PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES

PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES 3

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Page One: Inside the New York Times” is objective enough to site the major failings and risks of any major institution such as the Times; the articles on the case of weapons of mass destructions in Iraq by Judith Miller (Pulitzer Prize) and the series of fabricated articles by Jason Blair, to mention two important ones. The movie took the perspective of one department of the Times, to approach the subject, that of the Media Industry.

So it provided us with a comprehensive view of the fate of newspapers and a glimpse of the future. I was certainly interested in getting information explaining how we are where we are with journalism today, not why, because who does not know that the web has meant the inevitable demise of newspapers as we knew them. Pickers can take different forms. Some are pure pickers who will go place to place, yard sale to yard sale, buying select items like Mike and Frank do. Others will buy entire estates for a flat fee: trashing the trash and selling the good stuff at different rates. There are multiple variations in the middle.

More amusing is when the Times learn that NBC is hosting a parade overseas for the soldiers that neither the White House nor the Pentagon knows anything about it. We briefly see the panic between the editors, fearing that they might wake up the next day and discover that it was a real story and they’re the only ones who didn’t run with it. That’s an insightful moment, showing how important it is for print media to keep in touch. I also enjoyed the company of reporter David Carr.

A recovering crack addict and now a single parent, Carr is a passionate defender of the paper and rather hilariously shuts down anyone who tries to talk about its demise. There’s a very funny scene where we’re introduced to a twenty-one year old blogger who was hired by the Times. David says that he is convinced that the kid was a robot built in the basement of the Times to destroy him.

The Blu-Ray comes with extended scenes, interviews, featurette and an interview with the filmmakers. The A/V Quality is strong enough for a documentary, but the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track has insanely clean audio. The only beef with the documentary is that it’s such specialized material that it might scare away most audiences. If you can get past that, you’re in for a treat. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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