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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000GG4Y32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,484 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.

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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
Beatty's historical-biographical epic about John Reed deserves credit for tackling the controversial subject of Communist sympathizers in America during the early part of the 20th century. Reed is sympathetically portrayed as a sincere idealist who sees those ideals betrayed in the aftermath of the Russian revolution, long before the Cold War got started. Subsequently revealed facts may have modified this view of Reed, but the drama is still effective if taken on it's own terms.
Some reviewers felt the romantic subplot was unnecessary or overemphasized, but I think it serves to show Reed as an uncompromising idealist even in his personal life. He questions all social institutions, even marriage, in trying to maintain an open relationship with his main romantic interest. The vicissitudes of their relationship are a tellng illustration of the difficulties on the personal level they have in adapting to the bold social revisions they are endorsing. The fact that Louise later voluntarily endures personal hardship to find him and care for him indicates a final personal triumph, underscoring the disappointment he has in the turn of larger scale events which ultimately hasten his demise.
Although the real-life Communist drama has ended in a way that Reed, and even Beatty in 1981, certainly didn't imagine, there is still relevance to modern audiences. Current events are foreshadowed in the scene where Reed makes a speech to an Arab crowd that attempts to parallel Eastern and Western class struggles, and they begin chanting for Jihad against America and it's allies. Although Reed complains about translation problems to his Russian sponsors, it is remarkable how little it took to agitate a crowd of Arab men into a violent anti-Western rage, even back then.
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