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.
Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]
One of the great courtroom dramas in modern day. As a lawyer I generally hate courtroom movies and shows because they are so unrealistic and truly this isn’t much different. A real courtroom is never this exciting or tense and there’s no way a real judge would allow a witness to be badgered in the final scene. But I was able to suspend my belief because of his great all the performances were. Tom Cruise, like him or not, is a great actor and has really been overlooked by academy awards voters. Much like Al Pacino he’ll likely win for something weaker in his career than some of his brilliant work in dramas like this. The 4K is really clean and brings out the darks better than the Blu-ray. The price makes this one an easy double dip for me. Although I promised not to re buy buy rays the price made the exception for this great Rob Reiner drama.
A Few Good Men is still a pretty good 90's mainstream film about the call of duty and acceptable behavior. A nice drama with suspense, and some great, iconic performances by big names like Jack Nicholson.
Movie aside, the 4K UHD is a true stunner. This is one of the releases that had people calling Sony the undisputed champ of the format. The detail, clarity, pixel density and fullness will floor you and the wider color gamut + HDR is applied to tastefully, accurately and noticeably... shadows so deep, with so much retained detail. Automobiles with perfect sheen. Glints and reflections in the actors eyes that will strike you as seemingly impossible.
Can't recommend this release enough to anyone looking to see how great older movies can look in 4K HDR, with a pretty enjoyable movie to boot. If you're of the mindset that only newer movies, shot with digital cameras etc can shine on UHD, this will surely change your mind.
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.
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Sony continues its trend of high quality 4K upgrades for catalog titles. A Few Good Men isn't the most action packed movie but the upgrade to audio and video are apparent on this one. Great price make it a no-brainer to upgrade from the previous blu-ray version.