Spotlight [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [2015]

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  • Release Date: 02/23/2016
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (728 out of 738)

Special Features


  • Spotlight: a look inside
  • The state of journalism
  • Uncovering the truth: a Spotlight team roundtable

Synopsis


Spotlight
Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), the Boston Globe's elite investigative team, known as Spotlight, is tasked with delving into decades' worth of child-abuse claims against the Catholic Church. Led by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), the journalists begin to uncover a massive scandal involving sexual abuse and the willful ignorance perpetrated by the Church within the city of Boston. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influence of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive exposé on a corrupt system. Directed by Tom McCarthy and based on the true events of the 2002 investigation by the Globe, the star-studded Spotlight also features Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Keaton
    Michael Keaton - Walter 'Robby' Robinson
  • Mark Ruffalo
    Mark Ruffalo - Michael Rezendes
  • Rachel McAdams
    Rachel McAdams - Sacha Pfeiffer
  • Liev Schreiber
    Liev Schreiber - Marty Baron
  • Brian d'Arcy James
    Brian d'Arcy James - Matty Carroll



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding investigative journalism drama

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    SLL2004
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    "Spotlight" (2015 release; 128 min.# brings the true story of how the Boston Globe eventually broke the story of the widespread abuse of young children by Boston priests while the Catholic Church stood by and covered it up. As the movie opens, we are in "Boston, MA - 1976", where we see a priest being accused of abuse. "Wait until the arraignment, the press will be all over it", comments one cop. "What arraignment?", replies the other cop. We then fast-forward to "July, 2001", and we get to know the 4 member Spotlight, an investigative reporting team at the Boston Globe. The Globe also has just gotten a new editor, Marty Baron, "an unmarried Jewish guy who doesn't like baseball" #the implication being he's no fit for Boston#. But it's not long before Baron picks up on a recent column about abuse by Boston priests, and he orders Spotlight to look into it. At this point we're not even 15 minutes into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from writer and sometimes director Tom McCarthy #he won an Oscar for writing "UP"#, and I have to say, "Spotlight" is the giant leap forward as a director, and he has now placed himself in the upper ranks of today's directors. The trick with these movies is: how can the director brings a movie, whose outcome we already know going in, and still capture our attention? It was the same question faced by the makers of "All The President's Men", of course, and in fact "Spotlight" very much reminds me of "All The President's Men": top-notch all the way, and it feels like a thriller as you're watching it. At one point, someone comments "it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to abuse a child", pinpointing the collective failing of all of Boston for so many years. The abuse of power and influence of the Catholic Church is simply appalling. Kudos to the various performers, including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachael McAdams, Stanley Tucci, and Liev Schreiber, just to name those. They all bring powerful performances. Last but not least, there is a nice orchestral score from Hollywood veteran composer Howard Shore. If "Spotlight" does somewhat okay at the box office, This movie looks to be in line for a bunch of nominations and even awards in the upcoming awards season. The movie opened nationally in the theaters in late November, and I couldn't wait to see it. The early evening screening where I saw this at in Ft. Myers was reasonably attended but by no means a sell-out. Given the movie will get many well-deserved accolades in the upcoming awards season, it may find a larger audience still. "Spotlight is a must-see, not just because it covers an important issue but most of all because it is one heck of a movie #Top 3 of 2015 for me, along with Sicario and Sun of Saul#. If you liked "All the President's Men", drop everything and go see this. "Spotlight" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Deserved Best Picture Oscar About Newspapers

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    BBCincy
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    Spotlight is a much smaller movie compared to many of the big costume dramas and historical epics that are released around Oscar season starting in October that compete for the Best Picture statue. That's not to say that period movies and costume dramas don't have their place but this movie was positively refreshing. There were no big, loud scene stealing performances and no big orchestral scores or moments that tugged at your heartstrings. Spotlight simply presented the working life of investigative reporters that usually remain in the shadows of print journalism because all we really see as average citizens is the end result and not all the work that goes into bringing a story to the public. The focus of the investigation is disturbing and may not to be appropriate for those under 17 (the movie is Rated R) as it has to do with the child abuse scandal that shook the Catholic Church to it's foundations in the early 2000's. And as important as the story is, as critical as it was to reveal the truth about what went on and to bring the issue to the public so justice could be served and the voices of the abused would no longer have to remain silent, the movie could have been about any important case that needed to be brought to the public's attention. That's the beauty of the film. It's universal message is that the search for truth is one of the most important duties of any true journalist and is also what functional societies should be built on: the consistent demand for truth and accountability so no crime or wrong doing does unnoticed, no matter how small or powerful the perpetrator is. So whether it's the Flint water crisis or investigations into our Presidential candidates or the recent stories about police abuse and use of force or the even the Heroin epidemic that claims thousands of lives every year, Spotlight brings much needed attention to the fact that journalists are one of the key protectors of our democratic values because they seek the truth and see it as their duty to bring it to our attention. So whether you appreciate movies about true stories or want to understand more about how print journalism work (this movie ranks among the best on the subject up there with All The President's Men) or like intelligent movies that are understated but well crafted then you will like this movie. The audio and visuals are solid on blu ray and dvd and the package comes at good deal with an HD digital copy to watch the movie on the go on your portable devices. So if you missed Spotlight in theaters and like award season movies do yourself a favor and watch this great film. It's a tough subject but you will walk away knowing a little more about how our modern world works and may even look at your newspaper and what they do a little differently.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing film, but not for everyone

