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Organization, The

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 48 (May 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1001473
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1971
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/09/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Don Medford
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Organization takes us along, once again, with Lientenant Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), the principled detective created by John Ball. This time, Tibbs becomes involved with a group of addicts turned vigilantes who are out to put a stop to the drug trafficking in their city. Tibbs reluctantly agrees to work the the group, but feels the rath of his superiors when they discover that he has been operating outside the law. Notable additional cast members include Raul Julia, Bernie Hamilton, and Hill Street Blues alum Dan Travanty (a.k.a. Daniel J. Travanti). (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The 1.85:1 DVD is not anamorphic and exhibits a picture that is quite dark overall, even exterior scenes. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended for optimal visual information in the darker scenes. Contrast is slightly low, as images seem to lack definition. Colors are a bit lackluster in appearance, but fleshtones are generally well balanced. Blacks are deep and undefined. Film grain and source element artifacts are apparent. There is minor edge enhancement, but otherwise no major distractions. (Suzanne Hodges)

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