What is a perfect film? is there such a thing? If there is it may be The Graduate. I suppose it is subjective or is it? Is there no empirical truth? I think so. I think there are films that are so good that anyone that doesn't like them is a moron; OK that is harsh, let's say they just don't know what they are talking about. Alright so what is so perfect about it? Well firstly I would point to the gusto with which Kathrine Ross digs into a cheese burger and fries; there have been women as beautiful to grace the screen but none more beautiful, and Dustin Hoffman is the perfect counterpoint to the ideal Orange County bronzed and blond son of Republicana.
This is a film that in virtuoso style is firing on all cylinders: Buck Henry's screenplay is a masterwork. Sam O'Steens editing is completely inventive. The cinematography is beautiful although some of the camera zooms are a bit shaky, Nichols likes to push in and out a lot with long lenses is pretty much asking for it. The music is iconic, not just for the fact that they were using pop songs but the way they used them. According to editor Sam O'Steen's book "Cut to the Chase" the Simon and Garfunkel tracks were originally temp tracks that he was using. The Simon and Garfunkel album had come and gone with modest interest but went to #1 after the film was released, naturally "Mrs. Robinson" was written for the film. The graduate features some of the greatest montages ever cut.
The blu-ray quality is quite good and in keeping for what you would expect from a catalog title this old but keep your DVD because sadly none of the special features are ported over.