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Nixon [Blu-ray] [1996] [US Import] [Region Free]

Anthony Hopkins , Joan Allen , Oliver Stone    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Clayton Townsend, Dan Halsted, Eric Hamburg
  • Format: AC-3, Director's Cut, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019PL2JI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Oliver Stone's exhaustive biopic of the American president might have seemed excessive (over three hours long, covering his life from childhood to death), if it weren't filmed in such an audacious and imaginative way as this. All the triumphs, defeats, heartaches, fears, doubts and mistakes of the man are covered and hardly any are washed over or ignored. The Watergate scandal is inevitably covered the most here, and keeps the fascination burning throughout. All the cast are brilliant, particularly Anthony Hopkins as Nixon himself, who makes the role his own and commands great screen presence in every scene he's in. You will be captivated and fascinated throughout, with the pace of the film never lagging, always moving forward.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the man himself, great but very flawed 17 Oct 2004
First of all, I give the film itself 5 stars - the Director's Cut, at 3 and 1/2 hours, is a true epic in scope and depth, an excellent (often highly dramatic) portrayal of many things - Nixon himself, America going through intensely difficult social/cultural changes, the power structure of America, as well as many more elements of history and human nature which could take up more space than I have here, and that it is best that the viewer discover for themselves.
This is potentially Oliver Stone's best film, and a tragic shame that it has been so overlooked, especially in the U.S. (Stone says as much on a commentary track). Performances all round are fantastic, especially the exceptional Anthony Hopkins. The film is at times difficult, but giving it patience, thought and attention will hopefully yield very worthwhile benefits.
The film receives some worthy extras. On the film disc, Stone features on TWO solo commentary tracks for this film - so much does he have to say and discuss about the film, its background and many related issues. Fascinating listening and worth returning to again. On the extras disc there is an hours worth of deleted/extended scenes, again with optional commentary by Stone, and an hour long interview with Stone by Charlie Rose.
All of this should automatically garner a 5 star rating, but it is the presentation of the film itself which loses a star, probably two if I was feeling more critical. The film is presented in its original ratio of 2.35:1, but is presented non-anamorphically. This in itself isn't a disaster as the main print is very good, but the extra footage is of significantly lower quality (some of it looks like it comes from a video source!) and hence when it is zoomed the picture looks, at times, awful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is Oliver Stone's epic "Nixon", perhaps his finest film to date. It's certainly one of Anthony Hopkins greatest roles he has ever undertaken as the tragic disgraced 37th US President. The overall presentation of this film which marks Nixon's rise and fall along with the usual milestones (childhood, early political life, the wilderness years etc) is stylistically akin to Stone's "JFK": deft camera work, rapid edits, use of different types of film, whilst the story and its characters zigzag back and forth. Befitting the subject, it's complex yet utterly compelling.
Its a lot to take in at first, and it does help if you have some knowledge of Nixon's life before and during his presidency (i recommend the Nixon screenplay book which includes essays and the full unedited script with footnotes), but with repeated viewing it all comes together. If Shakespeare were alive today I'm sure he would have found the figure of Nixon, the architect of his own downfall,hard to resist. The story is the King Lear or Othello of the modern age, and Stone's cinematic patchwork along with Hopkin's astonishing delivery in the role (though robbed of the best actor oscar award). The final scene depicting Nixon's farewell speech to his staff is an acting masterclass,full of pathos, brilliantly poised and executed, it could well be Hopkin's finest moment. Its hard to even imagine how Jack Nicholson would have fared! (He was reputedly in second place for the role)
The White House interior sets are breathtaking, the use of historical archive footage fits well, the legendary John Williams is on top form with a brilliant score, and a superb supporting cast just add to the spectacle. This is one of the best drama films of the 90's.
My only negative criticism would be the DVD itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Isn't this one of the few (generally high quality) films (fictional or otherwise) dealing with american presidents to address a Republican administration's machinations?

Not entertaining really and with Stone's typically (and admittedly for his own part) historically quirky take on things presidential but delivered in an original style and leaving one with much to ponder and debate.

One of the most unpleasant aspects appeared to be Nixon's destruction of the lives of hundreds of thousands (at least...) of south east asians to cement his reputation as a hard man - in pursuit of what exactly?

Liked by no-one really; after death placed on a pedestal by many who should know better more in deference to his office rather than his character or actions. Deeply unpleasant right wing stool pigeon exercising/exorcising his personal demons on a tawdrily obeisant world against an angrily powerless opposition.

Hopkins acts his socks off in a truly heavyweight performance with very powerful supporting cast. Don't watch to enjoy, just learn a bit.

As ever with many DVDs, north american release has many extras compared to whatever scraps distributors think they can get away with throwing at us europeans. Get a multi region player
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIstory
History with Nixon, Anthony Hopkins (Sir) plays the role so well, it is a strong film and gets leggy in places but on the whole a great adaptation.
Published 4 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nixon DVD
This a great film with a strong performance by Anthony Hopkins. It describes somebody who is determined, ruthless and obsessed with holding onto power. I like him.
Published 5 months ago by MR ROBERT A LANZER
5.0 out of 5 stars great film!!
this film is a fantastic biopic of Richard Nixon. Anthony Hopkins played him well. The film covers pretty much everything from Nixon's political career from becoming Eisenhower's... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Darren Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nixon U.S. blu-ray
I had this on dvd and decided to upgrade to blu-ray.the picture and sound quality is a huge improvement. Read more
Published 11 months ago by gerrard
4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone's Nixon
Oliver Stones cinematic portrait of the former President of the United States life is epic and detailed and unmissable for fan's of Stones work and also if you are interested in... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Brawny Withed
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
I'm not sure what to write. Just an extraordinary portrait. An all star cast, led by Hopkins in mesmeric form. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Michael Badu
3.0 out of 5 stars And... Action!
This film has garnered much kudos on these pages for its adventurous approach to a difficult subject, and all power to Oliver Stone for undertaking such a project in his usual... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by J. Rottweiller Swinburne
1.0 out of 5 stars The Nixon family hated this movie and so do I
I saw this movie and I didn't like it. There is too much cursing and swearing and references to acts of perverted sex. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by The Irish Phileas Fogg
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
With a scope which can only be described as Shakespearian, Hopkins recreates the inner daemons of Richard Nixon. Like all Oliver Stone films it's a gruelling watch. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Vargs
5.0 out of 5 stars Misses a couple of key areas
Although I love this film , one of Hopkins greatest performances , it misses a couple of key facts in Nixons life. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Pub Landlord
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