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Shattered Glass
     

Shattered Glass

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Director: Billy Ray, Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny

Cast: Billy Ray, Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny

 
Shattered Glass, Billy Ray's unfairly overlooked drama about unethical journalist Stephen Glass, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The engaging supplemental materials are headed by a

Overview

Shattered Glass, Billy Ray's unfairly overlooked drama about unethical journalist Stephen Glass, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The engaging supplemental materials are headed by a commentary track recorded by director Ray and the real-life Chuck Lane, who is portrayed in the film by Peter Sarsgaard (who won a handful of awards for his work in the movie). They provide a great deal of fascinating information both about the real-life events depicted in the film, as well as the troubles Ray encountered while making his first film. The other major extra is a 60 Minutes piece by Steve Kroft in which he interviews the real Stephen Glass. Having Glass' own side of the story makes this disc something special. Shattered Glass deserved a better fate at the box office, and this DVD should help expose the film to the audience it richly deserves.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
The world of bookish, passive-aggressive reporters doesn't seem like the stuff of compelling drama, but Billy Ray's Shattered Glass manages to make one egghead's pathetic desperation a rousing time at the movies. Comparisons to The Paper Chase or even All the President's Men aren't that far out of line: Glass presents a sad, late-'90s alternate universe to Woodward and Bernstein, where journalists -- ostensible purveyors of truth -- have to scramble to ferret out the lies in their own offices. Unlike Steven Spielberg's jocular Catch Me If You Can, Shattered Glass doesn't offer a pat explanation for its anti-hero's pathological lying. He isn't abandoned by a parent, and it isn't implied by anyone other than Hayden Christensen's Stephen Glass that he's attempting to live up to stratospheric expectations "back home." Instead, the character's rationale is inherent in Christensen's cagey, live-wire performance: He's a composite of every dog-ate-my-homework brown-noser that ever walked into a newsroom, classroom, or job interview, desperate for approbation and willing to stroke any ego to get it. A-list screenwriter Ray takes some liberties of his own in the name of cinema -- conflating a character here and there, and focusing almost solely on the piece that brought Glass down -- but the result is a tightly crafted, swiftly edited exposé that never curries obvious audience sympathy.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Presents Glass as a masterfully corrupt fabulist who convinced himself of the ultimate seductive lie, which is that there can't be anything wrong with telling people what they want to hear.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
An astute and surprisingly gripping drama not only about the ethics of magazine writing, but also, more generally, about the subtle political and psychological dynamics of modern office culture.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
UPC:
0031398117049
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
41,738

Special Features

Closed Caption; 60 Minutes interview with the real Stephen Glass

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hayden Christensen Stephen Glass
Peter Sarsgaard Chuck Lane
Chloë Sevigny Caitlin
Melanie Lynskey Amy Brand
Hank Azaria Michael Kelly
Steve Zahn Adam L. Penenberg
Rosario Dawson Andie Fox
Cas Anvar Kambiz Faroohar
Ted Kotcheff Marty Peretz
Mark Blum Lewis Estridge
Simone-Elise Girard Caterina Lane
Chad E. Donella David Bach
Jamie Elman Adam Bluth
Luke Kirby Rob Gruen
Russell Yuen Emmit Rich
James Berlingieri Jason

Technical Credits
Billy Ray Director,Screenwriter
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Baumgarten Producer
Pierre Blain Sound/Sound Designer
Tove Christensen Producer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Tom Cruise Executive Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Jeffrey Ford Editor
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Gaye Hirsch Producer
Cassandra Kulukundis Casting
Adam Merims Producer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Lucie Robitaille Casting
François Séguin Production Designer
Paula Wagner Executive Producer
Mandy Walker Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Young Republic [3:58]
2. Political Scene [3:43]
3. Journalistic Integrity [4:27]
4. Serious Charges [4:51]
5. Story Telling [4:41]
6. Defender [4:47]
7. Enemy Territory [4:07]
8. Scooped [3:16]
9. Hypocrite [2:54]
10. Piece by Piece [3:44]
11. Eager to Please [3:48]
12. Late Night Call [3:23]
13. Suspicious [3:03]
14. Unraveling [5:00]
15. Great Editor [2:34]
16. Search for Proof [3:31]
17. Panic Time [3:20]
18. Spin Doctor [2:48]
19. Ducking Responsibility [3:41]
20. Flood of Lies [5:09]
21. Emotional Blackmail [4:06]
22. In It Together [5:26]
23. Know Your Strengths [3:31]
24. End Credits [3:34]

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Shattered Glass 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Except for a superb movie such as "All the President's Men," we hardly ever witness how a reporter's story is written or the steps through which it must go in order to finally reach the printed page. "Shattered Glass" is an exception. It is a nearly flawless film about the self-destruction of the real-life, fast-rising media star, Stephen Glass, former reporter and associate editor for The New Republic magazine. Eager to make his mark as well as his fortune, Glass, portrayed very convincingly against type by Hayden Christiansen, cannot resist the temptation of substituting fiction for fact to make his contributions more attractive, not to mention publishable and famous. Not only do we see how Glass's imagination, purpoted to be the truth, appeals to his editors, but how easily his ingratiating personality seduces and manipulates the entire TNR staff. Indeed, he is be-friended, admired and envied by his co-workers who seek to emulate his approach and style. His skyrocketing trajectory, however, comes crashing down when a fact-checking writer for the online magazine Forbes Digital Tool begins to question more than a few of the items in one of his stories, "Hack Heaven," which appeared in a May 1998 issue of TNR. Alerted to some of the inconsistencies in Glass's story, unpopular new TNR editor Charles Lane, impressively portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard, begins to do some fact checking of his own, methodically unravelling the layers of deception and duplicity until he finally discovers that Glass is merely a pathetic charlatan. In what could have been a dry expose of the inner workings of a highly-regarded, current events and policy publication, Billy Ray, in his directorial debut, presents us with a version of the story as tense and intriguing as any mystery. Its ethical message is disturbing, but as drama, it is simply riveting. To emphasize the poignancy if not the significance of Glass's transgression, Ray also effectively employs the device of juxtaposing the scenes in which Glass is lecturing to a high school class on the fundamentals of reporting against those in which he is composing his stories, that is, fabricating events- which we first see as actually occurring. Anyone who has ever known or crossed paths with the people who exist in this world cannot help but be impressed with the authenticity we find here. A fine script, great performances and dedicted direction make this excellent entertainment while serving up a compelling statment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie isn't a movie. It's a portrayal of an extremely troubled young Mr. Ripley, whose only wish is to be loved. But there's one small problem...he can't be. So he lies. He lies. He lies to be loved. He lies to be funny. He lies...because the truth hurts. Hayden Christensen gives an amazing performance as the dark Stephen Glass, and you really feel the pain and anguish he goes through for doing something so horrible. He is an incredible actor, and I haven't been dissapointed with anything he's done yet. For a first movie, Billy Ray has shown what true office life is like, while at the same time, dug the audience into the mind of a pathological fraud. This movie makes you wonder what your own life would be if for one moment during your existance...you told a few white lies. That's all folks.
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