WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Client, The
Genre:Mystery Suspense

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia, T.J. Walsh, Anthony Edwards, Ossie Davis & Brad Renfro

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13233
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Joel Schumacher
(Screenplay/Written By): Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell
(Story): NA
(Music): Howard Shore
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bruno Rubio
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Ingrid Ferrin
(Editor): Robert Brown
(Supervising Sound Editors): Charles L. Campbell, Donald J. Malouf
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Mary McLaglen
(Producers): Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Client is the third adapted screen version of the best selling John Grisham novels. When out cruising in the woods, 11-year old Mark Sway (Renfro) and his younger brother, both from a poor and broken home, witness the suicide of a prominent Mob attorney. A politically ambitious federal prosecutor (Jones) puts the boy up against an intimidating federal legal system which offers no protection. Fortunately, a courageous middle-class lawyer (Sarandon) risks her career and life to protect Mark.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is framed at 2.40:1 and marred by oversaturated fleshtones that have a filtered orange tint. Grain and noise is evident in dark scenes but artifacts are minor.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Nothing exceptional, just conventional movie stereo with mono effects and dialogue, and ambient surround from music.
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