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ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

For Hicksflicks.com, Nov. 8, 2013

"All the President's Men" (PG) has been on Blu-ray before, but this edition includes the feature-length documentary "All the President's Men Revisited," which aired on the Discovery cable channel a few months ago and was nominated for an Emmy. Robert Redford co-produced and narrates the film, which is in this set on a separate disc.

That bonus alone is worth the purchase of his modestly priced set ($19.99, but cheaper at most dealers; $13.99 at Amazon.com). But you also get Redford's audio commentary and all the other extras that have been on earlier DVD and Blu-ray editions.

The film itself remains a genuine classic, of course, a highly entertaining thriller that builds suspense as the story unfolds, without sacrificing the intelligence — or truth — of the historic scandal. The movie, like the book on which it is based, follows the two disparate Washington Post reporters (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, played by Redford and Dustin Hoffman) who uncovered the Watergate scandal.

It's high art cloaked in entertainment, not unlike what Alfred Hitchcock often accomplished in his career. But it's also a history lesson, a moral lesson and a lesson in smart, uncompromising filmmaking.

The film won several Oscars, including Jason Robards for his performance as Washington Post editor Ben Bradley and William Goldman for his screenplay. (Be advised that, despite the PG rating, there is some R-rated language here.)