New Release: All the Presidents Men and Network Blu-ray

All the President's Men movie scene with Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford

All the President's Men

Warner Home Video debuted two 1976 movies about journalism on Blu-ray on Feb. 15, 2011: All the President’s Men and Network. Arriving on high-definition during the Oscar season, each film won four Academy Awards and star Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman (both in Men), Faye Dunaway and Crazy Heart‘s Robert Duvall (Network).

In drama All the President’s Men, Redford (The Natural) and Hoffman (Meet the Fockers) play journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who uncovered the details of the Watergate scandel that led to President Nixon’s resignation. Based on the book by the real Bernstein and Woodward, the film won Oscars for the adapted screenplay, supporting actor Jason Robards (Magnolia), art direction and sound. It was nominated for another four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Also nominated for Best Picture in 1977, Network tells the story of a television network that exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings in the media for its own profit. Known for Peter Finch’s famous line “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!,” the film won Oscars for lead actor Finch (The Pumpkin Eater), lead actress Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair), supporting actress Beatrice Straight (TV’s St. Elsewhere) and original screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky (Altered States), and was nominated for another five, including director Sidney Lumet (The Verdict).

Network Blu-ray boxThe PG-rated All the President’s Men was released as a Blu-ray book priced at $34.99. It includes these special features:

  • “Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President’s Men
  • “Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire”
  • “Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat”
  • commentary by Redford
  • gallery of trailers of movies by director Alan J. Pakula
  • and two vintage extras: “Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President’s Men” and an interview excerpt with Robards from TV’s Dinah! hosted by Dinah Shore.

These are the same special features that are on the two-DVD special edition of All the President’s Men, released in 2006.

Network, rated R, was priced at $19.98 and contains these special features:

  • six-part documentary “The Making of Network
  • “Tune In to How a Movie Landmark Caught Media Lightning,” with sidebars on Chayefsky, getting mad as hell and reflections from TV anchor legend Walter Cronkite
  • interview excerpt with Chayefsky from Dinah!
  • commentary by Lumet
  • and “Private Screenings With Sidney Lumet,” in which Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne interviews the director.

The special features also were on the two-DVD special edition of Network released in 2006.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.