Mike Wallace Is Here

Mike Wallace Is Here

DVD - 2019
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Legendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the twentieth century's biggest figures in over 50 years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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graybear3
Jul 06, 2020

Definitely needs subtitles (which it does NOT have!)! It is nearly ALL snipets of his interviews over decades and most of them were not easy to understand what was said as voices were somewhat garbled and everything was very fast-moving. Even for those of us with good hearing. We did our best to "translate" for Grandma, but it wasn't easy and we had to constantly back up to re-listen. So if you have hearing difficulties, skip this, as you'll get quite frustrated.

Also, unless you are at least 55-60 years old, you will probably not recognize who most of the people interviewed are and will have to wait to the end to find out. (All the more curious as to why no subtitles when it's aimed at older folks.)

Grandpa gives it 3-4 stars, Grandma gives 3, and I (young adult) give it 1-2.

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Chiefie_2
Dec 14, 2019

A 2 stars out of five ! There was a great deal of interesting material here, but all cut up into short little snippets. So hard to follow.... It should have been great, but only one or two sentences & off to some other encounter. The great trailblazer deserved better treatment, we thought.

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richmole
Dec 11, 2019

It's 2019, and most people will give this documentary a pass, because...

1. Who's Mike Wallace?
2. It's about "old-school" TV (i.e.: Millennials' grand-parents' TV)

But I know who Mike Wallace was (he died in 2012). And what he represented. And why he was important. Also knew why he was especially important to me, as someone with a 30+ years career in and around media.

It would have been an interesting documentary no matter how it was presented...but this presentation elevates it to something special. Visually, of course--that's obvious--but also in content. It's much more than nostalgia, although people who watched 60 Minutes over the last 30 years will find plenty to jog their memories.

It's what we don't know--the personal side of the man himself, his early years in TV, and inside-stories on at least two major events--the tobacco revelations (which formed the basis of the movie, "Inside Man") and the agony of the Westmoreland interview/lawsuit that also make it more than we might expect.

Certainly didn't expect this exchange.
Wallace to Fox News commentator, Bill O'Reilly: Is what you do really journalism?
O'Reilly: Oh, come on, Mike! You know why it's the way it is right now? YOU! We all wanted to be YOU!
Cut to CU: astonished Mike Wallace.

Fascinating.

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