Network has proven itself to be a timeless classic, and it has now received an edition that lives up that status with this excellent two-disc set from Warner Bros. The video transfer offers a stellar, beautifully remastered widescreen image that is much richer in color and detail than the original DVD edition of this title. The audio portion of the disc features a Dolby 2.0 stereo mix that keeps the dialogue nice and clear within its well-balanced mix. In terms of extras, the first disc offers a trailer and an excellent commentary track from director Sidney Lumet that discusses his approach to the film in detail and also his memories of working with Paddy Chayefsky. The second disc is devoted to a series of featurettes. The first is a six-part documentary that covers all aspects of the film. It boasts many new interviews and features some especially interesting segments about the film's famous "mad as hell" scene and Walter Cronkite's thoughts on the film. There's also an hour-long episode of Private Screenings built around a career-retrospective interview with Lumet and an appearance that Chayefsky made on the Dinah! show to promote the film. It all adds up to an excellent, comprehensive package that does justice to the enduring power of Network.
"The Making of Network": A six-part 30th-anniversary documentary -- Tune in to how a movie landmark caught media lightning, with sidebars on Paddy Chayefsky, getting mad as hell, and Walter Cronkite's reflections
Vintage Paddy Chayefsky interview excerpt from Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore
Commentary by director Sidney Lumet
"Private Screenings with Sidney Lumet": Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne interviews the director
"Network" may have come out back in 1976, but its subject matter regarding how companies will do anything to improve ratings is still relevant to this day. Written by Paddy Chayefsky, Network not only reveals Chayefsky's nightmarish vision for the downfall of public broadcasting but at the same time highlights his impeccable talent as a writer. If I could give this movie a higher rating, I would.
Watching this movie now in my late 40's, makes me appreciate the humor and honesty of an inside view of newscasts. Made before multiple 24 hour news cycles, it is both humorous and drops relevant knowledge that mirrors today's newscasts.
This film is not solely intended for entertainment. It has a not so subtle message. Faye Dunaway and WIlliam Holden are excellent in their roles while Finch shines in his final performance.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
best satire still, even 40 yrs later...
Chaefsky at his best. All-star cast has it all - great acting, satirical plot and a great spin on the cold-hearted world of broadcast television that is even more cut-throat still today. Finch is tremendous...
This is a spectacular film at a spectacular price. I strongly recommend using the low price guarantee option for this and other films - I got this for under $10 and is among my best purchases ever made at Best Buy.
A hysterical, satirical & critical take on the TV news & show business plus the extent to which it can stoop in its pursuit of higher ratings & profits, Network is a brilliantly crafted, crazily narrated & outrageously performed