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  • Format: Color
  • Language: English, Finnish, French, German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000GG4Y32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,087 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Reds is the story of the love affair of John Reed and Louise Bryant in a war-torn world and how the Russian Revolution shook their lives.

Warren Beatty's lengthy 1981 drama about American Communist John Reed and his relationships with both the Russian Revolution and a writer named Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) is a compelling piece of little-known history told in a uniquely personal way. Beatty plays Reed as he did the title gangster in Bugsy and Senator in Bulworth, as a visionary likely to die before anyone fully recognizes the progressiveness of the vision, including those who are supposed to be on the same page. Jack Nicholson has an interesting part as fellow intellectual Eugene O'Neill, and the late author Jerzy Kosinski--himself a refugee from then-Soviet-controlled Poland--makes a strong impression as Reed's problematic Russian liaison. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
It's a brilliant movie really; romantic, funny, intelligent and sad, as well as historical. John Reed was a confused American, or perhaps just an inspired one. His real battle was for the American working man, an underpaid, over-worked breed of Americana who helped form this nation. Reed really just believe, if you break it down into bare essence, that men should be treated fairly. He was labeled a communist, and probably believed himself to be one on some level, but his views were really more socialistic. This was his basis, and that basis took him to Russia, where he became an unwitting spokesman for the communist regime, his words twisted and translated to meet the Party's needs. His heart was just with the working man, and a misguided feeling that life should be fair. His writing speaks for itself--read "Ten Days that Shook the World". Ah, but there's more behind Reed's Russian connection, far more. He, along with the people who formed his circle of friends, was a bohemian in all respects. They were people of art, and of talent, intellectual artists in their own right, and far ahead of their time. The movie touches upon it, and leads one to want to learn more about the man, and his time. His relationships with Gene O'Neill and Louise Bryant goes far beyond what is portrayed, but the movie does at least give one the insight into those relationships. In their time, Reed, Bryant, and O'Neill did much in America for American writers, and for American theatre. They were all people of art, and of deep emotion. In a time of growing comformity, they tossed comformity aside. Their lifestyles were not the lifestyles of "proper people" of the time, but they gave great emotion to merely living, and to living each day as it came.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray
The kind of film that has sadly just about disappeared - the personal,
auteur driven epic. Very rarely if ever now will a studio give a film
maker huge funds to do a risky, personal, not obviously commercial
project, one that could never be made as a `small' film.

While critics can nit pick, and a few of their points may be valid (both
Beatty and Diane Keaton were at least 10 years older then their real life characters,
making some behavior seem overly naive and juvenile instead of understandable
for their youth and inexperience), overall this is a masterful combining of the big picture
and the personal, and how the two interrelate in life. How do we deal with emotions that
are much messier than our ideals of how to live?

It explores the twin faces of revolution - the sometimes desperate need to fight to
create a new order, but the danger that the new order may be just as corrupt as the old.

Rare is the film that deeply, honestly explores both idealism and the dark realities of
political compromise. Rarer still is the film that explores both in a personal way, without
judgment, but with deep insight.

Beautifully shot by Vitorio Storraro, wonderful production design.

Keaton and Beatty are very good in the leads, and the supporting cast, down to the
smallest role, is generally magnificent. Especially amazing are Maureen Stapleton
as Emma Goldman, and Jack Nicholson in one of his very best (and most restrained)
performances as Eugene O'Neil. He may capture the true pain of trying to live through
the eyes of an artist as well as anyone I've ever seen.

The Blu-ray is particularly beautiful.

Thrilling, challenging, gorgeous, emotional and epic. They don't make 'em
like this anymore, and that's our loss.
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Format: VHS Tape
"Reds" is the 1981 Warren Beatty epic that harnessed the turmoil of the Russian Revolution as reported by American journalist Jack Reed and brought it to the screen in a rivetingly intelligent and thoughtful entertainment piece. As Reed, Beatty brings to the character a political and social passion that is eventually shared with his wife, Louise, played unflinchingly by Diane Keaton. Beatty and Keaton are aptly supported by co-stars Jack Nicholson and Maureen Stapleton (in a Best Supporting Actress Oscar performance). The film is a stunning historic retelling of the political chaos of the socially and economically devastated Russian society and their implementation of the Communist regime that would establish the Soviet Union and last the next 70 years, most of them in Cold War relations with the Western world. Beneath the political drama, "Reds" is also the love story, probably glamorized, between Jack and Louise, and Beatty and Keaton are realistic in their roles. The film carries us from the planting of the seeds of Russian discontent to Reed's death from kidney failure, and in between we get an important historic lesson. This is one of Beatty's better and more diligant projects, and it's one that's earned respect and a timelessness for its historical importance.
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Format: VHS Tape
To distill this massive-scale epic into as concise and succint a summary as possible, "Reds" is a disparate fusion of many elements; some refreshing, and even inspiring; some infuriating. For a more detailed critique, I divide the following categories: THE GOOD: 1.) The mere fact that such an uncommercial topic was undertaken; and that aided with a large budget, and--more importantly--that the creative mind behind it believed in its sociopolitical issues so religously. "Reds" has a strength of it's convictions rare indeed for a modern film; more so, even, for such an expensive one (the obverse of "Titanic", etc.). 2.) Considering it's countless opportunities, "Reds" seldom ever stoops to the exploitation of sexual content and four-letter words, sooooooo prevalent in today's films. 3.) Best of all, the Oscar-winning color photography of Vittorio Storaro. His skill at creating dramatic sweep with his camera (as befits an epic) is unsurpassed by his peers. His exteriors are eye-filling, spacious, extraordinarily beautiful; his interiors (so often neglected by today's photographers) are particularly nicely judged, exquisite color compositions painted with light, no less aesthetically appealing than his exteriors. Epic length films so often become visually tedious. Thanks to Vittorio Storaro, one of the great masters of his craft, "Reds" does not. THE BAD: 1.) Despite it's plethora of lines of dialogue, "Reds" does not allow it's actors opportunities to make much impact; except, to some extent, Warren Beatty. Yeah, I know everybody got Oscar-nominations and stuff; but the Academy has never understood that big parts do not necessarily guarentee great roles; let alone, great performances.Read more ›
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