That Silky Voice of His...
K. Oleszczyk | Tarnowskie Gory, Poland | 12/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One fact that this DVD collection helps to realise beyond any doubt, is that Murrow had an unique TV-screen presence. I'm 23 years old Polish man, so naturally I hadn't anything to do with Murrow till now (I'm to write an essay on him--hance my watching of the collection). And so I wasn't biased in any way in my first contact with the material. Murrow's silky voice is not so much seductive, as it's reassuring--the listener cannot doubt that this man here really knows what he's talking about and is NOT constatntly thinking about his looks or presence.
Murrow's broadcasting and his performances are totally free of celebrity-bias that is common among our contemporary anchormen. There's wonderful line in James L. Brooks' BROADCAST NEWS (1987-and still not dated). Albert Brooks is introducing William Hurt to the subtle art of reading the news correctly. One of his tips is: 'stress one word in each sentence - it will give an impression that you know what you're talking about' (I may have misquoted this one, since I saw the film in 1998). And William Hurt's 'Tom' does exactly that: without, of course, knowing what he's really talkin' about--but making TV-viewers BELIEVE that he does know.
Murrow didn't need this kind of tricks. His calmness, his constant pauses, his left hand holding a ciggaret, and his absolutely disarming (if rare) smiles and (even rarer) bursts of laughter, make one feel that here is the man truly concerned with what he has to say.
My favourite bit in the whole collection is one short dialogue between Murrow and Grandma Moses. He asks her about death, she remarks that she's not affraid of it, and Murrow begins a sentence, which - we cen sense that perfecly - was to be something like: "Is then death something you long for?". But as he speaks he realises that it would be impolite, so he begins to stammer (he of all people!) and changes it to some other question. At this very moment he seems wonderfully vulnerable -- that one-of-a-kind man of a steady voice, which is so soothing to hear.
Micha³ Oleszczyk, Tarnowskie Góry, Poland"
AND THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS.
Alan W. Petrucelli | THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT (ALAN W. PETRUCELLI) | 01/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If Good Night, and Good Luck makes you yearn to dig further into the Murrow mania, then this box set fits the bill. Murrow was often creidted with inventing broadcast journalism, and it's easy to understand. The four-disc set includes live broadcasts from the London Blitz and shocking reports from Buchenwald, the best of See It Now (including Grandma Moses and Louis Armstrong), his bold challenge of Joseph McCarthy and his "Red Scare" and the landmark 1960 special documenting the plight of migrant workers. See it now. And forever."
Malcolm E. Bowes | INDIANA, PA United States | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who thinks they are a journalist -- think again. Murrow used language as no one has, both in radio and television, in war and,as he said, an ueasy peace. Those who claim that Murrow fostered the likes of Springer and O'Reilley have not seen these videos from, what must seem to some, a "land ago, far, far, away." Murrow was a genius at stating things succinctly, more often than not as objectively as possible. I find it interesting that many young people complain about the over-acting of the guy playing Joseph McCarthy in George Clooney's film, something which should be seen with the "Murrow Collection." As us oldsters know, that wasn't an actor and the struggle for truth and to "see it now" continues.
Good Night and GOOD LUCK."
Outstanding Companion to the Movie
Maxxie | Vacaville, CA | 03/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I strongly recommend watching the film "Good Night and Good Luck" together with this collection. The documentary "This Reporter" is outstanding, providing much of the background information we only get a glimpse of in the film. At the same time, we realize how true and accurate the film is based on these materials -- a refreshing change at a time when Hollywood feels free to regularly bend and twist historical fact!