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

Faye Dunaway , William Holden , Sidney Lumet    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Paddy Chayefsky
  • Producers: Fred C. Caruso, Howard Gottfried
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNESU8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,021 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky's and director Sidney Lumet's take on television may seem quaint in the age of "reality TV" and Jerry Springer's talk-show fisticuffs, Network is every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. And because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles. Finch plays a veteran network anchorman who's been fired because of low ratings. His character's response is to announce he'll kill himself on live television two weeks hence. What follows, along with skyrocketing ratings, is the anchorman's descent into insanity, during which he fervently rages against the medium that made him a celebrity. Dunaway plays the frigid, ratings-obsessed producer who pursues success with cold-blooded zeal; Holden is the married executive who tries to thaw her out during his own seething midlife crisis. Through it all, Chayefsky (via Finch) urges the viewer to repeat the now-famous mantra "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" to reclaim our humanity from the medium that threatens to steal it away. --Jeff Shannon

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Film 12 Nov 2003
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb dialogue 26 Nov 2011
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly prophetic 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"I love it. Suicides, assassinations, mad bombers, mafia hit men, automobile smash-ups... 'The Death Hour'. Great Sunday-night show for the whole family."

The back of the DVD's box describes 'Network' as "even more compelling & relevant today than when it was first released, [it] is a wickedly funny, spot-on indictment of the TV news media." Very true - but I think there's also a lot more to it than that.

The story revolves around Howard Beale, a news anchorman who is fired for his shows' poor ratings. As a result, he suffers a nervous breakdown & announces during a live broadcast that he will kill himself live on air, during his very last show in 2 weeks time. But as a result of his announcement, his viewing figures soar & ruthless TV executives aim to exploit him for all that he's worth & set him up as an anti-establishment, everyman preacher. Never mind that his message condemns them, forget getting him psychiatric help, it's the viewing figures that count.

This is a stark reminder of the central theme in the recent documentary 'The Corporation', which states that US big businesses can be compared with psychopaths due to their unwavering will to increase profits at any collateral cost & irregardless of social impact or morality. As the Networks' CEO tells Beale, "there is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM & ITT & AT&T & DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide & Exxon. Those are the nations of the world." Made in 1976 'Network' certainly comes across as a prophetic work when watched today - consider the increased power of corporations & sensationalistic, 'black-&-white' coverage of warfare & terrorism, not to mention US news shows which film car chases live. Real human lives turned into Hollywood movies & packaged for entertaiment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool movie
Published 1 month ago by Ms. M. Rooney
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking film - great dialogue
A great film that has aged well.
Published 2 months ago by Horatio Farqhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film. Way ahead of it's time. Watch it and get educated.
Published 4 months ago by Angela Brooke
4.0 out of 5 stars of its time
seems unsophisticated nowadays. not a brilliant sript but it works due to the talented cast, worth watching, I like 70s films
Published 4 months ago by J. Jewels
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork
Network has long been one of my favourite movies. Its dialogue is rich and its delivery resonant. The screenplay is perhaps one of the finest ever put to film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kanachi
3.0 out of 5 stars Networking
The film is a bit dated and things have moved on apace and the original relevance is missing now. But worth a look.
Published 7 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars very clever
for the revolutionary amongst you this film is a must see. very clever and although a little dated, the message stands true to today.
Published 8 months ago by john bellamy
5.0 out of 5 stars standing the test of time
Paddy Chayefsky's script and Sidney Lumet's direction, along with a cast that knows exactly what's needed here have come up with one of the great American satires. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Who does not love Faye Dunaway
A kinda dark film, but right in goose-step with current events. Thus, confirm the present by the symbology of the recent past. Thirty years is not so long ago....
Published 14 months ago by Fred K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
Great dialouge, riviting plot, from an age when actors could act,
Fantastic film for any politics student to watch too.
Published 14 months ago by JM
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