EdTV [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1999]

Ron Howard's reality-TV satire EDtv gets a deluxe release with this DVD package. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack is mixed in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental features include two different commentary tracks -- one by the director and another by the writers, talent bios, production notes, the theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a "making of" documentary. Although the film failed to click with audiences (it was overshadowed by the seemingly similar The Truman Show), this disc makes every attempt to reach an audience.
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Special Features

  • Feature commentary with director Ron Howard
  • Feature commentary with writers Lowell Ganz and Bablaloo Mandel
  • An original featurette: "Caught in the Camera's Eye" on the making of the film featuring interviews with director Ron Howard, actors Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson and other cast members, producer Brian Grazer, plus never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Reprise soundtrack presentation with direct access to songs
  • Music videos [Bon Jovi & Barenaked Ladies]


The turning point in the life of Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) comes thanks to the misfortunes of the NorthWest Broadcasting Company. After two years on the air, their flagship cable channel, True TV, has slid into obscurity due to competition from the The Gardening Channel. Program director Cynthia Topping (Ellen DeGeneres) brainstorms a last ditch effort to save the channel: broadcast one ordinary person's life 24 hours a day, unedited (while he sleeps, the day's highlights will be shown). When the network agrees to the idea, Topping must find the subject of her program. After endless auditions, she lucks upon Ed, a goofy but good-looking video store clerk. Ed has little time to get used to his new shadow, a three man video crew, before the show becomes a hit. Suddenly Ed's a cultural icon with fan clubs, stalkers, and imitators, but the media saturation has it's effects on his friends and family, who are now part of the program. Ed alienates his proud brother, Ray (Woody Harrelson), by falling in love with his girlfriend, Shari (Jenna Elfman). His estranged father Hank (Dennis Hopper) reappears after abandoning the family and creates tension between Ed and Ray's mother, Jeanette (Sally Kirkland) and her wheelchair-bound second husband, Al (Martin Landau). When Ed realizes the phenomenon has turned on him, he convinces Topping to stop the ordeal, but not her boss, Whitaker (Rob Reiner). To regain his life, Ed must find a way to cancel EDtv. ~ Ron Wells, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Matthew McConaughey
    Matthew McConaughey - Ed Pekurny
  • Jenna Elfman
    Jenna Elfman - Shari
  • Woody Harrelson
    Woody Harrelson - Ray Pekurny
  • Sally Kirkland
    Sally Kirkland - Jeanette
  • Martin Landau
    Martin Landau - Al

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