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THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST ($15) is a delightfully droll political satire that places its protagonist into the middle of a paranoid nightmare that the filmmakers play strictly for laughs. THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST stars James Coburn as Dr. Sidney Schaefer, who is selected by various government agencies to help the Commander in Chief to unburden himself from the weight of his office. If being constantly on call to the President werenít bad enough, Sidney also finds that his love life becomes a matter of national security, not to mention that he comes to suspect that absolutely everyone is spying on him. Fearing for his sanity and his privacy, Sidney bolts from Washington, DC, which only seems to make matters worse, as numerous international spies try to kidnap him- followed closely by assassins bent on killing Sidney and preventing the possibility that he falls into the hands of any foreign government. The cast of THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST also features Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Joan Delaney, Pat Harrington Jr., Eduard Franz, Walter Burke, Will Geer, William Daniels and Arte Johnson.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST available on DVD in a 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. This is a great looking transfer of a vintage 1967 film, which produces a nicely sharp picture and a good level of detail. There is an occasional shot that may come across as a bit soft, but otherwise, it all looks great. Colors are quite vibrant and nicely reminiscent of an original Technicolor print. Hues are rock solid and there is no chroma noise to mar the color reproduction. Blacks are inky, whites are crisp and the picture has generally smooth contrast. The film elements appear very clean, with very few blemishes and only a bit of appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.

THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST comes with a fine sounding Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack. For the most part, noticeable background hiss and audible flaws have been cleaned up in the mastering process, leaving a fairly smooth tonal quality. There are certain limitations in regards to fidelity, but Lalo Schifrinís fine musical score still manages to sound quite good. Dialogue is always completely understandable and the voices sound reasonably natural. No other language tracks have been provided, but English subtitles have been included. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features. No supplemental materials have been included on the DVD.

A product of the time in which it was made, THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST remains quite an enjoyable little political satire with a number of very funny moments. Paramount provides the film with a good-looking presentation and solid sound. If you have been waiting for THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST to make its DVD debut, it has arrived in fine form.



The President's Analyst (1967)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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