With the political climate surrounding the current wars, dividing so many Americans, the film examining the trial of the "CHICAGO 8," titled "CHICAGO 10," is being released at a relevant time. The film examines the trial of the figureheads leading the demonstrations that occurred around the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, and others were mocked and turned into caricatures for the right wingers and cowardly democrats, so it's apt, in a way, that this film is animated. While some may grow tired of the kind of animation utilized, it's arguably effective and the director creates more than a few stirring moments in a powerful, if flawed film.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this dvd, with 16:9 enhancement. Blending stock and archival footage with animation, quality varies, but is typically rich and vibrant. Artifacts are never a problem. Some grain exists, but for the most part, this is an impressive transfer.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surprisingly, the mix is disappointing. Fidelity is decent in spots, but the music often overshadows important dialogue and the lack of balance is notable during key moments. Subtitles are offered, thankfully, and even necessary at times.