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Broadcast News (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The first disc includes an audio commentary with writer-director-producer James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks. Rather appropriately, Brooks starts off with talking about the genesis of the film and how the success of Terms of Endearment affected it. He points out the bits in the film that came from his extensive research and touches upon the casting of the lead roles - for example, Holly Hunter was a last minute addition. Brooks is refreshingly candid and tells all kinds of fascinating filming anecdotes.
Also included is a theatrical trailer.
The second disc starts off with a 36-minute documentary entitled, James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice, with past collaborators singing his praises. It starts off with his trailblazing work in T.V. with 227, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Simpsons and how he helped change the medium. It also examines his transition into film and the success of Terms and how it led to Broadcast News.
There is an alternate ending and 19 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Brooks. The ending is quite visceral and emotionally raw but is fascinating alternative to what is in the final film. For the deleted footage, Brooks talks about why it was cut and puts it into context. Interestingly, an entire subplot involving Tom and his news source was cut out.Read more ›
The film is a pinnacle in Brooks' career - he never did anything better, before or since, and all his experience in the tacky world of sitcom television really pays off here - and he successfully avoids making a pastiche of Chayefsky's cynically brilliant NETOWRK in favor of his own perceptive humanist view. Brooks rightfully and continually praises his marvelous BROADCAST NEWS cast; it's a picture dependent on their perfectly pitched performances.
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A funny, warm, and smart film. Top-notch writing, acting, and directing. If you are an Albert Brooks fan and you haven't seen this movie, you are not an Albert Brooks fan. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Brady
There are very few films with such a unique and emotional depth with its characters. They are so real, they are so conflicted and you feel it in every single scene. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Petros
Great movie but it played poorly. It had problems buffering.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best movies ever made. Hilarious when funny; touching when appropriate; and honest in all aspects. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger Melin
What can I say about this movie? It is my absolute favorite movie ever. It speaks to me. The dialogue is perfect. The characters are real. It's hilarious. It's sad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Meg
A witty, sadly accurate portrait of the decline of broadcast journalism w/ a magnificent cast and a wonderfully layered, character-driven script by James L. Brooks at his best.Published 5 months ago by Kyle