A Good Seven-Part Making-Of Documentary
The Reds two-disc DVD set provides only one bonus material of any consequence, a 68-minute 2006 making-of documentary that is divided into seven segments whose individual lengths vary from about six to 13 minutes. Nearly all the key cast and crew were still living and participated in the making-of, although Diane Keaton's absence is conspicuous.
Barry Diller, former Paramount Chairman and CEO, makes an interesting observation: "Here you had a company, Gulf and Western, which owned Paramount, which was the most competitive, the most capitalistic. And you had this company put up the financing for a film about John Reed, a great figure in the history of socialism in the U.S., communism, et cetera, and do it with a happy face."
Also, Warren Beatty recalls meeting with Soviet officials to try to obtain permission to shoot in the Soviet Union. Things seemed to go well until he referred to the Russian Revolution as the Bolshevik takeover. That's when he "saw the glare in the various bureaucratic eyes" and realized he wouldn't be doing any filming in Russia.
Below I have given the details for the Reds 25th Anniversary Edition DVD set.
Release Date: October 17, 2006
Number of Discs: 2
Feature Film Run Time: 3 Hours 15 Minutes
Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9), Color
MPAA Rating: PG
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Seven-Part Making-Of Documentary (1 hr. 8 min.)
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