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Blind Justice
HBO // R // May 8, 2001
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted September 19, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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Review:
Blind Justice

Movie:
Blind Justice, originally released in 1994 on HBO, was directed by Richard Spence. The film stars Armand Assante (Canaan), Elisabeth Shue (Caroline), Robert Davi (Alacran), and Adam Baldwin (Sgt. Hastings), with Jack Black in a cameo role.

Blinded during the Civil War, Canaan is a roving gunfighter on his way to Los Portales to deliver the baby of a man he had killed. Near San Pedro, Mexican bandits attack him. He skillfully kills them and continues to town. There he discovers that the US Calvary is holed up in the church, guarding 2000 pounds of silver. He also learns that the bandits he killed belonged to a larger gang lead by Alacran, who has the town sealed off in the hopes of taking that silver by force. For 10% of the silver, Canaan agrees to help the cavalry and save the town…but is he a match for Alacran's men?

While not a remarkable film, Blind Justice isn't as bad as the cover art makes it look. Assante manages to (mostly) convince as a blind gunfighter, whose only desire is to make good on the promise to deliver an infant to Los Portales. The plot is filled with clichés, but it's entirely watchable and stays fairly interesting throughout the 88 minute running time. The real treat for me was seeing Jack Black, who even back then, manages to amuse.

Picture:
Blind Justice is presented in 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer has some specks and smaller marks throughout. There is a fair amount of visible grain in the print: most of the film has a relatively small amount, though several darker scenes have quite a lot. Colors are natural, flesh tones are accurate, and blacks are often too light.

Sound:
Blind Justice is presented in Dolby 2.0 Surround in English, Dolby 2.0 Stereo in French, and Dolby 1.0 Mono in Spanish. The surround track is fairly active during gunfights and explosions, though directionality is limited. Dialogue throughout is clean with no distortion that I detected. Optional subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Extras:
The only extras are five biographies and selected filmographies for Assante, Shue, Davi, Spence, and Daniel Knauf (writer).

Summary:
Blind Justice is a decent, if clichéd, western that gets an average presentation on DVD. Fans of the genre or the actors involved might want to consider a rent, but I discourage a purchase unless you're familiar with the film beforehand. Rent it.

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