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...And Justice For All Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Cas Harlow, 30th April 2011.
This late 70s attempt at dissecting the US legal system, highlighting its flaws and revealing the corruption at the highest levels, makes for decent enough courtroom drama viewing, driven by a impassioned performance by a young Al Pacino, and assisted by a reasonably solid central storyline. Unfortunately, even forgiving its painfully dated score, the movie is fatally flawed itself by a rather strange infusion of farcical humour. Amidst the rapes, suicides and murders, you have Judges shooting firearms in court, lawyers throwing plates at anybody who comes near them, and a totally out-of-place helicopter stunt (a foolish one at that) which possibly provides audiences with the worst piece of Al Pacino acting (screaming like a child) that they have ever seen. Strange that you get all this in a movie that received Oscar Nominations for Best Screenplay and for Al Pacino’s admittedly otherwise excellent central performance. It’s a shame because the film would have been so much more poignant had they stripped it of these painfully farcical moments and played it deadly serious – which, for the most part, it is.

On Region A locked US Blu-ray we get decent video and audio, considering the material, but a very thin selection of extras. Fans will definitely want to add this to their collection, but those, like me, who missed this early era Pacino production should be warned of exactly what to expect. There’s a somewhat classic courtroom drama somewhere buried in this mess, but you have to look hard, and forgive a fair amount of silliness, in order to find it.

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