Jerry Maguire (1996) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Sony || R - 138 minutes - $28.95 || September 9, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer(s): Cameron Crowe (written by)
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King


Theatrical Release Date: December 13, 1996


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Cast Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Jerry Maguire
  • Jerry Maguire's Mission Statement
  • "My First Commercial" with Ron Tidwell
  • Rehearsal Footage
  • "How to be a Sports Agent"
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"Jerry MaF***ingGuire". Yeah, we have all heard that line before. What about "You had me at Hello" or "Show me the Money!!". Yeah, I've heard both of those lines so many times I want to forget this film ever existed.

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a hot-shot Sports agent who after many years starts to realize maybe he just isn't cut out for the job anymore. Sure, he is great at what he does, but how long could he go making up stories and giving in to the extreme demands some of his clients have? Well, after a night of pizza and a bad day at the office Jerry makes a mission statement - something he believes in and he hopes his employers does as well.

After everyone reads it... they tend to agree. But just because they agree with it does not make it right and he is promptly fired by his padawan Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr). Pissed about the events, Maguire attempts to get any of his clients to follow him... but he only manages to nab two football players - one being an unknown player Tidwell (Gooding Jr.) and the other Cushman (Jerry O'Connell). As he leaves and makes his big "speech" one person leaves with him, Dorothy Boyd (Zellweger). Both decide to start up a business and from there, the story becomes an uneven mess of romance, comedy and betrayal.

As much as people clamor about how great this film is...I just never liked it that much. Its been a few years since I last saw the film and had hoped watching it again would bring a better understanding of the film...but still, it does not. I hate everything about the film. From the rushed romance aspect, to the performances right down to the conclusion. Everything about the film seems rushed - even with itís almost 2 and a half hours long!

Letís start with the romance plot. How in the world does Zellweger's character manage to fall in love with Cruise' character in a matter of weeks? It does not make sense. Sure, I suppose he is a good looking guy and has some aspirations, but by all counts he is, at that point in his life, a complete failure. Yet somehow, beyond all thought, Dorothy (Zellweger) falls for him. I mean, you marry the guy, who you barely know just to get some health insurance? Ugh.

Next up we have this acting. Cruise... while I like the guy in some of his films (Magnolia, Vanilla Sky) completely over acts. Some of the scenes were downright embarrassing (singing in the car, breaking up with Avery). What is wrong with this guy? Is this supposed to be Top Gun 2? Zellweger does an admirable job playing a unkempt single mother but she is far from attractive in this film which makes me wonder how someone like Maguire could go from someone so sexual like Avery to Dorothy. Cuba Gooding Jr. is hit and miss for me. While I get that he is a great player who tends to be pushed to the side for other players...he just becomes a joke towards the end of the film. Nothing he did at the end of the film warrants him going from 1.2 Million to 11 Million in the course of one single game.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

Commentary track with Director Cameron Crow, Tom Cruise, Renee Zellwger and Cuba Goodie Jr. - Damn... not only do we get a track with Crowe but the main cast members! Sadly this is not a very good track. Itís very boring and tends to focus a bit more on things we simply don't care about. Apparently this is an audio only while the previous DVD was a PiP one. Don't know why it was cut... but there you have it.

Deleted Scenes (8 minutes) - A collection of 5 different deleted scenes all of which add very little to the film. Nice to see Donal Logue a bit more though... (Optional Commentary Available)

The Making of Jerry Maguire (7 Minutes) - I don't understand why these are still included with movies. All they ever amount to is fluff pieces.

Jerry Maguire's Mission Statement - I kid you not, this is here. If you really want to read the thing that changed Maguire's life... well, here it is!

"My First Commercial" with Rod Tidwell (1 Minute) - Cute... that's the best words to describe this feature.

Aside from that stuff we get some fairly boring features like Rehearsal Footage (4 Minutes), "How to Be a Sports Agent" (4 Minutes), and the music video (4 Minutes) "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen (of boy... not like we didn't hear it ten times during the film). Looking at the back of the case you would think it has tons of features... but in reality aside from the commentary you get about thirty minutes of special features.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Jerry Maguire is presented in 1.85:1 on a 50GB Disc. Uneven is best to describe this transfer which includes some very striking HD scenes...and then some poorly done ones. One moment I thought to myself 'Wow! This looks really good for a ten year old movie" and then next "Woah... what went wrong here". Really disappointed with this releases as its littered with artifacts and at several times throughout the film flesh tones seem to change colors.

Sony has included an English and French Dolby 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Much like my review of the Picture quality, the Audio is just as bad. Besides the soundtrack you can forget about the rear speakers doing much of anything. Dialog is, at times, muffled and at some points in the film I couldn't understand what certain actors were saying. Big disappointment.



.::OVERALL::.

I'm a minority here, but I just don't like Jerry Maguire. It did nothing for me. If I want to feel "inspired" I'll watch American Beauty. As for the Blu-ray release of the film, with below average Picture and Audio quality along with a mixed bag of extras (and some cut from the previous DVD) itís hard to recommend this film unless you are a huge fan of the film.