The truth is out there.
Aaron Sorkin’s Rob Reiner-directed courtroom drama A Few Good Men is celebrating its 25th anniversary – and it only seems like yesterday that Jack Nicholson was spitting in our faces! Considering its age, how does the tale of good soldiers, bad soldiers and legal soldiers polish up in this 4K Ultra HD release? You want the truth, but can you handle the truth?
The story: Tom Cruise is Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a hotshot young lawyer with more confidence than is possibly healthy. Despite never actually getting to the point of entering a courtroom, he’s set the task of defending two US Marines who were stationed at Guantanamo Bay against allegations of them having murdering a fellow soldier. Will Kaffee and his two legal cohorts (Demi Moore and Kevin Pollak) be able to get the young soldiers off, or will they be overwhelmed by the intimidation typhoon that is Col. Nathan Jessep (Jack Nicholson)? Adapted from Aaron The West Wing Sorkin’s play by the man himself, the two-hour-plus movie remains a riveting watch, even with the presence of Tom Cruise. In fact, we’ll go so far as to say that he’s actually really good here. Nicholson does steal the show though, especially when THAT line hits. It’s easily our top courtroom drama this side of 12 Angry Men.
The 4K disc: OK then, we’ll get straight to that truth. This HDR-enhanced full 4K transfer is truly stunning. Detail is at times astonishing, especially when it comes to the many courtroom scenes, and all manner of bright and shiny military regalia throughout. There’s ever so fine film grain noticeable more at some times than others, but it is in no way intrusive as in some other transfers. This really is one of the best that we’ve seen – and it puts to shame many releases of recent movies which have only been upscaled 2K transfers. As for sound, a newly-minted Dolby Atmos track hardly goes all action movie on us, but it does wonders with what’s there – especially Mark Shaiman’s soundtrack. A knock on the door from the rear left speaker made us jump off the couch, for what that’s worth. There’s also an interesting commentary from director Rob Reiner included on the 4K disc.
Release date: November 15, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore
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