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The Jerk [HD DVD] (1979)

Steve Martin , Bernadette Peters , Carl Reiner  |  R |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King, Richard Ward
  • Directors: Carl Reiner
  • Writers: Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias
  • Producers: David V. Picker, William E. McEuen
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA6MMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    That wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin, makes his film-starring debut in the wacky comedy hit The Jerk. Steve plays Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, whose crazy inventions lead him from rags to riches…right back to rags. Steve propels Navin through a string of misadventures-becoming smitten with a lady motorcycle racer, surviving a series of screwball attacks by a deranged killer, and becoming a millionaire by inventing the "Opti-grab" handle for eyeglasses-and shows why he's one of the hottest comic performers in the world.

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    119 of 127 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...VERY disappointing DVD release... October 1, 2006
    This is one of my favorite comedies. It's not for everyone, as you must understand Martin's unique style of humor. That having been said, the DVD is awful.

    The transfer is decent, although could have been cleaned up more. Luckily, it's at least anamorphic widescreen. The sound, while hardly sounding like 5.1, still sounds decent, as i doubt surround sound was on the mind of film makers in 1979. Seriously, it's not Star Wars.

    Extras? Fugetaboudit! NO commentary. NO making-of. NO interviews. Just one delected scene, trailer, and a dumb ukelele lesson.

    The WORST part! There are scenes missing! Perhaps this version of the film is exactly as it was released in the theaters, but i'm too young to know. However, every time i've seen it on television, there were scenes not present in this release...such as the several different people requesting donations from the rich Navin Johnson. In this, you only get the Mexican priest. Where's the guy who needs new seat covers on his plane? That scene was classic!

    You know, this is the SECOND release of this film on DVD, and they call it an "Anniversary Edition." If they're going to give it a name like that, they could at least include the cut of the movie with extra scenes added back in. Maybe the commentary and a simple 15-minute making-of is asking too much, but at least give us the material that's already in the can.
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    74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars MY Favorate Movie Ruined! May 15, 2003
    By A Customer
    I Love Steve Martin and The Jerk Remains one of my favorate Flicks, HOWEVER, I also own the VHS Tape Version of this Film and there are SEVERAL FUNNY Quotes and Lines that were cut from the DVD. Why on Earth would they do that. The DVD is supposed to be packed with extras, or at the very least, THE COMPLETE MOVIE VERSION. I am very disapointed with the DVD becasue parts of the Movie were actually removed. What a SHAME to bastardize a CLASSIC. Right from the begining of the Movie when Steve Martin goes to the Gas station to use the bathroom, Jacky Mason and Steve's lines were cut. I was so upset that I didnt watch the rest of the movie and who knows what else was cut. I want the DVD in it's origonal form. There was no reason to cut those lines.. They were not offensive in any way and really added character and laughs to the movie..Where they asleep when they edited this DVD. HEADLINE: "WHAT A SHAME, CLASIC MOVIE RUNIED"
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    58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Movie deserves 5 stars while "Anniversary" edition 2 August 4, 2005
    Surreal to the point of silliness, "The Jerk" captured the atmosphere of comedy perfectly in the 70's. Before Robin Williams broke through to a larger audience on the big and little screen, Steve Martin was THE JERK. As dense as a brick, Martin doesn't so much as act like a jerk as become one. Opening like a variation on all those Hollywood tales where the hero of our story is down on his luck but soon to be redeemed (of course, this IS a comedy so it's unlikely he'll get the redemption we expect because, well, that wouldn't be funny), Navin Johnson (Martin) mentions at the beginning that he was "born a poor black child". Adopted by a poor African-American family living in poverty, Navin is horrified to discover that not only is he adopted but he's always going to be Caucasian and have absolutely no rhythm. Navin discovers he does have rhythm after all ("praise the Lord!") when he listens to a radio playing dance music from the time. Navin eats his Twinkies, learns the difference between sh-t and Shinola and hits the road hoping to be rich. Armed with the advice his family gives him ("God bless the working man...and remember never trust whitey!"). He hitchhikes getting his first ride which takes him to the end of a fence getting about twenty feet away from home. Needless to say, life is more than an adventure for Nathan and his dog Shithead; it's a vocation.

    Receiving a very nice transfer, "The Jerk" looks typical of a film from the late 70's with noticeable film grain and while the colors aren't quite as vivid as I would have thought, they're acceptable. This is the first widescreen presentation for the film so that's something to be thankful for. There's quite a bit of analog debris in the form of dirt (in fact it looks as if this is exactly the same transfer as the previous edition).
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    117 of 134 people found the following review helpful
    NOTE: review below was in regards to the Full Screen or Pan & Scan version of The Jerk that was the initial DVD release. A later edition was released which does respect the movie and offer it in widescreen format. If you are purchasing, be sure to get the anniversary version of the movie so you'll see the ENTIRE movie and not lose the images on the edges of the screen. Remainder of original review left as is. Thanks!
    First off, I love this movie. It's silly, it's funny, it's touching in some places, but mostly, it's just entertaining.

    My biggest complaint with this DVD is that it's one that offers little to no bonus value, and, to me, commits the cardinal sin of not putting the movie in it's original format - instead offering only a Pan and Scan Full Screen presentation.

    I've hoped for several years that this movie would get a 'special anniversary' or other 'collectors edition' that would offer the original wide screen format and some decent special features, but finally had to break down and purchase this 'original' release of the DVD because my wishes seem to be going unanswered.

    Please note that I rate the movie itself here a full 5 stars (* * * * *), but the DVD gets only 2 stars, for it's lack of respect to the buying public.

    The movie was a classic when it was released.

    Steve Martin, the ultimate 'white guy' finds himself 'born a poor black child', without rhythm and unable to figure out why he doesn't fit in with his Black brothers and sisters.

    He gets motivated to go off and discover himself, and his adventures along the way are a total riot.

    In many ways a model that could have been used for the original "Rain Man" character, Navin R.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Really funny movie but LOTS of sexual references and a very ...
    Really funny movie but LOTS of sexual references and a very crass and disgusting female appears for lengthy amounts of time. Not recommended for children or mixed company. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Rachel M.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie
    Great movies with all the extras. Buy this edition if you want everything the movie has to offer.
    Published 5 days ago by Jason Pierce
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
    This is probably the movie that I have quoted more than any other movie in my adult lifetime! Loved it! Have seen it at least five times.
    Published 6 days ago by J. Solares
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    "I was born a poor black child" greatest movie ever! Got it for my dad he loved it!
    Published 6 days ago by MKlatt59
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny. Classic movie
    Funny. Classic movie.
    Published 8 days ago by AnnaBanana
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic comedy!
    Good old-school comedy! "classic" the cat scene is hilarious..... I can just imagine my grandfather laughing through this entire film! He had an amazing sense of humor... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by eastjeff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love Steve Martin (especially in his younger years). This always makes me laugh!
    Definitely one of his best movies!
    Published 14 days ago by Linda Allen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 15 days ago by bear
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    It's a classic.
    Published 17 days ago by Felicia R. Baldwin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Simpleton makes it big only to lose it all
    Classic Steve Martin flick filled with knee slapping fun. Simpleton makes it big only to lose it all.
    Add a large dash of comedy and you've got a great must see film.
    Published 18 days ago by Jessie Odaffer
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    How about The Jerk on blu-ray?
    I would love a Blu-Ray release of The Jerk. If if happens, hopefully they'll re-insert some scenes that they cut out of previous video releases. I haven't seen the cut scenes, but I hear they're funny.
    Jan 30, 2012 by meganick |  See all 7 posts
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