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    Donholio
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    This was my second favorite film from 2015 behind Fury Road. Nothing amazing happens on screen. There are no explosions and there isn't a lot of yelling. It's a quiet film where a team of reporters investigates a cover-up by the Catholic church in Boston and I was hooked the whole way through. There have been a lot of comparisons to a 40-year old film called All the President's Men with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. That's a good comparison, but I think that Spotlight doesn't even have as much action as that film. It seems like I'm trying to dissuade you from seeing this, but I just want people to know this is a movie you will have to focus on and pay attention to. The acting in this is top notch. It's great to see Michael Keaton quietly making a comeback. Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Mark Ruffalo all give their best performances in years. You feel like their characters are real. This is a movie that you will want to go in knowing as little as possible. If you know the outcome, it's still a great story, but seeing what happened to the reporters and how the story unfolds is what kept me riveted. This isn't a dynamically filmed movie. There aren't any amazing shots and it's shot a bit like a documentary. The Blu-Ray does a good job of replicating what I saw in the theater. This is a movie where everyone's talking all the time. There is a bit of music and ambient noises as well. I never had an issue hearing what was being said. If this were two years ago, we would have had another disc full of extras. There are 3 featurettes adding up to around 12 minutes of extras. The interview piece with the Globe reporters is the best. There should be more here, but there is plenty of information on the Internet if you are interested. I recommend this to anyone that is willing to engage their brain for a couple hours. You will definitely be rewarded for your effort.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Film of 2015

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    VandyPrice
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    Spotlight is a fine example of what perfect execution looks like. From the outset we are given the broad scope of the issue the film looks to tackle and from there we dive right into Boston, 2001 to meet the key players in the game the film will be playing. There are no hiccups, no time for second guesses and nothing narratively to take away from the main objective. Spotlight is a prime piece of meat with all of the fat trimmed and only the juiciest parts left so as to make the whole experience one of pure, concentrated excellence. That said, it is certainly an interesting case in a couple of areas. The first being that director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, Win Win), who is generally regarded as both a solid writer and filmmaker, was coming off the worst reviewed film of his career a year ago with The Cobbler and so to bounce back so ferociously with this effortlessly intelligent thriller makes it clear there is something more to be said for the process of filmmaking. The other, is that this reviewer in particular is a Catholic. This is an influential piece of information considering Spotlight is about the Boston Globe's investigation into the Church's abuse scandal that gave cause for people everywhere (Catholic or not) to take a second look at one of our most respected and trusted institutions. Because the film plays it straight down the middle, with no time for subplots or unnecessary qualms, no one party is ever viewed unfairly, but rather the irrefutable facts presented allow the audience to make up their own minds.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Oscar's Best Picture Deserves Better Extras

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    ANDM
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    The journalism drama "Spotlight" just won the Oscar for Best Picture and it's well deserved. The story of the Boston Globe's investigation of systematic abuse of young children by Catholic priests (and more disturbingly, the cover-up by senior Church officials) is riveting drama and not to be missed. This subject matter could be sensationalist or worse, exploitative, but director Tom McCarthy keeps the focus on the journalism and the efforts by the Globe's "Spotlight" team to connect the dots. Every performance in the All-Star cast (led by Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Scrieber) is perfect and the slow burn builds to a devastating indictment of the indifference of suffering that does not let the Globe itself off the hook. The only problem with the Blu-ray are the paltry extras, a handful of very short EPKs. A movie this good deserves at least one commentary and some long documentaries. But on the strength of the movie alone, along with good picture and sound quality, "Spotlight" is still strongly recommended.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth seeing

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    SugarK
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    Clearly, this is a film that is not so much meant for entertainment as it is disturbing and thought-provoking. The subject matter alone makes the movie an unlikely candidate for repeat viewings, so it's perhaps unfair to fault it for that. Favorably, it does not glorify abuse or make it a spectacle. On the other hand, while there are descriptions that are not fit for young viewers, the film rarely unsettles the audience (save for the fact that these events are unsettling in and of themselves), and there are perhaps missed opportunities for more edge-of-your-seat pacing. On a positive note, the film is generally well directed and acted, but it is not quite to the level of greatness that makes me recommend it enthusiastically. It is an important work and highlighting the subject matter is welcomed. But, because I am unlikely to rave about it to anyone, I give it 4 stars rather than 5.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Important Film

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    First and foremost, I must openly praise the performances in this film. Each character is played with heart, honesty, and truth. I think you'll see what I mean. The subject matter was uncomfortable, and often times infuriating, but I'd almost say this film is a must see. Enlightening and enraging, Spotlight is quite possibly the movie of the year in which it was released. These films come along every now and then, probably due to their controversy, but they demand to be watched and researched. Do yourself and pick this film up, it's a great departure from the mindless, pointless, and single viewing slop that's constantly being shoved down our throats at our local cinemas. Go for the story, the writing, and the acting, you won't regret it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Film of 2015

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    Steve
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    Spotlight is easily the best film of 2015, and it's easy to understand why the Academy gave this film the Oscar for Best Picture. Tom McCarthy directed and co-wrote this masterpiece about a group of newspaper journalists from the Boston Globe who are looking into the story of Catholic priests and the allegations of their actions. McCarthy's direction and writing are top notch. The cast stands out all around. Mark Ruffalo is the MVP as Mike Rezendes, who is particularly into working on this story due to being from the area. Rachel McAdams gives her career best as Sasha, who empathizes with the victims. Michael Keaton also stands out as Walter "Robby" Robinson, who is leading the Spotlight team.

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