- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 25, 2011
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Disc One:
- New Audio Commentary Featuring Brooks and Marks
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Disc Two: James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice, a new Documentary on Brooks's career in television and film, featuring Actresses Marilu Henner and Julie Kavner, among other collaborators
- Alternate Ending and Deleted Scenes, with Commentary by Brooks
- New Video Interview with Veteran CBS News Producer Susan Zirinsky, one of the mondel for Actress Holly Hunter's character and an Associate Producer on the film
- Featurette containing on-set footage and Interviews with Brooks, Hunter, and Actor Albert Brooks
- Plus: a Booklet Featuring an Essay by Film Critic Carrie Rickey
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 12/14/1989
"...One of the most enjoyable and literate romantic comedies ever filmed..."
New York Times - 12/16/1987
"...Three smashing star performances by [Hunter, Hurt and Brooks]....Its wit is decently humane..."
Variety - 12/09/1987
"...Enormously entertaining....The bustling Washington newsroom is a colorful and fascinating stage..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/16/1987
"...Diabolically clever....Brooks' talent for observation and for truthful, careful writing borders on the eerie..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"[With] one of cinema's most delightfully complex and obsessive heroines....It's impossible to imagine anyone other than Hunter as this winning, though never winsome, working girl."
Film Comment - 01/01/2011
"[A] relevant and painfully hilarious indictment of the media's promotion of false emotion..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/28/2011
"Wickedly funny and smart....It's a brilliant film, whether you're watching it for the first or fifth time." -- Grade: A
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2011
"A warm, humanist comedy about the struggle to reconcile work, love and ethics, it's the kind of character-driven, meticulous performed and emotionally crunchy work that Hollywood has lately rendered almost extinct."
James Brooks directs William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks in this satirical comedy about three ambitious newscasters.
Tom Grunick, a rising anchorman, has plenty of on-camera savvy, personality and good looks but little in the way of brains. He may be dumb as a doornail but Tom's got the star presence his network needs. Then there's Aaron Altman, a less than good-looking newsman, who's dedicated, diligent and down-to-earth. Aaron would love to be an anchor but he freezes up the moment he's in front of the camera. Spunky, smart news producer Jane Craig is excellent at her job but has difficulty handling the pressure. Can these workaholics mask their personal quirks long enough to jump-start their professional lives'
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- Additional cast members include: peter Hackes, Christian Clemenson, Robert Katims and Ed Wheeler.
- James L. Brooks, who began his own career in a television newsroom, got the idea for "Broadcast News" when a journalist invited him to the 1984 Democratic Convention. Plunged into the world of network news, he developed friendships with a dozen TV correspondents, ultimately creating characters based on their lives and personalities.