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Glass Shield
     

The Glass Shield

Director: Charles Burnett, Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Ice Cube

Cast: Charles Burnett, Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Ice Cube

 

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Charles Burnett's police drama The Glass Shield comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This Disney/Buena

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Charles Burnett's police drama The Glass Shield comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This Disney/Buena Vista release does a good job of presenting the film, but it does carry a high list price for a title with no extras. More care could have been taken to see that this film reaches a wider audience.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
After making a comeback of sorts with the relaxed, atmospheric To Sleep with Anger, veteran independent filmmaker Charles Burnett applied his skills to issue-oriented cop melodrama with The Glass Shield. The marriage is an odd one, but it ultimately works: Burnett's tendencies toward the ponderous and philosophical add depth to what could have had the tone of a TV movie-of-the-week. Though the film's central character is rookie cop J.J. (Michael Boatman) -- whose idealistic notions of police work are chipped away by the casual, everyday racism around him -- Burnett is very democratic with his attention, allowing the supporting players (Ice Cube, Lori Petty) to make as much of an impression as Boatman. The pat unveiling of villains in the third act may disappoint, but the film's subtle, situational concerns stay in memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0717951001702
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Boatman J.J.
Lori Petty Deborah
Ice Cube Teddy Woods
Michael Ironside Baker
Richard Anderson Massey
Bernie Casey Locket
Elliott Gould Greenspan
M. Emmet Walsh Hal
Don Harvey Bono
Sy Richardson Mr. Taylor
Natalia Nogulich Judge Helen Lewis
Wanda De Jesus Actor
Victoria Dillard Actor
Biff Yeager Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Burnett Director,Screenwriter
Penny Barrett Production Designer
Gaye Burnett Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas S. Byrnes Producer
Veda Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Carter Art Director
Paul Childs Asst. Director
Curtiss Clayton Editor
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Jacek Laskus Cinematographer
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
Carolyn Schroeder Producer
Gaye Shannon-Burnett Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen James Taylor Score Composer
Tom Tyrnes Producer
Chet Walker Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Making History [7:59]
2. Spelling and Perfume [3:48]
3. Endangering Lives? [4:15]
4. Helping Detectives [4:04]
5. "On My Own Two Feet" [5:44]
6. "My Skin Is My Skin" [4:56]
7. Choices [2:13]
8. A Vague Investigation [5:00]
9. Telling the Truth? [4:01]
10. "No More Questions" [6:09]
11. New Evidence [6:33]
12. "Fix It" [4:02]
13. "Lower the Flag" [5:16]
14. Detective Work [2:46]
15. Massey's Trophy [5:42]
16. Troubling Testimonies [9:12]
17. Hung Jury [5:01]
18. "Let's Get High" [4:37]
19. "Cold-Blooded Killer" [5:26]
20. Innocent People? [6:32]
21. End Credits [6:39]

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