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Jack and Jill

Blu Ray

  • Score
    53
    from 2 reviewers
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  • Both reviews slam 'Jack and Jill' as Sandler's worst, calling the movie awful despite Sony's decent Blu-ray quality.

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  • Video
    73
  • Despite minor inconsistencies, 'Jack and Jill' on Blu-ray delivers a mostly top-notch visual experience with sharp detail, vibrant colors, and deep blacks, showcasing Sony's dedication to high-quality transfers.

  • Audio
    65
  • While 'Jack and Jill's audio track lacks dynamic action, its DTS-HD MA 5.1 excels in clarity, especially in dialogue and specific scenes like the Staples Center, with shortcomings in music and effects, feeling mostly flat.

  • Extra
    50
  • Jack and Jill's extras, laden with deleted scenes and bloopers, offer little value, highlighting unnecessary cameos and lackluster transformation efforts.

  • Movie
    24
  • Jack and Jill" is lambasted for its abysmal humor, offensive jokes, and cringe-worthy plot, marking a low point in Adam Sandler's career and the comedy genre.

    Video: 73

    The Blu-ray presentation of "Jack and Jill," while not exempt from critique, notably underscores Sony's commitment to high-quality video transfers, irrespective of the film's reception. The visual fidelity exemplified in this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode, framed at a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, showcases a predominantly stellar image quality. Although it doesn't uniformly maintain peak sharpness—approximately 80 percent of the footage dazzles while the remaining 20 percent exhibits a slight, albeit noticeable, dip in detail—the overall presentation remains commendably clear and devoid of significant flaws. It's a manifestation of mostly spectacular but occasionally inconsistent video quality, maintaining a clean image without succumbing to digital noise reduction (DNR) or edge enhancement malpractices.

    Detailing within the video transfer is, for the most part, extraordinary. The texture on characters' faces and clothing is rendered with meticulous accuracy, enabling viewers to appreciate nuances down to the smallest stitch. The color palette is vivid and highly accurate, encompassing everything from the varied hues of the cruise ship environment and game show spectacle to the natural flesh tones and the myriad blues of ocean scenes. Despite these strengths, an imperfection surfaces in the form of slight banding in a few scenes, though this hardly detracts from the overall brilliance of the visual experience.

    Regarding black levels and color reproduction, "Jack and Jill" excels with rich, deep blacks that add significant depth to every scene. The vibrancy and liveliness of colors never veer into oversaturation, contributing to an image that feels both lifelike and dynamic. This Blu-ray manages to present a captivating visual narrative that is clean and clear across its runtime, barring minor fluctuations in sharpness. Such a presentation not only demonstrates Sony's unwavering dedication to quality but also enriches the viewing experience with its attention to color balance, detail, and overall picture clarity.

    Audio: 65

    The audio presentation of "Jack and Jill" on Blu Ray boasts a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack that shines primarily in its handling of dialogue, catering effectively to a film that leans heavily into vocal performance over action-packed sequences. Despite this focus, the soundtrack demonstrates an adeptness in creating immersive environments during specific scenes, such as the notable basketball sequence at Staples Center, which showcases an impressive layering of crowd atmospherics and public address announcements that enhance the realism and engagement of the moment. However, the track overall presents a mixed bag in terms of dynamic range and spatial utilization, especially when it comes to music and effects, which are conveyed with less enthusiasm and spatial dynamic.

    On one hand, sonic details like the swirling helicopter blades in a scene featuring Al Pacino stand out for their precision and ability to replicate a realistic auditory experience, showcasing brief moments where the soundtrack successfully leverages the surround channels to envelop the listener. On the other hand, the soundtrack struggles with a consistent engagement across its channels, often appearing anchored to the front and failing to exploit the multi-dimensional potential of its 5.1 setup. The music and general effects suffer from a lack of dynamism and spatial distribution, resulting in a presentation that occasionally feels flat and unidirectional. Despite the clarity and balance maintained between vocals and other elements, this restraint in channel utilization contributes to an overall experience that can feel underwhelming, particularly for audiences expecting a more lively auditory journey.

    In essence, while "Jack and Jill" delivers clear and competent vocal reproduction and moments of effective ambient creation, it falls short in fully harnessing the potential of its DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. The occasional brilliance demonstrated in specific scenes underscores a missed opportunity for a more consistently engaging and spatially rich audio experience, leaving much to be desired in the realms of musical score execution and comprehensive sound effect distribution.

