Made for television, Murder in Mississippi covers the same historical ground that was fictionalized in the theatrical film Mississippi Burning (89). The film recounts the murders by the Ku Klux Klan of three civil rights workers in 1964. Rather than detail the subsequent FBI investigation, the plotline follows the life of one of the white murder victims, Mickey Schwerner (Tom Hulce), who gave up a comfortable lifestyle in the North to struggle alongside African-American freedom fighters in the South. Jennifer Grey portrays Schwerner's wife, while Josh Charles and Blair Underwood portray the other two martyred activists, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. Filmed in Georgia, Murder in Mississippi was produced by David L. Wolper of Roots fame.
Television premiere: February 5th, 1990
DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English (CC), None|
Bare bones but competent release from Warner. Unfortunately I don't have anything overly positive to say about the film. I wasn't impressed by this obvious and slanted telling of the tale of one individual attempting to illicit change in in a dramatically unjust system. It doesn't investigate with any depth and keeps the characters surface enough to illicit groans of dissatisfaction accompanying rolling eyes.
Anyway, the DVD image is pretty good - single-layered and progressive in the original 1.33 aspect ratio (made for TV). Audio is inconsequential but audible and there are optional English subtitles. Regardless, even at the reasonable price being offered, we encourage a pass. No sale.