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Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews - Digitally Remastered (1977)

Richard Nixon; David Frost , Jorn Winther  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Nixon; David Frost
  • Directors: Jorn Winther
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FilmRise
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GZ6Q1K
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Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews - Digitally Remastered

Originally broadcast in May of 1977, this series of interviews between Sir David Frost and U.S. President Richard Nixon delves into the various controversies of Nixon’s presidency, including, most famously, the "Watergate scandal." Never before, nor since, has a U.S. President been so candid on camera. This historic meeting has been adapted into an award-winning major motion picture by Ron Howard.

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Although this DVD provides a real-life look at the landmark interviews conducted in 1977 between David Frost and Richard Nixon, it is not the entire session as originally broadcast. Rather, this is an edited, 88-minute condensation of the sections of the interviews that focused on the Watergate cover-up, Nixon's ultimate downfall. As such, it is a thoroughly gripping experience: Nixon begins the session as a wily combatant, but Frost (an experienced talk-show host, but hardly a political heavyweight) is such a dogged, indeed surprisingly forceful, questioner that he eventually corners the ex-President into facing some tough issues. The drama of this, which consists entirely of two men sitting in chairs, without any other documentary clutter, is actually much more gripping than Ron Howard's dramatized version of the event, Frost/Nixon, which labors to add melodrama to an already riveting situation. If you didn't live through the Watergate scandal, it might help to have a refresher on some of the basics before you watch (Frost briefly introduces the interviews with a spot of background), but in a way it's also not necessary, for the real punch here is watching a man of power be forced to publicly confront the fact that he abused that position. Nixon's bitter smile and his large capacity for self-pity are in full close-up view, creating a sense of pathos (even if you know the man did wrong). Those complications are richer than fiction, and give more insight into how Nixon could have brought about the circumstances that made him the only U.S. President to resign the office. --Robert Horton

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frost Nixon Original January 6, 2009
If you are interested in the facts from the horse's mouth, this is for you.
The original interviews went for over 28 hours, this DVD lasts only 2, but it does cover the most interesting aspects of Watergate and how Nixon was able to justify everything in his own mind.
I was not disappointed, but would have liked a longer cut of the original 28 hours.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What about the other 27 hours? December 23, 2008
Verified Purchase's my own fault for not reading the description but I really thought I would have the chance to see considerably more footage of the interview. don't get me wrong, this is exceptional work. As someone not old enough to view the PBS special in it's original form, I really wanted to see more than 88 minutes.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Release All of the Interviews on DVD January 20, 2009
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I was really looking forward to watching all of the interviews. I watched much of them while a college student and really want to see the entire set (especially with 32 years of hindsight). Watergate is actually such a small (albeit critical) part of Nixon's presidency, and the part that is clearly remembered the most. But his 5.5 years in office were an extraordinary piece of US history. When he took office, the Vietnam "Conflict" started by JFK and LBJ was at it's height as was the US economy. When Nixon resigned, the US was out of Vietnam and the economy was a wreck (for unrelated reasons). In between were the opening in China, the conversion of the South from the Democratic to the Republican party, the rise to military dominance of the Soviet Union, Kent State, and so much more.

I can only hope that the producers of this slice of the interviews go ahead and release the entire set on DVD. No one but David Frost and such a complex persona like Nixon could have yielded so many hours of engaging interviews. A movie about the interviews is up for the Academy Award for Best Picture. But if you really want to appreciate what the interviews were all about, you need to watch the interviews (not an abridged, Hollywood recreation).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Fascinating January 5, 2009
Some will be disappointed at the running time of 88 minutes of this version of the Frost/Nixon interviews but that is because it touches
on Watergate only (hence the title 'The Original WATERGATE Interviews)and not the other issues on such subject matters as Vietnam,China,abuse of powers and his final days as stated on the back cover of the DVD.However,the 88 minutes that we do get is simply gripping and fascinating.Frost is thorough and fierce in his conduction of the interview,so much so he tosses his clip board aside at one point as Nixons eyes follow the toss and then smirks.Another amazing moment is when Nixon becomes emotional at one point and is clearly teary eyed.

