A few words about…™ – The Firm — in 4k UHD

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For the record, I’m a huge fan of Sydney Pollack’s work. From Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft in The Slender Thread in 1965, through The Interpreter in 2005, he directed about twenty films, a large proportion of them quite extraordinary. As a producer, he was also behind some superb productions, and a bit of research will get you the details.

The Firm, starring Tom Cruise, with an extraordinary supporting cast – Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Wilfred Brimley, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn, among others. It was one of only four films Mr. Pollack directed in the ’90s.

Paramount’s 4k UHD release is an interesting affair, and one might presume that it’s from an older master. I have no direct information. Overall, it’s a gorgeous release, with only a single minor problem, which was something that had shown up on a few other releases, and I’m presuming it’s a compression artifact. It was most recently seen in a few shots of OUaTitW, and it involves occasional digital globs in bright skies. I make mention only because it’s there, and not only will it not be seen from a NSD, but one must get right up to the screen to find it. To my, it’s no big deal.

That minor point aside, color, densities, black levels and grain all seem reasonable. In 4k, one may notice that grain and resolution is very slightly down for the first few minutes, which is the main title sequence and presumably dupe, so it is what it is. Again, no big deal.

As a film, it fits in beautiful with Mr. Pollack’s CV – think Absence of Malice, Three Days of the Condor et al.

A great film that should be in every serious library.

While the slipcover is quite basic, it’s also a beautiful and slick representation of the art within in rich blues and reflective elements.

Image – 9 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 10 (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 7.5

Upgrade from Blu-ray – Yes

Worth your attention – 9

Slipcover rating – 4

Highly Recommended


Robert has been known in the film industry for his unmatched skill and passion in film preservation. Growing up around photography, his first home theater experience began at age ten with 16mm. Years later he was running 35 and 70mm at home.

His restoration projects have breathed new life into classic films like Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, My Fair Lady, Spartacus, and The Godfather series. Beyond his restoration work, he has also shared his expertise through publications, contributing to the academic discourse on film restoration. The Academy Film Archive houses the Robert A. Harris Collection, a testament to his significant contributions to film preservation.

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Robert Crawford

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Any extras?
None, just the movie as there isn't even a Blu-ray. There are no extras on the digital either.



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Hugh S.
Just fyi, this has just been released (along with some other Paramount titles- Vanilla Sky, The Truman Show & more) in Italy and some Scandinavian countries. Early reports are saying they are on a BD100 disc (vs. BD66 disc in US market)...and has superior picture quality. There is a whole thread about it elsewhere on another well known site.

Buyer beware.


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