Thursday, October 19, 2006

Warren Beatty's "Reds" Finally On DVD

I discovered today that a film I have been waiting a long time for on DVD has finally appeared as a 2 disc 25th anniversary edition. Warren Beatty's "Reds" has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it many years ago. It is incredibly priced around $13 or $14 too! essential video
Warren Beatty's lengthy 1981 drama about American Communist John Reed and his relationships with both the Russian Revolution and a writer named Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) is a compelling piece of little-known history told in a uniquely personal way. Beatty plays Reed as he did the title gangster in Bugsy and Senator in Bulworth, as a visionary likely to die before anyone fully recognizes the progressiveness of the vision, including those who are supposed to be on the same page. Jack Nicholson has an interesting part as fellow intellectual Eugene O'Neill, and the late author Jerzy Kosinski--himself a refugee from then-Soviet-controlled Poland--makes a strong impression as Reed's problematic Russian liaison. --Tom Keogh

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