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JFK (Ultimate Collector's Edition)

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Additional Features

Accompanying JFK and a host of promotional claptrap is a simple, not very artful documentary about the Kennedys--John, Robert, and Ted--that shines through letting its subjects speak. The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings provides a brisk overview of Kennedy family history, emphasizing their Irish heritage and their father Joe's political ambitions, which were emphatically channeled through his sons. But what makes it truly valuable is footage of the men themselves, particularly of speeches made by John and Robert, which demonstrates the charisma and lucid intelligence that made them such hugely popular political figures. (John's speech to a group of Protestant ministers, addressing concerns about his Catholicism, has startling echoes with the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.) The movie's own extras pale in comparison--there's a self-congratulatory commentary track by Oliver Stone; numerous deleted or extended scenes; an interview with Fletcher Prouty, the model for Donald Sutherland's character in the movie; and two documentaries, one about the conspiracy in general (called Beyond JFK) and one about more recently declassified records relating to the case. Both are seriously marred by the inclusion of scenes from the movie, presented as if they had the same weight and value as archival footage. Beyond JFK also spends far too much time interviewing Stone and the movie's actors, treating them as if they were witnesses to history. It's unfortunate, because the questions raised are important, but get obscured by sensationalism and self-promotion. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Two-disc special edition DVD, including:
  • -Director's cut of the movie
  • -Commentary by director/co-writer Oliver Stone
  • -Documentary: Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy
  • -Deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Stone
  • -Multimedia essays
  • -Production notes
  • -Theatrical trailer
  • -DVD-ROM: essays and articles on the JFK assassination and the films of Oliver Stone
  • 44-page book of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • Set of six character photo cards with the stars and bios of the real people they portray
  • Five reproduction letters written by or to John F. Kennedy plus his historic inauguration address
  • Bonus DVD: "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings" (2008)

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Ed Asner
  • Directors: Oliver Stone, Oliver Stone
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (863 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "JFK (Ultimate Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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238 of 263 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on August 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Oliver Stone's "JFK" is a monstrous epic that revolves around the whole mystery around President Kennedy's assassination. While it is a dramatic picture and Stone most likely twisted a few things to make this a more relevant and better movie, it is still an undeniable powerhouse that has you go through a whole set of emotions, ranging from fear, anger, paranoia and sadness. There's no question that the majority of the country believes that there is more to the assassination than we were lead to believe. I don't think it's exactly how it is in the movie, but that's not important. What is important is that the film works for many reasons.

President Kennedy has been assassinated. Lee Harvey Oswald is the suspect and gets shot shortly after. There is a secretive and brief hearing on the whole assassination, and it is in stone that Oswald was a lone gunman and nobody else was involved. Seems like an open-and-shut-case, but District Attorney Jim Garrison isn't willing to buy it. With his staff, they decide to work on the case, until they are shut down by the government. Three years later, Garrison isn't willing to stand by in silence anymore and decides to go ahead with the case. The further he digs, the more horrible truths he uncovers. Not only that, but people high up in the ranks are willing to do anything to make sure that the American Public will never find out about them.

As I said, this isn't meant to be an entirely accurate portrayal of how everything happened. It suggests to you that it could've been this way, and it even does a good job of presenting its case to you. What I think Stone was trying to achieve was to create his own commentary on how people feel about the handling of the whole assassination and how sloppily the case was handled.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Beusch VINE VOICE on February 27, 2002
Format: DVD
Oliver Stone, to say the least, is one of the most controversial directors in film history. Many see him as a dangerous loose cannon who rewrites history to fit his own agenda. I see him as a filmmaker who has the guts to speak his mind on controversial subjects -- even when his point of view flies in the face of "conventional" wisdom.

Nowhere is this more true than in JFK. Despite the fact that a large majority of Americans believe that President Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a conspiracy, the media lambasted Stone for his interpretation of the events of November 22, 1963. Various journalists and columnists called Stone everything from a revisionist historian to a crackpot when the film was released. To be sure, New Oreleans Disctrict Attorney Jim Garrison wasn't the knight on a white horse of Stone's film -- his investigative tactics were very shady. Garrison mysteriously did not investigate possible mob connections to the assassination. And Stone does implicate almost everyone, including Presidents Johnson and Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover and almost the entire Dallas Police Department.

However, Garrison is merely a catalyst for Stone's thesis as the only person who ever indicted a suspect (Clay Shaw) in the murder of John F. Kennedy. And even with its myriad of conspriacy theories, the sad fact remains that Stone's interpretation is much closer to the truth than the Warren Commission Report. We can, for example, see on the Zapruder film that JFK is suddenly and violently slammed backwards and to the left by the shot to his head, indicating a firing position from the front and not from the Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald was.
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on December 26, 2001
Format: DVD
Oliver Stone's "JFK" is a remarkable film that is too often overshadowed by the very real events upon which it is based and by the perceived political agenda of its director. But, as Stone himself has stated on numerous occasions, the movie is not meant to stand as a definitive historical document but rather as an alternative look at what might have happened on that fateful day in Dallas given the conflicting and incomplete information that came out of the official final word on President Kennedy's assassination, The Warren Commission Report. Much of "JFK" is based on known fact but Stone has taken it one step further and extrapolated out a variety of possible realities based on the many unanswered questions and perplexing coincidences that surround the case.

The central character in the film is Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), the district attorney from New Orleans who actually brought the case of the Kennedy assassination to court -- some three years after the fact. Although his attempt to convict Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) of conspiracy in the assassination of the president was doomed to failure, the facts that he uncovered, and continued to pursue through his later writings on the subject, gave a certain legitimacy to the claims by conspiracy theorists that all was not right with the official investigation. Through countless scenes, the government's assertion that Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) was in fact a lone gunman who acted of his own volition and with no outside help is continuously under siege. By the end of the film, every preconceived notion that the viewer may have had regarding the assassination has been called into question.

In addition to the actors mentioned above, "JFK" is a virtual who's-who of Hollywood talent.
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