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As relevant today as it ever was, Sidney Lumet's brilliant, multiple Oscar-winning satirical exposé of the men and women behind the television networks stars Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, William Holden, Robert Duvall, and Ned Beatty. When Howard Beale (Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is forced to retire, network executive Max Schumacher (Holden), Howard's best friend, must deliver the bad news. Beale can't stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he's going to commit suicide on his final program. Network head Frank Hackett (Duvall) advocates kicking]]>
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All of the Turner Classic "behind the scenes" documentary material is entertaining and revealing, but I loved the one hour interview with Sidney Lumet in which his whole brilliant career in film is discussed in leisurely detail. I also love the Paddy Chayefsky "live to air" guest appearance with Dinah Shore in which he takes full advantage of the opportunity to unreservedly share his opinion about the power and function of television.
This Blu-ray was released in the same year that Sidney Lumet died, and it is a fitting tribute to his memory as well as a vital part of his legacy. After watching the feature and all the other extras, I am currently enjoying watching the feature again - this time listening to Sidney's joyful and personally informed commentary.
The only aspect I'd say could be improved is just Warner's continuing strange habit of encoding the Dolby soundtracks of their mono movies as "1.0" so the audio comes only from the centre speaker. I find the sound to be much more rich, and realistic when I hear a mono signal coming from both my left and right front speakers. Most other companies encode their mono movies as "2.0" - which makes good logical sense, and saves me the trouble of changing my amplifier settings. Every other aspect of this Blu-ray is perfect - and of course the acting is all without a doubt of Academy Award standard (I am in full agreement with with Sidney and Paddy in wondering how it was possible for Network to have lost out to "Rocky" as Best Film).
With an all star cast and great acting skill combined with excellent writing this makes as almost a documentary on how we got to where we are today in News Media. Peter Finch delivers an excellent performance and his "You've got to get mad" speech is truly delivered passionately and stands the test of time.