WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Firm, The

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Cruise, Holly Hunter, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Triplehorn, Ed Harrisem Wilford Brimley, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32523-2WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 154
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Sidney Pollack
(Screenplay/Written By): David Rabe, Robert Towne & David Rayfiel
(Story): NA
(Music): Dave Grusin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Richard MacDonald
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(Editor): William Steinkamp & Fredric Steinkamp
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Scott Rudin, John Davis & Sidney Pollack

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Firm, based on John Grishamís international best-selling book, stars Tom Cruise who plays Mitch McDeere, a brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad. Heavily recruited by top law firms, he accepts an amazing first year salary offer from a small, but prestigious Memphis tax-speciality firm that affords Mitch and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) an affluent lifestyle including a new, firm-purchased home and Mercedes convertible. But soon they know something is wrong. Just how wrong be-comes apparent to Mitch when he realizes that the corporate clientele is almost exclusively comprised of the criminal element, and that no partner leaves this particular firm unless death do us part.

LaserDisc Picture:
An excellent first-rate transfer, the aspect ratio is precisely 1.85:1. This is no less a stunning looking picture. Fleshtones are perfectly natural looking and scene-to-scene color balance is consistent with excellent color fidelity. The picture looks sharp and free of noise and video artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is superb with a consistent, although very subtle, scene-to-scene ambience. Dialogue is perfectly natural sounding without it appearing to be looped. Dave Grusinís rhythmic and lyrical solo piano score is wonderful and well recorded.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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