalist society, so it is little wonder why networks are "in the boredom-killing business" to make money. Keep the viewers sedated with artificial bliss and you can make them believe anything. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
Network is a terrific film with great performances, and its concept is just as, if not more, relevant now than when it was made. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2011 by Nancy Faraday
4.0 out of 5 stars very bleak,but thought provoking,and ahead of its time (3.5.5)
this is a pretty good movie,all things considered.the acting was really
good,as was the writing,there is some great dialogue here. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason why I'm in the Broadcasting business!
You want to see some great acting! I'm mean do you really want to see some great acting? This all star cast is a testament to the movie's greatness. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by smoothjazzandmore
5.0 out of 5 stars We're mad as hell!
'Network' should be seen together with 'EdTv' and 'The Truman Show'. They all show the effect of television on people and also what goes on behind the scenes, the eternal fight for... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL EDITION! Give us a SPECIAL EDITION!
On the 25th anniversary year of NETWORK a couple years ago, there were several news article looking back at the film and how its impact on movies/media seemed almost... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by The JuRK
5.0 out of 5 stars Sidney Lumet`s masterpìece
The script doesn't get old. That's a good signal. Because all you can experience im this movie is far from being untrue. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
'Network' is a really awesome and powerful film. The strength is its screenplay, which is probably one of the best in cinema history. But it is also carried by the crazed T.V. Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable, but Disappointing
They must have misplaced the microphones while shooting this one. The sound editors evidently tried to salvage what had been recorded, but the end result is that in several... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004
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