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Jagged Edge [Blu-ray]

 

(Richard Marquand, 1985)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Video: Image Entertainment

 

Disc:

Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:48:42.516 

Disc Size: 24,040,408,631 bytes

Feature Size: 23,356,317,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.01 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 17th, 2011

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3045 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3045 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), Spanish, none

 

Extras:

Theatrical Trailer (1.57 - 480i)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: A grisly homicide... a sensational trial... a forbidden affair it's Jagged Edge, a razor-sharp suspense thriller about crime, punishment and passion. Jeff Bridges is the prime suspect and Glenn Close plays the attorney who falls in love with him. When a San Francisco socialite is viciously murdered, her publisher-husband, Jack Forrester (Bridges), is accused of committing the crime. Teddy Barnes (Close) decides to defend the charming, manipulative Jack, only to disregard legal ethics by having an affair with him. With the help of private eye Sam Ransom (Robert Loggia), she takes on a ruthless District Attorney (Peter Coyote) who's using the case as a political stepping stone. However, a startling revelation puts Teddy in jeopardy of becoming the next victim of the Jagged Edge.

 

 

The Film:

In this hit thriller, a prosecuting attorney-turned-defense lawyer falls in love with a rich, charming client who's... been accused of murdering his wife and her maid with a hunting knife. When an unknown assailant gruesomely slays San Francisco newspaper heiress Paige Forrester (Maria Mayenzet), her husband and business partner, Jack Forrester (Jeff Bridges), turns to corporate attorney Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) for counsel. Teddy, who quit her job with the district attorney's office four years earlier over an ethical dilemma, has reservations about returning to criminal work; nevertheless, she accepts the assignment, convinced of Jack's innocence and eager to face off in court against her old boss, DA Thomas Krasny (Peter Coyote), who's about run for attorney general. With the help of investigator Sam Ransom (Robert Loggia), the recently divorced Teddy builds a strong defense for her client, though the work -- and her incipient romance with Jack -- cause strain in her relationship with her children. When Jack's innocence and his romantic intentions come into question, Teddy feels her life slipping back into a moral quagmire until a series of courtroom denouements set the stage for even bigger surprises. Big-name screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' follow-up to Flashdance, Jagged Edge was directed by Richard Marquand, who had previously lensed Return of the Jedi. Parts of Jagged Edge were shot on-location in San Francisco, whose City Hall provides the film's courtroom exteriors.

~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

Pouring rain, flashing lightning, scary music: ''Jagged Edge'' begins with all this and more at a lonely beach house, and seems to be signaling at least a hint of irony in the midst of all this crashing melodrama. However, the sequence is in deadly earnest, and it proves to be no less graceful for the rest of the movie. ''Jagged Edge'' has harsh lighting, blunt performances, and artless, no-nonsense dialogue relieved by the occasional bit of excess color. For instance, a judge addressing trial lawyers: ''I'll tell you now, I see this trial degenerating and I'll hit you like a freight train coming down the High Sierra!''


''Jagged Edge,'' which was directed by Richard Marquand and opens today at the Coronet and other theaters, concerns a glamorous lawyer who falls for her client, a newspaper publisher accused of murdering his wealthy wife. Did he or didn't he? It hardly helps that there's only one interesting answer to that question. The screenplay, by Joe Eszterhas, does what it can to throw up a smokescreen, but the audience will probably be well ahead of the story's final resolution.

Excerpt from Janet Maslin at the NY Times located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Like Against All Odds, And Justice For All, and Awakenings - Image Entertainment picks up another 25-year old Columbia film for release on Blu-ray. The image quality of Jagged Edge looks a little better than I was anticipating. Detail and contrast (a function of detail) are quite strong. The source used is damage-free. This is only single-layered but colors look true (skin tones) and bright. There is some surprising depth. There is no edge-enhancement - or other manipulations and I anticipate that the source was in good shape. This Blu-ray with minimal noise has a consistent and healthy appearance that is easily in advance on the any SD-DVD of the film.

 

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Audio :

We get a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3045 kbps and its is robust and capable of exporting decent depth and some less demonstrative range. One of the icons of film scores - John Barry offers a solid effort supporting the film with tension and suspense - 'seat-jumping' punchy bass exists but is minimal. There are optional English and Spanish subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Nothing but a trailer - in 480i.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Jagged Edge is a very good film. There seemed to be quite a series of these 'Courtroom drama's' crossing over into 'thriller' territory that it was almost its own genre. Of that group - this was one of the better flicks with solid supporting performances (Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia, John Dehner, Richard Partlow etc.) and a tight script. I think the Blu-ray is reasonably priced ($13) and makes for a good popcorn movie night. Glenn Close is really in command here and for here alone it's worth the spin. Bare-bones but there is enough entertainment here to suffice.  

Gary Tooze

May 10th, 2011

 

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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