Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on September 20th, 2004
This is a chronicle of battles over Bill Clinton, climaxing with his impeachment. Based onothe book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, the movie, narrated by Morgan Freeman, takes theapproach that this ten-year-war was not something that just happened, but was the systematicattempt by an organized group to bring down the president. One’s sympathies in the matter willlargely determine how much, if any, of this one buys, but the film does make some convincinglydisturbing charges…./p>
The music has a strong, ominous presence, and Freeman’s distinguished tones are faithfullyreproduced by the 2.0 audio track. Beyond that, there isn’t too much to comment on (beyondacknowledging the clarity of the sound), as this is not a film that calls out for surroundeffects.
The quality of the picture (in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen) depends on the nature of thesource material, since so much of this documentary consists in news footage and the like. Thenew footage (interviews with various experts and principle players in the scandal), is sharp, withgood colours, flesh tones and blacks.
Other than the trailer, the only extra is a video recording of Bill Clinton speaking about themovie after its premiere. He attempts to put the events into a larger historical context, andwhatever one might think of his behaviour in the whole debacle, he is a very compelling speaker.The menu is basic.
Not a film that gives you a whole lot of hope for the American political system, but afascinating look behind the scenes all the same.
Special Features List
- Bill Clinton Speaks After the Film Premiere