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The Pot (UHD Blu-ray) review

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Plot

Determined to uphold the nation’s civil liberties, Katharine Graham (Streep), publisher of The Washington Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up. But the two must risk their careers –– and their freedom –– to bring truth to light in this powerful film with a celebrated cast.

My Thoughts

I went into this expecting a propaganda piece of why the Washington Post is the savior of our Republic and came away with a completely different feeling. First, the movie does do a decent job of portraying the history of the time, but does take its jabs at President Nixon, who had nothing to personally do with the Pentagon Papers, but was trying to protect previous occupants of the Oval Office from embarrassment. Ultimately, he failed in his task but did show how far he was willing to go to silence critics, including trampling all over the first amendment.

The most interesting aspect of the film to me was how Bradlee (Hanks) admitted that his relationship with JFK influenced his reporting on him and how he learned from his mistake. Unfortunately, that type of behavior returned in the mid 1990’s where members of the media would “overlook” certain behaviors from “their” team forgetting that members of the press work for the governed, not the government. The same can be said today in the media’s rush to judgement over Russian collusion yet ignores the connecting dots between members of the previous administrations justice department and members of the media because their blind hatred for Trump is the only thing that matters to them.

Video 8/10 (MVC)

Audio 8.5/10 (DTS-HD MA 7.1)

Special Features:

- Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post

- Get to know the brave real-life characters at the heart of this story, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee, who risked everything to tell the truth.

- Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post

- Learn how, once Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks agreed to make this important film, other world-class actors also signed on!

- The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era

- Visit the 1970s and the Washington Post newsroom in this engaging exploration of how the style of The Pentagon Papers era was created.

- Stop the Presses: Filming The Post

- You’re invited onto the set with Steven Spielberg, his collaborators and his cast as they meticulously craft each cinematic moment.

- Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post

- Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams celebrate their 44-year partnership in this moving tribute to collaboration and friendship.

- Blu-ray + Digital Copy

Conclusion

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would mainly due to the performance from Tom Hanks. While I disagree with the politics of his character, Bradlee, I am also a firm believe in the First Amendment and Nixon was 100% in the wrong for trying to silence the press. What’s funny is that the Obama Administration did the exact same thing during his two terms yet it was ignored by the press. In fact, they went so far as to seize the phone records of at least two reporters trying to find their sources from within the government, yet nary a word from the media. Where was the outrage?


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