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Network [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Jun. 2012
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I can't quite believe that this film is over 30 years old. It could have been made today as an accurate satire of modern society and the corporatocracy we live in. Sadly it seems the world the film foreshadowed didn't stop it becoming a rather too close to home reality. The films script has rightly won many awards as it contains many powerful messages and memorable quotes delivered by an excellent cast. The scene with Ned Beatty's corporate CEO 'Arthur Jensen' explaining to 'Howard Beale' how the world really works is a real stand out. Quote; "You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today".
Whatever the power of the corporate state in the mid 70's, and the influence of corporate media propaganda on the passively consuming masses, we can now multiply many times in modern day society. That's what makes this film even more pertinent today.
A society driven by profit is a world lacking in love, as portrayed in the film by Faye Dunaway's character, and with a disregard for the sanctity of life, as represented by the films end.
A clever, funny, sad, entertaining and timeless classic.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2003
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"Network" is quite simply one of the best films I have ever seen. It works on so many levels ;as a satire on the television industry and the people who work within it , as a philosophical critique of globalising late 20th Century consumer capitalism and the dehumanising , desensitising and deindividualising effect that television plays in that system (the hypnotist in the corner) . The acting and screenplay in "Network" is sensational; William Holden is superb as the world-weary and wise News Controller and his relationship with his boss Faye Dunaway works as a symbol of the uneasy symbiosis between the Old Absolute Moral Values that Holdens character represents and the amoral New "Humanoid" Values of the Television Generation that Dunaways' represents . Insane (or messianic) News Anchor Man Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is another brilliantly acted character , while Ned Beatty and Robert Duvall also give remarkable performances as a sinister media baron and a ruthless network executive respectively . There are so many memorable scenes - Finches "I'm mad as hell..." rant is a classic, his one to one meeting with Beatty in the Boardroom , Holden with his wife , Holden with Dunaway towards the end of the film... the list goes on. "Network" , like Howard Beale , touches on some very sensitive and profound issues ,ultimately about the nature of life and humanity itself and it does so in a stylish, intelligent way with some of the best acting you will ever see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2012
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Sidney Lumet (director) and Paddy Chayefsky's (screenwriter) 1976 film Network is a brilliantly prescient tale of the power and corrupting influence of the media (in this case, specifically television). It struck me, on watching the film again recently, that, not only are the messages about media plurality and 'reality TV' as relevant (if not more so) today as they were in 1976, but also that Network is also remarkable for the fact that a mainstream Hollywood studio (in this case, MGM) should give its backing to such a scathing attack on a key media outlet, and that the film should then garner so many Academy Awards. I suspect one of the reasons for this is that cross-cinema studio/TV ownership was not as prevalent back in 1976 as it has been since. It is also notable that some major Hollywood acting names (William Holden, Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, etc) wished to be associated with such a venture - again, a level of career risk taking rarely seen these days in Hollywood (one notable exception to this being Tom Cruise's bravura performance in Magnolia).

Network certainly represents something of an acting masterclass with all the major roles (and many of the minor ones) featuring great performances. As the loser news presenter, turned overnight media evangelist, Howard Beale, the great Peter Finch deservedly won (albeit posthumously) the Best Actor Oscar, with Faye Dunaway taking the corresponding female honour for her role as the uptight, careerist TV programmer Diana Christensen (for me, Dunaway's second best career performance behind that in Chinatown).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2011
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I put this on at 10.30pm expecting to watch the first ten minutes before going to bed. At 1am I was searching on Wikipedia looking up everything written about it. I work as a speechwriter and the speeches in this film are sublime. The film surprises you and engages you. It's becoming a historical piece because the power of the mass media is collapsing rapidly. Apart from the occasional look at iPlayer, I don't watch any TV. We can pick and choose the good stuff now. I was born in 1968, and I find the films of the 70s very comforting. The era is also very similar to our own - the anxieties about recession, unemployment, inflation, banks going bust, environmental pollution - and Peter Finch as Howard Beale is the sublime commentator on the events.
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