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All the Way SD + Digital HD

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/1/16

I enjoyed this TV Movie a lot. HBO always does great films, series and documentaries. This story concentrates on LBJ's life after Kennedy got assassinated and before he got elected. It's a nice slice of history. They researched it well and used real events and dialogue, some of which I recognized from TV news and documentaries. I'm sure you know by now that Bryan Cranston is an amazing actor, and no less so here as LBJ. Of course, he's much better looking than LBJ ever was, even with some makeup and prosthetics here to make him look more like LBJ. The real LBJ was pretty ugly. All of the actors do a very good job, and you'll recognize many familiar faces, such as Melissa Leo, Frank Langella, Bradley Whitford and others. Anthony Mackie is particularly good as Dr. Marthin Luther King, Jr.

I can't speak for how historically accurate it is, overall. However, there was one part I didn't like. When they showed the black delegation at the convention, who wanted to have a vote, and Johnson tried to get them the vote as "delegates at large," the movie made it sound like Johnson won that battle by convincing Georgia to stay. However, he lost that and they didn't get to vote. I thought it was a little odd that they didn't make it clear that it was a loss, not a win.

Anyone who's not that familiar with LBJ might be a little bit shocked by some of the things he says. He was quite a character and was not shy about talking about body parts or even displaying them sometimes in public. You should definitely check out this movie if you missed it on HBO.

There are 2 good features on the DVD about the making of the movie. One is about the makeup they used on Bryan Cranston, and the other is just a behind-the-scenes feature about making the movie. I wish there were more! But it's still worth buying.




Nominated for 8 Emmy Awards® Including Outstanding Television Movie &

Outstanding Actor – Bryan Cranston


DVD with Digital HD & Blu-ray® with Digital HD will street on September 6, 2016


“Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation, but not a fact.” -- Lyndon B. Johnson.  HBO Home Entertainment proudly presents the July 11th Digital HD and September 6th DVD with Digital HD and Blu-ray with Digital HD release of the critically acclaimed All the Way. Following its critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway run, All the Way (starring four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston who reprises his Tony Award-winning role, is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (LBJ) tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination.Bonus material on both sets a Historical Featurette and Bryan Cranston’s Transformative Video becoming LBJ.

Hailed as “dramatically dazzling” (Baltimore Sun) and “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times), All the Way was nominated for eight 2016 Emmy Awards® including Outstanding Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Bryan Cranston, who reprises his Tony® Award winning role). The film follows LBJ during his early administration, as he stakes his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act. Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power. As King battles to press Johnson while controlling more radical elements of the Civil Rights movement, Johnson navigates the bill through Congress, winning a landslide victory against Barry Goldwater, but causing the South to defect from the Democratic Party.

Co-starring with Cranston are Anthony Mackie (Martin Luther King, Jr.), Melissa Leo (Lady Bird Johnson), Bradley Whitford (Hubert Humphrey) and Frank Langella (Sen. Richard Russell). Additional cast members include Joe Morton (Roy Wilkins), Stephen Root (J. Edgar Hoover), Marque Richardson (Bob Moses), Aisha Hinds (Fanny Lou Hamer), Todd Weeks (Walter Jenkins), Mo McRae (Stokely Carmichael) and Spencer Garrett (Walter Reuther).  The film was directed by Jay Roach (Emmy® winner for HBO’s Game Change and Recount) from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan (Pulitzer Prize winner for “The Kentucky Cycle”; two-time Emmy® nominee and Writers Guild Award winner for HBO’s The Pacific), who has adapted his Tony Award-winning play of the same name.

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