HTF REVIEW: "Jackie Brown" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Jackie Brown Collector's Edition




    Studio: Miramax
    Year: 1997
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 151 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)



    Six players on the trail of a half a
    million in Cash. There's only one question...
    Who's playing who?

    Having seen Reservoir Dogs and Pulp
    Fiction
    , I have always fondly looked to
    Quentin Tarentino as a Director who brought brash
    freshness to cinema. This first time watching of
    Jackie Brown was a bit of a disappointment
    for me.
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    I can completely understand that it's near
    impossible to recreate the magic of Pulp Fiction,
    a highly fresh piece of filmmaking that scored with
    its multiple points of view, non-linear storytelling,
    music and violence. After three years following
    that film's success, Jackie Brown shows us
    a more matured Tarentino who tells this cat and mouse
    story in a more conventional manner.
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    Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is a flight attendant
    who's illegally transporting money for gun dealer
    Ordell Robie (Samuel L. Jackson). When investigator
    Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton)catches up with her,
    she sets up a complicated plan that will involve
    Ordell, Nicolette, her bail bondsman Max Cherry
    (Robert Forster), Ordell's partner Louis (Robert
    De Niro), and drug addict Melanie (Bridget Fonda).
    The story is complex and simple at the same time
    and all the performances are top-notch, most notably
    Pam Grier and Robert Forster.
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    Miramax has released Jackie Brown in a
    deluxe 2-disc Collector's Edition that arrives
    in a very handsome slipcase that gives a bullet-hole
    window to Pam Grier's face. The innards slip out
    into a 3-pane gatefold that hold the 2 DVDs in
    plastic hub housing that sit above two photos of
    Quentin Tarentino and his cast.
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    In the far left pocket sits a 16-page collector
    booklet that among other things contains a list
    of the cast members; A letter from Elmore Leonard
    (the writer of Rum Punch for which the film was
    based on); A letter from Peter Bogdanovich who
    praises Quentin Tarentino; a selected filmography
    of the Director as well as Pam Grier and Robert
    Forster; and finally...oh yes....chapter stops.
    Dig a little further in the pocket and you'll
    pull out a small poster with assorted promotional
    artwork from the film.
    How is the transfer?
    The transfer generally looks good, though its audio
    comes across a bit lackluster compared to that of
    the Pulp Fiction SE. While the print is in
    immaculate condition, free of any blemish, there
    is that annoying amount of video noise that shows
    up mainly in the whites of building walls. Colors
    are very accurate and sometimes vividly brought
    out with no oversaturation, such as in Jackie's
    deep blue stewardess uniform. I also noticed that
    black levels are deep and solid.
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    After being totally mesmerized by the 5.1 DTS
    mix of Pulp Fiction, I was quite unimpressed
    with this film's mix when it came to film's soulful
    musical passages. While the sounds of Bobby Womack
    as well as the Delfonics come across the front
    sound stage quite forcefully (even my subwoofer was
    pounding to the beats), none of it is supported
    by the rears which made Pulp Fictions a
    more sonically immersible experience. Even effects
    noises aren't as well pronounced in this transfer,
    sounding as if they were recorded at a lower volume
    level. I suppose that if I weren't comparing the
    two transfers I would have no real complaints, but
    I just felt that the 5.1 DTS mix here could have
    been a little better.
    Special Features
    A short live-action menu sequence featuring Jackie
    Brown announcing herself to a door's intercom begins
    upon the initial playback of disc one.
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    Special Features are spread across both discs.
    Disc One contains supplements that can be accessed
    from the film directly.
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    One feature that you should immediately turn
    on is the enhanced playback track that
    adds text commentary to the subtitle area of the
    screen during the playback of the film. This
    text commentary is chock-full of useful facts
    about the cast, locale filming, and even
    variations in the script to screen translation.
    Soundtrack Selection lets you easily
    access any of the film's 18 musical tracks.
    Simply click on the title/artist listing and
    you will be taken directly to the point in the
    film in which that track appears.
    DVD-ROM features include an enhanced
    playback track that places a small text box
    at the bottom of your computer screen, giving
    you useful film facts during viewing. It works
    like the standard enhanced playback track (see
    above), but also adds some cool animation to boot.
    There's a screenplay viewer that lets you access
    the film's original script as well as a trivia
    game.
    Though, oddly enough, there is absolutely no
    commentary to be found on this DVD, there is a
    50-second personal video introduction by
    the Director who apologizes it took so long for
