Coming Soon: All the President’s Men

I saw the All the President’s Men trailer on laserdisc about 15 years ago. My buddy Jesse made a point to show it to me because it was so damn cool. It has all the earmarks of a great trailer: it evokes the film, without spoiling anything; doesn’t go on for terribly long; and includes elements or devices not used in the film (such as scenes cut from the film; footage shot specifically for the trailer; or some kind of animation).

I consider this particular post a public service since this great, great film has come out twice on DVD and neither version had this trailer. WTF?! So after waiting patiently for over a decade—and having grown bored of describing it to fellow fans of the film—I got the laserdisc off ebay; pulled my old, used laserdisc player out of the basement (17 years old and it still works!); plugged it into my computer; and liberated this chestnut.

Hopefully seeing this made you want to see the film, in which case I recommend clicking here. (If you buy it, Amazon gives me some bonus points or magic beans or something like that.)

By the way, if you really dig this trailer, then you can see another version here. This one is 30 seconds longer. The most significant addition is Nixon’s actual inauguration oath, which is a pretty mind-blowing way to end a trailer.

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8 responses to “Coming Soon: All the President’s Men

  1. illy c

    awesome.
    But it did have the effect of making me imagine what it would be like if the whole movie was made like that. Like La Jetee, but with faster, punchier (American!) zooms…
    funny.

    • That would be such an exhausting movie to watch! (I just found out it’s playing for one night at Film Forum in early May, BTW.)

      OK, here’s the 70s for you: it’s rated PG and they say the F-word in it, right? But to also (kinda) have it in the trailer, is really cool.

  2. Ed

    Stephen,

    Thank you! Can only hope there’s a blu-ray on it’s way loaded with extras. Do you know if the 2006 Special Edition DVD has the trailers included? I think a thousandth viewing is in order.

    • The 2006 has a handful of Alan Pakula films (“Klute,” “All the President’s Men,” “Rollover,” “Presumed Innocent,” and “The Pelican Brief”). The one for “President’s Men” is like this one–only with live action clips. It was cut after the Oscar nominations were announced; considering the film came out in April ’76 and the nominations were announced the following, what, February? I don’t know why they’d do another trailer, per se, but this one brags about the 8 nominations and shows clips. All in all, no where near as interesting or compelling as what I posted.

      Otherwise, the extras on the 2006 edition cover a lot of ground but are surprisingly dry and flat. Redford’s commentary is good, though. I don’t know what else they could add for the Blu-Ray–except this trailer!

  3. It really speaks of another time, doesn’t it? From the vantage point of Rove-ing lunatic 2010, the straight talk and simple typewriter fonts bespeak of a mindset that may as well have come from another galaxy.

    • When time permits, I’ll describe the wonderful night last summer when Redford, Woodward and Bernstein spoke after a screening of the film. It was amazing. Such smart guys and with so much to say.

  4. TrailerFan

    Digging out a laserdisc for a blog post, that’s dedication!

    It’s great that so many dvds include the trailers, it’s an overlooked but essential piece of the process. Incidentally, one of the most prolific trailer-cutters during this time period was Jeff Kanew, who went on to direct Revenge of the Nerds. Much of the trailer production was done in New York. It’s too bad there’s no easy way to find out who made this particular trailer.

    • I wish I knew that, too. Back then, there was so much optical printing done in trailers–OK, not so much, but still it was a trick up their sleeves in promoting a film without spoiling it. No matter how good they were, sadly, it seems like those trailer editors were prob. not given the credit they deserved.

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