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on July 28, 2001
Nothing exciting about this Criterion release : english subtitles, liner notes and a theatrical trailer, that's all. It seems that the HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING DVD release was Criterion price to pay to Handmade Films in order to be allowed to release Bruce Robinson's first movie, the cult classic WITHNAIL AND I. Holy Mysteries of the movie deals !
HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING is not a bad movie, it has even great moments principally due to the terrific performance of Richard E. Grant as Bagley, a young talented executive in the advertising business. Suffering from a nervous breakdown turning soon into schizophreny, Bagley develops a strange boil hiding an alter ego willing to take his place. This horror movie cliché, with the usual special effects involved, gives director Bruce Robinson the opportunity to develop certain ideas about the world we live in. Television, advertised products, show-business have little by little killed our critical sense. We don't know anymore the difference between reality and the lies we have to absorb all day long from our TV sets. These are interesting themes but the satire, in my opinion, often falls short and doesn't have the acuity required by this peculiar genre.
A DVD zone manipulation.