    the movie to make its way to the format, but
    promises that the very best of care has been put
    into this Special Edition.
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    Now let's head on to disc two....
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    In the documentary Jackie Brown: How it went
    down, we learn that while filming Pulp
    Fiction
    both Producer Lawrence Bender and
    Director Quentin Tarentino became aware of a
    book called Rum Punch, and immediately
    knew that this was a great idea for their next
    film. Almost losing the film to another Director,
    Tarentino finally decided to do the film. Rum
    Punch
    author Elmore Leonard recalls receiving
    a phone call from a nervous Tarentino who was
    concerned over the way he changed the title and
    color of the film's main character. Leonard
    wasn't the least concerned as he was more
    interested in what Quentin could creatively do
    to the material more than anything else. The
    rest of the documentary takes us through cast
    interviews, lets us glimpse at behind-the-camera
    footage -- including some B-roll deleted material.
    All of it ends with some split screen footage of
    a film clip played alongside the actual making of
    footage. There's also an interesting story on how
    Bender and Tarentino finally nabbed actor Robert
    DeNiro, including comments from the actor himself.
    (length: approx. 39 minutes)
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    A look back at Jackie Brown features a
    way too lengthy one-on-one interview with Quentin
    Tarentino who sits for a series of questions from
    a female interviewer who can't be clearly heard.
    Basically, the Director talks about the reactions
    to the film from the author of the book to the
    film public at large. He also talks about his
    experiences working with his cast ensemble.
    (length: approx. 54 minutes)
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    Quentin personally introduces Chicks with
    guns, the entire full-length video feature
    that we see Ordell watching at the start of the
    film. It's quite humorous to see that this
    production had more to it than what was shown in
    the film.
    (length: approx. 5 minutes)
    As if Jackie Brown wasn't long enough,
    Quentin personally introduces 6 deleted scenes
    in the film that include:
    * An extended scene in the mall with Jackie
    and Sheronda that takes place during their shopping
    bag exchanges. Jackie asks Sheronds about her
    relationship with Ordell. This scene also shows
    how much Sheronda may or may not know what is
    transpiring.
    * A totally improvised scene between Pam Grier
    and Michael Keaton. The both improvise this
    scene so well that Grier's comments about a
    Mademoiselle totally takes Keaton off guard
    creating a wonderful blooper.
    * An excised scene with Pam Grier and Robert
    Forster where the two mastermind a plan to set
    up Ordell.
    * An alternate take of "For Your Eyes Only"
    * An alternate opening of the film that will
    make your mouth drop wide open. I will not
    even spoil this for you other than to say it
    may contain too much pulp for your taste of
    fiction.
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    In an excerpt from Siskel & Ebert's At The
    Movies, we find the famous critic duo giving
    two thumbs up for the film.
    (length: approx. 5 minutes)
    Two Jackie Brown on MTV promotions are
    included in this collection. The first is a
    contest promoted by Quentin, Pam Grier and Bridget
    Fonda. The second is a live appearance by
    Quentin Tarentino at the MTV studios above Times
    Square, NY.
    In addition to three theatrical teaser trailers,
    we also get no less than eight TV spots.
    And, if you think this DVD didn't offer enough
    supplemental information on Grier and Forster, you
    have the choice of browsing through dozens of
    trailers of their older films. There's even original
    radio spots from many of Grier's black exploitation
    films.
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    Still Galleries is an entire scetion
    devoted to the posters, publicity stills and
    memorabilia from the film. Interestingly enough,
    there is also promotional material from many
    of Pam Grier and Robert Forster's older films.
    Another section is dedicated entirely to
    reviews the film received from the likes
    of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Village Voice;
    Rolling Stone Magazine
    and The New Yorker
    (to name a few).
    There are selected filmographies for both
    Pam Grier and Robert Forster as well as Director
    Quentin Tarentino. A resume of their many film
    accomplishments are listed across many pages.
    Final Thoughts
    Though Jackie Brown has its moments,
    the film is rather long in the tooth for its
    near three hour length. Tarentino's direction
    seems plodding compared to his previous two
    efforts. If you're expecting non-stop action
    peppered with a barrage of violence then Jackie
    Brown is unlikely to live up to expectations.
    However, those looking for Quentin's signature hip
    dialogue will find plenty of it throughout.
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    Miramax has done phenomenal justice in
    bringing out a 2-disc Collectors Edition
    that sports an above average transfer, but more
    importantly, enough added material to keep fans
    immersed in the film long after its done.
    Release Date: August 20, 2002
     
