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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:
    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


    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

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good


      Shattered Glass was a movie that made you pay attention the whole time. There were twists and turns at every corner, and even some you wouldn't expect at first. It outlines so many different things within the journalism and writing profession. The movie focuses on character and decision making app throughout. The whole movie was entertaining and beneficial and is a great movie overall.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Timely in 2008


      One of Mrs. Garcia's favorite flicks! Based on, and doing a good job following, a true story. You may remember hearing about this one as you watch it. The main character goes through some interesting psychological stuff. He had his magazine fooled for several years and they printed his fictitious stories. Makes you wonder as you read the newspaper especially in an election year - how accurate is this stuff?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this movie

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Once again, I was looking for an unpopular movie and only found it at It's a great movie and is based on a true story. You can tell that it was low budget from the quality but the actors are great and they draw you in to the story. Any aspiring journalist or fan if the industry must see this!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this movie!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've been looking for this move since I first saw it in 2004. It's one of my favorites and I'm so glad to have finally found it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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