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The Falcon And The Snowman
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Review by Marc Girdler | posted February 1, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: Chris Boyce (Tim Hutton) has uncovered some top secret information that will change his life forever. Even though Boyce is low on the food chain at the defense plant he works at, he will soon be swept up in a high stakes proposition, where the consequences can be lethal. Boyce discovers some documents he was never meant to see, documents which provide evidence that the C.I.A. is, under cloak and dagger, coercing foreign governments. Boyce wants to tell someone, so he tells his friend Andrew Lee (Sean Penn) about the covert actions described in the documents. Lee is not exactly stable, not only does he sell drugs, but he is also helplessly addicted to them. Lee persuades Boyce to use the information he discovered to his benefit, by selling the papers to Russian agents. So the deal is made with the KGB, and Boyce thinks the entire affair is over. Until the stakes get raised ever higher, as the KGB wants more information and the C.I.A. learn of the deal and begin their hunt for the informants. Boyce cannot count on Lee, as he slips deeper and deeper into his world of addiction, leaving Boyce on his own to try and control the situation.

Video: The Falcon and The Snowman is presented in 1.85:1 non anamorphic widescreen, with no option for full screen. The overall image is slightly softer than usual, but the print looks great, with few wear signs to be found. Colors are strong, yet natural, with correct flesh tones and slightly muted primaries. Black levels are good, but lean more toward the bright side, which softens the image a little. Nothing to get irate about, but worth mentioning.

Audio: The disc uses a stereo surround track, but the audio is focused in the front channels. Only a few brief scenes use the surrounds actively, but some subtle audio can be detected from time to time. The musical score fits the movie quite well, and sounds good on this mix as well. Dialogue is crisp, with no separation issues to deal with. Extras: Aside from the collectible booklet, you get nothing.

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