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A FEW GOOD MEN

A FEW GOOD MEN ($30) is a highly entertaining military drama from director Rob Reiner. Based upon the stage play by Aaron Sorkin, A FEW GOOD MEN is the story of two enlisted men accused of murdering a fellow marine and the lawyers from the Judge Advocate General’s office who are assigned the task of defending them. Tom Cruise stars as Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, a hotshot young lawyer who has never seen the inside of a courtroom because of his knack for settling every case out of court. Demi Moore portrays Lieutenant Commander Joanne Galloway, a tenacious investigator from the JAG office who will leave no stone unturned.

When Kaffee is assigned as lead council for the two marines, Galloway suspects someone is depending upon Kaffe’s reputation to avoid a full scale probe into the murder. Galloway then manages to get herself appointed council for one of the marines and forces the case into an open court-martial where she hopes that the real circumstances surrounding the death of the marine will come to light. Jack Nicholson delivers a blistering supporting performance as Colonel Nathan Jessep, the tough as iron commanding officer who is trying to sweep the entire affair under the rug. Rob Reiner’s direction is assured and he gets great performances from just about everyone in the superior cast. Supporting players include Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, JT Walsh, JA Preston, Wolfgang Bodison, Noah Wyle and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Columbia TriStar Home Video offers A FEW GOOD MEN in both Letterboxed and pan and scan presentations on opposite sides of the DVD. Far too much information is cropped away by the pan and scan process to make this version effective viewing. However, the pan and scan presentation is sharp and colorful. The Letterboxed version features the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement for wide screen televisions and presents A FEW GOOD MEN very close to its theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A FEW GOOD MEN looks fantastic in wide screen and the Letterboxed transfer does credit to Robert Richardson’s beautiful cinematography. Color saturation is excellent on the DVD and the image is sharp and very well defined. Digital compression artifacts were hardly noticeable on the Letterboxed version, but they were a bit more easy to spot on the cropped presentation.

The two-channel Dolby Digital track effectively decodes to standard Dolby Surround. The Dolby Surround mix is quite good with the film’s music and sound effects taking advantage of the formats capabilities. Other soundtrack options include Spanish and French language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish and Korean.

A FEW GOOD MEN is powerful entertainment. The terrific looking DVD edition of the film will make a fine addition to any collection. Recommended.

 
A FEW GOOD MEN 



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DVD reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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