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The first disc includes an audio commentary with writer-director-producer James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks. Rather appropriately, Brooks starts off with talking about the genesis of the film and how the success of Terms of Endearment affected it. He points out the bits in the film that came from his extensive research and touches upon the casting of the lead roles - for example, Holly Hunter was a last minute addition. Brooks is refreshingly candid and tells all kinds of fascinating filming anecdotes.
Also included is a theatrical trailer.
The second disc starts off with a 36-minute documentary entitled, James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice, with past collaborators singing his praises. It starts off with his trailblazing work in T.V. with 227, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Simpsons and how he helped change the medium. It also examines his transition into film and the success of Terms and how it led to Broadcast News.
There is an alternate ending and 19 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Brooks. The ending is quite visceral and emotionally raw but is fascinating alternative to what is in the final film. For the deleted footage, Brooks talks about why it was cut and puts it into context. Interestingly, an entire subplot involving Tom and his news source was cut out.Read more ›
The film is a pinnacle in Brooks' career - he never did anything better, before or since, and all his experience in the tacky world of sitcom television really pays off here - and he successfully avoids making a pastiche of Chayefsky's cynically brilliant NETOWRK in favor of his own perceptive humanist view. Brooks rightfully and continually praises his marvelous BROADCAST NEWS cast; it's a picture dependent on their perfectly pitched performances.
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Excellent Criterion release of this James L. Brooks drama from Fox Studios looks fine in HD, with many extras you expect from this company.Published 9 days ago by Quiet Knight
Not one of my favorite movies, but the characters were interesting and for that reason, alone, I liked it.Published 2 months ago by Susanne Cavendish
This is my all time favorite movie and rented it because it had been over 10 years since I had seen it. Well acted on all parts, well scripted. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathryn L. Davis
Confusing beginning. Should have been more descriptive throughout first 15-20 minutes.
Great cast, solid performance by Holly Hunter and William Hurt.
A brilliant movie with the most extraordinary dialogue.Published 2 months ago by Richard M. Kennedy
This is subtle, grown-up film-making that’s still a lot of fun (and is often very funny), but that also gets under the skin of it’s characters and their foibles and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Gordon
Didn't care for the ending, but it was realistic and followed logically from the plot line.Published 3 months ago by Thomas R. Goehle
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