Criterion Collection: War Room

Criterion Collection: War Room

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Director: Chris Hegedus, Christopher Hughes, D.A. Pennebaker, James Carville

Cast: Chris Hegedus, Christopher Hughes, D.A. Pennebaker, James Carville

     
 

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Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary about the successful 1992 Presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, The War Room, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned.

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Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary about the successful 1992 Presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, The War Room, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this is a great release for anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

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In one of The War Room's most emblematic moments, political guru James Carville offers a contrast between Bill Clinton's campaign for president, which he's managing, and that of incumbent George Bush. "We're saying 50 plus 50 equals 104; they're saying 50 plus 50 equals 104 thousand!" quips the Ragin' Cajun. The comment is telling not because he's slamming Bush, but because he's freely admitting that his own team fudges the facts as well. It's a basic acknowledgement that minor ethical compromise is a necessary evil to elevating a superior candidate to the country's highest office. But by merely cooperating with Chris Hedgus and D.A. Pennebaker's behind-closed-doors project, Carville not only forces himself to resist dirty politics, but his few demonstrated acts of sly manipulation are almost proof of full disclosure, much more honest-seeming than if he feigned spotlessness. It's a genius strategy, even though the PR generated by the movie probably had more effect writing the history than it did winning the election. Any successful documentary relies on some luck -- if Clinton had never made it out of New Hampshire, there would be no movie -- but it seems like shrewdness on the part of the husband-and-wife documentarists to identify that Carville could be one of the truly captivating real-life political characters, capable of propelling the movie through some of its inevitable ho-hum passages. George Stephanopoulos contributes somewhat less ostentatiously. Other than those provided by Carville, The War Room is generally lacking in zinger moments. But the complete package is pretty groundbreaking, representing unusual access to round-table gripe-and-plot sessions that had previously been shrouded in mystery. Few characters resonate beyond Carville and Stephanopoulos, with the possible exception of the candidate himself -- seen only in dribs and drabs, but also deserving credit for his openness to the intrusion.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
UPC:
0031398691631
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Standard 2.0 Dolby stereo; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Main Credits [3:22]
2. Flowers [2:43]
3. Denial [3:27]
4. Fight [3:04]
5. Friction [2:22]
6. Dominoes [2:59]
7. Gore [2:59]
8. Opinions [4:33]
9. Perception [3:17]
10. Statement [2:16]
11. Don't Stop [3:09]
12. Spot [4:09]
13. Up & Down [3:28]
14. Moscow [2:31]
15. Printing [2:16]
16. Hard Money [4:07]
17. Failures [2:23]
18. Promises [3:53]
19. Records [2:53]
20. Strategy [3:22]
21. Character [3:16]
22. Polls [3:29]
23. Crazy [2:50]
24. Legend [4:13]
25. Games [3:05]
26. Overnight [3:52]
27. Mr. President [2:23]
28. Landslide [3:12]
29. Appreciation [3:20]
30. End Credits [2:34]

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The War Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clinton. The man. The legend. The blowjob. This is all before the controservies, well, not totally, as it follows the "crazy Cajun" James Carville and the young-looking idealistic Georg e Stephenapholous as they fight like bulldogs in the 1992 Election. Behind the scenes with some shots of Bill and Hillary. Great and historic. Too bad we didn't have that team working in 2004, but we got 'em back in 2006.