DVD Rating: **1/2

Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

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Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight.

Given the excellence of the film itself, it's a shame that the three, short featurettes presented as part of the DVD package aren't more beefy.

They are certainly worth a look but very clip-heavy, so best watched after the film. Uncovering The Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable is the most interesting and could easily benefit from being three times the length. In it, the original journalists talk about what it was like to find themselves in the middle of a huge story and the pressures it put on them. It's particularly interesting to hear them highlighting the changes in technology since, such as the idea that, at the time, spreadsheets were a brand new thing.

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Spotlight: A Look Inside, is essentially an actor-driven puff piece to promote the film, thin at a mere two minutes. The State Of Journalism is a brief (three minutes) but eloquent call to consider the state of journalism today. Writer/director Tom McCarthy says "We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our country" to maintain healthy jourmalism. As someone who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, I endorse that message.

Reviewed on: 24 May 2016
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The true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.
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Product Code: EO52018D

Region: 2

Ratio: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Uncovering The Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable, Spotlight: A Look Inside, The State Of Journalism

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