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 "Parkland" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever – when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We follow a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever alter our world’s landscape: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the unwitting cameraman who captured what has become the most watched and examined film in history, the FBI Agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of a country in a moment’s notice. Parkland is the true story behind a tragic day in history you thought you knew, but didn’t, and couldn’t, until now… 50 years later.

Specifications

  • Millennium Studios
  • 2013, Color, PG 13, 1 Hr 27 mins
  • Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC/MPEG 4
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital True HD
  • Starring:Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver
  • Directed by: Peter Landesman
Rating
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  • Violence: Implied
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This film recaps apparently randomly selected excerpts from the Kennedy assassination and its immediate aftermath. The film does not shed new light on the events and seemed to be a jumble of story lines that weave and cross at various times over a 3 day period. The acting is fine, except that Oswald’s mom comes across as a callused "loon". There are plenty of other films that deal with the Kennedy assassination better than this one, and I found that I just could not find the emotional center in Parkland. This left me bored. A better assasinated president movie is Lincoln. That one left me truly saddened.

Technical

Picture quality is average with fairly excellent detail and depth. Their are interspersed scenes from actual footage that looks fairly horrible. Think of all of the cell phones that would have recorded this event had it taken place today! The sound is dialog driven and is clear, but front heavy. I'm not sure my sub ever kicked in during the entire film.

Extras

Only deleted scenes.