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The Newsroom - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]

Jeff Daniels , Emily Mortimer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel
  • Writers: Aaron Sorkin
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005YYCM2Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball,  comes The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.

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This behind the scenes drama takes a look at the cable news programme at the fictional ACN network, focusing on the on and off camera lives of the team Includes special features deleted scenes mission control- looking at the state of the art sets and cast and crew

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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Newsroom 7 Sep 2012
Every so often American TV comes up with an absolute stunner - 2012 has "The Newsroom" currently showing on Sky Atlantic. Created and written by Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame, The Newsroom is set in the fictional Atlantis Cable News station. With Jeff Daniels playing Will McAvoy,anchor and managing editor of ACN's Newsnight programme, Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie McHale, his Executive Producer, and a very strong ensemble cast,the viewer sees the behind the scenes events prior to and after each evening broadcast. Each episode has been set around a major event in recent history e.g. Deepwater Horizon oil spill or the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and is intertwined with the personal stories, backgrounds and viewpoints of the Newsnight team.
Aaron Sorkin has created a first class drama with excellent scripts which are superbly delivered - Will McAvoy's monologue in the first episode gives an insight into the strength of writing and performance which The Newsroom, and Will in particular, showcase week in and week out. Each individual is extremely competent at their job and there is a strong team ethos with thought provoking analysis, highs and lows, humour and integrity. Problems and politics with the owners of the station, ably led by Jane Fonda, bubble along in the background and add to the events and day to day pressures.
I would strongly recommend The Newsroom and am delighted to note that it has been picked up for a second season, if I'd more than 5* available to award I would.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series I've watched in a long time... 13 Sep 2012
It is rare nowadays that I manage to make it through a series - whether from the UK or the US - I usually get bored by second or third episode. However, The Newsroom is different!

From the very first scene showing Will McAvoy's very public breakdown to the last scene of the last episode, I was gripped by the series. I can't wait for the DVD to come out and am rather surprised that wasn't available for release the day after the last episode. I am so looking forward to watching it all again.

This will be in my grubby mitts as soon as it's out.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make room for this show 7 Aug 2012
By Mr. N. J. Todman TOP 500 REVIEWER
The newsroom is everything fans of the West Wing have been waiting for. Sorkin is back to his very best. The characters are quirky, lovable, and entwined. The dialogue is joyfully over elaborate. The plots deal with not only real issues in the news but with the values underlying the production of it. Like the West Wing, it is another window on the concerns of liberal America and the tensions which threaten to tear the Union apart. Sorkin was criticised by some in the media that this isn't a very realistic portrayal of life in a newsroom. His response was to say, "Who cares? This is meant to be entertainment". And as that, it is a five star show.
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simultaneously both good and bad 21 Mar 2013
I think my view of "The Newsroom" is chequered by having already watched "The West Wing", which is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. If you are in that position with me, be prepared to both love and loathe "The Newsroom".

First of all, "The West Wing" was my first real introduction to Aaron Sorkin's work. Therefore, at the time his manner of writing was fresh and new to me. "The Newsroom" suffers the misfortune of having a predecessor to be compared with. It is instantly recognisable as a Sorkin piece:

* Should I repeat a statement to make it seem more important? Should I repeat a statement to make it seem more important?

* The main protagonist has father issues, a la Jed Bartlet. He's also very intelligent and had a brilliant career as a lawyer prior to his being an anchorman, a la Jed Bartlet. Oh and he defends his staff to the bitter end as if they were his family, a la Jed Bartlet.

* You have not one but three versions of the Josh/Donna relationship occurring concurrently. And two of them feel like very contrived situations. If you like being endlessly spun a yarn, then you're in the clear.

* The Josh Lyman foot-in-mouth moments are duplicated here aplenty.

There are many other examples I could list, but you get the idea. If anything, "The Newsroom" exposes Sorkin as a bit of a (brilliant) one-trick pony. This is the same formula, with the same heart, humour and passion as its older brother. A Sork-com, if you will.

Politically, if you're right-leaning you'll probably disapprove of the left-ish tendencies on offer. On the other hand, if you're left-leaning (and I am), you may get tired with being preached to, *incessently*.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY ME! 6 Oct 2012
By Ch94
This show is a must to watch, buy and just overall fall in love with. The episodes are both character driven as well as informitive, entertaining and gripping. PLEASE buy this box set you honestly will not regret it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A long fall from the West Wing 20 Feb 2014
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The West Wing's greatness is not the story but the superb character development and scintillating dialogue. If you're expecting to find more of the Aaron Sorkin stardust in The Newsroom you are going to be sorely disappointed. The problem might in part be the delivery, with several of the lead characters frankly not up to the task of delivering a conversation a real person might recognise as such; sadly including the female lead Emily Mortimer - not that she's the worst offender, step forward the excruciating Alison Pill. Jeff Daniels as the anchor is first-class and beyond reproach but one performance cannot compensate for so many frustrating failures by others.

Script or acting? One or both are poor but for sure the net result is something closer to an episode of Friends than West Wing. Yes the stories are reasonable but six episodes in I was following them with gritted teeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Following a great tradition of TV series
Published 2 days ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love it, not quite as good as the West Wing but not bad.
Published 6 days ago by noseyparker912
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing show. I am hooked cried and laughed. Amazing show and fantastic cast.
Published 10 days ago by lizzy32
4.0 out of 5 stars ... as I did with other series such as Breaking Bad, Broadwalk Empire...
I heard about this series from the reviews I read on Amazon so I thought I'd give it a try as I did with other series such as Breaking Bad, Broadwalk Empire and House of Cards etc... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Frank Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic
Sorkin at his very, very best. The whole season is up there with the very best episodes in The West Wing. Bring it on...
Published 13 days ago by FlyingStantoni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series!
Published 16 days ago by Simon Hipsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Sorkin strikes again
Beware genius at work again. Hope it runs as long as THE WEST WING.Just found out series 3 has just been given the go ahead.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Just love this show. Funny, touching and witty. Really great. As a fan of the old West Wing, this has really filled a vacuum! Read more
Published 1 month ago by LH
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
This series was just as addictive as the west wing(I know not surprising as it was wrote by the same people) & I couldn't stop watching it. Roll on season 2!!!
Published 2 months ago by Natalie L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of American
Not a big lover of things American usually, but this is an intelligent and wittily written script....acted to perfection by a great cast who really bring it to life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. F. Reid
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