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Network [Blu-ray] (1977)

Peter Finch , Faye Dunaway , Sidney Lumet  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033AI4CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Network [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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
-Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

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 (an Academy Award-winning* screenplay) about the things people do for love…and ratings. Three performers won Oscars. Best Actress Faye Dunaway is the TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting cubs. Best Actor Peter Finch is Beale, whose airwave rants become a phenomenon. And William Holden, Robert Duvall and Best Supporting Actress Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality.

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211 of 223 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up and smell the cathode December 26, 2004
Format:DVD
Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 blockbuster hit "Network" is, I truly believe, the best film satire ever made. It might well be the best film regardless of genre ever made in the United States, better than "Citizen Kane," better than "The Godfather," better than any of the other numerous contenders. The first time I saw "Network" was on television about ten years ago, a supreme irony that became more and more amusing as the film progressed, and the powerhouse dialogue, performances, and set pieces captured my imagination unlike any other film. I have since watched this film so many times that at one point I could quote large chunks of dialogue verbatim with the greatest of ease. Over the past several years, however, I haven't seen Chayefsky's masterpiece as often as I would like. When I decided I would finally tackle the daunting prospect of writing a review for this movie, I rented the DVD version and resubmerged myself into the dark world of Howard Beale, Max Schumacher, Diana Christensen, and Frank Hackett. And I rediscovered something I always realize every time I watch this magnificent piece of cinema: "Network" is as great a movie as it was the first time I saw it, and it's prescience to our modern world continues to astonish.

"Network" takes the viewer inside of a major television network, UBS, during the 1970s. Their prime time newscaster, Howard Beale (Peter Finch), has just received word from his boss Max Schumacher (William Holden) that the network is terminating his contract due to low ratings. Perturbed about leaving his position, and with nothing else in life to live for, Beale breaks down on television and promises his audience that he will kill himself on live television the following evening.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Mr. Chayevsky has made, easily, one of the greatest contributions to the art of cinema; one that transcends mere entertainment and holds court within the realm of the social, psychological, and political.
My fellow reviewers have been eloquent in pointing out the details, merits, and slight flaws within this movie.

With the exception of the brutal murder on the air, every single outrageous idea that the film is now, 30+ years later, part and parcel of standard TV programming. The most banal mediocrities, the most mindless sensationalism, the most blatant lies, are all so common on modern TV that it not only goes unnoticed, but is accepted as being good programming. Even people who know they're looking at mind destroying garbage continue to watch it!! All fo this was warned about in the movie; all of it has come to pass.

And still, we watch. We have no idea how the economy is controlled or who is making the decisions that will affect the lives of entire nations. We don't have a clue exactly why wars are fought, or even exactly what wars are being fought. We are blind to science, art, philosophy, and religion. we hardly bat an eye when we hear about industrial pollution on a biblical proportion, atrocities and genocide, or natural disasters wherein thousands of people die. But we know how things are going between Brad and Anjelina, who won last night's game, what soap star had sex with who, went into rehab, and what some loudmouth idiot with a talk show said that shocked and amused all of America the other day.

This is what we have become; and Network warned us, every step of the way.

But what I am impressed with is how the film exposes the horrifying economic and social realities of our time.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strikingly contemporary even 30 years later December 13, 2004
Format:DVD
I watched Network again last night, for the first time since the film first came out. I remembered that it was a good movie with a lot of good acting, but given that the things this film predicted about television have all come true - and been surpassed in spades - I was expecting that its indignation over the commercialization of television news would seem quaint and certainly dated.

Good heavens, was I wrong. This movie hasn't lost its edge a bit in 30 years. William Holden as Max Schumacher is the only real human being, and he wanders through this film looking slack-jawed, as if he'd landed in Toon Town and can't quite believe his eyes. As it turns out, he has: the cartoonish, conniving antics of Robert Duvall and Faye Dunaway leave all of us laughing guiltily.

The screenplay emphasizes the comic-strip nature of these characters by giving them dialog that no real human being could ever utter with a straight face. The one sex scene between Dunaway and Holden is one of the most horrifyingly hilarious moments I can remember from any film. Add Ned Beatty - who doesn't say much through most of the film, and then erupts like Lucky in "Waiting for Godot" with a single, five-minute monologue that will peel the paint off your walls - and this is one of the darkest, funniest films of the last 50 years.

They should re-release this film in theaters. Especially now.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clairvoyant commentary January 18, 2005
By foghorn
Format:DVD
Perhaps this is more of an editorial comment than a review. I wonder if those viewers under 30 who watch Network will grasp the delicious irony of this film. A generation that has grown up on "Survivor", "Fear factor" and "American Idol" may not see anything unusual about "Sybil the Sooth-Sayer" as "news". (In fact, those of us who have watched the unfortunate evolution of "news programming" over the past 15 years might not see anything unusual about it either).

And that is why this movie is so depressing. If television, and news programming in particular, ever had any integrity, and had that integrity not slipped away, we could watch Network today and say "what a fabulous movie - what a dark comedy". But alas, we can now only say the former, because this movie has proven to be more than prophetic.

For an actual plot synopsis, read any of the other (many excellent) reviews here. The acting is superb as is the direction. Yes, we have some "wordy speeches" in the dialogue, but for some reason people seem more "touchy" about that with Network than other movies, and I'm not sure why.

William Holden is a fabulous actor, and this may be, from a "realism" perspective, his best. His haggard and worn out features only magnify his unique(in this case) "human-ness" - his is the only character that television does not somehow destroy (besides his wife). Ned Beatty, Robert Duvall and Fay Dunaway, Peter Finch and Beatrice Straight all give stellar performances as well.

Maybe the saddest thing of all is that the most infamous line from the movie, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore", did not turn out to be prophetic. And because of that, television has sunk to a low that perhaps even Chayefsky and Lumet could not have imagined.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
Ever a fan of lady Faye D. This was a classic in it's era. Does it hold up today? You be the judge. Recommended.
Published 1 day ago by LOB
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand slam!
I have seen this movie many times. It is a classic in every sense of the word because the acting is precise and the grit of this movie is hard-hitting about business and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by KEVIN FROM SI
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all misinformation and diversion like magic. Watch news shows...
A classic in how to open ones eyes to the sensationalism that our news puts out and shows us all how we can be more involved. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Paul S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Picture
Great picture, beautiful picture, and perfect sound. I plan on buying more movies in the future. Thanks Amazon and I will be back for more.
Published 10 days ago by CORNELL WOODS
4.0 out of 5 stars Predicted Fox news
Go to your windows right now, get up from your chair, go to the window, opem it, stick out your head and shout "Im as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Published 17 days ago by Sci-fi buff
5.0 out of 5 stars ~ A CLASSIC ~
Every adult should see this and then share it with their children 'of appropriate age' .
Needless to say, this movie was ahead of its time - back in its day.... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Audi Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of all time.
It takes a lot for me to give anything 5 stars, but this film deserves it. It came out the year I was born and is still relevant today. Read more
Published 28 days ago by jbberry76
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie had a strong beginning and middle, but dragged on at the...
When I attended my television production classes in college, I was told to watch this movie in order to have a better understanding of the television industry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wilmar Luna
2.0 out of 5 stars Drags On
Perhaps its my young and unappreciative attitude, but I simply could not stand this movie. It seemed to drag on forever, and while I am typically quite attentive I had to break... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NEW WORLD DISORDER!
A fascinating study of what is occurring right now in our very troubled world. It is all about entertainment. Read more
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