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Frost/Nixon [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

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  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TH93GU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TimeJock on 5 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
You know, Richard Nixon has always been something of a mystery to me. Coming from a generation that never experienced Watergate and the resulting political fallout first hand, certain aspects of this enigmatic man were lost on me. What little I knew of him came via his less-than-flattering public image - a sullen, aloof and paranoid loner, mooching around the White House with unshaven jowls and a sweaty brow as he imagined his enemies (real or not) plotting to derail his road to greatness.

Thus, I came into Frost/Nixon as a bit of a blank slate, and in many ways, I'm glad I did.

In 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal and threats of impeachment, Richard Nixon becomes the first and only President in US history to resign while still in office. Absolved of all wrong-doing by his successor Gerald Ford, he retires to a life of virtual obscurity on the West Coast. But the wilderness doesn't sit well with the former President, and he soon begins a public relations comeback effort.

In steps David Frost, a lightweight but massively ambitious British talk show host notorious for his playboy lifestyle, who manages to put together a deal to interview Nixon about his life, his Presidency and, most importantly, about Watergate. Believing Frost to be a lightweight on the political stage rather than a serious investigative journalist, and seening an opportunity to rebuild his reputation, Nixon agrees.

What follows is a verbal and intellectual battle between the two men as they fight for their respective causes - Frost to uncover the truth and Nixon to protect it. With both of their careers on the line, neither will pull any punches. But there can only be one winner.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Blu on 28 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you think Blu-Ray is just for action films, you need to take a look at this film which features superb picture quality, sound quality and great extras. Even with a Profile 1.1 player (subject to firmware) you should be able to watch Picture-in-Picture contrasts between the original interviews and the cinematographic recreations.

The film is full of superb acting performances. Frank Langella is the star as a brooding, tormented and nigh-on demented Nixon at times. Sheen is superb as Frost managing to juggle a seemingly native superciliousness with an inner resolve to prove that he is more than the lightweight talk-show bunny for which he is initially dismissed by almost all around him. Kevin Bacon is also excellent as Nixon's bulldog like lawyer. Sam Rockwell from "Jesse James and Robert Ford" is also energetic and convincing as part of Frost's investigative team. Matthew Macfayden is a very good foil to Frost, and only Oliver Platt is a little weak as Rockwell's colleague. He is partly let down by having too much of the film's rarest resource: occasionally duff dialogue.

For the most part, as a stage-adaptation should offer, the dialogue is very good. Perhaps the boxing metaphors as a description of the verbal contest are occasionally overdone - Langella's comment to Bacon about "throwing in the towel" comes off a little half-baked. My only other minor criticisms would be that the film is a bit of a slow-burner, although gripping once the two leads have met. And I also found that Rebecca Hall's role as Miss Cushing seemed somewhat expendable. It seemed to me more the traditional economic wisdom that without any prominent female roles the film is not sufficiently relatable for half of ticket-buying humanity than genuine dramaturgy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Downing on 15 April 2009
Format: DVD
The young David Frost is so different to the drawling, sofa-dwelling, avuncular elder statesman of television we're used to today that his behaviour grabs the attention rather than Michael Sheen's uncanny impersonation-cum-performance. The young Frostie is a high-stakes, womanising chancer, one prepared to bet both fortune and reputation all-in for a shot at an interview with post-Watergate Richard Nixon. For his part, Frank Langella, despite his unfortunate and highly ironic resemblance to Leonid Brezhnev, imbues his Richard Nixon with enough wounded classical gravitas that from the word go we daren't dismiss him as a two-dimensional crook.

The fee Nixon's agent charges is exorbitant, and the disgraced former president's eye is not only on the financial prize. To him, Frost is a lightweight. An easy alternative to the flocks of US journalists all too eager to swoop and devour him following his resignation. Surely, this is his chance to dominate the limelight and buff the tarnish from his reputation once and for all.

Indeed, Sheen's Frost is initially blazé, relying on his breezy, light-entertainment familiarity with the camera during their interviews in a suburban home. Only during his first clashes with the unrepentant Republican heavy-hitter does Frost realise how far out of his depth he's swum. Kevin Bacon's Smithersesque right-hand-man-to-the-President character compares the clash of the two men to a boxing match early in the film. You soon understand the reason for the film's bluntly truncated title: Frost-Nixon is to journalism as Lewis-Tyson is to boxing.

It's only prior to the final round does Frost realise how reckless and naïve he's been in staking so much on the interviews. Can the English schmoozer press the fight with his gloves off?
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