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Reds (2-DVD, 25th Anniversary Edition) PG

Not since Gone With The Wind has there been a great romantic epic like it!
Reds (2-DVD, 25th Anniversary Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 3, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: Paramount
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette:
      1. "The Rising"
      2. "Komrades"
      3. "Testimonials"
      4. "The March"
      5. "Revolution"
      6. "Propaganda"
    • Production Interviews:
      1. Warren Beatty - Star
      2. Jack Nicholson - Star
      3. Vittorio Storaro - Cinematographer
      4. Stephen Sondheim - Composer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by &
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1981 - Best Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro
Academy Awards 1981 - Best Director: Warren Beatty
Academy Awards 1981 - Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Stapleton

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh90%

Total Count: 41


User Ratings: 8,962
It is occasionally rambling and repetitious, but nearly always intelligent and engrossing. Full Review
Washington Post
May 9, 2017
Rating: B -- Filled with rich ideas. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 11, 2010
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Despite its impeccable credentials, Reds is an overlong, often boring epic that can't decide where to focus the story. Full Review
The Film Yap
Dec 17, 2018
Reds seems like what we'd now call Oscar bait, with its epic love triangle of powerhouse stars set amid the backdrop of a massive historic moment, but the details keep it far from that. Full Review
Film Inquiry
Sep 24, 2019
A rabble-rousing tour de force....The movie is political, educational, provocative...It is also intellectually stirring... -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly
Oct 20, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- Vittorio Storaro, who won an Oscar for his cinematography, keeps the long film moving at a healthy pace, mixing static shots with subtle camera movement, never showing off or detracting from the story. Full Review
Arizona Daily Star
Aug 5, 2007
4 stars out of 5 -- Beatty and Keaton give career-best performances and Jack Nicholson, as ever, steals all his scenes...
Total Film
May 1, 2007

Product Description:

Riding high after the box office success of SHAMPOO and HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Warren Beatty used his seemingly limitless power to write, produce, direct, and star in this epic historical romance. The film recounts a particularly eventful period in the life of notorious American communist John Reed (Beatty), who journeyed to Russia to witness the Bolshevik Revolution firsthand. Before that, he met the already wed Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) in Portland in 1915. However, they shared such a mutual attraction for words, and each other, that soon Bryant was living with Reed in New York City. It was here where they befriended some of the early 20th Century's most recognizable faces: Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson), Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton), Max Eastman (Richard Herrmann), and Horace Whigham (George Plimpton). Yet Reed's commitment to his craft caused an endless friction in the relationship, until Louise found her own journalistic voice, leading the couple to Russia at a crucial moment in history. But just when they appeared to have come to a perfect place in their relationship, tragedy struck.

REDS is one of the last vestiges of early Hollywood, a broad, sweeping spectacle that is simultaneously thought provoking and unabashedly entertaining. Beatty inserts fascinating interviews with actual participants from that earlier era throughout the film to provide even more context and insight. At a time when Ronald Reagan had just become the president of the United States, Beatty's sympathetic portrait of notorious American communist John Reed seemed even more daring. Yet, as it continues to age, the film only continues to grow in relevance, assuring its rightful place at the top of the Hollywood canon.

Plot Synopsis:

Warren Beatty's award winning epic mixes drama and interviews with major social radicals of the period. "Reds" tells the story of the love affair between activists Louise Bryant and John Reed.
Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous start of the twentieth century, the two journalists' on-again off-again romance is punctuated by the outbreak of WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution. Louise's assignment in France at the outbreak of the war puts an end to their affair. John Reed's subsequent trip to Russia, and his involvement with the Communist party, rekindles their relationship. When Louise arrives in Petrograd, she finds herself swept up in the euphoria of the Revolution. Reed, however, eventually becomes disillusioned with Communism when he sees his words and intentions augmented and controlled by the growing Soviet propaganda machine.


Production Notes:

  • REDS includes interviews with such well known social activists as: Adela Rogers St. Johns, Henry Miller, Will Durant, Hamilton Fish, Arthur Mayer, Roger Baldwin, Oleg Karensky, among others.
  • Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Warren Beatty, Best Actress--Diane Keaton, Best (Original) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Director.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 53,117
  • UPC: 097360133141
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