Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Release Date: April 17, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
OSCAR ® winners Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks team up for the first time in this thrilling film based on a true story. 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.
Based on the thrilling true story; acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg takes viewers on a journey for the truth and the press’s right to publish it. ‘The Post’ tells the tale of Washington Post owner and publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) and the paper’s intense editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) as their intertwined fates and careers are truly put to the test amidst the leaking of numerous government documents and the conflicting opinions on the legality of publishing it. Once their small paper is thrust into the spotlight alongside big players like the New York Times and a difficult choice is brought to the table which happens to coincide with the Post’s induction into the Stock Exchange, doing what they believe to be right in this trying time could just as easily result in tremendous success or utter disaster for everyone involved.
Directed by the immensely talented Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One, Bridge Of Spies) from a screenplay by Liz Hannah (marking her feature film screenwriting debut) and Josh Singer (Spotlight), Spielberg does a flawless job at the helm of ‘The Post’ carefully guiding this powerful movie along its tense and moving course. The film also owes a tremendous amount of credit to the stellar cast comprised of numerous incredibly talented individuals, including Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies), Sarah Paulson (TV’s American Horror Story), Bob Odenkirk (TV’s Better Call Saul), Tracy Letts (Lady Bird), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Bruce Greenwood (TV’s American Crime Story), Alison Brie (The Disaster Artist), David Cross (TV’s Arrested Development) and many more, nearly all delivering noteworthy performances in each of their respective roles and as a result really allowing this extraordinary film to work as perfectly as it does.
‘The Post’ is simply extraordinary and yet another true masterpiece of filmmaking from legendary director Steven Spielberg. A powerful, poignant and timely true tale that will grab ahold and not relent as it takes the viewer along for a tense, passionate and unforgettable journey for the truth, and the right of the press to share it with the world. Capturing every minor detail of the decade it occurs within such as the attire, lines of pay phones and a great deal more, while exploring the lives of two people on the same yet somewhat opposite ends of an event that ended up making history and also excelled one important paper to the bigtime. It’s a perfectly crafted and executed film that also happens to arrive in an incredibly timely manner which can’t help but contribute to its impact. This true tale is carefully guided along by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg and his expert guidance is only tremendously complimented by a powerhouse cast that’s led by wonderful performances from greats Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. I strongly encourage anyone that’s already even the slightest bit interested in the film to begin with to make a point of checking out ‘The Post’ at your earliest convenience, it’s powerful, gorgeous and just an overall phenomenal piece of filmmaking that shouldn’t be missed, especially for fans of Spielberg, Hanks, Streep or any of the incredibly talented individuals involved.
Overall, ‘The Post’ is a phenomenal piece of filmmaking that delivers a tense, moving and unforgettable true tale that never falters for a moment throughout its spectacular course. Beautifully capturing the era and tone within and arriving at a time that couldn’t be more fitting, it’s carefully guided along by director Steven Spielberg and boosted all the more by a truly outstanding cast at their finest. ‘The Post’ is definitely highly recommended, it’s a magnificent film that delivers across the board and should have no problem whatsoever proving more than worth the time and price of a rental at the absolute least for anyone that’s already even the slightest bit interested. There’s a very good chance that you’ll be thrilled should you decide to give this one a shot if you’re on the fence about doing so.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Post’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful altogether and provides a sharp, detailed and clean presentation from start to finish with no noticeable faults of any kind to be uncovered within. It holds up effortlessly even during the fast moving, darkly lit and heavily populated sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation from Fox Home Entertainment that should easily please fans of the film and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack makes a perfect complement to the film and delivers a crisp, clean and fairly active audio presentation throughout. It frequently takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send the gorgeous score, along with constant hectic activity in the newsroom such as voices and keys clacking throughout the various speakers and plenty more, while always making certain that any dialogue or additional audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a spectacular 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that sounds consistently great and delivers across the board.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Post’ includes some notable extras in the way of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of bringing the film to life, including interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee and The Washington Post’ (running approximately 22 minutes in length), ‘Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post’ (running approximately 16 minutes), ‘The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era’ (approximately 17 minutes), ‘Stop the Presses: Filming The Post’ (26 minutes) and ‘Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post’ (7 minutes).
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