The Pelican Brief
Warner Bros. / 1993 / 135 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
This is the second of the 3 John Grisham DVD's I have reviewed and I consider this one to be the best of the lot. 2 Supreme Court Justice's have been assassinated by someone and Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) has written what is called The Pelican Brief, it is a school report she writes detailing who did the murders, why, and how far up the political ladder it goes. 

She gives the brief to her lover, from there it makes it's way to Washington. The report is so accurate that a price is on her head and also anyone that reads it. She enlists the help of Grey Grantham (Denzel Washington) a Washington newspaper reporter to find proof that what she has written is true and not get killed in the process. 

Packed with nail biting and highly dramatic scenes, a great music score by James Horner and excellent acting by everyone in the movie. The Pelican Brief is the best John Grisham movie so far.

VIDEO

The picture is very crisp and clean also. In fact I will almost go as far to say it's reference quality. There were no noticeable marks or artifacts in the print, and the dark scenes were well rendered. Impressive.

The Pelican Brief is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a dual-sided, single-layer disc.

AUDIO

Dolby Digital 5.1 across the board, the sound seems very clear and the dialogue was easy to hear. The surrounds got some good use during the action scenes and they were also used for atmosphere in most scenes. The .1 channel peeped occasionally, when it was used it underscored the more ambient scenes, although if there was an explosion in the movie it would have a blast then.

EXTRAS
Again rather skimpy. Theatrical trailer in 1:85:1, 16x9 enhanced with a DD2.0 soundtrack, good stuff there. But other than that you just get the extra details like Production Notes and cast notes.
FINAL THOUGHTS
A top buy, an excellent movie, great transfer, good sound, nice trailer Heartily recommended. Even if it is a flipper.

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: 25 May 2000 20:35:11 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 135 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 7/10/1998
Catalog Number: 12989
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 42
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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