The 38 yr. old Frost appears to be absolutely sleep deprived judging by the bags under his eyes as big as tea bags is seen as very eager to hear Nixons answers to his questions that at another point he grabs a glass of water and raises it to his lips as fast as I've ever seen one approach a glass of water and then proceeds to put it down even faster as if he doesn't want to miss one second or waste one second of his prize catch of his career in Richard Milhous Nixon. Mr.Nixon,a man who professes and claims in his view to Frost that he believes he did not commit an impeachable offense. I highly recommend this segment of the interview of the most famous presidential scandal in American History.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping January 27, 2009
This dvd is outstanding!
You can almost see Mr. Nixon's thought processes, as he contemplates answers to very direct, difficult questions. His shifting eyes, and interruptions are very revealing. Wouldn't it be great if there were similar interviews of other presidents and historical figures. this is priceless!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frost/Nixon: The Watergate Interviews February 23, 2010
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This is an outstanding historical and political dvd with journalist David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. The interviews were conducted in 1977, three years after Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974.

It helps to understand the interviews much more if you were around back then, when Wategate was television and newspaper headlines in 1972 through to when Nixon resigned. Also, if you are history and political enthusiast this could be of great interest.

Frost was not known for heavy hitting investigative journalism when he acquired this project. The interviews with Nixon allowed him to move up a step in the news field. As for Nixon, it appears that he wanted an opportunity to re-emerge from the distance of resignation and the attempt to re-enter the public and political stage. Also the money he earned from the interviews was big at the time, this also probably motivated Nixon to work on this project.

Frost does a masterful job at asking the questions, and it becomes clear in time that Frost has done a significant amount of research on Watergate and Nixon's role in the entire Watergate scenario. I got the sense that Nixon may not have fully understood that Frost had done his research so well.

Nixon was both gracious and stern to Frost during the interviews. Nixon seems to use lawyer terms, incorrect legal premises and debate tactics during the exchanges. Nixon also seems to stumble a few times, but eventually gets on track with his version of events.

Nixon's answers to the questions, at times, simply don't hold up when they discuss obstruction of justice, criminal intent, motive and when he knew of the break-in.
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Published 20 days ago by Anthony L.
4.0 out of 5 stars There Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
I remember seeing these interviews at the time, and they are just as fascinating now as they were then. Read more
Published 23 days ago by M. Beddoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I was there!
Published 2 months ago by Michael R. Hiatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show
Deals with history as it was and the interview was fantastic to watch. Not scripted and Frost/Nixon were outstanding. BUY THIS
Published 18 months ago by Michael Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars I am amazed at this movie.
I find David Frost's courage refreshing. I don't think that Nixon knew what he was up against while being interviewed. I am glad that Nixon was held accountable for his actions. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Schortgen
5.0 out of 5 stars Frost/Nixon
A must have for any political history buff. Even if you aren't a Nixon fan this is good. These interviews are what the movie Frost/Nixon was based on. Frost/Nixon [Blu-ray]
Published on April 4, 2011 by Rob H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transaction!
loved this actual account of the interview. Fast shipping, good condition ...would purchase again!
Published on December 8, 2009 by Susan Browning
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Nixon/Frost Interviews
In detail this is the original footage of the Frost/Nixon Interviews without prejudice or slanting the truth or taking items out of context to confuse what really went on. Read more
Published on November 21, 2009 by John Underwood
4.0 out of 5 stars The man who wanted to be king... much so it cost him everything.
He was working on repealing the term limit, or just removing it entirely.
Rules, there just for people who aren't in charge. Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by Adamdeus
4.0 out of 5 stars Kicks into high gear in the last 20 minutes
These interviews by David Frost of Richard Nixon were very interesting, but failed to really pull me in until the last 20 minutes, when Frost asks Nixon to make three admissions --... Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by T. Fisher
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88 minutes?
Exactly. I thought that was what I had ordered. I saw David Frost on a TV show & I thought he said they were releasing the tapes in their entirety. That's what I expected! Just received this 88 minute dvd and I am totally disappointed.
Dec 1, 2008 by Reading Rita |  See all 7 posts
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