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Broadcast news
Brooks, James L., screenwriter, producer, director.
Director-approved special ed.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2010.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
A caustic inside look at the Washington news media, stars Holly Hunter in her breakout role, as a feisty television producer torn between an ambitious yet dim anchorman and her closest confidant, a cynical veteran reporter. James L. Brooks' witty, gently prophetic entertainment is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on love and media were rapidly changing.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.

Special features: Disc 1. New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Commentary with James L. Brooks and Richard Marks; Original theatrical trailer. Disc 2. "James L. Brooks-a singular voice" documentary on Brooks' career in television and film; Alternate ending and deleted scenes (with commentary by Brooks); "Susan Zirinsky" interview featurette; "Featurette" on-set footage and interviews. Booklet: "LInes and deadlines" essay by Carrie Rickey.
disc 1. Feature film -- disc 2. Special features.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R.
Added Uniform Title:
Broadcast news (Motion picture)
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DVD 65969 Adult DVD Central Library
DVD 65969 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 65969 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), an excellent reporter who lacks the visual charisma to make him a star. Into their lives comes Tom Grunick (William Hurt), a regional newscaster who admits he can't write news and doesn't understand many of the events he's covering, but has the presence and physical appeal that the increasingly entertainment-oriented network wants for its news programs. Jane is also physically attracted to him, which drives her crazy, because Grunick stands for everything she's fighting against in the news business, while Altman is devastated by her attraction because he secretly yearns for Jane. As Grunick becomes a rising star at the network, and layoffs of the old guard loom, the three leads deal with their feelings for each other, their careers, and their values. Hunter, Hurt, and Brooks are all superb, as is the excellent supporting cast (including an unbilled turn by Jack Nicholson as the network's smarmy national anchor). Brooks' script is funny, poignant, gritty, and brutally honest in its examinations of the television industry and the ways in which professionals interact on and off the job. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi