One of Jack Nicholson's best performances is found in "A FEW GOOD MEN." But, it's also amazing to find that even Demi Moore can't ruin this film! Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack and many more are all at their best here and perfectly cast. The script by Aaron Sorkin achieves that rare feat, mastering a courtroom drama, focusing on important political themes and respecting opposing ideologies. Nicholson's unforgettable "You can't handle the truth" speech is made up of the perfect blend of great writing and perfect delivery certain to be remembered decades from now, and it manages to offer a sense of truth that transcends political partisanship.
"A FEW GOOD MEN" ranks up there with Reiner's other great film, "MISERY." It's hard to choose which is better, as they're both so damned good.
SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. All catalogue blu-ray titles should look this great!!! The reverence Reiner shows for the military, is evident in the opening credit sequence and the imagery of disciplined maneuvers with swords looks absolutely flawless. Scene after scene offers images that pop off the screen with three dimensional depth. The production design to this film is elaborate and the various hues are flawlessly rendered and balanced in every scene. There are no artifacts and grain is never visible. ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!!
SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. It's a good mix and well balanced, but there's not much to brag about here. But, being a courtroom drama, there's little necessity for an aggressive mix for most scenes. Dialogue and the terrific score are well balanced. Other than the music, surround effects are rare but mild separation is well handled within the front soundstage.
SONY has provided an audio commentary with Reiner. Unfortunately, it's not entertaining and dryer than most we've heard lately. Not a lot here for aspiring filmmakers either.
SONY has provided two great featurettes.