Murdoch’s Scandal

July 10, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Often known as “the man who controls the news,” Rupert Murdoch might be the head of a massive media empire, but even he hasn’t been able to keep himself out of public scandals. One of the most public incidents was the recent phone hacking scandal, but that proved to be just the start. The outrage over activities at News of the World spread like wildfire and opened a wide scale critical assessment of Murdoch’s News Corp empire. Murdoch and those within his inner circle would face intense public scrutiny and even be called on for legal testimony. The spiral continues even now, as more and more allegations, rumors, and claims of improprieties continue to surface. In Murdoch’s Scandal, you’ll hear from a number of those involved in the News Corp situations, including those who claim to have to been wronged and some of Murdoch’s defenders. Now you can listen to both sides and form a more complete outlook, thanks to Frontline.

While I have obviously seen segments on television about News of the World and the phone hacking scandal, I didn’t know that much about the situation. In Murdoch’s Scandal, you can see the timeline as the phone hacking situation opened the flood gates that remain open even now. While a lot of perspectives are offered, on both sides of opinion when it comes to Murdoch, I would have liked more from News Corp’s outlook. I am sure the offers were made to participate and declined, but even so, it is missed. You do hear from some that don’t hold Murdoch to the flames, but most of the reporting covers the negative aspects. This of course slants the piece somewhat, but there is still effort made to keep the tone fair and even. At an hour in length, Murdoch’s Scandal is a brisk watch that sheds some light on a current hot button topic. While not as in depth or balanced as it could be, the piece still delivers a more than solid look inside the News Corp situation.

Video: How does it look?

Murdoch’s Scandal is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The program looks good, about what you’d expect from a high quality broadcast. The footage varies somewhat of course, given the nature of the show, but overall the images look quite good.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack is also on par with a broadcast version, which is fine in this case. The audio is basically narration or live feed, so the quality varies from scene to scene. But no segments sound bad and all of the needed elements can be heard with no problems at all. This disc also includes English subtitles

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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