A series of heartrending cases drive judge Michael Douglas to the breaking point. Minortechnicalities force him to release suspects who are clearly guilty of horrendous crimes. At hismost vulnerable, he is approached by mentor judge Hal Holbrook, who is part of a cabal ofjudges who re-examine such cases, and have the suspects killed. Douglas becomes involved, butthe moral issues aren’t any easier now, and then there’s detective Yaphet Kotto who’s closingin on the truth.
The idea is compelling, and the film certainly holds one’s attention, even as it is guilty ofa tendency to go over the top in very manipulative fashion to make its points. As a study inambiguity, it is nowhere near as elegant and propulsive as Dirty Harry, but deserves somecredit for having approached some pretty touchy subjects head-on.
The sound is 5.1, but the film is over twenty years old, and it shows. The audio is decentlyclean, but there is some harshness to the dialogue, and the sound as a whole is a bit thin. Thereare some good surround moments, but the result isn’t as consistent as it might be, and there areplenty of scenes that could do with some environmental effects, but have none.
The transfer also is solid. The colours are good, if a bit dark. The blacks are terrific. Thereis some grain, though again, the age of the print should be considered. Both fullscreen and 2.35:1anamorphic widescreen ratios are provided (one on each side of the disc). Given that the filmhas only been available in VHS fullscreen until now, you should know which way to go.
Nothing here but the teaser and the trailer. The menu is basic.
The idea may be better than the film itself, but this should still get spark some livelyarguments.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer and Teaser