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The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1967)

Dustin Hoffman , Anne Bancroft , Mike Nichols  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Writers: Buck Henry, Calder Willingham, Charles Webb
  • Producers: Joseph E. Levine, Lawrence Turman
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Embassy Pictures Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F798
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Nominated* for seven Academy AwardsÂ(r) and winner for Best Director, this ground breaking and "wildly hilarious" (The Boston Globe) social satire launched the career of two-time OscarÂ(r)-winner** Dustin Hoffman and cemented the reputation of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Pulsating with the rebellious spirit of the '60s and a haunting score sung by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate is truly a "landmark film" (Leonard Maltin). Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katharine Ross). But there's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!

Few films have defined a generation as The Graduate did. The alienation, the nonconformity, the intergenerational romance, the blissful Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack--they all served to lob a cultural grenade smack into the middle of 1967 America, ultimately making the film the third most profitable up to that time. Seen from a later perspective, its radical chicness has dimmed a bit, yet it's still a joy to see Dustin Hoffman's bemused Benjamin and Anne Bancroft's deliciously decadent, sardonic Mrs. Robinson. The script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham is still offbeat and dryly funny, and Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for his direction, has just the right, light touch. --Anne Hurley

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170 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, needs a better DVD April 19, 2003
The Graduate is a great film and I grow to love it more with each viewing. Everything is nearly perfect about it. The script, Mike Nichols' direction, the performances of Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross, the music of Simon and Garfunkel. It's funny yet dramatic, moving and profound all at the same time. A very enjoyable film all around. Dustin Hoffman has rarely been better than in The Graduate, although he has certainly given many other fine performances (Midnight Cowboy, Rain Man, Kramer Vs. Kramer). However, even more than those pictures, Hoffman will always be remembered for The Graduate and his portrayal of an awkward young man trying to get a hold on his life.
Also worth noting in particular is the direction of Mike Nichols. He truly gives the film a unique visual style to make it an experience rather than just a comedy/drama. Note the opening credits with Hoffman on an airport moving sidewalk set to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence". Nichols' uses cuts very interestingly in several scenes such as the scene where Benjamin jumps up on his raft in the pool, and lands in bed with Mrs. Robinson. He also uses zooms to great effect throughout the film. Nichols' Best Director Oscar for this film was well-deserved. I think that Hoffman's performance should have won also, as well as the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.
One other thing that I must mention is that The Graduate absolutely must been seen in its original aspect ratio! If you're not watching a widescreen version, then you're not watching The Graduate. The film was shot in the Panavision process with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Mike Nichols makes wonderful use of the 2.35:1 frame, so the film will be absolutely botched in pan and scan.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Graduate' graduates July 20, 2007
Looks like MGM finally is giving "The Graduate" a grownup DVD.

The Mike Nichols film has suffered through the DVD era so far, represented by a series of double-dip issues that perpetuated the same sorry source materials: grainy picture, grating audio -- the typical first-generation DVD blahs.

Here comes "The Graduate: 40th Anniversary Edition," due Sept. 11. Fox's specs show 2.35:1 widescreen with DTS and Dolby Surround. This appears to be in true widescreen. (The previous DVDs' version apparently was created by throwing letterboxing atop the full-screen version. Seems the guy who was so big on plastics got into the home video business.)

Check out the new extras:

* Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross
* Commentary by director Nichols and Steven Soderbergh
* Retrospective documentary that interviews "Graduate" write Buck Henry, producer Lawrence Turman, Richard Roeper and some random others.
* "Coming of Age: The Making of The Graduate" featurette
* "Would You Like Me To Seduce You: The Seduction Scene Revisited" featurette

Along with some odds and ends ported over from the older discs.

Disc 2 has a pleasant surprise: Simon & Garfunkle's soundtrack, in CD form.

I'll be revisiting the film for Hoffman's sonic boom of a breakout performance; the "Mrs. Robinson" song and seduction scene; and Ross' beautifully naturalistic presence. Koo-koo-ka-choo.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all copies include DVD extras September 10, 2009
The Graduate of course is in my top 5 favorite films. So of course I had to upgrade to Blu-ray.

I was excited that all the reviews say that the DVD included the extras from The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

The DVD that came with my Bluray however did not. The version that came with mine was the 2005 MGM DVD release that only includes the trailer and 4:3 (not 16:9) letter-boxed version of the film. The Graduate

It seems Fox is just throwing in whatever DVD copies they have on hand so while some people are getting the 40th Anniversary DVD not all copies include that version.

Admittedly the packaging doesn't say that any of the DVDs extras are included but it's still disappointing when you read in reviews that they are included only to find that they are not in the copy you get. It's a weak move on Fox's part to include the DVD with extras in some copies and not in others.

I contacted Fox about this and they aren't willing to do anything about it.

So buyer beware NOT ALL COPIES INCLUDE THE DVD EXTRAS and there is no way to tell whether or not it does without opening it.
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112 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame, Shame, Shame... October 4, 2005
They re-release the Graduate on DVD in 2005 only to distribute the EXACT SAME product only without a very attractive interface and special features, but with the same crappy picture and sound quality!

I give the film "The Graduate" from 1967 as many stars as any ratings measure can grant, but this DVD is a very poor represntation that is disrespectful of the genuine classic piece of cinematic art and cultural revolutionary comedy-piece that this movie was and always will be!

It's a shame. The picture is still grainy and the "widescreen" is still a full-screen image with black bars at top & bottom and NOT a true 16X9 formatted image for widescreen televisions! This true masterpiece of film demands nothing short of the best optimization that current-day technology can (and should) provide! Anything less is completely unacceptable! I'm sorry, but this is a travesy. The Graduate deserves the most pristine image and sound quality that the DVD format can give and viewers should demand nothing short of that high-standard of excellence.

The sound is in a lousy mono and the picture is fuzzy at times, desaturated, grainy, noisy, and compressed too much. The producers of this DVD obviously aren't die-hard fans and did a half-a** job here. Most fans of this film would gladly pay a few extra dollars for a better version, so why go cheap on such a great classic is beyond me?!? That's just a moronic business decision of a cheap corporation that doesn't know art from a hole in the ground, always cutting corners to salvage every penny. For shame!

I wish the Criterion Collection would remaster the Graduate and finally do it right! Amen.
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What's this latest DVD version like?
I guess I don't know if YOU'RE American, but since I've never heard of this "Best Sellers" line of DVDs, I doubt this is a new American DVD, and I would assume that MGM/Sony/Fox or whoever has the responsibility for this film at the moment on DVD will indeed be doing a full-blown 2-disc... Read More
Oct 9, 2006 by Tyler Foster |  See all 2 posts
Is it anamorphic 16x9 (enhanced for widescreen tvs)?
Hel-LO! Read the topmost couple of reviews right here--yes, it's the real deal. As someone said in another movie, I am once again available for dancing in the streets!
Nov 28, 2007 by madman |  See all 3 posts
The copy that I got did not have extras. It seems like MGM/Fox didn't create new DVDs but used what they had in stock so some people got the 40th Anniversary DVD and others got a different release.
Sep 9, 2009 by JDS |  See all 5 posts
16X9 edition?
One of Amazon's competitors lists this version as being 2.35 : 1, but as always, you never know for sure until you get the DVD in your player.
Jul 20, 2007 by Neil57 |  See all 2 posts
Does anyone else think...(Spolirs)
Those are loaded questions. Everyone who loves this film will have his/her own interpretations which (I think) is one of the reasons why The Graduate has been so popular.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, there was a pervasive idea that teenagers and/or unmarried young adults (like... Read More
Apr 22, 2014 by Kindle Customer |  See all 2 posts
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