A Few Good Men [Special Edition] [DVD] [1992]

  • SKU: 4154756
  • Release Date: 05/29/2001
  • Rating: R
Rob Reiner's Best Picture Oscar nominee A Few Good Men comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks are recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and Korean subtitles are accessible. There are no substantial extra materials, which is something of a surprise considering the film's popular and critical success. Fans of the film will appreciate the great picture, but those that were underwhelmed by the film in the theater will find nothing to change their minds on this release.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (391 out of 392)

Special Features


  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Widescreen presentation
  • Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]
  • Additional languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Audio commentary from director Rob Reiner
  • Exclusive documentary: "Code of Conduct," featuring interviews with Rob Reiner, Aaron Sorkin, and cast
  • From stage to screen with Aaron Sorkin and cast
  • Bonus trailers
  • Filmographies
  • Production notes
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection with motion images

Synopsis


A Few Good Men
In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist Kaffee, she is convinced that there's more to the matter than they've been led to believe and convinces her colleague that the case should go to court. Under questioning, Downey and Dawson reveal that Santiago died in the midst of a hazing ritual known as "Code Red" after he threatened to inform higher authorities that Dawson opened fire on a Cuban watchtower. They also state that the "Code Red" was performed under the orders of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). Kendrick's superior, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), denies any knowledge of the order to torture Santiago, but when Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) confides to Kaffee that Jessup demanded the "Code Red" for violating his order of silence, Kaffee and Galloway have to find a way to prove this in court. A Few Good Men also features Kevin Bacon as prosecuting attorney Capt. Jack Ross and Kevin Pollak as Kaffee and Galloway's research assistant, Lt. Sam Weinberg. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tom Cruise
    Tom Cruise - Lieutenant J.G. Daniel Kaffe
  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson - Col. Nathan R. Jessep
  • Demi Moore
    Demi Moore - Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway
  • Kevin Bacon
    Kevin Bacon - Capt. Jack Ross
  • Kiefer Sutherland
    Kiefer Sutherland - Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 392 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Great $5 Buy

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    MovieBuff
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    This movie came out in 1992 so Many have already discussed the plot, its significance, acting etc so I will refrain from redundancy and focus solely upon the transfer to Blu Ray for this 5 star drama. I will say that it is fun to see actors, now famous, in small parts at the beginning of their careers like Christopher Guess and Cuba Gooding Jr. VIDEO...The transfer is pretty clean and actually seemed to get better as the movie proceeded. This might be because the indoor court scenes are more controlled in their lighting than outdoor scenes might be. The color grading appeared very natural with good skin tones and warm coloration during most of the film. Night scenes tend to be a touch cooler as one might expect. At no time did I see any artifacting or any other issues with the film. There is a soft grain throughout but nothing that would distract anyone. The contrast is especially good for the close ups and wide shots are done with a relatively narrow depth of field so that backgrounds, more often than not, are gently out of focus. AUDIO...The audio is a lossless PCM 5.1 which brings a positively transient openness to your speakers. As this is a dialogue driven film, I would venture to guess that 95% of your audio will be from the center channel. The front side channels have a few instances of directional foley sounds but they are really very few. Your LFE channel will be and stay asleep as even the couple of lightning instances towards the end of the film do not go deep enough to allow your sub to do much. Of course, this might also depend upon where your crossover is set on the sub. For me, mine took a vacation. The extras include typical commentary, interviews with some of the actors, writer and director and a making of. Jack Nicholson did not take part in any of the interviews but many who did glad handed him without revealing much at all. Also, and this I hate on discs, are previews for other movies and a small promotion for Blu Ray itself. I would bet my bottom dollar that this film was not remastered at all since many of the 'Coming to Blu Ray' films listed have been out for a great many years. All in all, for a great courtroom drama and a film that retains its legs, 'A Few Good Men' was well worth the small price I paid. Just know that it is not a demo disc by any means. All my reviews focus solely on the quality of the transfers to Blu Ray of both video and audio and I do hope that this review has been of some help to you in deciding upon your purchase decisions and that I am on the correct path with this type of review. Thanks for readin

