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Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch & Robert Duvall

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include commentary by Sidney Lumet and the theatrical trailer. Disc Two offers the documentary "The Making Of Network" available to watch in its 85-minute entirety or broken down into the chapters "Network: The World And Words Of Paddy Chayefsky" (12 minutes), "Network: The Cast, The Characters" (13 minutes), "Network: Mad As Hell! The Creation Of A Movie Moment" (eight minutes), "Network: The Experience" (25 minutes), "Network: The Style" (17 minutes), and "Network: By Walter Cronkite" (10 minutes). There is also a 14-minute interview between Dinah Shore and Paddy Chayefsky and "Private Screenings With Sidney Lumet," a 54-mintue interview/featurette.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 66924
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1976
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/28/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sidney Lumet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Winner of four Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits a slightly cleaner image when compared to the previously released DVD, but this new DVD still has dated characteristics. The color scheme is generally well balanced, but blacks are milky and undefined. Sharpness and details are satisfying, but fine textures are limited. Film grain is inherent in the source element, but its presence is not that offensive. MInor pixelization is evident. (Suzanne Hodges)

With the previous DVD release miscredited as being stereo, they got it right this time, with a Dolby