Few Good Men, A

Featured In Issue 125, November 2007

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Based on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed Broadway play, "A Few Good Men" was one of the highest grossing pictures of 1992. This politically-explosive story examines a questionable military procedure involving a secretive "code red" command that resulted in the death of a young Marine on a base in Cuba. There is a memorable climactic courtroom scene between Cruise and Nicholson, which won Nicholson an Academy AwardŽ nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

With almost as many subtitles as on Bram Stoker's Dracula Blu-ray Disc (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish and Turkish), special features can be found on the DVD reviewed in Issue 51 and include director's commentary; the 35-minute making-of documentary entitled Code Of Conduct; From Stage To Screen, which is a 14-minute discussion with Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner; and previews. The special features include optional subtitles in various languages.

The MPEG2-encoded 2.35:1 Blu-ray Disc shows solid black levels and good shadow delineation. Colors are rich and nicely saturated, and details are generally delivered well, but fleshtones do have a somewhat reddish tone. A very subtle halo of edge enhancement can be noticed on high-contrast transitions, but it is minor. (Danny Richelieu)

Fidelity in the uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally good, considering the original recording's age, but music often sounds noticeably dated. Surround envelopment is adequate, and while the LFE channel is used well at times, there isn't much deep bass in the soundtrack. (Danny Richelieu)