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
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
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 DVDs Of The Year -- [T]he movie has only increased in power and relevance.
Entertainment Weekly
Dec 29, 2006
There is plenty to admire here....It takes a certain gumption to make a three-hour Hollywood epic centered on the Russian revolution.
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 2007
Warren Beatty doesn't manage to take control of his project, taking history through the path of information or melodrama. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 22, 2019
Rating: 4/4 -- Warren Beatty's political epic features superlative performances and speaks to the inner-rebel in each of us. Full Review
Cinema Sight
Aug 15, 2011
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
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Reds is an extremely fine film.
New York Times
May 20, 2003

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: 14,484
  • UPC: 097360133141
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