HTF REVIEW: "Jerry Maguire" Special Edition (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Jerry Maguire

    Year: 1996
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 139 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

    It's really funny to look back upon the Jerry
    Maguire phenomenon that took the world by
    storm with its seemingly endless coin phrases
    like Show Me The Money and You had me
    at hello
    that still get thrown around 6 years
    later. And who could forget Cuba Gooding taking
    the stage in one of Oscar's finest Best Supporting
    Actor acceptance moments? Like it or not, this
    was the film that established Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    and Renee Zellweger, each deserving of such an
    honor. It was also a perfect vehicle for Director
    Cameron Crowe.
    Cruise plays the title character, a sports agent
    who is ambitious but short on morals. One morning
    he writes a "mission statement" spelling out his
    desire to turn the ruthless art of being a sports
    agent into a moralistic one. He wants agents to
    become more personal with their clients. He thinks
    clients deserve more from their agents than just
    being there for contract decisions. When his
    fellow co-workers don't buy into the religion, he
    loses his job.
    Rennee Zelweger gives a sweetly intense performance
    as a single mother who enters his life and his
    heart. She is so moved by Jerry's Mission Statement
    that she's willing to throw away a safe job to be
    part of his new venture.
    That new venture involves trying to make an
    attractive contract for second rate footballer
    (Cuba Gooding Jr.) with an overabundant amount
    of energy off the field but precious little on it.
    Nominated for five Acdemy Awards including Best
    Picture and Best Actor, Jerry Maguire is
    a movie that reminds you why you like movies in
    the first place.
    How is the transfer?
    Columbia has substantially improved upon its
    original 1997 DVD release. Though they are
    using the same transfer, you can immediately see
    the improvements when putting both side-by-side.
    This is perhaps one of the finest transfers
    I have seen from the studio. Whereas the
    original release showed an evident amount of
    video noise, this new digital transfer is
    totally pristine. Flesh colors are more accurate,
    and there is much sharper detail and focus in
    every scene. The football sequences look
    astonishingly crisp -- almost looking hi-def.
    There is no doubt that when you compare this
    transfer to the old, there is a whole new life
    being brought to this film.
    The 5.1 Dolby Digital mix is also more robust.
    The surround channels are constantly active.
    When the rears are not supporting the film's
    musical score, you find yourself placed in the
    middle of a busy airport or crowded restaurant.
    Special Features
    Since Jerry Maguire was one of the
    studio's initial DVD offerings in 1997, there
    was much to improve upon. Columbia has made
    repurchasing this title very tempting by
    releasing a 2-disc Special Edition that does
    not skimp on extras.
    Let's first talk a little about the packaging.
    Columbia has actually done something very special
    with this release with slipcover packaging that
    pulls out and unfolds into 3-pane sections. The
    discs sit in plastic hub housing with a side
    pocket that holds a collector's pamphlet that
    gives insight into the film and its cast.
    Pop in Disc One and an animated menu
    containing vertical strips of scenes slides
    across the screen. You stop ay Jerry's desktop
    where the menu selections reside.
    A full-length audio commentary featuring
    Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Rene Zellweger and
    Cuba Gooding Jr. is included.
    Disc Two begins with an animated menu
    sequence similar to Disc One, set against Bruce
    Springsteen's "Secret Garden" song.
    For anyone who is not in audio commentaries,
    the included Video Commentary may be just
    the thing for you. Using some of the cast's
    favorite scenes, we watch Cruise, Zellweger,
    Gooding and Crowe sitting in chairs, kicking
    back, and commenting on the film's scene shown
    in a separate smaller window. The cast seems
    to be having a great time -- and you will too,
    as you watch a close-up of Cuba looking at his
    infamous "Show Me The Money" speech. Now if only
    Tom Cruise would take that awful hat off his head...
    There are five Deleted Scenes that can
    be played with or without the Director & Editor's
    commentary. They include:
    * Two intense fans approaching Cuba Gooding
    after a game.
    * Cruise talking to his wife after signing
    a great deal. His wife, screaming aloud in
    the office, promises him the best oral sex
    upon his return home.
    * Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr) negotiating dozens
    of phone calls all at once. It comes off
    being way too lengthy.
    * Cuba has an altercation with 2 actors
    dressed in pickle costumes.
    * Tidwell(Cuba Gooding) and Cush(Jerry O'Connell)
    nearly have a fist fight on an airplane as
    Jerry quickly breaks the activity up.
    The deleted scenes, played complete, last under
    7 minutes. They really don't add anything to the
    film, and the picture quality is mostly grainy.
    There are three sequences of Rehearsal
    Footage presented for your enjoyment. Shot
    on what appears to be a video camcorder, we see
    the actors rehearsing inside a Producer's office.
    These sequences last mostly only a few seconds
    in length. They are:
    * Cuba practicing his Kwan speech
    * Cruise improvising a phone with his fingers
    as Cuba prances around an office spewing out
    his infamous "Show Me The Money" dialogue.
    * Cruise walking through the empty soundstage
    office set waving goodbye to his SMI empoloyees.
    In Rod We Trust! You'll get a nice laugh from
    My First Commercial which features new
    sports superstar Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding)
    selling the only thing the public will buy --
    You might mistake him for a used-car salesman,
    but Drew Rosenhaus is a real-life Sports
    Agent, and he will tell you how one equips
    himself for the vigorous life-style of the
    You ready? Let's go! What starts as a slickly
    produced Making-of Featurette soon
    disintegrates into the standard promotional fluff
    that introduces us to the film's cast as well as
    Director Cameron Crowe. Though it contains 1996
    interviews with the cast and a few short clips
    of behind-the-scenes footage, it is mostly
    dominated with film footage you have already seen.
    The documentary lasts just under 8 minutes.
    This is one of those interesting extras that
    you never expect. The entire Mission Statement
    that Jerry Maguire groggily wrote early one
    morning can be read page-by-page.
    An extensive Jerry's Photo Album contains
    well over a hundred publicity photos and stills,
    including Cameron Crowe on the set directing his
    Rounding out the extras is the music video for
    Bruce Springsteen's Secret Garden as well
    theatrical trailers for Jerry Maguire and
    As Good As It Gets. There is also a
    Filmography that contains photos of the
    actors and their individual film credits.
    The DVD ROM consists of the film's
    entire shooting script.
    Final Thoughts
    I don't normally enjoy the fact that studios
    are constantly offering newer and improved
    versions of titles previously released to DVD.
    However, in this case, I'll make an exception.
    This new Special Edition of Jerry Maguire
    has an improved transfer and comes with an array
    of supplements. I was a bit disappointed with
    the very brief amount of deleted material and
    rehearse footage, but the fact that this
    sensational cast has reunited to provide audio
    and video commentary puts the clinch in this
    disc's purchase value.
    Release Date: April 30, 2002
  2. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Jun 21, 2000
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    Thanks for the review Ron. My copy shipped today from DDD, and hope to have it by the end of the week.
  3. Ricardo C

