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Old 10-25-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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Warner Bros Network (1976)

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Network Blu-ray Review

Link For Press Release.
[Show spoiler]http://www.hometheaterforum.com/forum/thread/305257/whv-press-release-all-the-president-s-men-and-network-blu-ray

Newscaster Howard Beale has a message for those who package reports of cute puppies, movie premieres and fender benders as hard news: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Sidney Lumet directs Paddy Chayefsky’s satire about the things people do for love…and ratings. Faye Dunaway plays a TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting her cubs; Peter Finch’s airwave rants become a phenomenon and William Holden, Robert Duvall and Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality.

Special Features:

· The Making of Network 6-Part Documentary: Tune in to How a Movie Landmark Caught Media Lightning, with Sidebars on Paddy Chayefsky, Getting Mad As Hell and Walter Cronkite’s Reflections

· Vintage Paddy Chayefsky Interview Excerpt from Dinah!, Hosted by Dinah Shore

· Commentary by Director Sidney Lumet

· Private Screenings with Sidney Lumet: Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne Interviews the Director

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Street Date: February 15, 2011

Order Due Date: January 11, 2011

SRP: $19.98

Rating: PG

Run Time: 128 mins

Catalog/UPC: 1000171911/ 883929160730

All The President's Men will also be released the same day as a DigiBook release priced at 34.98

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Old 10-25-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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Isn't Network Rated R?
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With this film and All The President's Men being released on Blu, I would love to see KLUTE released on blu also.

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With this film and All The President's Men being released on Blu, I would love to see KLUTE released on blu also.
Absolutely!! Klute is a masterpiece, and has Jane Fonda's finest performance (she deservedly won the Academy Award for it). Please Warner, bring this great film to Blu-ray during 2011!
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Isn't Network Rated R?
Yes it is
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I admire Warner's dedication with catalog titles, considering so many other studios are lagging behind.

Although Network is almost 35 years old, it's a movie that still resonates and I think might possibly be more relevant today than it was in the 1970's.
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This will be a day one purchase for me. Amazing film.
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I like digibooks, but I'm glad this one isn't one. I'll take the cheaper $19.99 list price vs the usual $34.99 for those.
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Yes! In my opinion this is the greatest English Language film of all time. It was brilliant in 1976 and brilliant and relevant today. Great news!
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Yes! In my opinion this is the greatest English Language film of all time.
"You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale! And you - WILL - ATONE!"

If it isn't the greatest, it isn't far off

I've seen this film theatrically many times, as recently as a couple of years ago. It's not a pretty film, very low budget, and fairly muddy looking. The HDTV broadcast is fairly close to the mark.

Warner Bros. seems to be getting better and better at mastering classic films. Hopefully they'll provide a transfer that is TRUE to the source -- don't try to pretty it up, there's nothing pretty about it.

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Old 10-25-2010, 11:53 PM   #11
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I like digibooks, but I'm glad this one isn't one. I'll take the cheaper $19.99 list price vs the usual $34.99 for those.
I would've gladly paid more for Network as a digibook release. One of the best written and most prophetic films I've ever seen.
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Although Network is almost 35 years old, it's a movie that still resonates and I think might possibly be more relevant today than it was in the 1970's.
I agree.
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All The President's Men will also be released the same day as a DigiBook release priced at 34.98
...Oh, sure, bury the lead, Bob Woodward!

(All's one of those movies I can't not watch every time I surfed past it on TCM...
Not to mention that I'm at the point of buying anything that comes out in a Digibook.)
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i remember watching this film as a kid and being utterly shook after listening to ned beatty's speech. my first "red pill", hehe...
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Cropped to 1.78? WHYYYY?
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Cropped to 1.78? WHYYYY?
It's not cropped, actually. It was filmed for exhibition at 1.85, the 1.78 BD simply unmasks a tiny bit of image from the 1.33 negative at the top and bottom. It's a negligible difference, but nothing is lost.
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It's not cropped, actually. It was filmed for exhibition at 1.85, the 1.78 BD simply unmasks a tiny bit of image from the 1.33 negative at the top and bottom. It's a negligible difference, but nothing is lost.
Actually I was going off of the Blu-ray.com information, I received the disc today and it's 1.85.

I've submitted a correction.
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Actually I was going off of the Blu-ray.com information, I received the disc today and it's 1.85.

I've submitted a correction.
The US disc was never in 1.85.
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Actually I was going off of the Blu-ray.com information, I received the disc today and it's 1.85.

I've submitted a correction.
Warners doesn't do 1.85, they open up all 1.85 films to 1.78 to fill the frame.

The screenshots right here on the site show the disc is 1.78:

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Netwo...3/#Screenshots

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It's not cropped, actually. It was filmed for exhibition at 1.85, the 1.78 BD simply unmasks a tiny bit of image from the 1.33 negative at the top and bottom. It's a negligible difference, but nothing is lost.
I've never had a problem with that. The composition is pretty much the same. In some countries, the film would have been projected at 1.75 (UK) or even 1.66 (France) at the time and that margin was included in what "could be shown".

People who complain about 1.78 forget that back in the days of 4x3 it would have been shown at 1.33:1, showing information never intended for theatrical projection.
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