The Jackal (Combo Blu-ray and Standard DVD)
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Movie opinion aside though, the Blu-ray transfer of the movie is outstanding; crisp, sharp, and beautifully color-balanced. The DTS sound is full and nicely directional through a 5.1 surround-sound system. To enjoy a favorite movie is one thing, but the visual and auditory experience of The Jackal Blu-ray just adds to the pleasure.
BTW, often Blu-ray/DVD combos come with two discs; not this one. It is a double sided disc with the Blu-ray on one side and the DVD on the other. If you're experiencing your 6th decade of fun (or more) on this planet like me, grab your readers and a magnifying glass to check the center label to see which side you're playing.
Bruce Willis is chilling and real in his role as the Jackal. He engages in multiple disguises and identities throughout the film to achieve his goals. He manages to get a computer guided high tech weapon built and smuggled into the United States undetected. He gains entry into the US via a power boat over the Lakes from Canada to Lake Michigan and there he joins a boat race in Chicago by blending in. The FBI gets permission to spring Declan Mulqueen out of jail ... in order to get his help to identify and apprehend the Jackal. He makes a deal to win his freedom, then joins in the chase to catch the Jackal.
It turns out the Jackal has another murder in mind along with accomplishing the task for which he was hired. The Jackal has an old score to settle with Isabella, a woman from his past who can identify him.Read more ›
I do have the Standard Def version so, while this is not a direct comparison between the two formats, I can refer to it. The video transfer to Blu Ray is really superb with excellent contrast and coloration, little to no grain and no artifacts of any kind. It seemed to me, early in the film, the Richard Gere's skin tone was a touch too tan for a man who had been in prison for a long time but other than that, this movie looks just beautiful. The mbps rate ranges between the mid 20's and mid 30's which is a pretty decent bit rate. The video transfer is definitely the star of this BluRay combo.
The Standard Def DVD, which I did not watch as I already had my original copy on a separate DVD, is, I think, unfortunately on the opposite side of the BluRay copy. This is not a 2 disc set. I don't know if having it on the other side is a problem. I can attest that the BluRay side is clearly, very good.
The extras are on the Standard Def side which has the same static menu as the original release did. It contains commentary and a making of documentary. Typical stuff. No deleted scenes which I often enjoy. The digital copy is a download that you do once you enter the code. I didn't bother with this.
The audio transfer to the Blu Ray DVD was really quite good though not a disc to really show off what your surrounds can pump up. The lossless DTS HD MA 5.1 audio is clean and crystal clear.Read more ›
However, THE JACKAL isn't half bad and in some ways it might be the best of the bunch. Again the enormous cast of talented actors, among them the amazing Diane Venora (of Michael Mann fame) here going all Russian and Ninotchka is some wonderful outfits and the frosty, wet look of one torn between allegiances. Sidney Poitier is in it too, sort of a waste of Poitier's once great talent. Really anybody could have played the part. Richard Gere strikes all the right notes and plays an IRA terrorist, Declan, with a heart of gold and smart as all get out, who helps the USA solve the problem of who will the Mafia send to kill the first lady.Read more ›
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This is a take-off on The Day of the Jackel. It is a superb movie. This one is just OK. It is a bit of a stretch. The original movie was more believable.Published 12 days ago by Paul Smith
Had seen it years ago and felt like watching it again. Great movie, very engaging.Published 2 months ago by Ric
Great movie. I've seen it a few times, but hadn't seen it for a while, so decided to watch it again.Published 2 months ago by Blake Fisher
This movie is a perfect blend of action, suspense, perfect casting of Bruce Willis and Richard Gere as the Jackal and terrorist released from prison to help the FBI and a Russian... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Ajello
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