The Post Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

87

Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 116 minutes
Genre: Drama/biopic

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Tracey Letts, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Sarah Paulson, Bradley Whitford
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Music by: John Williams
Written by: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Region Code: A

Release Date: April 17, 2018

“Truth Be Told”

My Take:

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

I remember rumblings of the era in which The Post takes place, and the talk about the Pentagon Papers but, not much else really. I enjoyed the film, finding its take on this very serious subject matter to be approached from an informative and lightly melodramatic perspective. The attention to detail is densely populated with dialog driven situations, and consequential drama. While I did enjoy The Post I wasn’t riveted by it, as the various players, and their part to play in the proceedings sometimes took me out of the story.

I liked the perspective from which it was told and felt that the film succeeded at delivering it message via a scathing, passionate accounting that is underscored by enriching performances by it cast ensemble. I thought Meryl Streep was quite good and deserving of her Oscar Nomination. I also thought that Tom Hanks, and Bob Odinkirk gave terrific performances.

The Post didn’t turn out to be among my favorites of the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture but it is an important, well-crafted and entertaining film, deserving of the accolades bestowed on it.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide:

The rating is for language and brief war violence.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

UHD Presentation: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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The Post comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound.

For its presentation in Ultra HD, The Post was shot on film and rendered from a 4K DI. This film was shot with a specific visual aesthetic in mind and that comes through in both its Ultra HD and 1080p presentations. The Ultra HD presentation bests the 1080p version on every level. This isn’t an overly colorful film however its palate of autumn-based hues and sepia tones benefited from UHD’s wider color gamut, appearing noticeably warmer and pleasing to the eye. Resolution gets a noticeable boost as well. Close-ups tend to offer improved refinement and deeper resolvable texture on surfaces and physical features when compared to the Blu-ray. This is immediately apparent in the opening sequence which takes place in the harsh environments of Vietnam, and then later with the various exterior shots and interior venues depicted in the story. The shots of the printing presses at the Post looked terrific.

There is little call for visual elements in the film that utilize high dynamic range however bright elements, such as those that take place in the light of day, looked appreciably vibrant, while emboldened low level sequences had excellent depth of field and contrast reproduction. Viewing The Post in Ultra HD wasn’t an eye opening experience however I found it to be a complimentary improvement over the Blu-ray presentation.

This is primarily a dialog driven film however there are elements in the film that require use of the entire system so its ability to clearly render them is essential. Dialog is reproduced with transparent realism and lucid texture as it is appropriately balanced within the front soundstage. The surround mix utilizes the entire platform to recreate the many acoustic sounds associated with the environments portrayed onscreen. The rear channels contain a mixture of spatial ambience/musical extension as well as directional panning cues that effectively support the front soundstage. This is an enriching audio presentation that mates well with the source material

For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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The Post comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video.

This is a pleasing high definition presentation that exhibits video quality that is consistent with a newer release film on Blu-ray Disc. This film is adorned by a light veil of grain and sepia toned aesthetic that combines with its use of autumn colors, mainly browns, beiges, and reds, to set the thematic tone intended by the filmmakers. It rarely makes for eye catching imagery but the results are pleasing. Fleshtones tend to look a little bronzy but otherwise fall in line with the film’s visual elements. Contrast is spot on and blacks are fairly delineated and deep. Images are crisp and resolute with defining sharpness that provides appreciable dimension. The video is whistle clean and shows no obvious signs of compression errors or video related anomalies.

Bonus Features:

  • The Post Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • The Post Blu-ray
  • Exclusive: Layout: Katherine Graham, Ben Bradlee, and 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.
  • Exclusive: 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.
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

The Post is an effecting, well executed, and entertaining docudrama that pulls back the curtain for an inside look at the release of the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring solid all-around image quality, crystal clear lossless sound and a fan friendly/insightful supplemental package. If you’re a fan of The Post it’s worth picking up, otherwise, a rental should suffice.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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