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Few Controversial men

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    wisdomseeker
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    A Few Good men stars Tom Cruise as united states navy lieutenant Daniel kaffee, jack Nicholson as marine Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, and Demi moore as navy lieutenant commander joanne Galloway, and j.t walsh as jessup’s assistant and executive officer. Kevin bacon, keith Sutherland, cuba gooding jr., and Joshua malina are among the multiple actors/actress featured in this movie. The trouble begans when a young marine by the name of William santiago is found dead in his barracks at Guantanamo naval base cuba. Santiago was wanting to transfer out of his workplace but Jessup felt that it was unnecessary. The character of Jessup is shown quoting that he goes by the needs of the marines. This belief is not wrong, it is something else that I must avoid saying out of courtesy for those who have yet to see the movie that makes a person with a conscience shake their head at the Jekyll and hyde nature of colonel Nathan r jessup . Although a dramatic movie, my favorite scene of the movie was when the character of Nathan r Jessup was called to the court room stand because Nicholson’s shrewd portrayal of colonel Nathan r. Jessup also brought out the best in the character portrayals that came from Tom Cruise, Demi moore, and kevin bacon. There are multiple military references in A Few Good men such as the judge advocate general corps and it depicted in the movie that the setting was meant to portray the Washington navy yard.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Military Courtroom Drama.

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    SYNOPSIS: Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy. Used to own this on VHS and DVD. Very early title in the format and the transfer is a bit dated. Still holds up after having not watched it for awhile. Great performances from the cast.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT FOR THE PRICE

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    DDunnDatBoi
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    This is ONE of my all-time favorite movie. I've probably watched it 300 times and I can recite it line by line. I once wrote the script during the course of one semester in a class I hated. I still have the notebook. Demi Moore definitely is the film's weakest link, but the acting is superb and Aaron Sorkin's story sucks you in from the opening minute. There is so much great dialogue, headlined by Tom Cruise's courtroom battle with Jack Nicholson at the movie's climax. Too many people say the movie is average because it's "too slow," but I really believe anyone who appreciates good acting and good stories has to put this one near the top of their list.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Memorable View

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    The film is a story the explains many facets of the Marine Corps, the relationships between Marine Officers and Enlisted Men within an Infantry Battalion and the movie does that job quite well. Also, the movie is well cast with brilliant actors, it is written with a cracking dialogue that you will not forget, and it was very well Directed – which, all in the end means a great viewers experience. It also explorers the intricacies of a Military Court Martial and it unfortunately brings to light a Code Red incident that should not have occurred. It’s bottom line – simply a great and memorable view.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great court room drama on bluray

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    CoastalFilm
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    A Few Good Men is a must for fans of Tom Cruise or Jack Nicholson. Each has a field day with their parts. This is Cruise before he went off the rails, and Nicholson before he stopped caring so much. Adapted from a stage play, the film transitions well to the screen, without feeling like something is missing. Not overly dramatic, well photographed, with great supporting performances by Kevin Pollak and Kiefer Sutherland. Extras are the same as the DVD release--a decent commentary, and standard behind the scenes documentary. A good trip to an earlier decade . . . with military themes that still wring true today.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must See Movie

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    I've seen a lot of movies, mostly movies produced after 2000. However from the movies that I've seen produced in the 1990's of before often don't seem to be well produced, especially movies from the 90's with a few exceptions. This movie however is exceptional and became one of my top 20 favorites and it was produced in 1992. This movie never had a dull moment and only got better as it went on. There is an excellent plot in this movie that only intensifies. I highly recommend this movie to any adult; the movie is based on our laws and the court room so it may bore a younger audience.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Riveting courtroom drama

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    Riveting courtroom drama! Demi Moore was fantastic as a female with "conviction" in a male dominated environment. Tom Cruise was superb as a young hotshot just doing what was needed to climb to the top. Jack Nicholson was in character as the stereotypical Marine commander, along with Kevin Bacon & Kiefer Southerland an outstanding cast of talented actors! You will not be disappointed with this 4k update to a " must have" movie for your collection.

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