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Brought to single-layered DVD in a widescreen anamorphic format (2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio), The Pelican Brief includes the following audio options and tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), with subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed-captioning is also available. The DVD must be flipped in order to access the second half of the movie. There are no special or bonus features. Picture quality contrast is finely ...
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Brought to single-layered DVD in a widescreen anamorphic format (2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio), The Pelican Brief includes the following audio options and tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), with subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French. Closed-captioning is also available. The DVD must be flipped in order to access the second half of the movie. There are no special or bonus features. Picture quality contrast is finely detailed with good natural coloring and flesh tones. Audio goes in and out on the stereo but is otherwise fairly crisp and does well by the musical score and the special effects. The cardboard cover of the DVD case contains a lengthy chapter index.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
For his penultimate film, the late thriller veteran Alan J. Pakula wrote, produced, and directed this overlong but engrossing suspense piece, which could have been 30 minutes shorter and still had time for a love scene between stars Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. Instead, we get an emotive hug and a chaste kiss, but every other nuance and plot point is obsessed over in detail, leaving us with a cross between a police procedural and a political page-turner, replete with shadowy conspiracies within conspiracies. Washington and Roberts play to type, but turn in solid performances -- him as the virtuous, overachieving journalist, her as the toothy ingenue. Each gets at least one short, great moment -- Washington when Grantham blows a heated chase because a cabbie won't stop for an African-American in sweats, Roberts when Darby watches a loved one blow up before her very eyes. The real fun, though, lies not in watching the stars who must play it straight, but in savoring Stanley Tucci, portraying a chameleon-like assassin whose character owes more than a little to Edward Fox in Day of the Jackal, and Tony Goldwyn, playing the same shifty bastard he's been cast as, ever since his role in 1990's Ghost. Continuing the transformation from leading man to character actor that would eventually lead to his decayed, corrupt cop character on The Sopranos, John Heard turns in solid work as the FBI lawyer who tries to help Darby. Throw in John Lithgow as a testy newspaper editor and a rogue's gallery of imperious lawyers, PR vampires, and picturesque heavies, and you've got a fun, pulpy ride that takes itself just seriously enough to convince.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/1997
  • UPC: 085391298922
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Darby Shaw
Denzel Washington Gray Grantham
Sam Shepard Thomas Callahan
John Heard Gavin Verheek
Tony Goldwyn Fletcher Coal
Anthony Heald Marty Velmano
Ed Johnson W & B Security Guard
Christopher Murray Rupert
Edwin Newman Himself
Cynthia Nixon Alice Stark
Tom Quinn Sara Ann Morgan's Father
Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A
1. Credits [2:30]
2. Rosenberg's View [1:47]
3. Rendezvous in Shadows [3:27]
4. Rights and Rites of Privacy [2:00]
5. Death Strikes Twice [3:53]
6. Rally 'Round the Leader Time [2:43]
7. What to Look For [3:38]
8. A Girlfriend With A Theory [6:21]
9. Grantham's Confidential Source [3:16]
10. Coal's Confidential Source [3:36]
11. Taking Callahan's Breath Away [3:08]
12. Alone in Crowds [4:54]
13. Discussing Dog Tricks [1:53]
14. On the Run [2:15]
15. "Her Little Brief Is Right on Point." [2:09]
16. "Garcia" and "Alice" Call [3:17]
17. The Saddest Girl in the Quarter [4:28]
18. Khamel's New Assignment; Absent Friend [1:47]
19. Out of the Closet [4:27]
20. Holding Hands With Death [4:03]
21. Grantham Takes His Chances [4:05]
22. Comparing Notes in the Back Seat [1:14]
23. One Piece of Common Ground [6:33]
Side #2 -- Side B
1. Reaching Deep and High [3:31]
2. Suppositions Worth Exploring [2:33]
3. Joint Research [3:10]
4. Briefing the President [2:39]
5. George and Martha's Place [2:03]
6. Burgled and Shadowed [2:26]
7. Detective Work [3:05]
8. Linney Hallucinates [3:32]
9. A Missed Appointment [3:09]
10. "I Want You to Reach 25." [1:47]
11. A Secret Key [4:28]
12. Stalkers at the Bank [4:58]
13. Parking Garage Assassins [5:04]
14. Dead Man's Legacy [2:55]
15. A Breaking Story [2:10]
16. A Deal With the FBI [5:41]
17. Flight by Night [3:45]
18. Who Is Darby Shaw? [2:06]
19. End Credits [4:18]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Side A
   Jump to a Scene
   Explore the Gallery
      Cast Profiles
         Julia Roberts
         Denzel Washington
         Sam Shepard
         John Heard
         Tony Goldwyn
         James B. Sikking
         William Atherton
         Robert Culp
         Stanley Tucci
         Hume Cronyn
         John Lithgow
         Screenplay and Directed By Alan J. Pakula
      Behind the Scenes
      Director's Corner
         All the President's Men (1976)
         Klute (1971)
         Presumed Innocent (1990)
         Pelican Brief (1993)
   Select Languages
      English
      Français
      Español
   Select Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
   Return to the Movie
   Recommendations
      Absolute Power
      The Client
      Disclosure
      Jfk
Side #2 -- Side B
   Jump to A Scene
   Explore the Gallery
      Cast Profiles
         Julia Roberts
         Denzel Washington
         Sam Shepard
         John Heard
         Tony Goldwyn
         James B. Sikking
         William Atherton
         Robert Culp
         Stanley Tucci
         Hume Cronyn
         John Lithgow
         Screenplay and Directed By Alan J. Pakula
      Behind the Scenes
      Director's Corner
         All the President's Men (1976)
         Klute (1971)
         Presumed Innocent (1990)
         Pelican Brief (1993)
   Select Languages
      English
      Français
      Español
   Select Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
   Return to the Movie
   Recommendations
      Absolute Power
      The Client
      Disclosure
      Jfk
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2010

    Big Disappointment!

    If you don't mind getting up from your chair or bed and going to the DVD player and turning the disc over the get the other half of the movie, then you will be delighted! It's a great movie and very well acted, but this version is ruined for me by having the movie split in half.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    I love this Grisham movie and The Client. I already have The Pe

    I love this Grisham movie and The Client. I already have The Pelican Brief on DVD and now wanted it on Blu-Ray.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    This book kept my interest, page after page.

    The story is different, in fact,very different from normal storylines in most of the books out there on the market. It is refreshing and interesting because it shows how one ordinary lady, Darby Shaw, can come up with a solution that all the experts could not think of. Even after two justices are killed without a trace of evidence, she decides to uncover the killer. Then, when her brief is handed over to the FBI, the agent dies two days later in Darby's place. Once, she realizes that the killers are after her, she knows that she must stay one step ahead of them, so she doesn't stay in one place for two nights. During these chapters the book is thrilling when Darby is being chased, and each time you think this is her last day on Earth she escapes death. In my opinion, Grisham, wrote a trilling, legal mystery that will keep your interest from the first page to the last page. Enjoy, I highly recommend this book.

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