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Network

Director: Sidney Lumet, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch

Cast: Sidney Lumet, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch

     
 

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Network has proven itself to be a timeless classic, and it has now received an edition that lives up that status with this excellent two-disc set from Warner Bros. The video transfer offers a stellar, beautifully remastered widescreen image that is much richer in color and detail than the original DVD edition of this title. The audio portion of the disc

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Network has proven itself to be a timeless classic, and it has now received an edition that lives up that status with this excellent two-disc set from Warner Bros. The video transfer offers a stellar, beautifully remastered widescreen image that is much richer in color and detail than the original DVD edition of this title. The audio portion of the disc features a Dolby 2.0 stereo mix that keeps the dialogue nice and clear within its well-balanced mix. In terms of extras, the first disc offers a trailer and an excellent commentary track from director Sidney Lumet that discusses his approach to the film in detail and also his memories of working with Paddy Chayefsky. The second disc is devoted to a series of featurettes. The first is a six-part documentary that covers all aspects of the film. It boasts many new interviews and features some especially interesting segments about the film's famous "mad as hell" scene and Walter Cronkite's thoughts on the film. There's also an hour-long episode of Private Screenings built around a career-retrospective interview with Lumet and an appearance that Chayefsky made on the Dinah! show to promote the film. It all adds up to an excellent, comprehensive package that does justice to the enduring power of Network.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Part of a cycle of 1970s conspiracy films and a sharp satire of the TV business, Network bitterly critiques corporate culture's impact on the spread of information and the resulting cult of the TV guru. As directed by Sidney Lumet and scripted by Paddy Chayefsky, Network takes a relatively straightforward approach to its outrageous acts, even those of Faye Dunaway's ambitious programmer, lending a disturbingly matter-of-fact tone to the corporation's most venal and dehumanizing machinations. The mad ravings of Peter Finch's messianic Howard Beale become an almost sane response to the systemic rot, but the corruption is too deep and the TV audience too fickle. A popular and critical hit, Network was praised for wittily yet somberly tapping into the mid-'70s mood of cultural disaffection, providing the perfect catch phrase for any and all frustrations, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Nominated for ten Oscars including Best Picture, Network won four awards, including Best Screenplay, and three out of the four acting awards: Best Actress for Dunaway; Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight as William Holden's bitterly wronged wife (at that time, the briefest Oscar-winning performance in history, since bested by Judi Dench's role in Shakespeare in Love); and a posthumous Best Actor for Finch. While journalists in 1976 howled about the film's inaccurate absurdity, the continuing conglomeration of the media and resulting excesses of infotainment ensure Network's continuing sting.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
UPC:
0012569692428
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
39,001

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Making of Network": A six-part 30th-anniversary documentary -- Tune in to how a movie landmark caught media lightning, with sidebars on Paddy Chayefsky, getting mad as hell, and Walter Cronkite's reflections; Vintage Paddy Chayefsky interview excerpt from Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore; Commentary by director Sidney Lumet; "Private Screenings with Sidney Lumet": Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne interviews the director; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Faye Dunaway Diana Christensen
William Holden Max Schumacher
Peter Finch Howard Beale
Robert Duvall Frank Hackett
Wesley Addy Nelson Chaney
Ned Beatty Arthur Jensen
Beatrice Straight Louise Schumacher
Arthur Burghardt Great Ahmed Kahn
Bill Burrows TV Director
Kathy Cronkite Mary Ann Gifford
Darryl Hickman Bill Herron
Roy Poole Sam Haywood
William Prince Edward George Ruddy
Marlene Warfield Laureen Hobbs
Lee Richardson Narrator
Bernie Pollack Lou
Theodore Sorel Giannini
John Carpenter George Bosch
Jordan Charney Harry Hunter
Ed Crowley Joe Donnelly
Jerome Dempsey Walter C. Amundsen
Conchata Ferrell Barbara Schlesinger
Gene Gross Milton K. Steinman
Stanley Grover Jack Snowden
Mitchell Jason Arthur Zangwill
Paul Jenkins TV Stage Manager
Ken Kercheval Merrill Grant
Ken Kimmins Associate Producer
Lynn Klugman TV Production Assistant
Michael Lipton Tommy Pellegrino
Michael Lombard Willie Stein
Pirie MacDonald Herb Thackeray
Russ Petranto TV Associate Director
Sasha von Scherler Helen Miggs
Lane Smith Robert McDonough
Fred Stuthman Mosaic Figure
Todd Everett Reporter (uncredited)
Lance Henriksen Lawyer (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
John Alese Makeup
Fred Caruso Associate Producer
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
Howard Gottfried Producer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Alan Heim Editor
Elliot Lawrence Score Composer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Edward Stewart Set Decoration/Design
Juliet Taylor Casting
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Network
1. Death Hour [3:26]
2. Credits [2:03]
3. Howard's Announcement [4:11]
4. Another Shot [3:22]
5. Articulated Anger [3:11]
6. No More Bull [3:41]
7. Saying What They Feel [2:55]
8. Diana's Pitch [6:26]
9. Angry Prophet [4:16]
10. Made Man [5:47]
11. Their Script [2:13]
12. Why Me? [3:04]
13. Howard Is Gone [4:12]
14. Hit Man [3:28]
15. Mad As Hell [5:13]
16. L.A. Powwow [3:51]
17. Preaching the Real Thing [:25]
18. Getting Involved [5:13]
19. Weekend Getaway [4:00]
20. Max and Louise's Scene [3:41]
21. Negotiations [4:46]
22. Affiliates Meeting [1:53]
23. Taking on the Arabs [2:13]
24. Wrath of God [4:25]
25. Face of God [3:20]
26. New Philosophy [6:14]
27. Primal Doubts [2:35]
28. Replacement Sought [3:52]
29. Happy Ending [2:20]
30. Number Crunchers [5:53]
31. Final Cancellation [2:47]
32. End Credits [4:07]

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