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Broadcast News: The Criterion Collection

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Broadcast News: The Criterion Collection

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 into the zeitgeist. He is also a master storyteller of the big screen, and none of his films is more quintessentially Brooks than Broadcast News. This 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 (William Hurt) and her closest confidant, a cynical veteran reporter (Albert Brooks). Brooks's witty, gently prophetic entertainment is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on love and media were rapidly changing.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 19 2010
  • Production Year 1987
  • Empire SKU 1553935
  • UPC Code 715515066716
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks
New audio commentary featuring Brooks and Marks
Original theatrical trailer

Disc Two:
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 Carrie Rickey
Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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