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Controversial Classics, Vol. 2 - The Power of Media (All the President's Men / Network / Dog Day Afternoon) (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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Controversial Classics Vol. 2 (DVD) (3-Pack)

Warner Home Video releases three of the most explosive films from the 1970's - All the President's Men, Network, and Dog Day Afternoon - all in one collection. This three title, six-disc giftset boasts the star power of Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, John Cazale and more, and tackling the media mania of American journalism and reality TV, thirty years later these films are just as exciting and relevant as they were when they were made. Bonus features include commentaries by Robert Redford and Sidney Lumet and new making-of documentaries.

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Special Features

  • Includes:
  • All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition)
  • Commentary by Robert Redford
  • Telling the Truth About Lies: THe Making of All the President's Men
  • Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat
  • Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire
  • Vintage featurette: Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men
  • Vintage Jason Robards interview excerpt from Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore
  • Alan J. Pakula thrillers trailer gallery
  • Network (Two-Disc Special Edition)  
  • Commentary by Director Sidney Lumet
  • The making of Network: A 6-Part Anniversary Documentary
  • Vintage Interview excerpt from Dinah!, Hosted by Dinah Shore
  • Turner Classic Movies' Private Screenings featuring Sidney Lumet
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Dog Day Afternoon (Two-Disc Special Edition)
  • Commentary by director Sidney Lumet
  • The Making of Dog Day Afternoon: A New 4-Part 30th Anniversary Documentary featuring Al Pacino
  • Vintage featurette: Lumet: Film Maker

Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNESUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Controversial Classics, Vol. 2 - The Power of Media (All the President's Men / Network / Dog Day Afternoon) (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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All three of these movies were among the greatest social commentaries of 1970s. They were quintessential in showing us how America lost its innocence; from the corruption in our government to the bastardization of the media to our adoration of scandal. I suppose Sidney Lumet's "Serpico" should have been included in this set too, as that film was the first to record the depth of corruption in the police force, but I have to admit, "Dog Day Afternoon" is a lot more entertaining! All three of these movies are scintillating entertainment on an intellectual scale that Hollywood rarely measures up to anymore. But these films are also great and important in how they foretold the pathetic state that our media is in now (including the lack of investigative journalism in our current printed press). In fact, "All The President's Men" is as politically relevant as ever - the similarities with this administration are very interesting! And WOW! -- all the extras on these discs look phenomenal!! I'm glad I hadn't bought the earlier 'no extras' releases of these films. If you've already bought them buy this set anyway - you know you're gonna watch them hundreds of times!
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CONTROVERSIAL CLASSICS VOLUME 2: THE POWER OF MEDIA is one of the crown jewel disk boxed sets in my private DVD library. It includes three incendiary masterpieces from the golden age of the 1970's: DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975), NETWORK (1976), and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (also 1976). All three were Oscar contenders for Best Picture, and all three were winners for Screenplay.

DOG DAY AFTERNOON, directed by Sidney Lumet from a script by Frank Pierson, is so far-fetched that it has to be true. On a hot summer afternoon in 1972 Brooklyn, a nobody named Sonny Wortzik (Oscar nominee Al Pacino) robs a bank to pay for his male lover's (Oscar nominee Chris Sarandon) sex change operation. What should have taken ten minutes ends up becoming an eight hour media event, complete with pizza delivery to the hostages. Lumet took over an entire block in Brooklyn, had the hostages in effect play themselves with improvised dialogue, and worked like an Army commander with a thousand or so extras and stunning second-unit helicopters. The movie has incredible vitality and conviction from Lumet, powerhouse editing by Dede Allen (another Oscar nominee), and another of the great Pacino performances. Bonuses include a vintage featurette on Lumet, brand-new audio commentary by Lumet, and a four-part 30th anniversary featurette. Plus a brand-new remastered print of a great film.

If you thought DOG DAY was looney tunes, get a load at Paddy Chayefsky's audacious Oscar-winning Original Screenplay for another great Sidney Lumet triumph: NETWORK (1976). It is a satire on network television, but so outlandish that virtually everything (except the ending-thank God) has taken place. An unbalanced man (Oscar winner Peter Finch) becomes a media folk hero with super ratings.
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Wonderful combination of excellent movies. From a time in Hollywood when everything wasn't enhanced or produced by a computer and depended on skilled crafts people and artists to make a quality product.
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I bought this set primarily for All The President's Men and Network. At the approximately $44 USD price I paid, that made the set just slightly more expensive than buying these two movies separately, but I did not own Dog Day, not had seen it, for years. The latter is a good movie as any of you who've seen it will know, but it's my least favorite of the three. I would have preferred, say, The China Syndrome, but that's just my preference.

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It's the visual representation of an era, the 70's. I love Network, as Howard Beale rants and raves about everything that's wrong with America. And Al Pacino is fabulous as the malcontent hero of the working class. My favorite though will always be Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in All The President's Men. I used to date Dustin's standin, and heard lots of fabulous stories of behind the scenes activity during filming. My favorite was of Robert Redford standing in front of a mirror and asking if he was losing his looks. :-)
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