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Glass Shield, The
Collector's Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 99 (Aug 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson, Michael Boatman, Bernie Casey, Wanda De Jesus, Victoria Dillard, Elliott Gould, Don Harvey, Tommy Hicks, Ice Cube, Michael Ironside, Natalija Nogulich, Lori Petty, Sy Richardson, M. Emmet Walsh & Gary Wood

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with writer/director Charles Burnett and composer Stephen James Taylor, a ten-minute featurette "A Conversation With Charles Burnett," a 14-minute film scoring featurette with Stephen James Taylor, the theatrical trailer, and upfront ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 41606
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense dramatic material.
(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/16/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Charles Burnett
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "The Glass Shield" a female officer (Petty) and the station's token black cop (Boatman) take on a corrupt police force after an innocent black man (Ice Cube) is framed for a murder he didn't commit. Based in part on the screenplay "One Of Us," the true story of John Eddie Johnson by Ned Welsh. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is peppered with stylized lighting, with some scenes completely awash in vivid blues, or highlighted with warm orange overtones. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures. Still, there are some scenes that are a bit soft, at times. Although there is no blatant edge enhancement, some objects can have a slightly edgy appearance to them. Pixelizatio nis also minor. (Suzanne Hodges)

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