A Time To Kill
Warner Bros. / 1996 / 143 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
The 3rd John Grisham DVD focuses on a what if scenario. What would you do if your young daughter was raped and then hanged by two inbred, redneck, peckerwoods. Well if your Samuel L. Jackson you would lay in wait in a courthouse with a semi automatic machine gun and when they are on there way to trial shoot them deader than Elvis, Yee-Haw. 

That's the back story to this one. So now that ol' Sammy has shot these boys, he has to go on trial for murder. But can a black man get a fair trial in the cousin mating south of the U.S. where the KKK are rampant still? Well Matthew McConaughey a white attorney will attempt to make sure he does. Now while the movie doesn't have any real twists and turns like some of the other John Grisham thrillers, it does go right to the heart of race matters down south and is very effective. 

Good acting, good directing and a high quality DVD and yet another great adaptation of a John Grisham Book. The disc itself is a flipper and has 23 chapters a side.

VIDEO
Generally the movie is of high quality, there is the occasional MPEG artifact in the movie and also the occasional speck in the transfer. The darkened areas hold up quite well though. 

A Time To Kill is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a dual sided, single layer disc or flipper disc. You must get off your lazy ass after chapter 23.

AUDIO

The Usual from the WB Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The movie itself makes extensive use of the rear speakers mainly for ambient scenes and they also are used in the courtroom scenes to echo people's voices, quite fun actually. The .1 channel is used sparingly and mainly to add to the music score.

EXTRAS
Didley-squat here. The Theatrical Trailer framed at 1:85:1, 16:9 enhanced, DD2.0 soundtrack. The only other extras are cast & production notes.

Subtitles include: English, Arabic, Polish, Greek, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Croatian, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Another great John Grisham flick for your collection.
I wouldn't have any trouble recommending this one to anyone.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 24 May 2000 15:13:33 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 143 minutes
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 29/1/1999
Catalog Number: 14317
List Price: 29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 46
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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