    Ricardo C Producer

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Ron... Your review had me at hello. Nevermind the fact that it didn't actually start with "hello." Already ordered this one.
  4. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

    May 13, 2001
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    Now here's one release I won't be getting.....that's because my brother's getting it. [​IMG] Ah to be a leech in society.
  5. MichaelPe

    MichaelPe Screenwriter

    Feb 22, 1999
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    You had me at "video commentary". [​IMG]
    With "Amelie" and "Jerry Maguire", April 30 is looking good... [​IMG]
  6. todd stone

    todd stone Screenwriter

    Dec 1, 2000
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    boy, the money is flying out of my pocket this month!
  7. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

    Oct 3, 2000
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    No Lipnicki in the commentary??? Aw, man! [​IMG]
    Can't wait to get my mitts on this SE. Solid review, Ron - and great choice of screenshots!
  8. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    Lipnicki's probably going to do some commentary on the Jeff Foxworthy TV show box set that coming down the pike on this side of ...never. [​IMG]
  9. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

    Nov 5, 1998
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    boy I really like the idea of that video commentary

    Honestly, over regular commentaries I'd rather have specific scenes properly broken down or analyzed than 95% of the rambling commentaries that we do get.
  10. Joseph J.D

    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

    Dec 4, 2001
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    Cha-ching!!! Show me the money because I will be spending mine on this DVD next week.[​IMG] Thanks Ron.
  11. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Oct 31, 1997
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    Double dipping on a title again. Man, I feel like Columbia's making me "Show them the money!" "I'm their motherf'er!"

    Another great SE of a Crowe film in my vault. Last one left: Singles!

    Come on, Warner, especially in memory of Layne Staley.
  12. Wes C

    Wes C Supporting Actor

    Jan 7, 2002
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    Thanks Ron, I just placed my order!
  13. David Tolsky

    David Tolsky Supporting Actor

    Sep 3, 1999
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    OK Ron, I know what's really going on here.
    You mention "Jerry's Wife" and "oral sex" in the same sentence. And you got the disc for free!![​IMG] I know how you feel about Rene, so if the money wasn't flying out of your pocket, then maybe something, I won't go there [​IMG]
  14. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Oh, David, you know me so well! [​IMG]
  15. Matthew_S

    Matthew_S Second Unit

    Jan 11, 2001
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    Picked this one up yesterday. Man, i skipped right over to the video commentary and was suprised. From the half i watched, it's a lot of "Gee, you are awesome!" and "look at that, you are on fire!" and whole lot more back-patting. Man, i've never seen a group of folks that were so impressed with their work! I like the video commentary idea, though.
  16. Thomas Monahan

    Sep 9, 2001
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    Has anyone else compared the picture quality of this special addition versus the original release?.

    The reason I ask is because Widescreen Review magazine, on line, claims that they can see no difference between the old and the new. I know that they use a high end front projector for their reviews. You would think that if Ron saw improvement in the new release on his set, the difference should be even more pronounced on a larger front projector.

    I own the original release and I am not really an extras kind of guy. So I will only buy the special edition if I know it's picture is improved. By the way, my display is a 56" Toshiba 56X81.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  17. Andy Kim

    Andy Kim Second Unit

    Oct 4, 2000
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    Did anyone else's copy have the anti-theft metal sticker UNDERNEATH the see through plastic?!

    How the hell do I open it up and get rid of that thing.

    Will that plastic plate pop right off and then snap back on with some force?
  18. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Check out the review at DVDFILE.
    Peter Bracke saw an improvement as well.
  19. PhilipG

    PhilipG Cinematographer

    Jan 13, 2000
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  20. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Oct 31, 1997
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    I'll check it out when I get home, since I haven't sold off my old version yet. Not sure how much of an improvement I'll see since I only have a PT-47, but it is ISF'd so there's a chance.
    I know for a fact I did not see an improvement in The Replacement Killers, but that's another story... [​IMG]

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