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Jerry Maguire [Blu-ray]
(Cameron Crowe, 1996)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Columbia TriStar
Feature Runtime: 2:18:33
Feature film disc size: 41.6 Gig
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 9th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG4-AVC
• Commentary with director Cameron Crowe, actress
Renee Zellweger, actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Tom
• "My First Commercial" with Rod Tidwell
• Drew Rosenhaus How To Be A Sports Agent
• Bruce Springsteen "Secret Garden" video
• Making of Featurette
• Text 'Jerry Maguire Mission Statement'
Product Description: Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a top sports agent, long on ambition but short on scruples. After he suddenly and ceremoniously loses his job and his fiancée (Kelly Preston), both his personal and professional lives hit an all-time low. The only two people who stand by him are his sole client Rod Tidwell, a second rank football player (Cube Gooding, jr. in an Oscar winning role) and Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), a single mother inspired by his zest for life...
Cameron Crowe spent four years writing and researching this film, surprising even himself that he was writing a story about a sports agent. In the film's production notes online HERE, Crowe explains, "I wasn't a jock growing up, but I thought the world of sports agents was something that hadn't been written about at the time, and where can you get more of a highly concentrated pursuit of pure money? I wondered, what if love and honor attempted to flourish in that world? And so I embarked on a wild little journey of research, going around and talking to a lot of sports agents and athletes. Basically, I just clanged around the NFL for a few years and picked up conversations, went to people's homes and saw what their world was like. It was fun, and a lot of it shows up in the movie."
Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Blu-ray image quality is generally quite strong but has some inconsistent moments with some high noise/grain showing unusual prominence. It does occasionally exhibit the 3-dimensional appearance that many fans of the new format crave but I'm happier with the strong level of color representation and detail which, considering the film is 12 years old, far exceeded my expectations. The, 2 1/4 hour, feature takes up a healthy 41.6 Gig of space on this dual-layered Blu-ray disc. We can safely assume that this is an improvement over the Special Edition from 2002. This new Blu-ray looks impressive at times although is a mostly dialogue driven film without extensive action controlling any scenes. It jumped off the screen at me right from the beginning but certain close-ups look inconsistently grainy (not that I mind good grain) and I suspect this has more to do with how Jerry Maguire was shot than errors in the transfer process. I don't see any Digital Noise Reduction used to compensate for background artefacts that do still exist but are quite minor and shouldn't impinge upon normal viewing. What looks like dirt can also be infrequently seen. Resolution, though, proves this as the best Jerry Maguire has ever looked for home theater presentation. Hopefully the enlargeable screen captures below will give you an idea of how it should look on your system.
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September 4th, 2008
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze