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Reds [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Set/ 25th Anniversary Edition]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Academy Awards Best Director 1981 Warren Beatty Actor, director, producer, REDS (1981)
    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 1981 Maureen Stapleton American actress, REDS
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1981 Vittorio Storaro

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 013314

  • Credits
    Warren Beatty, Henry Warren Beaty, Diane Keaton, Diane Hall, Maureen Stapleton, Edward Herrmann, Jack Nicholson, Nicolas Coster, Gene Hackman, Eugene Alder, William Daniels, Paul Sorvino
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Courageous and uncompromising..."
    Variety

    "...Keaton is nothing less than splendid....REDS is an extremely fine film."
    New York Times

    "A rabble-rousing tour de force....The movie is political, educational, provocative...It is also intellectually stirring..." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "REDS remains a superior history lesson, thanks to Mr. Beatty's thorough command of the material and to his inclusion of real-life 'witnesses' to the life and times of Reed."
    New York Times

    "Beatty's passion is indisputable."
    Rolling Stone

    Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 DVDs Of The Year" -- "[T]he movie has only increased in power and relevance."
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Beatty and Keaton give career-best performances and Jack Nicholson, as ever, steals all his scenes..."
    Total Film

    "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

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