Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2008



"Nixon" (Blu-ray)


Richard Nixon was one of our most brilliant presidents, and perhaps, one of the most troubled.

This film by Oliver Stone, and which was nominated for four Academy Awards, chronicles Nixon's rise to power and fall from grace, ending in the only resignation from the presidency in US history.

It was known as the Watergate scandal, and it involved a lot of people.

But, as they say, the buck stops here, and that was Richard Nixon.



  • Hollywood Pictures
  • 2002, Color, Rated R, 3 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Uncompressed PCM
  • Directed by Oliver Stone
  • Starring Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Bad


Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as Nixon. He did not choose to have rubber prostheses to make him really look like the former president. The hair is slicked back, the shoulders hunched, and the mannerisms are chilling. Of course, Watergate was only the culmination of the story. The movie covers all the events from early childhood that brought Nixon to a climactic disaster that was one of the low points in political history.


The image is not as sharp as I expected, although the film source seems pristine. Much of it is in shadows, just like the people who were hiding there. The sound is recorded way, way too low. I had to turn it up 20 dB past my usual setting.


Extras are on a separate disc, and include a documentary on Beyond Nixon, deleted scenes, interviews, and other things.