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Nixon (Election Year Edition) [Blu-ray] (2010)

Anthony Hopkins , Joan Allen , Oliver Stone  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019PL2JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nixon (Election Year Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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DESCRIPTION:From Oscar®-winning* director Oliver Stone and starring Anthony Hopkins in an Oscar® nominated performance, Nixon is the monumental motion picture that delves into the inner sanctum of a tragic world leader, uncovering his greatest moments and his shattering demise! An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon a man carrying both fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. From his victorious presidential election to the shocking Watergate scandal that would seal his doom, Nixon was hailed by critics and audiences everywhere as a great film one you don t want to miss!

* Best Director, Born On The Fourth Of July, 1989; Best Director, Platoon, 1986
** Best Actor Nominee, Nixon, 1995
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and engrossing November 8, 2004
Format:DVD
When Anthony Hopkins was cast as Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone's bio of the 37th President, many were leery of the casting choice. I myself pictured Hopkins doing a combination of Nixon and Hannibal Lecter: "I'm not a crook -- and if anyone thinks so, I'll eat their liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti .... SLURP!!" However, Hopkins does do a marvelous job and disappears into the role without becoming a standup comedian's caricature. Even though Nixon does and says vile things throughout the film, the audience still has sympathy for the character -- even those like me who found the real Richard Nixon dispicable.

Stone portrays Nixon as a tragic figure who had the intelligence and the electoral mandate to elevate himself and his administration to greatness, but let it all slip away by becoming bogged down in the quagmire of Watergate. Nixon complains incessantly about how the Kennedys are everything he is not. However, it becomes clear that his hatred of the Kennedys is based as much on his loathing of himself as on any real scorn shown him by the "Eastern establishment."

Stone, as in JFK, takes certain liberties with Nixon's story and acknowledges as much in a disclaimer before the story begins. Even those who believe President Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a conspiracy, for example, would find it hard to believe that Richard Nixon was involved, even tacitly, in the plot to kill JFK. Stone also takes liberties with his portrayal of Richard and Pat Nixon's marital relationship. Even though some incidents are no doubt true, it's pretty clear that some scenes between the two are conjecture on Stone's part.

However, these are minor quibbles.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The American equivalent of a Greek tragedy July 31, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What infuriates all those apologists and fanatical supporters of Richard Nixon out there is that Oliver Stone supposedly has an axe to grind about their man by making a film like NIXON. They assumed a lot, but didn't even bother to see the film.
The truth is that NIXON is much more even-handed in its portrayal of the 37th President of the United States than I thought it could be. Anthony Hopkins gives a reasonably fair portrayal of Nixon, and Joan Allen is tremendous as his wife Pat. Although Stone's penchant for conspiracy does get the better of him at times, he sees Nixon as more a tragic victim than as an evil power-monger, a vision that is closer to the truth than what Nixon's enemies made him out to be in reality.
Stone wisely does not gloss over the simple facts about the man. Nixon was indisputably a great and cagey anticommunist politician who managed to split the Sino-Soviet communist alliance in two and thus promote stability in the Cold War world for years to come. But he left a lot to be desired as a human being, being paranoid, distrustful, deceitful, and, in the end, blatantly dishonest. In that sense, the saga of Richard Nixon ranks as the American equivalent of a Greek tragedy: so much explosive potential destroyed by scandal.
As in JFK, Stone has assembled a massive cast of people: Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, J.T. Walsh, and James Woods, just to name a few. Despite its few faults, NIXON is a fair portrait of perhaps the most frustrating and complicated man ever to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "This is god-damned Disneyland...." December 25, 1999
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Format:DVD
Oliver Stone's fascinating insight into the Nixon administration is not for everyone's delight. The closest thing to a "JFK" sequal, 'Nixon' rolls all the players into a ball of naughtiness & takes it from there. Hard to keep up with if un-familiar with the facts surrounding the 'watergate-scandal', but if you know your homework it's alot of fun. Superb casting,I must say, Stone started this epic right after "Natural Born Killers" so it has all the internal flare of film-making. Immense enjoyment on DVD, this film IS very under-rated,losing 'Best Picture' oscar to Mel Gibson's "Braveheart"... you can see how not everybody wants this film around in the long-run. Thumbs up!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone's Richard the Third November 29, 2004
Format:DVD
Oliver Stone's "Nixon" isn't really the cinematic biography of American Commander-in-Chief and Paranoid Extraordinaire Richard M. Nixon, but more like a latter day "Richard III". Stone need only have given the ogrish Nixon (played fascinating and disturbingly by the gifted Anthony Hopkins) a hunchback and had him kill a few kids in the Tower of London to have completed the deal.

I am a big Nixon fan, if only for his strangeness, for his political eccentricity in a political system where only the bland, the smiling, the sound-biteable, the contempibly predictable is rewarded. Nixon, to me, has always seemed like an anachronistic creation of pure will, a force of random Brownian motion, a misunderstood Machiavellian demon, hopelessly paranoid, unmistakably brilliant, brutally deformed, unequivocally human, a misshapen creature.

Stone turns that on its head, and suggests that at worst Nixon may just have been naive. Driven, yes. Ambitious, yes. Duplicitous, only when it suited him. But naive. And that, truly, is the fascination with this lavish little probe into the mind and madness that was Richard Nixon, and the insanity that was the America he helmed. Oliver Stone's "Nixon" is flawed, oddly talky, features an impossibly gorgeous Joan Allen as the impossibly dowdy Pat Nixon. But with all that against it, it is compulsive. It is fascinating. It kept me up all night, for all 212 of its minutes (get the Director's cut). Can more be said?

Perhaps. Stone, who helmed "Natural Born Killers" and "Wall Street" and "JFK", is incapable of making a bad moviek, and "Nixon" is no exception.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this movie
I liked this movie, I only dislike the dishonest times, must like todays. Sometimes I felt sorrow, sometimes I hated the person, but this is a really great picture.
Published 4 days ago by Laddie Lawings
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Extra
I have a bias for this movie. I was an extra in it...for 15 - 20 seconds. I was the mechanic working on a old car in front of the Nixon Family Store in the Yorba Linda Flashback. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Art S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb movie and fast shipping.
Published 1 month ago by Dale
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat Characterization of a Complex Man
The film is very dark and unfair, I think, to Richard Nixon - most especially how Stone depicts the relationship between Nixon and his wife, Pat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Jacobi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Virgil P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good film about a man few people really knew.
Excellent look into a man few people really understood. This film is full of excellent performances, even the cameos are outstanding.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Goodness
1.0 out of 5 stars DISTORTED and BORING
So BAD and so Boring. Because Stone is a Liberal he loves to take license with distorting and manufacturing events in Conservative Presidents such as Nixon and Bush. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
I loved Frost Nixon, so I thought I would give this one a chance, but I was very Disappointed in this film.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
awesome eye wide open view
Published 1 month ago by DANIEL B.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nature of "The Beast"
I wasn't alive during the Nixon administration. That should be stated right off the bat. I'm not an expert, and have only an amateur interest in that particular period of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Majestyk
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