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directed by Mike Nichols
U.S. 1967

Director Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE is the satirical coming-of-age comedy that became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. In the late 1960s, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a confused college graduate, is pulled in myriad directions by family, friends, and associates just days after receiving his degree. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), an older friend of the family, Ben carries on an affair with the married woman even as he falls for her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). However, Ben and Elaine's attempts at romance are threatened by the spiteful rage of Mrs. Robinson, who proceeds to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage to another boy, leading up to one of the most memorable endings in cinema history.


With its striking photography and clever editing, THE GRADUATE established Nichols as a major director. The film also made a star out of young Hoffman, who gives an understated portrayal of the perplexed Ben--the actor's first role in a Hollywood film, which he almost didn't get because he wasn't Waspy enough. Outstanding performances by the rest of the cast are highlighted by Bancroft's sexy, embittered turn as Mrs. Robinson and Ross's endearing presence as the gorgeous yet innocent Elaine. The film's impact on popular culture is immeasurable: "Plastics" will live on eternally as depressing but solid career advice, and older women will never eye younger men without fear of becoming a "Mrs. Robinson." Buck Henry (who appears briefly in the film) cowrote the influential screenplay, based on the novel by Charles Webb, and the soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel remains a movie classic.

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A social force of cinema that influenced the generation gap, THE GRADUATE was a tour de force for newcomer Hoffman and made him an overnight sensation. Hoffman plays Ben Braddock, a pensive and somewhat shy youth of wealthy Southern California suburbia. Upon completion of his college studies, he's pressured by family and friends to "get going" with his life, encouraged at every turn to find a job, marry, and become a clone of his parents. Bancroft seduces Hoffman who cannot believe the older, married woman--she and her husband Hamilton are his parents' best friends--is pursuing him. Hoffman falls in love with her daughter Ross, and is put in the exhausting position of maintaining relationships with mother and daughter. He finally decides that Ross will be his wife, although Bancroft is wholly opposed to the union.

This comedy is wonderfully crafted by director Nichols who presents a half-dozen hilarious scenes, including Hoffman escaping badgering advice by submerging himself in the family pool in scuba gear and Bancroft's sudden shift from respectable matron to predatory tease, hiking her skirts lasciviously and purring promises of smoldering sex which almost put Hoffman into a comatose state. Nichols was to declare: "I think Benjamin and Elaine will end up exactly like their parents; that's what I was trying to say in the last scene." Yet the well-to-do younger audiences of the day interpreted this sequence of blatant heroics as a wonderful act of defiance by two young people whose destinies were being manipulated by their parents.

Excerpt TV Guide located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release Date: December 21, 1967

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MGM (2-disc - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Momentum (SE) - Region 2 - PAL vs. MGM (2-disc) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Enrique B Chamorro for the original MGM and Momentum DVD screen captures.

1) MGM - 40th Anniversary - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) MGM - R1 - NTSC - SECOND 

3) Momentum - R2  - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Optimum on September 13th, 2010

 

 

Kinowelt on September 16th, 2010

 

Studio Canal on September 14th, 2010

Distribution

MGM (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)  Region 1 -  NTSC

MGM

Region 1 -  NTSC

Momentum
Region 2 - PAL

MGM

Region 'A' -  Blu-ray

Studio Canal Collection
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:45:48 1:45:28 1:41:18 (4% PAL speedup) 1:45:55.349 1:45:56.350
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.69 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:6.19 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.50 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,403,381,704 bytes

Feature: 19,734,417,408 bytes

Codec: MPEG-2 Video

Total Bitrate: 16.84 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,813,801,655 bytes

Feature: 26,475,294,720 bytes

Codec: MPEG4 AVC Video

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes

Bitrate:

MGM (40th Anniversary)

 

Bitrate:

MGM

Bitrate:

Momentum

Bitrate: MGM Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

Studio Canal Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital DTS), English Mono DUB: French Mono English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), DUBS: German Mono, Italian Mono, Spanish Mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3279 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3279 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1807 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1807 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1007 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1007 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 934 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 934 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 872 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 872 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio German 986 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 986 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 895 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 895 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French and none English, French and none English, German, Italian, Spanish, None English, Spanish, French and none English, Danish, Finnish, French, German , Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: MGM (40th Anniversary)

 

Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic widescreen - 2.35:1

 

Edition Details:
Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross

Commentary by director Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh

• Featurette: Students of the Graduate (25:56)

• Featurette: The Seduction (8:49)

• Featurette: 'One on One With Dustin Hoffman' (22:39)

• Featurette: The Graduate at 25 (22:35)

• Original Theatrical trailer (3:45)

• Oscar trailer - many films (1:15)

Disc 2 - CD

• 4 Songs from the soundtrack

• The Sound of Silence

• Mrs. Robinson

• Scarborough Fair/ Canticle

• April Come She Will

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DVD Release Date: September 11th, 2007
Keep Case in cardboard sleeve

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer
• Collectible 8 page insert Booklet
'One on One With Dustin Hoffman'  (22:36)
The Graduate at 25 (4:3 - 22:00)

DVD Release Date: December 7, 1999
Keep Case

Chapters 19

Release Information:
Studio: Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic widescreen - 2.35:1

 

Edition Details:
64-page Companion Book (only available on initial release - no longer available )

'One on One With Dustin Hoffman' (4:38)

The Graduate at 25 (4:3 - 22:00)

Photo Gallery (14)

Trailer

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,403,381,704 bytes

Feature: 19,734,417,408 bytes

Codec: MPEG-2 Video

Total Bitrate: 16.84 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
 First disc of the Anniversary Edition DVD is included

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Blu-ray Release Date: June 2nd, 2009
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

 

Release Information:
Label: Studio Canal Collection
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,813,801,655 bytes

Feature: 26,475,294,720 bytes

Codec: MPEG4 AVC Video

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by professor Thomas Koebner (in German with optional subtitles)

Original Trailer (3:23 in HD!)
The Graduate at 25 (22:21)
The Graduate: Looking back (12:57)
Interview with author Charles Webb (20:13)
Analysis of the seduction sequence (12:10 in German with optional subtitles - HD!)
The Role of Music in the Film (7:55 in German with optional subtitles - HD!)

Song Selection - choose immediate access to four songs from the film - Mrs. Robinson, The Sound of Silence, April Come She Will + Scarborough fair / Canticle


Blu-ray Release Dates: September 2010
Custom
Blu-ray package
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (August 2010) Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE - Blu-ray: Firstly, this is the region FREE  Blu-ray edition of Nichols' film. It will be the exact same disc (transfer, menus, extras) used in the UK (Optimum), Germany (Kinowelt) and in France (Studio Canal) under the umbrella of The Studio Canal Collection. Packaging will differ due to the country language it is sold in September 2010 but all digital features will be the same. Accordingly Lions Gate should release this in North America although I have no scheduled release date yet.

 

Firstly, this is a second kick at the can for this film in 1080P - on both sides of the pond (Universal Studio Canal Video in France released their 1080P edition in June 2009). The disc asks you immediately to choose; a country of which the United Kingdom defaulted for me. Then the menus are in the appropriate language.

 

I have a suspicion that there is a European source for The Graduate that Studio Canal have utilized here - it looks closer to the UK DVD than any of the US transfers - in terms of color and the marginal cropping. I can't speak with any authority on the palette variance - or even if there was a theatrical difference (color-wise and framing) from Europe to North America. I can however state that the AVC encoded Studio Canal edition looks much more impressive in terms of detail, depth, smoothness in-motion and less artifacts/noise benefiting with the higher bitrate. You can plainly see in reference to color that the European Blu-ray is much brighter (yellow/green/brown/beige - this heightens details in the frame in many instances - see Mrs. Robinson's dress in the captures below the subtitled DVD image) and skin tones seems truer. I have to throw up my hands as to this aspect of the appearance - I never saw The Graduate theatrically - what tends to be more important is consistency and not radically deviating from an established color scheme. It's amazing how quickly your visions gets used to image quality. Strangely, certain scenes of the Studio Canal exhibit VERY robust colors - like Benjamin's red convertible and the grass of Mrs. Robinson's lawn:

 

     

 

I also can't speak to the cropping (notably on the bottom edge) but we will leave the captures below for you to make your own decisions on which is more correct but certainly in-motion it is hands down for the European Blu-ray. Previously while I may have preferred the richer contrast of the MGM - overall on my system the Studio Canal looks exceptionally superior. 

 

Audio-wise - while the Studio Canal Blu-ray has a stereo 2.0 channel lossless track for original English and French, and Spanish DUBs as well as a German 5.1 DTS-HD track. Now, technically the English HD is not as dynamic as the 5.1 MGM Blu-ray  (3279 kbps vs. 1007 kbps) but I prefer the stereo sound. The Simon + Garfunkel / Dave Grusin songs still sound wonderfully clean and crisp. The European disc appears to be their world-wide release with many subtitle options and, to my surprise, my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc (I didn't verify region 'C'!) playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Supplements are quite strong with a new (new to me anyway) audio commentary by professor Dr. Thomas Koebner - this is excellent - it is in German with optional subtitles. There are some short featurettes found on the Anniversary DVD - The Graduate at 25 (22:21) and The Graduate: Looking back (12:57) - Hoffman relating the story of Pauline Kael - there is also a 20 minute good interview with the author of the book Charles Webb (under Meet the Author) and two more German language scholastic pieces (both in HD) - a 12-minute analysis of the seduction sequence by Dr. Koebner and 8-minutes on The Role of Music in the Film by Professor Helga de la Motte (University of Berlin) who finds it curious that the songs were written prior to the film. There is an original trailer in HD and a Song Selection feature where you can choose immediate access to four songs from the film - Mrs. Robinson, The Sound of Silence, April Come She Will + Scarborough Fair / Canticle. Ohhh... while I remember - all these extras played fine on my Region 'A'-locked Oppo player.

