In the mid 1990's Tom Cruise was on a high. He was undoubtedly the biggest movie star of the time and with Mission Impossible storming box offices, and Interview with a Vampire generating equally impressive box office numbers the year before, Jerry Maguire looked set to be another big movie. This wasn't an action movie though, but rather a drama/romance/comedy.
In the game of life, sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is long on ambition but short on scruples, until one day he writes a mission statement that awakens his conscience… and costs him his job. But with the help of one loyal colleague and one outrageous client, Jerry's about to discover that he’s a man willing to lose everything, to win the one thing worth fighting for.
For me, this movie really succeeds in creating a fine balance between the dramatic story of a man losing his entire life and retaining a romantic side with a woman in love with a man she never thought she could have. The movie is not overly soppy nor overly funny, but provides a little of each. In order to achieve this the filmmakers had a brilliant script, and a great cast with superb acting on display.
Unfortunately while it lost in those previously mentioned categories this movie didn't go home empty handed as Cuba Gooding Jr. did win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. While it screen time isn't anywhere near as big as Tom Cruise's, Cuba does a brilliant job in as the football star in need of a contract, and a reliable sports agent. Who could ever forget Cuba's joyful acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. It is one which will never be forgotten. There was another big surprise for me in this movie though. For the most part I can't stand Renée Zellweger as an actress. This is though, the one movie where I actually really enjoy her. She's bubbly, full of life, and really brings out the emotion during the ups and downs of Jerry's lifestyle.
A great movie Jerry Maguire is a welcome addition to Blu-Ray and a movie which will satisfy both male and female audiences on different levels.
Jerry Maguire comes to Blu-Ray with the AVC MPEG-4 codec at 1080p in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio which is equivalent to the theatrical release. Indeed it is true that the increased resolution of this disc sees a major increase in detail with some scenes - such as the football matches - looking vibrant, active and detailed.
While this disc is a major improvement over the DVD release, that isn't to say this is the best looking Blu-Ray disc. It's acceptable, but with some contrast issues, and slightly inconsistent colouring this isn't a transfer to show off the format. Still, it's not terrible, and fans will enjoy the upgrade from the DVD.
Other languages on the Jerry Maguire Blu-Ray disc include Italian Dolby TrueHD 5.1, as well as Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 each at 640kbps. All are quite acceptable in quality from the samples of each track, however the Polish track simply dubs the Polish dialogue over the English which remains audible at the same time.
Director and Cast Audio Commentary: This audio commentary features director Cameron Crowe and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renee Zellweger. This is really quite an interesting track in that it is one of the few that Tom Cruise has ever participated in. This is quite a lively commentary with some insights into the production of the movie. The major disappointment is that this commentary has been made available on DVD as a PIP track, but only appears on this Blu-Ray as an audio commentary.
Deleted Scenes (8:45): Absolutely terrible quality (looking more like VHS then even Standard Definition MPEG-2) these five deleted and extended scenes include some interesting content. They can also be played with optional director and editor commentary.
Jerry Maguire's Mission Statement: A series of 45 text based pages which contain the mission statement by Jerry Maguire as featured in the movie. An interesting read.
Rod Tidwell Commercial (0:51): A pretty amusing Reebok commercial starring Rod Tidwell.
How To Be a Sports Agent (3:40): A look at all the items needed by Sports Agents in today's (well, the late 1990's) era. Somewhat interesting with a real sports agent Drew Rosenhaus - although this featurette is quite brief.
Making Of Featurette (7:15): One of those promotional styled featurettes which retells the story, and includes scenes from the movie, more then actually providing in-depth production details. Lightweight, and underwhelming.
Trailers (10:04/HD): Trailers for Men In Black, Surf's Up, Made of Honor, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the promotional Blu-Ray Disc is High Definition.
Review By: Dave Warner