Page One: Inside The New York Times gives viewers an inside look at one of the country's most well-known newspapers in a time where print media is struggling and the Internet news business is booming. Through interviews with notable journalists, the film provides unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. The film chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. It provides an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-the-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching that produce the "daily miracle" of a great news organization. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of journalists continuing to produce extraordinary work under increasingly difficult circumstances. At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous American press, Times lovers or not: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based, original reporting that helps to define our society? (Gary Reber)
Special features include Carl Bernstein on the Real Threat to Newspapers (HD 03:26), Emily Bell on Keeping Journalism Relevant (HD 01:52), Sarah Ellison on the Mind of Murdoch (HD 04:06), Journalist Reacts to "Page One" (HD 03:03), five additional scenes (HD 21:34), Q&A Highlights with the cast and filmmakers (HD 16:52), the mini featurette Tim Arango With Joao Silva In Iraq (HD 05:03), up-front previews, and BD-Live functionality.
The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is competent documentary picture quality, with imagery sourced from various levels of quality. It is very well done and engaging throughout. One is captivated with the provoking subject matter that is explored with a future that is uncertain. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is produced in a documentary style, focused on intelligible dialogue. The music background is nicely recorded and provides an effective backdrop and transition. But overall the sound is not distinguished, yet is perfectly supportive to the documentation. (Gary Reber)