Broadcast News

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Overview

James L. Brooks' superb Broadcast News comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from 20th Century Fox, but one can hope for a deluxe edition at ...
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Overview

James L. Brooks' superb Broadcast News comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from 20th Century Fox, but one can hope for a deluxe edition at some point in the future.
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Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio 1.85:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English Dolby Surround; French mono; Subtitles: English; Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A film as much about the nature of relationships as the world of television journalism, Broadcast News was one of the most timely films of the 1980s. Released during a decade notorious for its emphasis on making money, it provided a gently satiric commentary on people whose lives are driven by their jobs. That said, Broadcast News is far from being a cautionary tale: instead, it is a funny, touching portrait of three people in the midst of an often turbulent love affair with their work and, less occasionally, with each other. As the film's leads, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks give some of the most satisfying performances of their careers. Hunter brings poignancy to her tightly-wound, deeply conflicted, and often hilarious career woman, while Brooks is deeply likeable as a brilliant but lovelorn journalist. Hurt, meanwhile, oozes the potent but befuddled charm of a perpetual big man on campus; rather than make Gunric into a dim bulb caricature, he manages to give him an unburdened complexity. And in his brief, unbilled cameo as the network's unctuous national anchor, Jack Nicholson displays the sort of sharklike charm of which only he is capable. As a director, James L. Brooks is at his best here, injecting his film with warmth and insight. His take on relationships is a novel one--unlike many filmmakers, he is brave enough to show his audience that for some people, love is less of a priority in life than one of its unavoidable byproducts. True passion, he says with frank confidence, is as much the province of the newsroom as the bedroom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • UPC: 086162128936
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Tom Grunick
Albert Brooks Aaron Altman
Holly Hunter Jane Craig
Robert Prosky Ernie Merriman
Lois Chiles Jennifer Mack
Joan Cusack Blair Litton
Jack Nicholson Bill Rorich
Peter Hackes Paul Moore
Christian Clemenson Bobby
Robert Katims Martin Klein
Ed Wheeler George Wein
Ellen Chenoweth
Maura Moynihan Makeup Woman
Stephen Mendillo Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop Young Tom
Dwayne Markee Young Aaron
Gennie James Young Jane
Amy Brooks Elli Merriman
Jane Welch Anne Merriman
Jonathan Benya Clifford Altman
Frank Doubleday Mercenary
Luis Valderrama Guerilla Leader
Richard Thomsen Gen. McGuire
Nat Benchley Commander
David Long Donny
Joshua Billings Chyron Operator
Raoul Rizik Assistant Director
Marc Shaiman News Theme Writer
Steve Smith Aaron's Cameraman
Robert Walsh NATO Spokesman
John Cusack Angry Messenger
John Badila Guest at Ball
Stuart Pankin
Martha Smith
Leo Burmeister Jane's Dad
Marita Geraghty Date-Rape Woman
Technical Credits
James L. Brooks Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Bill Conti Score Composer
Penney Finkelman Cox Co-producer
Michael Gore Score Composer
Jery Hewitt Stunts
David Lester Production Designer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Marks Editor
Richard Marks Editor
Polly Platt Executive Producer
David Rawlins Editor
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Kristi Zea Art Director, Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. The Early Years [5:00]
2. Main Titles [2:55]
3. Co-workers [4:08]
4. Tom Grunick, Fake Reporter [5:40]
5. Insecurity And Desperation [6:03]
6. Bill Smiled! [1:00]
7. Remedial Reporting [1:54]
8. Central America [5:22]
9. Tom's Story [5:58]
10. Clean And Pretty [3:17]
11. A Special Report [9:41]
12. Competiton [7:14]
13. Tom's Idea [1:26]
14. A Shot at Anchor [6:31]
15. Aaron on Air [6:36]
16. Jane's Confession [10:08]
17. The Tough Times [1:26]
18. Time Off [7:07]
19. Tom's Tears [4:11]
20. The Evening News [4:00]
21. End Titles [8:11]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!

    I saw this movie for the first time at the age of 10, and I promised myself that someday I would be just like Holly Hunter. Today I'm working at a television network and I still pop in this movie on a regular basis. The writing is right on and there is no other movie that more accurately depicts the industry. It's funny and poignant and I think that anyone in any profession will enjoy watching it. Fabulous actors...fabulous performances!!

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