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Reds [VHS]

Warren Beatty , Diane Keaton , Warren Beatty    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: Warren Beatty
  • Writers: Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths
  • Producers: Warren Beatty, David Leigh MacLeod, Dede Allen, Simon Relph
  • Language: English, Finnish, French, German, Russian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 3 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059ZBN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,824 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1980, as President Reagan commenced his loony rhetorical war on the "the evil empire" ofSoviet Russia, thoughtful heartthrob Warren Beatty was labouring over Reds, a three-hour homage to the Bolshevik revolution, backed to the tune of $33 million by the Gulf + Western-owned Paramount Pictures. Beatty had long admired John Reed, the American journalist who witnessed Lenin's finest hours and was buried in the Kremlin after his death in 1920. To Beatty's great credit, he delivered a picture that is both epic pageant and tragic romance, replete with affectionate respect for the best traditions of socialism.

Reds begins in 1915 in Portland, Oregon, where Reed (Beatty), budding radical and chronicler of Pancho Villa's Mexican uprising, makes the acquaintance of Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), proto-feminist and aspiring writer. He and Louise become lovers amid the intellectual ferment of Greenwich Village and Provincetown, but her affair with the brilliant, melancholy Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) cleaves them asunder. Still, inspired by tumultuous events in Russia, they re-team for a mission to Moscow, where they rekindle their ardour and wind up storming the Winter Palace. Back in the US, Reed composes Ten Days That Shook the World while Louise discovers her own formidable voice. But Reed's factional feuds within the American Socialist Party lead him back to Moscow, where disillusion and heartbreak lie in store.

Two years in production, shot across six countries, Reds was a massively risky undertaking. Producer-director Beatty hired the brilliant Trevor Griffiths as screenwriter, but other hands massagedthe script. Still, this is an epic in which the dialogues are as thrilling as the panoramas. Reed's dialectical tussles with Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton) and Grigory Zinoviev (writer Jerzy Kosinski) are worth the cost of a video, as are Keaton's stinging exchanges with Nicholson. This rathermagisterial endeavour won Beatty the Best Director Oscar in 1982. --Richard Kelly

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Great Video, Drama from Paramount pictures starring Warren Beatty & Diane Keaton, 186 mins approx run time, fast dispatch, UK SELLER

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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Reds is the brilliant biopic of journalist/radical John Reed that Warren Beatty directed in 1981. This was a labour of love for Beatty, who had built up power in Hollywood to make this suitably epic film on such films as Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait.

The film is very long, which could put off many- though it shouldn't as the material is of immense interest. This highly ambitious film opens with Reed living among bohemians/radicals in New York & Provincetown and charts his love affair with both Louise Bryant and communism. The first part of the film is more successful, where Bryant/Reed's affair goes up & down and Jack Nicholson comes between them in a brilliant portrayal of playwright Eugene O'Neill. This section is wonderfully photographed by Vittorio Storaro, the photographer of such brilliant films as The Conformist and Apocalypse Now Redux. Then as the relationship develops into marriage, various spectres rise: the conflict between love & principles, World War I and the complex world of socialism in America at that time (the so-called Red Decade).

The latter half of the film, which sees Reed and Bryant go to Russia, where the revolution occurred and Reed wrote his classic account of it Ten Days That Shook the World. Again, Moscow looks stunning- though the film descends into a more conventional form- we get a sub-Zhivago reunion , Keaton's proto-feminist character is neutueured by devotion and we even get an action sequence (though this does end with the symbolic Reed chasing after a cart- the same shot as we saw from the opening shot of Reed in Mexico). The final scenes, where Reed is TB afflicted and Bryant sees a young child (the obligatory one they never had) is extremely conventional and melodramatic.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I love epics. The longer the film, the symphony, the novel, the greater the opportunity to immerse oneself in the work and the greater the sense of achievement, of catharsis at the end. "Reds" is an epic, but it is difficult for me to love it, to embrace it. It seems to me to be the work of some immense ego, no matter how fine or important the rest of the characters, no matter how strenuous the efforts made in recreating the times and places in which the film is set.

