Jerry Maguire 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 250, June/July 2020

WSR Score5
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Tom Cruise stars as "Jerry Maguire," a sports agent who's enduring a crisis of conscience. After he suddenly and unceremoniously loses his job and his girlfriend (Kelly Preston), both his personal and professional careers hit an all-time low. But when a single mother (Rene Zellweger) enters his life and his heart, he finds himself negotiating the biggest deal of his life...for the heart and the hand of the woman that he loves.

In addition to Jerry Maguire," the Volume 1 collection features "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb," "Lawrence Of Arabia," "Gandhi" and "A League Of Their Own." Each film is fully restored in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR). The six films in the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special collector's set with a limited-edition run of fewer than 8,000 units in the U.S. Included with the collection is a gorgeous hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film within the set via an all-new essay written by acclaimed film historian Julie Kirgo. In addition, the set also includes an exclusive disc featuring excerpts from Columbia Pictures' televised 50th anniversary special, which originally aired in 1975 and has never been officially available. These excerpts feature rare on-camera insights from such luminaries as Frank Capra, Phil Silvers and Orson Wells. This exclusive disc also includes the vintage behind-the-scene documentary "Mr. Attenborough and Mr. Gandhi," which was filmed on the set of "Gandhi" and features interviews with cast and crew. (Gary Reber)

Special features include "The First Times And Long Career of Cameron Crowe" episode of the "Here's The Thing" podcast hosted by Alec Baldwin and produced by WNYC Studios (HD 41:20), picture-in-picture commentary with Director Crowe, Actor Tom Cruise, Rene Zellweger and Cuba Gooding, Jr., "Jerry Maguire: We Meet Again"a three-part documentary (HD 38:54), 20 deleted and extended scenes (SD 55:38), a behind-the-scenes video commentary (HD 05:40), a making-of featurette (SD 07:14), "My First Commercial" by Rod Tidwell (SD 0:51), Drew Rosenhaus: "How To Be A Sports Agent" (SD 03:46), rehearsal footage with optional commentary (SD 01:58), the "Secret Garden" music video by Bruce Springsteen (SD 04:30), a photo gallery, the theatrical trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed in the Academy Flat format on 35mm film stock using Panavision Panaflex cameras and fully restored from the original camera negative. It has been sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format.

Color fidelity is superb with strong saturation and a wide color gamut that exhibits a nuanced spectrum of beautifully saturated hues. Primaries pop and project vibrancy. Throughout, colors are lush with rich and warm tones. Fleshtones are healthy in hue. HDR contrast is excellent, with realistic black levels and shadow delineation. Bright lighting and spot lighting are dramatically effective. Resolution is superb with a blend of sharp and soft focused imagery. Sharpness and detail often impress, especially close-ups. Textural nuances are superb. Facial and body features are nicely defined with fine pores and lines revealed as well as hair and beard stubble, eyebrows and other nuanced facial textures. Clothing reveals seams and fabric variances. Object texture is nicely resolved. Film grain is noticeably light but never objectionable. WOW! segments are from 12:44 to 16:17, 25:28 to 29:06, 57:01 to 58:08, 01:14:28 to 01:16:15, 01:37:51 to 01:39:07, and 01:49:37 to 01:53:56. This is a practically flawless imagea gorgeous filmic picture with engaging and immersive visuals that is constantly engaging and satisfying. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack, while dialogue focused with excellent intelligibility and good spatial integration, is quite lively. The music is well produced with excellent fidelity and dimensional envelopment. Atmospherics are effectively defining of the environments and sets and such effects are plentiful throughout. Office din, jet engine noise and a crying child in a plane's cabin, jumbled chatter at a restaurant, and crowds at a football game all offer natural surround extension and immersion and believable clarity that draws the listener into the film's varied environments. Those football games also offer some nice, deep, crunchy hits on the field of play that are amongst the film's most prominent effects. Surrounds are generally enveloping with instances of discrete directionalization.

The Immersive Sound element is great, starting with the opening scene rock music and the aggressive bat ball hitting, and powerful flashes of sound at major editing points. Sound effects and atmospherics are abundant throughout such as a police siren, rousing crowd sounds, hospital monitor beeps, loud bubbling water and voices, powerful thunder and rain, applause, jet engines and airline cabin ambience, airport baggage-claim crowd noises, office associates clapping, restaurant din, elevator din and floor bell dings, interior car rumble sounds, hotel and airport lobby din, a jet flyover panned from front to back, dialogue in a reverberant locker room, outdoor sounds such as birds chirping, the noise of a football game, shouting, more football game crowd cheering and ambience, and ambience in a park setting. This is a good Immersive Sound presentation with great music extended throughout in the height layer and effective sound effects and atmospherics.

This is a very satisfying and entertaining holosonic spherical surround soundtrack that achieves accolades for its remastering creativity. (Gary Reber)