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All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Import]

Dustin Hoffman , Robert Redford , Alan J. Pakula    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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It helps to have one of history's greatest scoops as your factual inspiration, but journalism thrillers just don't get any better than All the President's Men. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford are perfectly matched as (respectively) Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, whose investigation into the Watergate scandal set the stage for President Richard Nixon's eventual resignation. Their bestselling exposé was brilliantly adapted by screenwriter William Goldman, and director Alan Pakula crafted the film into one of the most intelligent and involving of the 1970s paranoid thrillers. Featuring Jason Robards in his Oscar-winning role as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, All the President's Men is the film against which all other journalism movies must be measured. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the story, and get it right June 5 2005
Format:DVD
The mystery is a mystery no more. We now know "Deep Throat" is W. Mark Felt, who was deputy director of the FBI at the time. Some call him a hero, others a traitor. I think Felt had a lot of guts, and in the end he did the right thing and in so doing became one of the world's first whistleblowers. The fact that Hal Holbrook (who plays Deep Throat in the movie) bears an uncanny resemblance to Felt makes for even more incredulous viewing.
This movie, with an all star cast (including Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, F. Murray Abraham, Meredith Baxter, Polly Holliday, Stephen Collins, Ned Beatty, etc., and even the real Frank Wills, the Watergate security guard who first reported the break-in) is a must see film for any journalism student or anyone who is just fascinated by the biggest scandal of the 20th century. The jacket cover says it all: "Get the story -- and get it right."
Watch this movie, and you'll find out how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein got the story, and how they refused to crack under incredible pressure to back off. We also learn among other things how they nearly blew it all when they got one part of the story right, but named the wrong source.
Today's crop of journalists don't hold a candle to Woodstein. After you see this movie, you'll know why -- and why we need guys and gals like them more than ever, especially in these troubled times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past June 4 2004
Format:DVD
"All the President's Men" remains one of my favorites. Not only was it produced so well, it's also a textbook for screenwriting.
Woodward and Bernstein's book of the same title was an account of their Watergate reporting. In it they very wisely referred to themselves as a unified, second-tier character in third-person, which allowed them to get out of the way of their own reporting.
William Goldman's screen adaptation was inspired and brilliant. The job of any screenwriter adapting a work is to realize the smaller, and separate, story within the original that will be the cinematic story. Although Richard Nixon was Woodward and Bernstein's main character, Goldman realized the cinematic story was about two young reporters unheard of outside the DC area, and that without guard Frank Wills discovering a piece of tape on a lock things most likely would have remained that way. The action, then, is in the newsroom, not the White House.
Any serious screenwriter hopeful should read the book, then take apart the film version to see how it's done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
All the Presidents's Men is a truly wonderful film.
Unfortunately, it was also one of the first films to be released on the DVD format. Because the format was experimental, the studios were not willing to spend lavish amounts of money to create a DVD when the format might not even sell to the public (see Sony's Mini-Disc). So in what was a sound business decision, but a horrible decision for fans of the film, All the President's Men was given the bare bones treatment. Why spend the money is nobody is going to buy the machine to play the disc? That means both no special features (which still plagues some new releases) as well as making the quality of the film transfer just plain bad. Is it better than VHS? Yes, but not by much. A couple of the other reviews have mentioned that the picture and sound quality is fine. I'm guessing that these folks either lack the technology to exploit the marvels of DVD, or simply have not viewed enough DVDs to know what is good from bad.
Unfortunately, this is simply bad. The report from Widescreen Review speaks for itself, but I think it important to restate that fact that the positive reviews about the DVD transfer are wrong. All the President's Men doesn't have the action-packed scenes that take full advantage of Dolby Digital sound. But the 2.0 Dolby that is used isn't good. There is too much background noise and there isn't much difference between using your home theatre system vs. the speakers from your television. And compared to the picture quality, the sound is great. As I watched the DVD, I couldn't believe how bad the picture quality is. I know that a 25 year old film isn't going to be as crisp and clear as a film made last summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping May 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
_All the President's Men_ is the story of how two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein of the Washington Post, uncovered the Watergate Scandal. I was not alive during this time, so I did not witness anything that actually happened, but I certainly gained a better understanding of it from this movie. Hoffman and Redford are brilliant (not to mention dead sexy) as the two earnest, tenacious reporters. The supporting cast is wonderful, too. Some people have said there is little or no suspense in this movie, but I think they must be off their rockers. I was so tense watching this movie, wondering what would happen next, if their lead would pan out, or if they would have to start all over. There is a minimum of background music, which just adds to the over-all atmosphere. Maybe the movie isn't suspenseful in the same way as a normal mystery or thriller would be, but it's still intense, still nail-bitingly gripping. I think everyone should see this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't go wrong with this one!
Published 3 days ago by Goldsmith Hersh
5.0 out of 5 stars great
competitive pricing, fast delivery, great movie
Published 17 days ago by Norman E Brinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Men Part Of A Major Legacy
The film All The Presidents Men is based on true life inspiration from the prominent Watergate Scandal of the 1970’s. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stella Carrier
4.0 out of 5 stars remembering the times
I remember when this story broke and how it developed.
I remember Nixon leaving office in disgrace.
I remember leaving the US for Canada as all this was going down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ken Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic gets the blu book treatment
Another great movie gets a great blu ray treatment with a blu book. The transfer is flawless and the book itself is very well done. Highly recommended!!
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Morant
1.0 out of 5 stars won't play in canada
I've seen this movie a couple of times and really enjoyed it so when it came out in blue ray I jumped all over it. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2012 by mike nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal on Watergate
This is an excellent movie for those who like to think. The story is spell-binding, the acting is admirable. And...no one can run like Robert Redford.
Published on Feb. 5 2012 by Ambrosiana
3.0 out of 5 stars "...Woodsteeeein!!"
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Published on July 30 2011 by mickey_one
4.0 out of 5 stars Investigative Journalism Takes no Prisoners
A fascinating insight into the whole Watergate scandal, it is sometimes not the most gripping cinema, but well acted and well researched. Read more
Published on June 23 2009 by Neil Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-birth of a Nation
"All the President's Men" is the well-made movie about the political fiasco known as "Watergate". Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by K. Gittins
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