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SRP $24.99 1.33:1 STEREO PBS/PARAMOUNT
 

Novelist Robert Stone(No relation to "Oliver") has written and directed a hypnotic documentary, "OSWALD'S GHOST." Stone features well paced interviews with Norman Mailer, Dan Rather and others to explain the impact and relevance of the assassination of President Kennedy, by focusing mostly on Oswald, rather than the President, and it's powerful.  Stone puts forth a intellectual argument for Oswald as the lone gunman, and it's a pretty good case, at least psychologically. 

Running short of 90 minutes, "OSWALD'S GHOST" is never slow and actually held up on a 2nd viewing very well, without losing its power.

PBS/PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release.  The image is generally solid, although individual interview segments vary in terms of contrast quality, some grain, some perfect. The black&white footage is perfectly rendered, with fine contrast. PBS "AMERICAN EXPERIENCE" tends to offer sharp looking transfers, especially when presented on a high-def channel, and "OSWALD'S GHOST" is surprisingly impressive throughout, for what could've easily been mistaken as yet just another documentary.

PBS/PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. It features impressive fidelity throughout, with all modern interview footage presented without distortion. There's nothing here calling for impressive surrounds, as it's a documentary and not a film. So, it does well as is.