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Jerry Maguire: 20th Anniversary Edition (1996/Sony Blu-ray w/CD)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B

Director Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise have made two very different films together. The first obviously being Jerry Maguire (1996) and the second being the highly underrated Vanilla Sky (2001). For being a sports film, what works in Jerry Maguire is the fact that the movie is barely about sports at all and more about romance. Highly quotable, if this is a rom com that you haven't gotten around to seeing or haven't seen since the '90s, this edition will remind you that it is well worth visiting again.

Like many films by Crowe, the soundtrack is spot on as are the performances and cinematic style, though this one I feel is one his strongest aside from Almost Famous (2000). Tom Cruise ignites the screen here, as both a character who is a jerk and as a character who is pretty lovable as well. What also works is his onscreen chemistry with Renee Zellweger (back when she looked normal and not like a plastic surgery failure), an Oscar winning performance by Cuba Gooding Jr., and the adorable young Jonathan Lipnicki to name a few.

Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is a dedicated sports agent who is both hardworking yet reckless. Engaged to a beautiful woman (Kelly Preston) yet starting to get sick of the politics of the big league stars, he soon loses his job and his fiance when he writes a mission statement that was a bit too honest. Desperate to keep his clients, Jerry opens up his own firm, with only one other employee: Dorothy Boyd (Zellweger) - who is a single mom with a cute little boy. Ushering his star football player client (Gooding Jr.) to a new level of fame, Jerry soon finds himself in love with new friends and a new handle on life.

The new 4K Restoration of the film is a much cleaner and detailed look at the film as opposed to previous releases. I remember watching this back on VHS back in the day, so it's nice to finally see it the way the filmmakers intended. Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio in 1.85:1, the film also comes with a new English lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that balances the excellent soundtrack with the loud roars of the football stadium scenes with the more intimate ones. There's also a UV digital copy of the film included.

New Special Features include:

CD soundtrack of the film

Jerry Maguire: We Meet Again 3-Part Retrospective

Nearly 60 Minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes

Photo Gallery

Archival special features include:

Picture-in-Picture Visual Commentary featuring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Cameron Crowe

Rehearsal Footage with Commentary

Additional Deleted Scenes with Commentary

My First Commercial with Rod Tidwell

Drew Rosenhaus: How to Be a Sports Agent

Archival Making-Of Featurette

Music Video: "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen

Theatrical Trailer

Packed with great extras and a nice new 4K HD restoration, Jerry Maguire has never looked or sounded better than it does here, though an actual 4K Blu-ray has not yet been announced. This still impresses.

- James Lockhart



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