    Extra: 50

    The Blu-ray extras for "Jack and Jill" offer a mixed bag that ranges from the mildly intriguing to the utterly superfluous, reflecting the film's divisive humor. Viewers are treated to a plethora of deleted scenes totaling 19 minutes, which arguably could have extended the movie’s runtime to a daunting near-two hours, featuring everything from minor gags to extensive guest cameos. The extras attempt to cater to all tastes: from behind-the-scenes looks such as "Boys Will Be Girls," exploring Adam Sandler's transformation into his female character, to "Look Who Stopped By," a somewhat self-aggrandizing showcase of the film’s many cameos. More niche offerings include "Laughing is Contagious," a blooper reel which unintentionally highlights the film's broader comedic failings, and "Don’t Call it a Boat-Royal Caribbean," a curiously focused tour of a cruise ship. Despite these efforts, the extras serve more as a curiosity than as valuable enhancements to the overall viewing experience, illustrating a project filled with ambition yet lacking in meaningful execution.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Deleted Scenes: Includes extended scenes such as Here Comes Jill and Jill Stays In.
    • Laughing is Contagious: A blooper reel showcasing outtakes from the film.
    • Look Who Stopped By: Highlights cameo appearances from the film.
    • Boys Will Be Girls: Details Adam Sandler's transformation into his character Jill.
    • Stomach Ache: Features Regis Philbin giving a tour of his scene's set.
    • Don't Call it a Boat-Royal Caribbean: Provides an inside look at the Allure of the Seas cruise ship.
    • Previews: Trailers for additional Sony titles.
    • UV Copy: Digital version of the movie.
    • DVD Copy: Standard definition version of the movie.

    Movie: 24

    In "Jack and Jill," Adam Sandler attempts to push the envelope of dual-role performances by tackling both titular characters, resulting in a cacophony of missed comedic opportunities and bewildering narrative choices that redefine the threshold of viewer tolerance. The film, delving into the strained relationship between ad executive Jack and his intrusive sister Jill, seems conceived around the barest glimmer of comedic potential—identical twins with diametric personalities—but rapidly devolves into an array of cringe-worthy antics and ill-conceived jokes that mercilessly test the audience's patience.

    The movie's plot, which thinly revolves around Jack's desperate attempts to secure Al Pacino for a Dunkin' Donuts advertising campaign by leveraging his unappealing sister, is as convoluted as it is preposterous. This premise might have harbored a semblance of charm or wit in more capable hands. Still, under Dennis Dugan's direction, it falters and stumbles, dragging the viewer through a series of increasingly insufferable scenes that blend tedious slapstick with a shocking disregard for nuanced humor or character development. The film's attempt at humor, relying heavily on worn-out stereotypes, fat jokes, and a bafflingly persistent reliance on physical comedy, fails to elicit more than a mirthless grimace, overshadowing the very few moments of genuine laughter it accidentally stumbles upon.

    Technically, "Jack and Jill" boasts the polish expected of a mainstream Hollywood production, with clear visual quality and competently staged scenes that do little to distract from the film's inherent flaws. Despite a cast featuring names like Katie Holmes and countless celebrity cameos—each of whom contributes to the film's disjointed feel rather than its allure—the movie struggles to find a tonal balance or a coherent narrative flow. Sandler's dual performance, which could have been a showcase of his range, instead reinforces the sense that "Jack and Jill" is nothing more than an ill-advised foray into a comedy of errors without the saving grace of actual comedy. The technical execution and production values, while adequate, cannot salvage a script mired in mediocrity and a fundamental misunderstanding of what makes comedy work.

    Total: 53

    Jack and Jill," despite its high-profile Blu-ray release from Sony, stands as a glaring low in Adam Sandler's career, characterized by a glaring absence of humor, heart, or any discernible purpose. The film has been widely criticized for its lackluster script and Sandler's uninspired performance in drag, leading to calls for a cinematic penalty box for such egregious misfires. The Blu-ray presentation, while technically proficient with excellent video quality, fails to salvage the movie from its own mediocrity. The audio presentation receives mixed reviews; while it is described as top-notch in some aspects, others find it bland and unremarkable, suggesting a lack of consistency in the release's production values.

    The special features offered with the Blu-ray are a mixed bag. On one hand, there are a few exclusive extras that could potentially add value for some viewers. On the other hand, the majority are criticized for focusing heavily on promoting Royal Caribbean cruise lines and offering little in terms of insightful content or behind-the-scenes material that fans of Blu-ray releases might expect. This approach to the special features further cements the impression of the Blu-ray as being more of a marketing tool than an artistic endeavor.

    In conclusion, "Jack and Jill" on Blu-ray exemplifies a missed opportunity by Sony to elevate a critically panned movie through its home release. Despite the superior video quality and occasional glimpses of audio excellence, the overall presentation suffers from inconsistent technical execution and a disappointing array of special features. Coupled with the film's intrinsic failings, these factors render this Blu-ray a challenging sell, even to Sandler's most loyal fans. It stands as a cautionary tale of how not even the most polished presentation can redeem a fundamentally flawed film.