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From the Studio:

Peter Bart (Editor-in-Chief of Variety Publications) and Peter Guber (Chairman and CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group) present your favorite stars, directors and film industry heavyweights in SUNDAY MORNING SHOOTOUT, the definitive guide to mastering the secrets of success in Hollywood. Over the course of the show, superstar guests including Clint Eastwood, Jude Law, Charlize Theron, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson and many more share personal stories and experiences illustrating the skills and confidence that are absolutely necessary to understanding the business of entertainment and achieving superstardom. From indie filmmaking to big budget blockbusters, from opening weekend box office grosses to what it’s like to win an Academy Award, the Shootout Experience is a must-have resource for aspiring filmmakers and everyone who loves movies.

Disc One & Two:

Disc Three & Four:

ADDITIONAL BONUS FEATURES include a glimpse into Season 2 with such high-wattage talent as George Clooney & Bruce Willis and a Behind-The-Scenes look at what really happens when the cameras stop rolling on the Shootout set. The documentary, A Day In the Life features insightful and candid interviews with Bart and Guber as they manage their respective empires before heading to the studio to shoot another installment of the show.

Disc Five & Six:

Sunday Morning Shootout is the only show-biz series that really matters. In a TV landscape crowded with tabloid news and gossip shows, SMS offers that most valuable of Hollywood commodities: an insider's perspective. When these shows first aired on American Movie Classics in 2003-04, cohosts Peter Guber and Peter Bart were film-industry veterans whose collective experience placed them in the upper echelons of Hollywood power; Boston-born Guber was a former head (with former partner Jon Peters) of Columbia Pictures, coproducer of the Batman franchise, and current president of Mandalay Entertainment Group, while Manhattan-born Bart had been a successful producer and top-level executive before becoming an acclaimed book author and editor-in-chief of Hollywood's venerable trade-paper, Variety. Their conversational dynamic gives SMS a fascinating, authoritative point/counterpoint intelligence: Guber is an outspoken, opinionated champion of film as a corporate enterprise, and Bart is a soft-spoken, even-tempered defender of film as an art form, with a sarcastic streak every bit as entertaining as Guber's good-natured jabs at Bart's wistful nostalgia for the classic studio system. They complement each other perfectly as two sides of the Hollywood coin, and with ready access to Hollywood's elite, they attract A-list guests willing to discuss their careers with remarkable candor.

This six-disc boxed set (with each of three two-disc sets also available separately) compiles 35 episodes from the first season, each disc covering a specific category of Hollywood personnel. While all of the episodes tend to revolve around the general topic of surviving and thriving in Hollywood, the varied guests shape each episode according to their individual identities as "triple-threat" hyphenates, directors, producers, or actors. In the case of "The Oscar Goes To…," every kind of guest participates in an all-inclusive discussion of the Academy Award and its importance, or negative effect, on the overall spectrum of the motion picture industry.

Enhanced by pop-up boxes containing facts, figures, and industry terms relevant to the movies and issues being discussed, each episode begins with a pair of topical questions exploring a timely facet of film-industry strategy (typically a forum for lively debate), followed by the weekly "shootout" guest interview, brief news items from show-biz reporter Linda Grasso, and answers to viewer e-mail. The timely nature of the show guarantees that some of the material will be ephemeral, but the series is certain to retain long-term value as an audiovisual history of Hollywood business in the early 21st century. Even though SMS was taped on a coffee-house set in Hollywood's legendary Raleigh Studios, watching these fast-paced, efficiently structured shows is the next-best thing to eavesdropping in L.A.'s trendiest show-biz eateries. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • A glimpse into season 2 with Bruce Willis and George Clooney
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • "A Day in the Life" documentary

Product Details

  • Actors: Harvey Weinstein, Peter Guber, Dustin Hoffman, Freda Nelson Evans, Laura Linney
  • Directors: Scott Sternberg
  • Producers: Scott Sternberg, Jacquie Jordan, Joe Scott, Mary Conlon, Susan Gold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Delta
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 1041 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEXG46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nelson on December 30, 2005
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Let me start by telling those unfamiliar with the series about its tone: Peter Bart and Peter Guber are interested in what makes Hollywood tick. They are not interested in the tabloid side of Hollywood stars' lives, they want to know why and how their guests make movies. Don't mistake this for a technical view of Hollywood, because even though it does look at the business and art side much more than what you get in Newsweek or even Entertainment Weekly, it is very accessible for non-film fact, people who are inspiring film buffs must start here!

Now as to what this contains. Each disc has five or six complete episodes. An episode starts out with Guber and Bart discussing some topic (for example, "Are blockbusters crowding out Oscar-worthy films?" or "Do film critics really matter?" or "Do actors make good directors?"). These discussions are lively and animated with the Peters' wearing their passions on their sleeves and both sides not only represented but articulated well. The second half of the approximately 30-min show is an interview with the featured guest which tends to focus not only on their work and how they perform their craft, but also the guests' input on topics that are critical to the movie business today.

The Cons: The only cons are technical. Not only is there not a "Play All" button on the main menu (something I thought would be standard on all TV show DVD sets from now on), when you choose an episode you are required to scroll down to the "Play Episode" button. The plus side of all this is that each show is nicely chopped up into logical and easily accessible chapters for those who just want to hear the conversion on "Do movie trailers misrepresent movies?" or just want to skip to the interview of Mel Gibson.

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This show is a great relief from the usual stupid chitchat talk shows. Here there is genuinely intelligent discussion, and argument, on both the art and business of making movies. This is especially true of these first episodes, more so, that is, than the current shows being aired. I particularly find it interesting and bizarre to watch Peter Gruber's combative blindness to everything except profit. It was just grotesque watching him browbeat Laura Linney until finally she became so desperately conciliatory that she said she too wanted the money, though really, obviously, she is an actress because she loves the art of it. My only objection is that the DVD is the 'best of' and not the complete series. Laura Linney was on the show twice that first season. I would love to have seen what she had to say the second time around. And if they made a better job of her makeup.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.W. Smith on August 30, 2007
Peter Guber sounds like a fool who only cares about money and Bart sounds just like a snob. Their show is no different then the yellow journalism that is Entertainment this week.
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