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Jackie Brown

Blu Ray

  • Score
    77
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  • Jackie Brown dazzles uniquely; a Tarantino masterpiece, highly recommended & a must-buy on Blu-ray.

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  • Video
    77
  • Jackie Brown's Blu-ray release impresses with sharpness, vibrant colors, and overall cleanliness despite minor softness and haloing, reflecting a high-quality effort reminiscent of 'Pulp Fiction' but with room for improvement.

  • Audio
    79
  • Jackie Brown's Blu-ray boasts vibrant vintage soul and crisp visuals, with well-mixed audio and few flaws, capturing Tarantino's essence.

  • Extra
    72
  • The Jackie Brown Blu-ray features an extensive array of special content including critiques, in-depth documentaries, interviews with cast and crew, unique promotional materials, and a rich collection of trailers and still galleries, showcasing the film's legacy and Tarantino's cinematic passion.

  • Movie
    76
  • Tarantino's 'Jackie Brown' defies expectations post-'Pulp Fiction' success, showcasing a deliberate narrative, reviving careers with a stellar cast, and exploring unexpected range in a homage to the Blaxploitation genre.

    Video: 77

    The Blu-ray presentation of "Jackie Brown" in an AVC encoded 1080p transfer and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio is a significant improvement over previous home video releases, marking the best version of the film available for home viewing. Personally approved by Quentin Tarantino, the transfer mostly shines with an exceptional level of detail and color saturation that brings this cinematic experience vividly to life. While the majority of scenes display a sharpness and clarity, particularly in close-ups where every eyelash seems discernible, there are moments, especially in mid-range location shots around San Fernando Valley, where a softness intrudes, slightly muddling what is otherwise a pristine transfer. The more subdued color palette of "Jackie Brown," in comparison to the vibrancy of "Pulp Fiction," remains faithfully rendered, although it is worth noting that some of the darker sequences exhibit moderate levels of crush.

    Despite initial apprehensions concerning the quality of this Blu-ray release, given its untouched status amongst the flurry of Miramax titles transitioned to Blu-ray, this edition dispels such concerns with its largely clean and age-resistant picture quality. Unlike the problematic Polish import, this version manages to minimize the presence of dirt and scratches effectively, with only occasional blips. However, random soft shots do emerge, contrasting starkly against the typically sharp and detailed imagery, thereby slightly affecting the overall visual consistency. The disc also excels in showcasing deep, rich blacks alongside beautifully accurate skin tones without falling prey to the inconsistency and crush issues seen in other versions.

    The technical prowess of this release ultimately offers a rewarding viewing experience. The robust colors and detailed imagery underscore the film's aesthetic appeal, even as minor haloing from edge enhancement and fluctuating levels of detail present mild distractions. These occasional imperfections aside, fans should find this release a satisfying high-definition rendition of "Jackie Brown," celebrating its visual strengths more than dwelling on its sparse weaknesses.

    Audio: 79

    The audio presentation of "Jackie Brown" on its latest Blu-ray release truly encapsulates Quentin Tarantino's affinity for meticulously chosen soundtracks, propelling the essence of the film’s atmosphere through the usage of quintessential soul and R&B tracks that breathe life into the characters' narratives. Enhanced by a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, the sonic landscape of this film has been revitalized, offering a rich and vibrant auditory experience. The depth and clarity of the music are remarkable, with a dynamic range that complements the film's tone perfectly. Gunfire, an essential element of the film's soundscape, is rendered with startling clarity, utilizing the LFE channels to their full extent, creating an immersive experience. Dialogue is another high point, delivered with pristine clarity ensuring every word is understood, maintaining priority in the mix without sacrificing the lush background scores and ambient sounds.

    Lionsgate's collaboration with Tarantino to approve this transfer has resulted in a near-perfect audio experience that marginally outshines its visual counterpart. The new DTS-HD 5.1 track is boldly aggressive, enveloping listeners in a cocoon of auditory bliss where every layer of sound, from the eclectic soundtrack to the nuanced ambient effects, is balanced and distinct. The surround setup is utilized effectively, crafting an atmospheric depth that places you squarely in the middle of Jackie Brown's world. Bass moments are engaging without overpowering, demonstrating a judicious use of the LFE channel that enhances rather than distracts.

    Despite its front-heavy design, this American release by Lionsgate shows marked improvement over prior versions, especially imports known for their muddy mixes. The separation is finely tuned, with dialogue breaking through with clarity and precision. Although there are moments when bass could provide a bit more punch for heightened dramatic scenes, and some lines might carry a slight echo, these are minor griping points in an otherwise exceptional audio presentation. This track deftly balances all elements, from the background music to ambient sounds and effects, offering a comprehensive and satisfying auditory experience that further illuminates 'Jackie Brown's narrative and stylistic nuances.

