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The Two Jakes (Special Collector's Edition) (1990)

Jack Nicholson , Harvey Keitel , Jack Nicholson  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe, Eli Wallach
  • Directors: Jack Nicholson
  • Writers: Robert Towne
  • Producers: Jack Nicholson, Alan Finkelstein, Harold Schneider, R. Blaine Currier, Robert Evans
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UAE7RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Two Jakes (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric Chinatown follow-up that's hit upon "the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original" (Mike Clark, USA Today).Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't changed: "Nine times out of ten, if you follow the money you will get to the truth." And that's the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that's tied to a grab for oil--and to Jake's own past.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It's about time that "The Two Jakes" gets a little love. Yes, it's a lesser film than "Chinatown" but it's still a GOOD film that was slammed in the press for not being the first film which, of course, it couldn't be simply because all the characters have tried to move on and time has taken its toll on all these people.

The new edition of the film is a marked improvement with more accurate colors and improved definition.

We have an excellent interview with Jack Nicholson that runs about 18 minutes discussing how he ended up in the director's chair ("it was the only way to not have it be this ongoing drama") how "The Two Jakes" was supposed to be the second part of a trilogy (with "Gittes vs. Gittes" originally about privacy as the third film). The original plan was that Towne (who appears in an interview for "Chinatown" but curiously NOT for "The Two Jakes") was going to write and direct the two sequels using the natural passage of time and each succeeding decade (30's, 40's and 50's) to document the change of Los Angeles which was a major character in the film as well.

Nicholson manages to discuss the film without making a nasty comment about anybody. He discusses the casting (Madeline Stowe, Meg Tilly, Eli Wallach, Harvey Keitel), particularly about the challenges working with the actors who often had very different training. We see some behind-the-scenes footage that was drawn from a vintage featurette. Sadly, we don't get a commentary track by Nicholson or any of the cast members. Nevertheless, this is great upgrade over the barebones original release.

Unfortunately Towne is MIA for the interview (given the difficulty he had in getting it made, his dismissal as director and his mixed feelings about the final result, it's understandable).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Chinatown" through a glass, darkly November 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Readers: take close note of that average customer rating above and dismiss the unfortunate choice of critical review at the top. I think in ten or twenty years this will be brought to the same high pedestal as "Chinatown". From the moment Jack takes note of Harvey's shoes, to the last inspired note of Jo Stafford, this is a work of high and detailed craftsmanship.
The reason I rate this as the best sequel of all time is that the storyteller speaks with twenty years' older voice to us as his equally enriched contemporaries. He observes the nuance in human behavior we would appreciate, and he reveals the subtle qualities of light that reassert L.A.'s beauty. He also tells a more complex and engrossing story, apparently more intricate than reviewers like the one above could understand, but all the better to savor.
For any of us in his generation, Jack has sent a beautiful memento of our earliest days. "Chinatown" was a perfect vintage, but "Jakes" is a perfect thirty-year-old brandy.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Underrated April 22, 2001
Format:DVD
Any sequel to something as good as "Chinatown" is going to disappoint some people, but "The Two Jakes" is just the sequel that that movie needed. "The Two Jakes" has a different look, and a different feel to it; one that is akin to the time that it represents- like "Kiss Me Deadly" or "Sudden Fear" has a different look than "Casablanca" or "The Big Sleep".
Yes, it does have a convoluted plot, but one that makes perfect sense if you pay attention, and you cannot fault the performers- they are flawless to the extras. It is also the most flawless (yep, I know that I have been using that adjective a lot, but it fits, and you can look at my other reviews to see just how mean I can be!) look of postwar Los Angeles that I have ever seen- and as a resident, I know how hard that that can be to pull off. So, okay, it's not "Chinatown" so what? Not to denigate it, but that movie's impact was mainly because it re-introduced a generation to the whole film noir genre, brilliantly. This movie attempted to do the same thing for a time that also should be remembered- the 50's film noir, before "Psycho" and "Bonnie and Clyde", but the movies that paved the way for those classics.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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"The Two Jakes"
Most reviews pull Jack Nicholson's directorial debut to pieces, except for a very well-considered one by Roger Ebert (find it at the Chicago Sun-Times). Of course, it's not Chinatown. Instead it's a wonderful film that had the misfortune of being a sequel to a classic film. It's about the past, how it pervades our lives for the rest of our days, and how we incorporate it into our futures.
Many have complained that the film is convoluted, that when the key revelation comes (I ain't givin' that away) you miss the impact of it. I strongly disagree with this. I for one had actually figured out the revelation before it happened - this didn't bother me because I wanted so much for it to be what I had thought it was going to be. And when it comes, it's so subtle you could almost be forgiven for missing it. It's lovely, so comforting, and very ironic. All I'll say is, pay attention to the scene where Jake (Nicholson) goes to see Kahn (the unmistakable James Hong). "Something about the flowers..."
The Two Jakes is subtle, well-crafted, and when all is revealed, so very simple. The 'convoluted' events in the plot serve to illustrate what a single, simple desire can cause. Just watch it. Bear in mind the events and characters from Chinatown, but only so that you have a backstory for these characters and not a standard to which they should be compared.
And if you get this movie, "It never goes away..."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Jack and loved Chinatown then . . . .
What else can I say Chinatown and The Two Jakes go together like - ham 'n eggs or bread 'n butter or scotch 'n soda . . . . Gotta have'em both.
Published 3 months ago by H P Hagenau Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
It was not as good a movie as Chinatown. Maybe Jack Nicholson should have stuck to acting and left directing alone.
Published 4 months ago by J. P. Arisco
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and still timely
Typical Nicholson in this second in the trilogy film by Roman Polanski. The prequel, China Town, is a slightly better film. Isn't that usually the way it is. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LB
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth a Prime rental
I remember the bad reviews when this film first came out,and never bothered to see it. However, with Prime rental it seemed like a good time to take a look. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. J. Sneed
3.0 out of 5 stars Chinatown Part 2: Electric Bugaloo
Jack Nicholson takes over directing duties and stars in the follow-up to one of the best noir films ever, Chinatown. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arthur Dayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated flick, better than advertised.
Great script, standout acting. It's a winner. Towne shows why he's one of the great writers and Jack is up to his usual standards.
Published 5 months ago by Kevin M. Fries
1.0 out of 5 stars Unknown content review
I am only giving this such a low rating because I could never actually see the movie through Amazon. Every time I started the
movie it would freeze up at the very first scene. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gen. Custer
1.0 out of 5 stars The Two Jakes
I disliked this movie for two reasons: It was very difficult to follow the story line. It was filmed in an old style way that made it very boring.
Published 5 months ago by Stewart Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Two Jakes
I choose this rating because the book is good. What I like about the movie is that Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric Chinatown follow-up that's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jackie Morton
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as Chinatown
plot fairly predictable, it probably deserves more stars, but since it is not even 1/2 as good as Chinatown ultimately it is a disappointing movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pain doc
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