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Jack Reacher Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Video Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/16-bit), French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (B? C?)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 113 Mins
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray 1 x DVD)
  • Digital Copies: UltraViolet
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: May 7th, 2013
  • List Price: $29.98

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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(The below TheaterByte screen captures are taken directly from the Blu-ray Discs and losslessly compressed in the PNG format. There should be no loss of picture quality with this format. All screen captures should be regarded only as an approximation of the full capabilities of the Blu-ray format.)

 

The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

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Jack Reacher, in what has been billed as the ‘return of Tom Cruise’ (even though this reviewer felt he has never ‘left’ per se,) Cruise plays Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator who is thrown back into action after a crime places former soldier James Barr (Joseph Sikora) as the perpetrator. Reacher arrives in Pittsburgh, soon finding himself working with Detective Emerson (David Oyelwod) and Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the daughter of District Attorney Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins.) As Helen and Jack begin to investigate the crime, what they discover may not only save Barr, but just may end up placing both of them in grave danger. What results is a rather intelligent thriller, highlighted by a few clever twists and a fine performance by the seemingly always charismatic Tom Cruise.

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Regardless of your opinion on Tom Cruise (and whether or not you can separate Cruise the ‘actor’ with Cruise the ‘person’), one thing rests assure for me. Cruise has never stopped acting at a high level. He has the charm and simple ability to make films that really SHOULDN’T be good (Rock of Ages anyone?) into movies that are damn entertaining. Such is the case with his latest effort, Jack Reacher. Sharing themes with another novel turned film series via The Bourne Trilogy, Cruise is able to carry Reacher, making it quite the intelligent film that makes the audience constantly think. While the story may seem like the kind that you think you may know all the answers to, you just may find yourself occasionally thinking – ‘hmm, I didn’t think of that.’ On top of Cruise and his performance, I was surprised to see Director Werner Herzog’s turn into quite the fine actor. Clearly not wanting to give away any secrets, for fans of his films (especially Grizzly Man,) you may find yourself quite pleased with what he’s able to do.

Video Quality

[Rating:5/5]

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Jack Reacher hits Blu-ray with a faithful 2:35:1, AVC-MPEG 4 transfer. Reacher consistently offers up a transfer that, don’t be surprised folks, just may make it as an early 2013 demo title. The film’s palette, particularly that of black levels, tends to lean toward a darker palette. Grays and blues dominate here, but never are detail levels lost. Exterior, brighter moments excel in detail, as do darker, interior sequences. Flesh tones remain accurate throughout, while the anomalies like DNR, EE or any other problems are nowhere to be found. Consistent at every level, Jack Reacher is one of the best 2013 transfers, outside of Lincoln.

Audio Quality

[Rating:5/5]

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Equally impressive, if not more so, is the film’s outstanding lossless DTS-HD 7.1 mix. Dialogue is intelligible in every moment, while atmosphere (whew) is downright impressive. Particularly in the action sequences, Reacher‘s track shows up giving us deep, immersive low-end. Discrete effects like that of gun fire and explosions, ring throughout the room helping to place us right there. Also impressive is the film’s score by, which seemed to handle every and ever scene with a sense of pure quality. Truly, withstanding numerous other accolades, Jack Reacher is one of the best efforts of this 2013 calendar year.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

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All included features are presented in High Definition:

  • Audio Commentary: Actor Tom Cruise and Director Christopher McQuarrie
  • Audio Commentary with Composer Joe Kramer
  • When the Man Comes Around –  At 26:49 in length, here we’re given a look into the the films casting via interviews with Cruise.
  • You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons – Running 10:27, this details the films action sequences, as well as a brief look into some of the bigger scenes.
  • The Reacher Phenomenon – This runs 11:10 and details Author Lee Child discussing the origins of Jack Reacher.
  • UltraViolet – An UltraViolet Digital Copy is available for this release.
  • DVD – A DVD copy of the film has been included on a separate disc.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

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Simply put, Jack Reacher surprised the heck out of. Not just because of Cruise’s performance, but moreover the physical quality of the film in and of itself. Add in a faithful technical presentation on both sides, and a few great features and you have your verdict. Paramount’s Blu-ray for Jack Reacher is a must own.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

 

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