For this is not so much a film about American socialists and communists at the time of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, but rather, in essence, Warren Beatty's epic focuses on the last few years of the life of his character John/Jack Reed. Everything else impinges on this premise, even the smallest of details of Reed's affair with Louise Bryant (played by Diane Keaton), which makes up the bulk of the movie. There is scarcely a shot without Beatty in the frame, and since the film lasts over three hours, this can become trying. Many of the scenes are superfluous to the central story and one can only speculate that the film is less to do with Jack Reed and more to do with Warren Beatty.

Indeed, others have already commentated upon the personal links between Reed and Beatty, not only in their personal circumstances but also in their political and philosophical outlooks. Reed was a writer; Beatty is a film-maker. At what point does the artist - the writer, the film-maker - become a polemicist?
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5.0 out of 5 stars pioneering, satisfying drama & documentary 26 Dec 2008
Thia is a great film which recalls a time when there was generally more patience and respect for intelligent political dramas without predominant 'thriller' or 'action' elements to maintain the viewer's attention.

Love story, satisfyingly detailed political drama, documentary, all elements of the film are satisfied and none dominate. It's beautifully shot also, with some great locations in Europe serving the period detail.

In case you're worried about that fabled 'liberal bias', the film is a model for attempting to represent the real complexity of the 'balanced truth', showing, in both drama and documentary, both idealism and the inevitable disillusionment with it. There is absolutely no sense of that all-too-common 'take home message' here. The documentary elements in particular show more balance than many 'true' documentaries, and do so with great humour and warmth. It gradually becomes very clear Beatty didn't want to heavily edit these to 'bury' contradictory accounts, but instead pay patient tribute to the memories of those surviving members of the original events.

Although, as mentioned in the review above, Reed wrote the undeniably biased 'Ten Days That Shook The World', the drama of this film goes well beyond the idealism of that work, and is admirable in showing at length his colleagues' disillusionment, even when it risks exposing Reed's naivity.

I should finally advise that this film is actually split over two Blu-ray discs (BD-25's) here, so you have to insert the second disc to continue the film.
If you have a computer with a Blu-ray drive, though, it's relatively easy to copy and rename the largest MPEG-2 '.m2ts' files from each disc to hard disk (with programs like 'AnyDVDHD') and join them together.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stylised and long-winded
The acting was okay but I found it long-winded. didn't even finish watchin it. Don't know if it's a good idea for one person to write, direct and act in one and the same film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. v Overzee-McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Red hot
Political, historical, cultural romance with good acting - what more could you want? An 'all time' film for me and other friends
Published 6 months ago by gille de vlieg
4.0 out of 5 stars Reds (Warren Beatty film)
Commencement of the film, and periodically later, with anecdotes by interviewed Americans in America who were alive during the period of the Russian and Bolshevik Revolutions, was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Philip Dawes
5.0 out of 5 stars REDS
Wanted a DVD of this film for a very long time and well worth the wait. A great and underestimated movie and a real tour-de-force for Warren Beatty as both actor and director. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CHRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
This DVD was suggested to me by a friend and I am extremely satisfied with the great condition that the item has arrived in.
Published 17 months ago by Mıss C. Sagar
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I was looking for this film for a long time. Very good purchase. Matched perfectly my expectations. Arrived on time
Published 18 months ago by Maria Cristina Alves da Silveira Ribeiro
4.0 out of 5 stars A well made historically accurate film
This super film even with its length never became boring. The acting was superb and then the extra with Warren Beatty was superb and well worth watching.
Published 18 months ago by stamper
5.0 out of 5 stars Reds
Warren Beatty deserves a Nobel Prize for capturing those old folks' memories of an incredible, monumental & turbulent hostory before they were lost forever.
Published 19 months ago by Jeff Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, challenging, gorgeous, emotional and epic
The kind of film that has sadly just about disappeared - the personal,
auteur driven epic. Very rarely if ever now will a studio give a film
maker huge funds to do a... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film from such an unpromising and boring sounding subject
I watched Reds because I'd been reading Peter Biskind's excellent new Warren Beatty biography Star. It's such an unappealing movie as it's a three hour epic about a communist... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by BS on parade
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