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The American President [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 1,608 customer reviews

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The world's most powerful man has met his match! Michael Douglas is the widower President wooing environmental lobbyist Annette Bening in this romantic hit by Rob Reiner.

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: Aaron Sorkin
  • Producers: Rob Reiner, Charles Newirth, Jeffrey Stott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,608 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00876PLNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Everyone knows this is a terrific movie! Those of us who are also DVD fans have waited a couple of years for this to appear on DVD. What a let down!! Rob, where are you man!!!
This a poor transfer with lots of artifacts and someone trying too hard to sharpen the image. To make matters worse this disc has very limited extras. Ok, it's out so let's move to the "collector's edition" so Warner can get a few more bucks and we can get a disc more worthy of this great movie!!
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Format: VHS Tape
"The American President" is a terrific movie about politics, romance, sex, and real life. Michael Douglas leads a terrific cast of characters that I love to hear talk to each other over and over again. I've seen this movie so many times, I nearly have it memorized. President Andy Sheppard (Douglas) is having problems pushing his crime bill through Congress, but those problems intensify when he finds himself falling for the beautiful environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening). The press is all over them from every angle, and Sheppard's 63% approval rating is dropping like a rock. The romance in this story is sweet, but it takes second place to the witty dialogue written by "Sports Night" creator Aaron Sorkin, which makes every character equally enjoyable. Martin Sheen should have won an Oscar for his performance as White House Chief of Staff A.J. Mackinerny, and Michael J. Fox is terrific as Louis Rothchild, who delivers a great speech in the film. The two leads, Douglas and Bening, are great together, and for every moment they are on the screen together, we forget that we're watching a movie. Rob Reiner does a terrific directing job, and turns out a movie that surpasses "When Harry Met Sally."
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Format: DVD
This is a charming film with good performances. It reads like a precursor to Aaron Sorkin's "West Wing," except Martin Sheen is the best friend in this one. Michael Douglas is president.
HOWEVER, the DVD transfer on this disc is fairly notorious on DVD review sites as being one of the worst ever created. You would be doing yourself a disservice by buying this disc. Get the VHS tape or wait for a new edition on DVD.
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Format: DVD
First I liked the movie. If you like a romantic comedy then this is good one. You must put aside any idea that it has any basis in reality. It is the expected hollywood version of the US government. If you are a liberal than you are heaven sent and if you are conservative than you are a hellbound devil who's only interest is destroying the country and starving children and old folk. In this film, you have a ultr-liberal director and the only conservative voice in the film is a monster and played by Richard Dreyfuss who has never had a conservative thought. So if you can get past the extreme bias in the film and not take it too seriously, you might enjoy it. My rating is not about the movie, it is about the distribution of the DVD by Warner Brothers. They have released three verions of the film....kind of. The first version released ten years ago indicated the film was not in enhanced widescreen. It had a poor image but was that was very common as DVDs were first coming to the marketplace. The two followup releases have claimed to be ENHANCED FOR WIDESCREEN TV...BUT WERE NOT. One version had an outer sleave that claimed this, but the actual case did not while the most recent version puts ENHANCED right on the disc insert. Both of these version are the same old version previously released. I would like to believe that this is a mistake, but it occurs too often for this to be true. What is likely more accurate is the WB intentionally mislabels the disc packaging so that owners of the old disce will buy it again, and since once it is opened it cannot be returned....FRUAD profits for WB. WB lies about the product and we simply get ripped off.
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Format: DVD
I have over 150 DVDs in my collection. This film, which is one of my Wife's favorite films, has been ruined by a bad transfer to DVD. This release is the worst DVD transfer of any film in my collection. Warner Home Video should be ashamed of themselves and re-call this DVD.
There is no doubt that a re-mastered edition of this movie will someday become available. Don't waste your money on this edition.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you put the politics aside, The American President [Blu-ray] is a film for everyone. The transfer to Blu-ray is incredible. The color is vibrant with the disc Region A/1 & presented in it's OAR of 2.40/1. The scene in the oval office is a beautiful piece of camera work with both principal actors on either side of the screen; just the way you saw it in the theatre.

This is one Blu-ray upgrade well worth your while...
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Format: DVD
Regardless of how one feels about this film, be aware that this non-anamorphic DVD contains one of the worst transfers I have seen to date. The picture quality is terrible and is akin to the kind of picture one would expect to find on a bootleg DVD. In fact, I have seen bootlegs with better picture quality than this.
I would suggest waiting for a "Special Edition" release with a newer transfer. Or, one may consider the possibility of purchasing the Region 2/4 Edition, as I did (assuming, of course, that one has a multi-region player that can handle PAL). It is anamorphic and has a MUCH better transfer!
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