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Lean on Me
1989 (1998) - Warner Bros.
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
I have to admit, since I grew up in close proximity to New Jersey,
I'm well versed in the legend of Joe Clark. I thought the guy was a
nut job, when all of this was going on. But after watching this
movie -- I was a huge fan. The movie is a minor masterpiece and a
worthy addition to the filmographies of both Morgan Freeman and
director John G. Avildsen.
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
The video is clean and strong. Looks pretty good actually, but it
isn't widescreen. The sound drops out a few times during some of the
auditorium sequences. It ends up a bit muffled and weak. No extras,
but then again -- no surprise there.
Overall Rating: B-
I love this movie. Sure, it's not, like, in my top 10 -- but on a
rainy Sunday in Atlanta, it was a welcome way to spend a couple of
hours whiling away the time. Should have been in widescreen through.
109 mins, PG-13, full frame (1.33:1), single-sided, single-layered,
Snapper case, scene access (23 chapters), language: English (DD
2.0), subtitles: English, Close Captioned
Morgan Freeman can do no wrong... well, outside of Amistad.
Still, Lean On Me more than
makes up for that. It's a brilliantly told film, that doesn't try
and make a hero out of anyone -- and yet many can be found. This DVD
is lackluster, but it's better than my VHS copy.