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Broadcast News

James L. Brooks

 
Broadcast News (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1987
  • 132 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #552

Since the 1970s, the name James L. Brooks has been synonymous with intelligent television comedy—his shows are insightful about work and love and always plugged in to the zeitgeist. He is also a master storyteller of the big screen, and none of his films was more quintessentially Brooks than Broadcast News. This caustic look inside the Washington news media stars Holly Hunter, in her breakout role, as a feisty television producer torn between an ambitious yet dim anchorman (William Hurt) and her closest confidant, a cynical veteran reporter (Albert Brooks). Brooks’s witty, gently prophetic film is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on relationships and the media were rapidly changing.

Cast

Tom GrunickWilliam Hurt
Aaron AltmanAlbert Brooks
Jane CraigHolly Hunter
Ernie MerrimanRobert Prosky
Jennifer MackLois Chiles
Blair LittonJoan Cusack
Paul MoorePeter Hackes

Credits

DirectorJames L. Brooks
Written and produced byJames L. Brooks
Executive producerPolly Platt
CoproducerPenney Finkelman Cox
Director of photographyMichael Ballhaus
Production designCharles Rosen
EditorRichard Marks
CastingEllen Chenoweth
MusicBill Conti
Associate producersKristi Zea and Susan Zirinisky
Costume designerMolly Maginnis

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring Brooks and Marks
  • 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 models 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
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Carrie Rickey

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Broadcast News: Lines and Deadlines

By Carrie RickeyJanuary 24, 2011

A character-driven tale of driven characters whose professional triangle trumps their . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

XOXO

February 14, 2014


Photo Galleries


Press Notes

Press Notes: Broadcast News

January 31, 2011

When’s the last time you saw Broadcast News? The critics have just filed their stories on our . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Broadcast News: Lines and Deadlines

By Carrie RickeyJanuary 24, 2011

A character-driven tale of driven characters whose professional triangle trumps their . . . Read more »