Shattered Glass [DVD] [2003]

Shattered Glass, Billy Ray's unfairly overlooked drama about unethical journalist Stephen Glass, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The engaging supplemental materials are headed by a commentary track recorded by director Ray and the real-life Chuck Lane, who is portrayed in the film by Peter Sarsgaard (who won a handful of awards for his work in the movie). They provide a great deal of fascinating information both about the real-life events depicted in the film, as well as the troubles Ray encountered while making his first film. The other major extra is a 60 Minutes piece by Steve Kroft in which he interviews the real Stephen Glass. Having Glass' own side of the story makes this disc something special. Shattered Glass deserved a better fate at the box office, and this DVD should help expose the film to the audience it richly deserves.
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Overall Customer Rating:
4.8
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

  • 60 Minutes interview with the real Stephen Glass
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Shattered Glass
Before Jayson Blair made headlines for his plagiarized New York Times reporting, Stephen Glass defamed the weekly current events magazine The New Republic with a series of eye-catching, entertaining, and completely fabricated stories. Now Glass' trail of lies gets the big-screen treatment in writer/director Billy Ray's Shattered Glass, featuring Hayden Christensen in the title role. The film chronicles Glass' time at the magazine in the late '90s, when his colorful coverage of a hedonistic Young Republican convention, superstar web hackers, and the circus surrounding the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal made him the toast of the publishing world, garnering attention from such national publications as George and Rolling Stone. Barely out of college, the eager Glass ingratiates himself with the office staff, including his mentor, managing editor Michael Kelly (Hank Azaria). But when Kelly is unceremoniously fired and replaced with editor Chuck Lane (Peter Sarsgaard), Glass' pieces come under a greater degree of scrutiny, until one in particular threatens to expose his tall tales to the rest of the world. Based in part on a Vanity Fair article by journalist Buzz Bissinger, Shattered Glass premiered at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals before its limited fall theatrical release. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Hayden Christensen
    Hayden Christensen - Stephen Glass
  • Peter Sarsgaard
    Peter Sarsgaard - Chuck Lane
  • Melanie Lynskey
    Melanie Lynskey - Amy Brand
  • Hank Azaria
    Hank Azaria - Michael Kelly
  • Steve Zahn
    Steve Zahn - Adam L. Penenberg

Overall Customer Rating

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4 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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