    Extra: 72

    The extra presentation of the "Jackie Brown" Blu-ray disc is a treasure trove for enthusiasts, offering a comprehensive look behind the scenes and celebrating the film's legacy. Essential features include a critics' roundtable, extensive interviews with Quentin Tarantino and the cast, revealing documentaries, and a nostalgic review by Siskel & Ebert. The inclusion of unique content, such as the bizarre "Chicks With Guns Video", alongside an array of promotional materials, still galleries, and trailers for both Pam Grier and Robert Forster's films, enriches the viewing experience. The collection is rounded off with deleted scenes, each introduced by Tarantino himself, making for a compelling glimpse into the creative process. Technical quality varies, with many extras presented in standard definition, preserving their original charm. This disc not only celebrates the film but also serves as a time capsule of its era, offering insight and entertainment in equal measure.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Breaking Down Jackie Brown: Critics' roundtable discussion.
    • How it Went Down: In-depth documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew.
    • A Look Back at Jackie Brown: An extensive interview with Quentin Tarantino.
    • Chicks With Guns Video: Infomercial from the film, with Tarantino introduction.
    • Siskel and Ebert At the Movies: Review of Jackie Brown.
    • Jackie Brown on MTV: Includes Promotional Contest and MTV Live segments.
    • Marketing Gallery: Trailers and TV spots.
    • Still Galleries: Collection of stills.
    • Trivia Track: Enhanced trivia feature.
    • Deleted and Alternate Scenes: With introductions by Tarantino.
    • Soundtrack Chapters: Direct access to film's music cues.
    • Robert Forster Trailers: Collection of Forster's film trailers.
    • Pam Grier Trailers: Compilation of Grier's movie trailers.
    • Pam Grier Radio Spots: Audio promotional spots for Grier's films.

    Movie: 76

    In the realm of Cinema, few tasks are as daunting as following up on a cinematic juggernaut. Quentin Tarantino, riding high on the waves of "Pulp Fiction," chose to navigate these treacherous waters with "Jackie Brown," an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch." This marked a notable departure from original scripts, showcasing Tarantino's prowess in adapting material while incorporating his unique cinematic style. The result is a film that is a stark contrast to its predecessor, both in narrative structure and tone. "Jackie Brown" offers a more linear storytelling approach, focusing on character development over stylized violence and nonlinear storytelling. It is a deliberate, slow burn that rewards viewers with rich character arcs and a complex plot centered around the eponymous Jackie Brown, a flight attendant caught in a precarious web of crime.

    The casting of "Jackie Brown" stands out as both a homage to exploitation films of the '70s and a testament to Tarantino's ability to rejuvenate careers, notably Pam Grier and Robert Forster, who deliver understated yet powerful performances. Alongside them, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, and Michael Keaton contribute to an ensemble that brings depth and nuance to the narrative. This film is marked by its respect for the characters' backgrounds and motivations, diverging from the overt caricatures seen in previous Tarantino films. It excels in presenting a story that is deeply human at its core, exploring themes of desperation, second chances, and redemption.

    "Jackie Brown" ultimately stands as a testament to Tarantino's versatility and depth as a filmmaker. It is distinguished not only by its departure from the expected but also by its homage to blaxploitation cinema - a genre that defined an era yet had been largely forgotten. The methodical pacing and attention to character development may have initially divided audiences expecting another "Pulp Fiction," but over time, "Jackie Brown" has been recognized for its intricate narrative and character-driven plot. It is an essential piece in Tarantino's filmography, illustrating his ability to defy genre constraints and audience expectations while crafting film experiences that are genuinely engaging and thought-provoking.

    Total: 77

    Jackie Brown" on Blu-ray stands as a testament to Quentin Tarantino's versatility and distinct narrative style, diverging significantly from the overt shock value of "Pulp Fiction" to present a film that seduces with its subtlety and depth. This title, characterized by its realer-than-life characters entangled in desperate circumstances, offers a viewing experience akin to a meticulously crafted Delfonics tune, playing against the backdrop of a steamy Los Angeles night. It's not just the storytelling that takes center stage; the amalgamation of Tarantino's vision with Elmore Leonard's storytelling creates a unique cinematic experience that grows richer with each viewing. This release, priced attractively at $10, represents remarkable value, making it an essential addition to any collection.

    The Blu-ray transfer itself deserves commendation for presenting the film in a quality that not only respects but elevates the original material. For fans and newcomers alike, this version of "Jackie Brown" is almost irresistibly priced, making the choice between acquiring this piece of cinema history and spending on ephemeral pleasures like fast food strikingly clear. The consensus among enthusiasts points to this release as not just a purchase but an investment in a film that promises and delivers repeated satisfaction over time.

    In conclusion, the Blu-ray release of "Jackie Brown" is an exemplary product that does justice to one of Quentin Tarantino's most nuanced films. Its affordability, coupled with the qualitative enhancements of the Blu-ray format, makes it a compelling proposition for cinephiles. This offering is not merely about adding to one's collection; it's about embracing a film that remains uniquely satisfying within Tarantino's oeuvre—a cinematic piece that rewards viewers with its depth and complexity each time it’s watched. In recommending this Blu-ray release, we echo the sentiments of those who find in "Jackie Brown" a singular pleasure that only gets better with time.