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JFK - Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
(Oliver Stone, 1991)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 3:25:49
Feature film disc size: 37.5 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Book-style Blu-ray case
Release date: November 11th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Video codec: VC-1
Audio commentary by
director Oliver Stone (in 2.0 channel)
• "Meet Mr. X: The Personality and Thoughts of Fletcher Prouty"(11:01)
Product Description: Oliver Stone’s powerful film about the shots heard round the world and the mystery enshrouding them is one of the most provocative movies of our time. Aside from its box-office success, critical acclaim and awards, it played a major role in the national debate leading to passage of the 1992 Assassination Materials Disclosure Act. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winner of two...
Oliver's Stone's "JFK" builds up an overwhelming head of urgency that all comes rushing out at the end of the film, in a tumbling, angry, almost piteous monologue - the whole obsessive weight of Jim Garrison's conviction that there was a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy. With the words come images, faces, names, snatches of dialogue, flashbacks to the evidence, all marshaled to support his conclusion that the murder of JFK was not the work of one man.
Excerpt from JRoger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is a very impressive Blu-ray image - especially considering the film is now 18+ years old. Detail is very strong while colors are a shade muted. Some scenes can tend to look a bit glossy and this may be a factor of the VC-1 encode - frequently utilized by Warner. We've seen better contrast but it's not fatal. Stone's common use of vintage newsreel and faux 'similar' comes through as intended. The feature size is a gimongous 37.5 Gig on the dual-layered Blu-ray - probably more related to the 3.5 hour long film. There is no DNR or edge enhancements that I could ascertain. There is some noise and sporadically visible grain. You may click on the screen grabs to see the full 1080 resolution. It looks much crisper than I was anticipating. This transfer is akin to Stone's Nixon which we also endorse for visual quality. This is the 'Director's Cut' - some 16 minutes longer than the theatrical version.
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Audio & Music:
November 12th, 2008
About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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