Reviewer's Rating 5 out of 5  
The Graduate DVD (1967)

"You'll never be young again," purrs Anne Bancroft to Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate". While that's true enough, the movie is fresh and young again, thanks to a beautiful DVD release.

That this film should ever have been shown on TV or released on video squashed in a pan and scan version is disgusting. This is a prime example of a director who has mastered the art of using the widescreen format to communicate in a second what would take others pages of script. Presented in the original 2.35:1 letterbox ratio on disc, this is a transfer that is stunning in clarity and rich with colour. As with the DVD release of "Bridge on the River Kwai", this is a revelation.

Accompanying the sensual teasing on-screen is a handsome 2.0 sound mix that brings the best out of the Simon & Garfunkel music, and adds atmosphere with some well placed effects.

A five-minute interview with Dustin Hoffman and a fascinating documentary "The Graduate at 25" make up the extra features. These include interviews with producer Lawrence Turman, scriptwriter Buck Henry, and the ever-youthful Katharine Ross. Among the revelations are some interesting original casting choices and a screen test of Ross.

A limited edition 64-page book with production notes and a collection of articles and reviews from the original theatrical release, wraps up a DVD that, like Anne Bancroft, asks, "Would you like me to seduce you?"

Chapters: 16
Region: 2
Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Extra Features: Scene selection, interview with Dustin Hoffman, "The Graduate at 25" documentary, photo gallery, trailer, 64-page companion book, animated menus, multiple languages, subtitles.

End Credits

Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Buck Henry, Calder Willingham

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katherine Ross, Murray Hamilton, Norman Fell, William Daniels, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Length: 101 minutes

Cinema: 1967

DVD: 26 March 2001

Country: USA