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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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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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Old 10-25-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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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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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.
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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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 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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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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Yes I am hoping the transfer isn't ruined either. I do recall that the opening of the film at night time with Holden and Finch on the street and drinking at the bar is very grainy and dark. So a nice untouched transfer would be appreciated.

During the films commentary track Lumet commented that they wanted the look of the film to start out gritty and as the film progressed it would take on the look of a commercial. I believe a car commercial. Sleek and clean and shiny. (something to that effect)

The film is a true classic. I think many won't understand its concept etc, but what I hope younger generations could get from it if anything is we really only used to have 3 major tv networks and the way ratings were discussed in the film may confuse some.

Imagine if we still had a few networks today imagine the shares certain tv shows could pull. It really did pre-date the reality tv frenzy that I personally wish would end. That is just me. Times they do change.
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I think many won't understand its concept etc, but what I hope younger generations could get from it if anything is we really only used to have 3 major tv networks and the way ratings were discussed in the film may confuse some.
Imagine if we still had a few networks today imagine the shares certain tv shows could pull. It really did pre-date the reality tv frenzy that I personally wish would end. That is just me. Times they do change.
To wit, in the press statement:
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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.”
Uh, maybe I haven't seen it recently, but I seem to remember most of Beale's rants being against the public contentedly watching the tube while Ford-era decline, corruption and decay raged around them.
(As in, he wasn't "mad as hell" at the network, he was telling the viewer to be mad as hell at society...Did the copy writer even SEE the movie?? )

It's almost impossible now to understand, but in 1976...people watched TV. The Big Three networks--Fox and WB didn't exist, and PBS was still a homegrown highbrow curiosity. People were HOME on Monday nights for Archie Bunker. You couldn't do anything else except go to a bar or a movie.
Back then, we could look at Dunaway ruthless enough to give a radical group their own reality series as cold comment on our pop-culture ready to package anything for mass production; today, we'd just say, "Oh, look, it's A&E!"

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Another definite buy. Thanks, OP, for this news and All The President's Men.
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Updated first post with cover art for the release from today's news update from main page.
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Holy crappy! Amazon has it for only $13.99!! I am a bit worried it may not have good PQ now
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Anyone already review this tittle ? i want to know if there's any english subtitles on the bonus feature or supplemental material of this release , thx
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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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Anyone already review this tittle ? i want to know if there's any english subtitles on the bonus feature or supplemental material of this release , thx
DVD Beaver reviewed it.
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