Al Pacino plays an entirely different kind of lawyer than he did in "DEVIL'S ADVOCATE" in "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL," being released as a Special Edition from SONY. Pacino plays Arthur, a great, idealistic lawyer, really caring about giving the best counsel to all of his clients. One of the biggest obstacles he faces in this goal, lies in the mean spirited, conservative judge, played by John Forsythe, seemingly going out of the way to make things unreasonable for any and all defendants. Things get turned around drastically when the judge seeks Arthur's assistance, after being arrested and charged with rape and assault.
While other lawyers and cases surround the plot, it's this major case that is the focus of the film and brings about the most drama in the courtroom, including a terrific "you're out of order" speech by Pacino near the end. This scene alone, makes the film worth viewing. It's the kind of acting that has made Pacino the superstar that he has become.
Director Jewison does a fine job for the most part, but one of the problems with the film lies in some of its over-the-top dramatics. Pacino's speech is over the top, but necessary. Some of the other sequences come across under Jewison's heavy hand as being overly contrived and even simplistic.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is notably better than on the previously available dvd. Colors are more solid, and never as dull looking as they were before. Contrast is improved too, offering better detail in darker scenes. While scenes may suffer from grain in spots, it's typically a decent image.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Ambient effects are rarely noticeable, but music is well rendered through all speakers for dramatic effect. Dialogue is always intelligible, but the balance is imperfect, causing dynamic range to sound less than perfect, and center channel adjustments necessary on occasion.
SONY has provided a number of extras, including a feature-length commentary and video interview with Jewison. A featurette focused on Pacino's upcoming "88 Minutes" is offered. We also get deleted scenes(none with Pacino) as well as the pilot episode for the cable tv series, "DAMAGES."