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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Writers: Buck Henry, Calder Willingham, Charles Webb
  • Producers: Joseph E. Levine, Lawrence Turman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079Z9VO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,271 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Hoffman/Bancroft/Ross ~ Graduate

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FairiesWearBoots8272 on 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 By Ms. H. Sinton on 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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The DVD edition I'm writing about is the MGM Home Entertainment edition pictured above, i.e., the one with Dustin Hoffman just standing there on the cover, not the earlier edition which has Anne Bancroft's leg stretching across the cover.

It would help if Amazon would always post the *back* covers of DVDs as well as the front covers. Often there are several editions of a DVD, even by the same company, put out over the years, some with special features, and some without. In this case I could not tell, before ordering the DVD, whether it had any special features. However, the $6.99 price made it worth the gamble. It turned out that the only bonus on this edition was the trailer. But that's OK. One doesn't have to have a boatload of special features for every film one watches.

The video and sound on this DVD are good. It is in widescreen format, 106 minutes long.

I had never seen the film before, so it was like a sudden plunge back into the 1960s to hear the Simon and Garfunkel music. Of course I knew they had done the theme music, but actually hearing it with the film -- it was like a form of time travel.

The film is well-done, in terms of production and acting and script, and still works, as entertainment. Does it have any "deep" meaning, as I imagined it did when (as a kid too young to watch "adult" movies at the time) I heard about it in the 60s? Can we learn anything from the character Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman -- from his deep existential boredom (that great theme of the 50s-70s literature and film)? Probably not. Certainly I never knew anyone then, and haven't known anyone since, like Ben Braddock, so I'm not sure what universal human meaning his boredom is supposed to capture.
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By mickey_one TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This BLU-RAY review ONLY applies to the Studio Canal release
(ASIN: B003PHJLSC)

European released BD presumably taken from a different master than MGM's US release Graduate [Blu-ray] [1967] [US Import].
Colors seem more saturated and balanced in my view (see also blubeaver.ca for a comparison of both BDs)
PS: One thing that struck me as odd: Two over-shoulder-shots of Dustin Hoffman riding his Alfa Spider on the Bay Bridge headed for Berkeley (TC 01:36:58 - 37:22) and going down on 101 to Santa Barbara (01:38:37-58) were NOT anamorphic - TV image only looks ok when set to "4:3" - was it like this in theatres?! If so my guess would be that in 1966/67 when this was shot it simply wasn't practical to mount a (Mitchell?) Cinemascope rig to such tiny Italian convertible going at 70mph with the car top down... So maybe they shot this with a normal lens and "stretched" the image to fit widescreen presentation?
Anyone like to comment? Thanks!

Film: 8.5/10
Picture quality: 9/10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (orig.)
Run time: 1 45'55", 24 fps
Audio: GB;F;D;E (dts HD MA)
ST: GB;F;D;E;N;S;DK;FIN;NL;J
Region free !
Bonus (all in SD):
-Graduate at 25; 22'21"
-THE GRADUATE - Looking back; 12'57"
-Meeting with author Charles Webb; 20'13"
-Scene analysis; 12'10" (German with Engl. ST)
-About the music; 7'55" (German with Engl. ST)
-Audio commentary by Prof. Koebner, Univ. of Mainz
-Trailer
-Song selection 4 songs, HD
-Digipak
Studio: Canal
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