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Tabloid DVD Review

“Tabloid” is yet another fascinating Errol Morris documentary.

Errol Morris, one of the best documentary filmmakers in the biz, has stepped aside from war and politics themed films to return to focusing on more eccentric real life stories. His subject this time: a woman named Joyce McKinney. Back in the late 70’s, Joyce (a former beauty queen) was a young lady who wanted a storybook wedding, the perfect husband, and a perfect family. She thought she may have found her Prince Charming when she encountered Kirk Anderson (a young Mormon). In fact, she wanted to marry him. When Kirk shipped off to England on a Mormon mission, however, Joyce wouldn’t let him go. Instead, she devised a so-called rescue mission to save him from the “cult”. After that, she allegedly “rescued” him to save him and run away with him, but things didn’t turn out the way she wanted or expected. From there on out, the story of Joyce McKinney becomes stranger and stranger as she is arrested, put on trial, and hounded by press and photographers. I could say more, but I really wouldn’t want to spoil the incredible story that unfolds throughout the course of the film.

“Tabloid” is everything a memorable documentary should be. It’s revealing, fascinating, emotional, and full of strange subjects about everything from true love and bondage to cloned dogs and the press. It’s also quite possibly one of the weirdest love stories you will ever hear because you don’t really know what is true and what is a lie. In all honesty though, it’s the questionable events and stories that will undoubtedly keep you glued to your TV.

Summary: “Tabloid” is a must see documentary.  


The 2.40:1 picture quality varies in quality as the film contains photos, stock footage, scenes relating to images, and newly shot interviews.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track provides clear interviews which is all you can ask of a documentary film.

The only extra is a “Tabloid” trailer.

November 5, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

1 Comment »

  1. I’m so glad to have finally seen this crazy movie! Joyce McKinney feels like a character that’s come from the pages of science fiction.

    It’s the first Errol Morris documentary I’ve seen, and I’ll certainly be seeking out more.

    My thoughts are here, if you’re interested:

    Comment by theoncominghope | November 6, 2011 | Reply

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