WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Few Good Men, A

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J.T. Walsh & Kiefer Sutherland

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 27896
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 138
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 08/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Rob Reiner
(Screenplay/Written By): Aaron Sorkin
(Story): NA
(Music): Marc Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Gloria Gresham
(Editor): Robert Leighton
(Supervising Sound Editors): Louis L. Edemann & Charles L. Campbell
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): William Gilmore & Rachel Pfeffer
(Co-Producers): Steve Nicholaides & Jeffrey Stott
(Producers): David Brown, Rob Reiner & Andrew Shaiman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed Broadway play, this was one of the highest grossing pictures of 1992. This politically-explosive story examines a questionable military procedure involving a secretive “code red” command that resulted in the death of a young Marine on a base in Cuba. There is a memorable climactic courtroom scene between Cruise and Nicholson which won Nicholson an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

LaserDisc Picture:
The widescreen 2.35:1 frame is beautifully composed. Color fidelity is excellent throughout and flesh tones appear natural.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack lacks the sort of convincing surround that could have bettered the drama with most scenes in mono. The Marc Shaiman music score, however, is superb.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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