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Too Big to Fail (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2011)

Paul Giamatti , Ed Asner  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Ed Asner, James Woods, William Hurt
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: June 12, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Too Big to Fail (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)" on IMDb

Special Features

Digital Copy of Too Big to Fail expires 06/30/2014.

- Timeline of a Crisis - An in-depth look at pivotal events that impacted the economic crisis

Additional Blu-ray with HBO Select features:

-The Making of Too Big To Fail - The cast and crew share their thoughts on the events that inspired the film

-Opening the Vault on the Financial Crisis -The cast, crew and financial experts discuss the origins of the economic crisis

Editorial Reviews

Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Too Big To Fail offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington.

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
In the realm of made-for-TV movies, there is no question that HBO has been leading the way with critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated fare within recent years. Why? They simply have made an effort to be a prestige label and to support and produce edgier, more sophisticated entertainment--oftentimes projects that you can't imagine any other network or studio championing. Turning Andrew Ross Sorkin's provocative chronology "Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves" into a film version seemed like a somewhat dubious idea. Financial crisis as entertainment isn't the most comfortable notion, and yet the story is rife with drama and intrigue. Curtis Hanson's (L.A. Confidential) riveting docu-drama chronicles the pivotal period in 2008 where the United States, and indeed the world, faced an insurmountable financial collapse. As we still feel the devastating repercussions and are still exposed to the some of the same risk, this makes "Too Big To Fail" a must-see project for serious minded and adult audiences.

Centered around Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt, who we will be seeing around Emmy time), the film charts the period when Lehman Brothers was spiraling into bankruptcy and how the government's decision not to bail them out exacerbated a worldwide crisis with AIG. Like a house of cards, the tenuous balance of the economic system was in danger of toppling unless some major moves and compromises could be made. Introducing a huge cast of characters, the narrative puts Paulson at the center of the action as he wrestles to maintain an overall financial stability. As a dramatic recreation and interpretation of events, this plays as a blow-by-blow thriller.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! July 13, 2011
This is a must see... along with Inside Job.

The story is incredible... One caution: it's tough to keep all the players straight. I had to watch it a number of times in order to follow the cast of characters. You'll need to have time when you can concentrate to watch it.

It's a tale of tumbling dominos.... you'll be shocked at how the key players were not at all in front of what was happening. The story is incredible, complemented by excellent acting and a great cast.

Inside Job gives a longer term view of some of the same players (please see my review)... and their relationships before, during, and after the crisis. Shocking!

I hope this is helpful.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars way to big June 4, 2011
Great film. Anyone that has money invested needs to watch this film. I have it saved on my DVR so I can show everyone this film. There was very little party lines and for some they just want to blame Bush for everything or now Obama. But in the movie there is very little about the president. A very great cast. The true story had me from the first minute. I can say I am happy that HBO did not go to the Republican and Democrats. Very Very Good.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much and too fast to digest completely! May 24, 2011
HBO has come up with another controversial film that contains views that all of us should ponder. TOO BIG TO FAIL is based on the very long book by Andrew Ross Sorkin that stunned the country with its moment by moment details of how the financial meltdown of 2008 when at the end of President Bush's term the powerful battle between the backs and lending institutions of Wall Street imploded requiring a government bailout to avert a global financial disaster. The story was adapted for the screen by Peter Gould and directed at breakneck speed by Curtis Hanson, allowing the public to not only see the institutions involved in this scandal but also introduce the players from all parts of the battlefield disclosing details we did not know and the gradual history of the financial mess that had been brewing at the public's expense for years.

