- Audio Commentary
- Featurette: "From Washington To Hollywood And Back"
- Essay: "The Line Between Truth And Fiction"
- Theatrical Trailer
- Cast/Crew Biographies & Filmographies
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 1, 1998
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: New Line Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: FROM WASHINGTON TO HOLLYWOOD & BACK
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary:
- Barry Levinson - Director
- Dustin Hoffman - Star
- Scene Access
- Animated Interactive Menus
- Filmographies: Cast & Crew
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
- Essay on Politics & the Media - THE LINE BETWEEN TRUTH AND FICTION
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Dustin Hoffman &
Robert De Niro
William H. Macy,
Craig T. Nelson,
John Michael Higgins,
Bernard Hocke &
Hilary Henkin &
James Belushi &
Robert De Niro &
Director of Photography:
Rolling Stone - 01/22/1998
"...WAG THE DOG, besides being outrageous fun, is also a groundbreaker..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/1998
USA Today - 12/23/1997
"...Fitfully amusing political satire..."
New York Times - 12/26/1997
"...As scarily plausible as it is swift, hilarious and impossible to resist....Splendidly acted, written with biting acuity...and directed in discreetly sidesplitting fashion..."
Premiere - 01/01/1998
"...The sharp script makes for a movie sure to be appreciated by media junkies and conspiracy theorists alike..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/01/1998
"...Like DR. STRANGELOVE, it makes you laugh, then it makes you wonder....For Hoffman, this is the best performance in some time..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A comedy about truth, justice and other special effects...
When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, White House spinmaster Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) creates a phony war with the help of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman). From acclaimed director Barry Levinson and writers Hilary Henkin and David Mamet comes this biting look at American politics and its relationship with the media that we have all come to embrace.
- Theatrical release: January 9, 1998.
- Filmed on location in Los Angeles, CA; Bakersfield, CA; and, Washington, D.C.
- After filming began but before WAG THE DOG was released, the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky sex scandal broke and military action was threatened against Iraq.