 

This is a good edition and I hope we hear from others in regards to the colors. I was very impressed with the appearance on my system.

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ADDITION: MGM - Region 'A' Blu-ray - May 09': Well, it's better in terms of color and a bit in the detail but overall this is a shabby way to treat such a classic. This single-layered Blu-ray is MPEG-2 transferred and suffers from that lesser encode's compression. There is not an abundance of grain. Perhaps superior to the image is the DTS-HD audio at over 3000 Kpbs. The Simon + Garfunkel / Dave Grusin songs sounds wonderfully clean and crisp.

Extras on the Blu-ray consist of a trailer for the film and 3 others (Pink Panther, Hoosiers, Rocky) but included is the first disc of the Anniversary DVD (with 2007 VOB files) with all of those extras including the commentaries and featurettes.

So the bottom line is that the Blu-ray has the best transfer currently available but MGM really appear to have scrimped. I suspect that, although confirmed Region 'A'-locked by my Momitsu, we've been told (Thanks Michael) the French Blu-ray (HERE) is the VC-1 and looks quite good. It's disappointing that they don't seem to value this title - a beautiful and witty comedy that is impossible to believe it's over 40-years old now. Trying to look positively about the hi-def edition package - it's a great price especially considering the first disc of the Anniversary DVD (which is offered individually at the exact same price!) is included. Maybe MGM/Fox could wise-up here and do The Graduate some deserved justice and although it, really, has improved the presentation - we know it could be better.

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ADDITION: 40th Anniversary DVD - September 07': First off - apologies - although the same method was utilized for screen captures we shrunk the anamorphic Momentum caps down to 720 (this is from a very early comparison). We don't do that anymore - we actually shrink to only 800 pixels wide. I don't think the points we make will be missed by this deviation from our standard format. 

The new 40th Anniversary DVD is finally coming to an anamorphic transfer for region 1 (what a delay!) and it looks quite strong. Anything would have been an improvement over the widescreen letterboxed and heavy green color of the old MGM from 1999. The new NTSC version appears to have the most faithful image. NOTE: Studio Canal logos are all over this DVD and we suspect this is from the same transfer possibly used on the French HD DVD (forced French subs) that was scheduled - where did it go? Anyway - wherever it came from it looks strong - FINALLY!

The Momentum always looked boosted to me with awkward manipulated colors (overly bright and also red skin tones).

Bottom line on the image is that the new version is quite acceptable and it shows a lot more in the frame (both edges). Audio gives us the original mono - a 5.1 bump and another untested DTS track (no reason for this MGM!). There is also a French mono DUB. Audio is supported by optional French, English or Spanish subtitles.

Where the Anniversary editions shines is in the supplements - there are two optional audio commentaries - the first with Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross (pretty laid-back - lots of gaps - Dustin does most of the talking) and the second with director Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh (this is quite good - Nichols does most of the talking responding at length to occasional queries from Soderbergh). On top of that there are 4 featurettes: Students of the Graduate runs almost 30 minutes and has input from many journalists, film professors and critics mostly discussing Nichols interpretation and groundbreaking use of music in the film. The Seduction (8:49) has many of the same participants but they look quite deeply at the multi-cut seduction sequences; 'One on One With Dustin Hoffman' (also on the old MGM) is the full 22:39 interview with Hoffman and although dated is rewarding to listen to and finally The Graduate at 25 is the same 22 minute featurette found on the Momentum PAL disc. Also included are the original Theatrical trailer (3:45)

There is a second disc - a CD - with 4 songs from the film; The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair/ Canticle and April Come She Will.

Bottom line is that this is an amazing deal at less than $17. One we strongly recommend for a timeless classic comedy film that delivers on many levels.

- Gary W. Tooze



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2) MGM - R1 - NTSC - SECOND 

3) Momentum - R2  - PAL - THIRD

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5) Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) MGM - R1 - NTSC - SECOND 

3) Momentum - R2  - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) MGM - R1 - NTSC - SECOND 

3) Momentum - R2  - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

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2) MGM - R1 - NTSC - SECOND 

3) Momentum - R2  - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Studio Canal Collection - Region FREE Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) MGM - R1 - NTSC - SECOND 

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DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

Optimum on September 13th, 2010

 

 

Kinowelt on September 16th, 2010

 

Studio Canal on September 14th, 2010

Distribution

MGM (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)  Region 1 -  NTSC

MGM

Region 1 -  NTSC

Momentum
Region 2 - PAL

MGM

Region 'A' -  Blu-ray

Studio Canal Collection
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray



 

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