The film is populated with major actors portraying the big names and while there are clips of President Bush, Warren Buffet and others taken form the CNN newsreels, the big names in the film include such extremely memorable performances as William Hurt as Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Billy Crudup as Federal Reserve of NY President Timothy Geithner, Paul Giamati as Ben Bernanke, Topher Grace as Paulson's Chief of Staff Jim Wilkinson, James Wood as Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld, Matthew Modine as CIT CEO John Thain, Tony Shalhoub as CEO of Morgan Stanley John Mack, Bill Pullman as CEO of JP Morgan Chase Jamie Dimon, Ed Asner as Warren Buffett, Victor Slezak as CEO of Bank of America Greg Curl, Ajay Mehta as CEO of Citigroup Vikram Pandit, Michael O'Keefe as JC Flowers, as Barney Frank of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack scandal, Nancy Pelosi as Nancy Pelosi, and Cynthia Nixon as the PR for Paulson Michele Davis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Work in the Industry - Informative & Entertaining January 8, 2012
I have had friends ask me to explain credit default swaps (CDS). In Too Big To Fail (TBTF) it was the first time, including the Congressional Hearings, where I have ever heard CDS's explained in layman terms.

I am the first to admit that I find non-fiction much more palatable when wrapped around a good story. What TBTF does is to almost perfectly cast a star studded ensemble around a really good story.

I loved the characterizations of John Mack by Tony Shalhoub ("Cover your ears. Tell Tim Geithner to bl.w me!"), Lloyd Blankfein by Evan Handler ("You are stepping out of a limo going to the Federal Reserve and not a Higgins Boat storming Omaha Beach" and Jim Wilkinson by Topher Grace ("and we all know how well the Post Office works!"). Honorable mention to James Woods (Dick Fuld) & Billy Crudup (Tim Geithner).

IMHO, the real value of TBTF is in it's illustration of the multiple levels of incompetence:

1.) Despite having more employees than many private sector corporations, neither the Treasury, Federal Reserve or SEC knew that the British Banking Regulators had to approve any merger by Barclay's. BTW, this oversight was further compounded by Treasury steadfastly refusing to backstop Lehman for the 30-days it would take for a Barclay's share holder vote

2.) Dick Fuld walking into a meeting with a Korean bank that had already agreed to take a stake in Lehman sans their "toxic: real estate. Fuld wanted the suitor to take another look at the real estate, which caused a loss of "face" and killed the deal

3.) See #1. Not knowing how long it would take to enact the proposed toxic asset buy back program (AKA "Cash for Trash")

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely right on!
Everyone needs to view this video program for a good understanding of the 2008 meltdown. It is absolutely right on!
Published 9 days ago by Jerry Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good movie-it can happen !
Any movie with Paul Giamatti in it is well worth watching. Movie goes on to show how the impossible can become possible. Well worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by Bank Of America
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and incredibly informative and stimulating.
Got this for my Dad for Christmas but he made me watch it with him and I am so glad he did! This was brilliantly constructed and honestly, terrifying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taylor Hastings
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This movie is simply fantastic! It does a wonderful job explaining a great deal about the financial meltdown of 2008.
Published 1 month ago by R. Clay Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recap of an historical time
Characters were well done and actually had close resemblance to the real characters.
Great job a capturing the moment to moment development of the crisis wiithout lingering... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy B
5.0 out of 5 stars True Story and great acting
I had already read Andrew Ross Sorkin's book, "Too Big to Fail" when this first appeared on TV. I watched (most of) it then and found the TV production excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karl E. Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson in Economics
I finally understood what went on during this time. I was impressed with the balance and non-partisanship of people trying to handle a crisis.
Published 2 months ago by J. C. R.
1.0 out of 5 stars HBO's Attempt To Cover The Market Crash Fails Flat
None of the actors look or act like any of the people they are supposed to be portraying. I liked Margin Call and Rogue Trader. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zarathustra
1.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great product and everything was as the ad promised.
Thanks for a good product and fast shipment.
Published 3 months ago by mcole
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Insider's View of the Financial Debacle
HBO can always be counted on to put on a first-class show on virtually any subject. Given the dry and complex subject matter - banking, mortgage backed securities, toxic assets,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jill Clardy
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