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    Unique ID Code: 0000045572
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    Added on: 28/2/2003 07:29
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    Network (UK)

    6 / 10
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    Television will never be the same!
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 117 mins
    Retail Price: £12.99
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    Even more compelling today than when it was first released, Sidney Lumet`s Network is a wickedly funny, spot-on indictment of the TV news media. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky), this searing satire stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall. When longtime news anchor Howard Beale (Finch) is fired, he suffers a violent, on-air breakdown.

    Ironically, his angry rantings boost his sagging ratings - much to the surprise and delight of the UBS brass. Subsequently rehired and reinvented as the "mad prophet of the airwaves", he soon becomes a pawn of ruthless programming executives who milk his madness for every share point it`s worth. Of course, when the "prophet" ceases to be profitable, something has to be done about Beale, preferably on camera, before a live studio audience...

    Special Features:
    Original theatrical trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Mono English
    Dolby Digital Mono Spanish
    Dolby Digital Mono German
    Dolby Digital Mono Italian
    Dolby Digital Mono French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: German
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Sidney Lumet

    Written By:

    Ned Beatty
    Wesley Addy
    Robert Duvall
    Peter Finch
    William Holden
    Faye Dunaway

    Casting By:
    Juliet Taylor

    Soundtrack By:
    Elliot Lawrence

    Director of Photography:
    Owen Roizman

    Alan Heim

    Costume Designer:
    Theoni V. Aldredge

    Production Designer:
    Philip Rosenberg

    Howard Gottfried
    Fred C. Caruso

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    Network is brilliant, but it`s not very funny in the conventional sense. Those looking for a bellyful of laughs would do better renting/buying something else. The final scene of Network is intended to be frankly shocking. And, when the movie was released in 1976, it was. Since then, however, television in general, and the news in particular, has become so openly grotesque and sensationalistic that Network`s finale seems more credible than appalling.

    This is a re-issue of the MGM release of this picture, and the quality of both audio and video are not exceptional, but for a film that`s now 24 years old, the presentation meets expectations reasonably well, the audio quality is extremely basic.

    I`m wondering what the hell Criterion is doing, sitting on their hands, not picking this film up for a special disc.

    All in all, a brilliant film.

    Is it worth buying? In a word yes.
    posted by Aslan on 25/4/2003 23:59