Angry television satire classic Network will be available on Blu-ray on February 15, 2011. This movie, about ratings-seeking amoral executives who aren’t even swayed by the possibility of being responsible for others’ deaths, is clearly of its time (1976) but still has something to say today. Especially when you start thinking about how politics and “entertainment” have been combined to such an extent that some people will say anything with no responsibility for the hatred they spew.
Network is being paired, on the release schedule, with All the President’s Men, another Oscar winner from the same year, but I think it really belongs with A Face in the Crowd, which I am dismayed to learn isn’t even available on standard DVD any more. Let’s hope that it’s coming soon on Blu-ray as well. That would be a really disturbing double bill exploring media manipulation. Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.