How to Get Ahead in Advertising

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Bruce Robinson's wicked satire How to Get Ahead in Advertising, starring Richard E. Grant, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The film has never looked better on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the film's theatrical trailer and previews of other...
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Bruce Robinson's wicked satire How to Get Ahead in Advertising, starring Richard E. Grant, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The film has never looked better on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the film's theatrical trailer and previews of other titles from MGM. This is a technically sound, bare-bones, inexpensive release from MGM that should please fans of this cult favorite.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; English, French, & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This black-hearted satire from actor-turned-director Bruce Robinson offers an incisive look at the cynicism and ugliness of unfettered capitalism. But it ain't Kafka, which is why it loses something once it gets past its witty setup and into its metamorphic main story line. Richard E. Grant is never less than riveting as the two sides of his personality -- the human being and the ad man -- split in two and one takes up residence in the talking boil on his neck. He's at his best, however, not when he's gibbering to himself, but when he's coldly explaining the mechanisms by which advertisers and their employers control the world. "'We know it's naughty, but you do deserve it,'" his character spits at a group of hapless junior account execs. "'Go on, darling, swallow a bun!" And she does. And the instant she does, the guilt cuts in. So here we are again with our diet." Such diatribes may ultimately grow wearisome, especially when espoused endlessly by a sentient pimple, but they turn the film's first act into a razor sharp satire about all that's ugly in modern consumer culture. As the film progresses, however, writer/director Robinson treats his talking-boil conceit literally rather than figuratively, and the laughs quickly become shrill. Rachel Ward is likable as the attractive wife who'd rather enjoy her privileged life than face up to the fiendish career that enables it, while Jacqueline Tong provides an amusing target for the Grant character's vitriol.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2003
  • UPC: 027616884442
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard E. Grant Dennis Bagley
Rachel Ward Julia Bagley
Richard Wilson Bristol
Jacqueline Tong Penny Wheelstock
John Shrapnel Psychiatrist
Susan Wooldridge Monica
Mick Ford Richard
Jacqueline Pearce Maude
Lucy Boulting
Tanveer Ghani Hospital Doctor
Christopher Simon Waiter
Kerryann White Girl in Elevator
Hugh Armstrong Harry Wax
Gino Melvazzi Waiter
Victor Lucas Tweedy Man
Dawn Keeler Tweedy Woman
Vivienne McKone Receptionist
Donald Hoath Businessman
John Levitt Businessman
Gordon Gostelow Priest
Pip Torrens Jonathan
Tony Slattery Basil
Rachel Fielding Jennifer
Pauline Melville Mrs. Wallace
Francesca Longrigg Nurse
Joanna Mays Phillis Blokey
Sean Bean Larry Frisk
Roddy Maude-Roxby Dr. Gatty
Technical Credits
Bruce Robinson Director, Screenwriter
Ray Cooper Co-producer
David Dundas Score Composer
Peter Frampton Makeup
Andrea Galer Costumes/Costume Designer
David Goruti Choreography
Robyn Hamilton-Doney Set Decoration/Design
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Henry Harris Art Director
George Harrison Executive Producer, Producer
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer, Producer
Michael Pickwoad Production Designer
Bob Smith Cinematographer
Alan Strachan Editor
Kathy Sykes Production Manager
Daivd Toguri Choreography
Rick Wentworth Score Composer
David Wimbury Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Sell It! [3:06]
2. Boil Buster [7:23]
3. Pressure [5:15]
4. Out of Control [6:35]
5. Resignation [6:17]
6. Big Problem [8:27]
7. Extra Voice [4:52]
8. 100 Percent Normal [4:22]
9. Big Brother [7:55]
10. Switch [5:00]
11. New Beauty [3:24]
12. Evil Incarnate [8:54]
13. Head to Head [7:00]
14. Contact [9:02]
15. The World Is a Shop [3:45]
16. End Credits [2:44]
Side #2 -- Standard Version
1. Main Title/Sell It! [3:05]
2. Boil Buster [7:23]
3. Pressure [5:15]
4. Out of Control [6:35]
5. Resignation [6:16]
6. Big Problem [8:27]
7. Extra Voice [4:52]
8. 100 Percent Normal [4:22]
9. Big Brother [7:55]
10. Switch [5:00]
11. New Beauty [3:24]
12. Evil Incarnate [8:54]
13. Head to Head [7:00]
14. Contact [9:02]
15. The World Is a Shop [3:45]
16. End Credits [2:44]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
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Side #2 -- Standard Version
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Other Great MGM Releases
         MGM Means Great Movies
         When Harry Met Sally
         The Princess Bride
         This is Spinal Tap
         More Great MGM Releases
   Subtitles
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