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RBG DVD Review


While adequate, “RBG” never digs deep enough.

For those that aren’t aware, “RBG” is a documentary film on the now 85 year old Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a current U.S. Supreme Court Justice). While her time on the Supreme Court is certainly focused on, it is not the main focus as the docu also covers her childhood, family (including her husband Marty and her children), her time at the Harvard Law School, her love of Opera, her devoted fans, as well as her time as a Law Professor and a big-time attorney. Perhaps the most important thing about RBG is that she was instrumental in fighting for women’s rights and other injustices in the U.S.

For someone who has become such an inspiring modern political hero, it’s a bit odd that “RBG” is sort of a CliffsNotes esque puff-piece documentary on the quiet but fiercely strong Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At a mere 97 minutes, the movie really rushes through her life and never really provides enough information about her accomplishments and who she is as a person. Everything is very surface level here. We get that she is devoted to her work, we understand her persona in public and private, we know of her major career highlights, but that’s about it.

“RBG” is also let down by directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Sure, the movie is tight and watchable, but it is structurally all over the place. One moment we’re learning about her tenure as a Supreme Court Justice and the next RBG herself is watching an SNL spoof. It feels like the work of first timers.


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? As with any documentary, the video quality is all over the place as it contains newly shot footage and a plethora of archival footage. Overall, however, it’s a quality looking film.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It sounds as clear as any documentary out there.

Extras: * Magnolia trailers and an “RBG” trailer * 7 minutes of deleted and extended scenes * Additional interviews with Bryant Johnson, Clara Spera, Harry Edwards, Harryette and Ann, Jane and Jim and Sharron Frontiero.

August 25, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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