The Graduate (Bilingual)
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A young man graduates with honors, meets and has an affair with one of his parents' friends, and is urged to date her daughter, whom he falls in love with.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 5-APR-2005
Media Type: DVD
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 the VHS Tape edition.
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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.Read more ›
European released BD presumably taken from a different master than MGM's US release Graduate [Blu-ray]  [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!
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)
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
-Song selection 4 songs, HD
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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A timeless classic that I've watched and enjoyed many times.Published 11 months ago by Susan Holmes
Interesting to see Dustin Hoffman in one of his first movies. Miss Robinson is hot!!
The movie was okay.
I saw this movie twice, and I have to say that its highly overrated. The only good thing about this movie is the Soundtrack.Published 13 months ago by Felicia
I hadn't watched this film in a while since getting my plasma large screen TV. I threw in my 2005 MGM DVD, was aghast and stopped it after 1 minute. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joker-scar
Excellent film. Still holds up. It's well written , funny well acted and the creative use of cinematography and transitions is still among the best in films. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Frog Feet
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