11/22/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Fox Lorber presents
The Directors: Milos Forman (1999)

"He's one of maybe only two or three directors I've worked with who you feel had the vision of the movie in his head before he started. He wasn't fishing when he started running film....He was fulfilling a clear vision, and I mean down to the frame sometimes. He had a great sense of rhythm, of pace and he knew exactly what he wanted."
- Michael Douglas

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: August 30, 2000

Stars: Milos Forman
Other Stars: Michael Douglas, F. Murray Abraham, Annette Bening, Jim Carrey, Woody Harrelson, Michael Hausman, Buck Henry, Treat Williams
Director: Robert J. Emery

Manufacturer: DVSS
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (violence, language, partial nudity)
Run Time: 00h:58m:34s
Release Date: August 29, 2000
UPC: 720917309422
Genre: documentary


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ B+C+C+ D

DVD Review

Milos Forman is best known as the multiple Oscar®-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus. This entry in the continuing series, The Directors, produced in cooperation with the American Film Institute, provides a solid overview of Forman's career .

Forman's films are examined with a fair amount of substantive discussion, both in interviews with the director himself as well as many of his actors. Unlike some entries in this series, some movies are represented by several clips, giving a better picture of the works themselves. Clips from several of his early Czech films are also included as well as his better-known Hollywood pictures. Oddly enough, his first Hollywood picture, Taking Off is not included in clips, although there are lengthy discussions with star Buck Henry, who mentions that it's practically impossible to see.

This episode is chock full of interesting anecdotes, such as the string of coincidences which got Forman the job of directing Cuckoo's Nest when he was at the depths of despair about his career. Forman also relates several heartwarming stories about James Cagney's participation in Ragtime. We also get significant behind-the-scenes footage of Forman's most recent film, Man on the Moon.

All in all, one of the most informative and well-rounded portraits in this series.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: The image is acceptable for a television documentary. Colors in the interview segments are good, although blacks are somewhat weak. The film clips are almost all slightly washed-out looking and somewhat grainy (especially for the P&S clips), although otherwise in good condition. As is to be expected, the Czech films look the worst, but that's probably a source material issue.

About half of the film clips are presented in their original aspect ratios; Cuckoo's Nest, Ragtime, Valmont and Man on the Moon are shown in pan & scan only. The People v. Larry Flynt is sometimes presented widescreen and sometimes full-screen. Hair and Amadeus are presented widescreen, and the Czech films are 1.33:1.

Image Transfer Grade: C+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglishno


Audio Transfer Review: The DD 2.0 mono sound is adequate; the interviews are all quite clear and easily understandable. The film clips have varying amounts of hiss, ranging from none to a fair amount of noise. Man on the Moon oddly enough has the worst distortion and noise problems, even though it's the most recent of Forman's pictures. Film music comes through without distortion and while not flashy, the sound is decent.

Audio Transfer Grade: C+

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 8 cues and remote access
Cast and Crew Filmographies
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Weblink to http://www.winstarvideo.com
  2. List of awards and nominations
Extras Review: There's not much to be found in the way of extras here: there is a 2-page Forman filmography, and 4 pages of his awards and nominations. There is a weblink to Winstar's website. Most annoying is the opening trailer for The Directors series on VHS and DVD; it is a forced trailer and cannot be skipped, fast-forwarded or defeated short of stopping the disc completely and hitting the Menu button. This is a highly annoying addition which was absent on earlier volumes in the series; this is a step in the wrong direction.

Extras Grade: D

 

Final Comments

This is one of the better episodes in The Directors series; the films are given a solid treatment with informative interviews. Worth a rent if Forman is at all to your liking, but the brevity of the program and lack of extras militates against a purchase. The forced trailer is truly annoying.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store