  2. Marc_Savoie

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    While I liked the film a lot more than you (I feel it's absolutely perfect), I appreciate the great review!
    Double feature Tarantino-Tuesday can't arrive soon enough!
     
  3. Patrick Larkin

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    I cannot believe I will own PF and JB for less than $30. These seem like stellar packages.
     
  4. Rain

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    I know I'm probably the only one in the world, but I actually liked Jackie Brown MORE than Pulp Fiction. I've been dying to see this one on DVD for a long time.
    Thanks for the review.
    Oh, and cute licence plate there, Ron. [​IMG]
     
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    Your not alone Rain. I liked Jackie Brown a bit more then Pulp Fiction and looking forward to both of their releases.
     
  6. Jeff Savage

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    Great review! I am glad to see that this film is FINALLY out. I have been waiting for this one ever since I got my DVD player.
     
  7. Patrick Larkin

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    I recall like Pulp Fiction better but I haven't seen Jackie Brown since it was in theaters. Second viewing is LONG overdue.

    What ever happened to Quentin Tarantino, anyhow?
     
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    From the screengrabs there it looks like Miramax was trying to reduce overscan. Hmmmm....
     
  10. TheBat

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    I liked jackie Brown more then Pulp Fiction.

    JACOB
     
  11. Brian Harnish

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    Well, I loved Pulp Fiction but I'm sure I'll like Jackie Brown. It looks like I'll be picking both of these up come August 20th! [​IMG]
     
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  13. JonZ

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    I also think Jackie Brown is the better film.
    I'm really looking foward to seeing this on DVD.
    DVDfile said the Jackie Brown transfer was stellar while the Pulp Fiction transfer had alot of edge enhancement. Just goes to show how different DVDs can look with different equiptment.
    Cant wait until Tues.[​IMG]
     
  14. Ronald Epstein

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    Tony,
    Please don't confuse the facts. [​IMG]
    I didn't like the transfer of Reservoir
    Dogs
    . That was the transfer that looked
    washed-out.
    The transfer of Pulp Fiction (the
    new versions) is slightly better than that
    of Jackie Brown. I also felt the
    DTS track on Pulp Fiction was far
    more active than that of Jackie Brown.
    I have no answer about why another reviewer
    or website hasa different opinion on the
    transfer quality. You must realize, however,
    that different systems are going to show
    slightly different results in both audio
    and video quality, though from membership
    feedback, I generally find consistency
    across the board.
     
  15. Matthew Chmiel

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    Add another person to the list who liked Jackie Brown more than Pulp Fiction.
    I can't wait to pick this up on Tuesday with Pulp Fiction.
     
  16. Rich Malloy

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  17. TonyD

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    i my fault ron i did get confused. never mind.
     
  18. Ronald Epstein

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    Rich,

    You bring up a very valid point.

    If you want to get down to the nitty
    gritty, then yes, I was disatisfied with
    the sound design.

    The overall sound quality was very good
    as stated in the review.

    Phew! Think I need a cigarrette about now.

    Good question, though, Rich!
     
  19. JonZ

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    "You must realize, however,
    that different systems are going to show
    slightly different results in both audio
    and video quality"

    Yes Ron, I hope you dont think I was trying to be difficult.Just pointing it the difference of opinion for those unaware.
     
  20. Antonio Silva

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    Same question as on the Pulp Fiction review, Ron (sorry):
    Does it have English subtitles?
    Thanks [​IMG]
     

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