January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

If you like Warren Beatty, you really like him; if you don’t, well…Personally, I like him. I saw the trailer for Bulworth early in 1998 and couldn’t wait to see it! Bulworth is the story of a senator who has just become disgusted with the whole system. Politics, money-grubbing, kissing ass…the whole deal. The movie opens and we see Bulworth (Beatty) who hasn’t eaten or slept for three days, and he is literally breaking down watching his own campaign commercials. He has come to realize that what he’s been doing, although it has made him successful, isn’t right.

Constantly hounded by his chief of staff, Dennis (Oliver Platt) and who is always out to “network”, Bulworth starts to do something politicians have never done…tell the truth!

Bulworth is at an all black church in South Central LA, ad amongst answerting questions, mentions that “we never wanted to do anything with your bill, just told you what you wanted to hear and then forgot about it…”. What was not mentioned was that Bulworth has taken out a large insurance policy on his own life and for the money to be paid to his daughter. When he starts telling the truth, he’s no longer suicidal. He spends most of the movie trying to avoid the “killer”.

Bottom line. I loved this movie, it’s smart, intellegent and funny. Warren Beatty is one of the few people who can not only get away with making a movie this true and funny, but get great reviews doing it!

Video: How does it look?

One of Fox’s releases, not 16:9 enhanced, but the image quality is one of the better non-anamorphic titles I’ve seen. Fox is good at doing this. Now if we can get them to do 16:9 enhancement, it will be ok…

Audio: How does it sound?

The 5.1 soundtrack is great! Throughout most of the movie, there’s a “rap” sountrack that blasts through all five channels and just sounds great! Dialogue is clear as are the rest of the surround effects.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not much here, just a trailer, kind of like a Paramount title.

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