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"The Graduate" graduates with a Collectors Edition,
This review is from: The Graduate: Collector's Edition [DVD]  (DVD)
This Collectors Edition has a bonus of a five-minute interview with Dustin Hoffman, a documentary "The Graduate at 25" which makes interesting watching and a limited edition 64-page book with production notes and a collection of articles and reviews from the original theatrical release. For the cinema historian, these are fascinating additional bonus features BUT the really bonus is owning the DVD which seems to have brushed up well after so long.
Katherine Ross, fresh, lovely Elaine Robinson, Anne Bancroft, the sad, manipulative yet vulnerable Mrs Robinson, William Daniels as her husband and Dustin Hoffman, as the jaded college graduate, play the lead roles.
Charles Webb's novel, with screenplay by Henry and Willingham, and music by Simon and Garfunkel, is a powerful indictment of some elements of 1960s' America and Mike Nichol's direction earned him Best Director award. To some eyes, it will appear dated in almost every aspect, although the individuals may be seen as metaphors of timeless sterotypical characters; other eyes may look back to their youth and remember it with affection, e.g. some scenes, like the scuba-diving present and Mrs Robinson's "Plastics!", are timeless in their humour, while others like the "Elaine! Elaine!" church scene resonate with great depth and the Alpha Romeo breakdown and Hoffman's running to get nowhere show a director and cameraman at their best.