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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic, 13 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: All The President's Men (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
The film itself is well-known, and is the true story of the second burglary and bugging attempt on the national HQ of the US Democratic Party, which took place in June 1972, and was organised by President Richard 'Tricky Dicky' Nixon's top aides, and almost certainly the President himself, The film also touches on numerous other crimes carried out by Nixon's team. The story is told from the point of view of the two journalists who uncovered the truth, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were both junior Washington Post reporters, and significant parts of the dialogue in the film are taken verbatim from their book of the same name. It really only covers the first 6 months after the burglary, up to Nixon's d second inauguration, which is the period when the facts were being discovered and reported. It took another 20 months for Nixon to finally be forced to acknowledge the truth, and resign - this period is shown only as a series of headlines coming over a teleprinter. The film features one non-actor in a brief but starring role: Frank Wills, the Watergate security guard who discovered the break-in plays himself.

The second DVD is far more recent, and much of it was made following the disclosure that one of Woodward's main sources of information was Mark Felt, nicknamed 'Deep Throat' in the movie, then No. 2 at the FBI, one of the institutions corrupted by Nixon, along with the CIA and the Justice Dept. It contains:

Telling The Truth About Lies - 27 minutes
2006 documentary about the making of the film with Redford, Hoffman, Woodward, Bernstein, Bradlee, etc

Lighting The Fire - 18 minutes
2006 documentary about the significance of the journalism with Linda Ellerbee, Walter Cronkite, Greg Krikorian (LA Times), Jonathan Alter, senior editor of Newsweek, who believes that if Watergate happened now, due to political pressures to reveal their sources the reporters would probably have gone to jail, and the corruption of Nixon would not have been exposed. Ms. Ellerbee makes a claim I find hopelessly optimistic: 'we proved the system worked'. I have to say that I disagree strongly: it was sheer luck that Nixon was proved to be a crook. Firstly, if the Watergate buggers had been even half-competent, no link to the White House would have been discovered. Secondly, had Bob Woodward not happened to be a friend of Mark Felt, they wouldn't have been able to have developed the story, and finally, had Nixon not have had the sheer arrogance to have taped his corrupt conversations for 'posterity', the truth could still have been obscured by spin and lies.

Out Of The Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat - 16 minutes
2006 documentary following the revelation that 'Deep Throat' was in fact Mark Felt, the former No. 2 at the FBI.
This documentary is marked by a right-wing author who claims that Mark Felt had numerous options available to him apart from revealing the truth about Watergate to Bob Woodward. Thankfully this nonsense is shot down by many other contributors, notably Carl Bernstein, who says 'As we saw, when other institutions fail, the press is the last resort'. Bernstein, Woodward, the Washington Post, and the world got lucky.

Pressure and The Press - 10 minutes
1970's documentary about the events and reporting.

Dinah!
1976 TV interview with Jason Robards.

I guess I'd give the second DVD here 3 1/2 stars, if that were possible. I wouldn't rush out and buy this version if you already have the single disc, however.
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