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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 08 2013 - 02:27 AM

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(This is not the product cover art)

 

Headline Date: TBA
Release Date: 7/9/2013

 
THE JERK
 
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 12/14/1979
Synopsis: That wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin, makes his film-starring debut in the wacky comedy hit The Jerk. Steve portrays Navin Johnson, adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, whose crazy inventions lead him from rags to riches and right back to rags. Along the way, he’s smitten with a lady motorcycle racer, survives a series of screwball attacks by a deranged killer, becomes a millionaire by inventing the “Opti-grab” handle for eyeglasses – and shows why he’s one of the hottest comic performers in the world.
 
Blu-ray Widescreen (61119599) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-21120-7-2
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  7/9/2013  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 34 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case with Slip Sleeve  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 2.0
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
Spanish
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  -
 Bonus Features:  • Digital Copy of The Jerk (redeem by 4/30/2015)
• Includes UltraViolet (redeem by 4/30/2015)
 
DVD Widescreen  26th Anniversary Edition(61027340) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-27340-2-1
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  -
 Street Date:  3/6/2012  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 34 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:  26th Anniversary Edition  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]N/A
 Bonus Features:  • Learn How to Play "Tonight You Belong to Me"
• The Lost Filmstrips of Father Carlos Las Vegas de Cordova
• Theatrical Trailer
• Production Notes
 
DVD Widescreen (61126236) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-21841-6-1
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  7/9/2013  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 34 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case with Slip Sleeve  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:  -  Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:  -  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]N/A
 Bonus Features:  • Learn How to Play "Tonight You Belong to Me"
• The Lost Filmstrips of Father Carlos Las Vegas de Cordova
• Theatrical Trailer
• Production Notes

 

 

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER:

 

 

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#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 08 2013 - 02:29 AM

HE HATES THESE CANS!

 

No hesitation to preorder.  Looking forward to 

owning this on Blu!


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#3 of 16 OFFLINE   JohnS

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Posted May 08 2013 - 04:39 AM

An absolute day one purchase.

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#4 of 16 OFFLINE   Ken_McAlinden

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Posted May 08 2013 - 06:25 AM

Finally can replace that HD DVD.  I wish they had created some new extras, though.


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#5 of 16 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted May 08 2013 - 06:34 AM

So it reads that the Blu-ray will not have the the bonus features. I am sure that is a mistake.
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#6 of 16 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted May 08 2013 - 12:47 PM

Just don't screw up the transfer, Universal. If the extras are somewhere on the disc, it's better than not having them at all, but it is still inconvenient.


Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#7 of 16 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted May 08 2013 - 05:19 PM

Doesn't look like it will have the "FOR THEATRE MANAGERS ONLY" teaser that I love.  :(


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#8 of 16 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted May 08 2013 - 05:27 PM

"The new phone books are here!"

 

I love this film, but I am not sure I need it on BD. The DVD should be enough.

 

Oh, who am I kidding? I'll probably end up buying it if the price is right, even though I hate the way Universal authors their discs. It takes forever to get to the actual film.



#9 of 16 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 10 2013 - 08:34 AM

Well, cover art finally surfaced....

 

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...it's horrid.  I cancelled my Animal House

preorder because of this crappy cover.

 

Suppose there are no other alternatives.  Sigh.


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#10 of 16 OFFLINE   lukejosephchung

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Posted June 10 2013 - 10:00 AM

My suspicion is what you're seeing in terms of the cover art is the slipcase...the actual blu-ray shell casing is probably more conventional-looking and a helluva lot less objectionable, Ron...



#11 of 16 OFFLINE   Mark Booth

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Posted June 21 2013 - 10:38 AM

Perhaps one of the HTF old-timers can help me remember the details about the soundtrack (musical number) change in 'The Jerk' for home release?

 

In the theatrical version, the song/music that was playing over the radio when Mavin (Steve Martin) declares the music speaks to him is a number titled "Crazy Rhythm."  Then, somewhere along the home video release timeline, a different musical number was substituted for "Crazy Rhythm."  As best I can remember, the original music was used for both the VHS and Laserdisc release.  The change took place with the first DVD release.  In fact, the back of the DVD contained a notice that some music had been changed (I forget the exact wording).

 

I'm pretty sure this was all discussed online (Compuserve?) at the time of the DVD release.  But lots of Googling has not been able to come up with the answer or any reference to the discussion.

 

Does anyone here still have the VERY FIRST DVD release?  I'd be interested in being reminded of the exact wording regarding the music change.

 

Or, maybe I'm remembering it wrong and ALL home video versions used the alternate music?  (But I don't think so!)

 

I still own the original DiscoVision Laserdisc release of 'The Jerk.'  Unfortunately, my Laserdisc player stopped working years ago and I've never bothered to get it fixed.  Maybe I should spend the money just to satisfy my curiosity?  :)

 

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#12 of 16 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted June 21 2013 - 11:09 AM

That notice was also on the VHS release, which in typical MCA fashion, was labeled "Home Video Version."


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#13 of 16 OFFLINE   Mark Booth

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Posted June 21 2013 - 11:53 AM

That notice was also on the VHS release, which in typical MCA fashion, was labeled "Home Video Version."

 

Stephen,  Are you absolutely certain the VHS release contains the alternate musical number?  And, is it a VHS version that was released in the 1980s?

Any VHS versions released in the mid to late '90s would have the same soundtrack as the DVD release.

 

Also, whenever the change was made (with I still believe happened with the DVD release), the wording on the back of the package specifically referred to different music being used.  I don't recall it being somewhat generic text like "Home Video Version".

 

Thanks to you and anyone else that can help me unravel this mystery!

 

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#14 of 16 OFFLINE   StephenAlto

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Posted June 21 2013 - 07:05 PM

Hi, Mark...

 

The only wording I see that might be what you're referring to doesn't mention music, per se. It's at the very bottom, in Braille-sized font, below the copyright info: "This film has been modified from its original version. It has been modified to fit your television."



#15 of 16 OFFLINE   Mark Booth

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Posted July 03 2013 - 01:11 PM

Seen today on the shelf at the Costco in La Mesa, CA:

 

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Since I already own both of these on HD DVD, I'll wait for reviews before deciding if I should "upgrade".

 

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#16 of 16 OFFLINE   Mark Booth

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Posted July 11 2013 - 12:11 PM

Based on screen caps posted on another forum, it appears Universal used the same transfer that was used for the HD DVD.  No need to buy the Blu-ray if you own the HD DVD!

 

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