The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
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Nominated* for seven Academy AwardsÂ(r) and winner for Best Director, this ground breaking and "wildly hilarious" (The Boston Globe) social satire launched the career of two-time OscarÂ(r)-winner** Dustin Hoffman and cemented the reputation of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Pulsating with the rebellious spirit of the '60s and a haunting score sung by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate is truly a "landmark film" (Leonard Maltin). Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katharine Ross). But there's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!
Few films have defined a generation as The Graduate did. The alienation, the nonconformity, the intergenerational romance, the blissful Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack--they all served to lob a cultural grenade smack into the middle of 1967 America, ultimately making the film the third most profitable up to that time. Seen from a later perspective, its radical chicness has dimmed a bit, yet it's still a joy to see Dustin Hoffman's bemused Benjamin and Anne Bancroft's deliciously decadent, sardonic Mrs. Robinson. The script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham is still offbeat and dryly funny, and Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for his direction, has just the right, light touch. --Anne Hurley
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Great StudioCanal release of a great film with excellent picture and sound qualities makes this an easy review.
In my experience, most "great" 60's movies don't hold up anymore. This one does!
In THE GRADUATE, there are a lot more of these 5 minutes of grace when the conjunction of music, image, dialogs and acting transforms a simple scene in a sheer artistic moment.
I think that THE GRADUATE could be considered as one of the movies representing in the best possible way the sixties. Behind this sentimental comedy, you capture the heart of that period. Paraphrasing Benjamin, I would say that it's an adequate movie.
The features are very interesting. Just compare the trailer and the movie and you will have an idea of the terrific DVD transfer work that has been done here.
A DVD which is already in your library.
And I learned a lot from the extras on this "Special Edition:" For instance: Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin and Director Mike Nichols are *not* attempting some grandiose JesusChrist Superstar (Oops! Wrong Movie ;-) symbolism when Ben is pounding on the upstairs window in the church - it was a pragmatic solution to the real parish pastor's concern that they were gonna break his beautiful bequested glass if Dustin/Benjamin continued pounding on it like he had at rehersals - better to disperse the pressure!
All in all, still fantastic after all these years! /TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer
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There is so much symbolism, the you'd have to watch it again for its multiple meanings and interperetations.
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