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The Jacket

3.8 9
Director: John Maybury

Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson

The Adrien Brody trippy sci-fi flick The Jacket comes to DVD in this edition from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Including the matted anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen image and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, the disc actually sports a less-than-stellar picture transfer that digitally blocks up the shadows in most of the picture. Hopefully this bit of annoyance is


The Adrien Brody trippy sci-fi flick The Jacket comes to DVD in this edition from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Including the matted anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen image and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, the disc actually sports a less-than-stellar picture transfer that digitally blocks up the shadows in most of the picture. Hopefully this bit of annoyance is something that will be fixed in future re-releases. Bonus features are a cut above the rest, thankfully. Instead of displaying the deleted scenes in their own menu system, the disc's producers decided to include them in one 27-minute featurette that includes interviews with the director, producer, and stars of the film. Included you'll find an extended steamy sex scene, along with extra small bits of scenes that progress the story beyond the theatrical cut. Also included is a nine-minute clip on the special effects of the film that also features the director along with one of the art directors, Rhian Nicholas. Also available for viewing is the original theatrical trailer, which amounts to a reasonable amount of features for a film that will probably get another expanded release down the road.

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Relentlessly stylish, The Jacket is nonetheless a fairly standard whodunit about mental hospital abuse, the Gulf War, and time travel. That's a joke, but it's true that nothing feels quite new in this otherwise solid production -- which seems to be built from original parts, or at least parts that haven't been lumped together before. There's certainly enough in John Maybury's film to keep a viewer interested, particularly the flashy edits and sudden close-ups that approximate the henpecked delusions of Gulf vet Jack Starks (Adrien Brody). But Massy Tadjedin's script doesn't provide a sublime payoff for its foreboding plot details. One crucial episode never gets resolved, which is fine in the real world, but not so fine in the time travel genre, where even minor details typically have a divine purpose. Although it doesn't quite get there, The Jacket is worth watching for the strong performances of Brody and Keira Knightley. Brody gets the shell-shocked quivering down perfectly, playing a man caught in a purgatory between alertness and fugue, sanity and breakdown. The "treatments" he undergoes -- at the hands of a casually malevolent Kris Kristofferson -- are an eerie criticism of institutions whose corruption goes unchecked, because the patients are as likely to be raving conspiracy theorists as credible victims. Knightley, meanwhile, shows she's as comfortable in dark territory as she has been in her previous sunny roles. Despite heavy hitters George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh lending their cachet as producers, The Jacket slipped out of theaters after collecting only six million dollars at the box office.

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Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Jacket: Project History and Deleted Scenes; The Look of the Jacket: Special effects featurette; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrien Brody Jack Starks
Keira Knightley Jackie Price
Kris Kristofferson Dr. Becker
Jennifer Jason Leigh Dr. Lorenson
Daniel Craig Mackenzie
Kelly Lynch Jean
Laura Marano Young Jackie
Brad Renfro Stranger
MacKenzie Phillips Nurse Harding
Brendan Coyle Damon
Steven Mackintosh Dr. Hopkins
Jason Lewis Police Officer
Jonah Lotan Intern

Technical Credits
John Maybury Director
Tom Bleecker Original Story
George Clooney Producer
Ben Cosgrove Executive Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Brian Eno Score Composer
Marc Frydman Co-producer
Alan Grosch Executive Producer
Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
Peter Guber Producer
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Emma E. Hickox Editor
Kia Jam Co-producer
Jennifer Fox Executive Producer
Alan Macdonald Production Designer
Ori Marmur Executive Producer
Philip A. McKeion Co-producer
Donald C. McKeon Co-producer
Philip McKeon Co-producer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Richards Musical Direction/Supervision
Karen Richards Asst. Director
Christopher Roberts Executive Producer
Marc Rocco Co-producer,Original Story
Andreas Schmid Co-producer
Steven Soderbergh Producer
Peter E. Strauss Executive Producer
Massy Tadjedin Screenwriter
Todd Wagner Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. First Time I Died [4:06]
2. Roadside Aid [3:15]
3. Committed [5:18]
4. Morgue Locker Visions [4:11]
5. Meeting MacKenzie [2:47]
6. Round Two [3:22]
7. Christmas Eve With Jackie [4:19]
8. Snooping [3:27]
9. Don't You Remember Me? [5:14]
10. Not a Lab Animal [:04]
11. Where Medicine Leaves Off [2:31]
12. Different Person [4:57]
13. Giving Becker an Itch [2:56]
14. The Crazy One [4:53]
15. Head Trauma [5:03]
16. How Do You Know? [3:03]
17. His Own Grave [2:24]
18. Who Wouldn't Be Nervous? [2:55]
19. Seeing a Ghost [5:00]
20. We Haunt You [5:16]
21. Breakthrough [2:56]
22. Visiting Jean and Jackie [3:43]
23. Life After Death [6:05]
24. Better Now [4:46]
25. End Credits [2:54]


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The Jacket 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite what others have said this is a good movie. It isn't a complicated plot, if you're not dense, and it has wonderful acting. If you liked The Butterfly Effect you will probably like this too. It isn't exactly the same, but kind of like it. Keira Knightley does an amazing job, and does her best with an American "accent" (it's an accent for her, obviously). This movie was very enjoyable, and had no dull or confusing moments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a good one to pass an evening. At the very least, it keeps your interest and Adrian Brody is always good.
iluvspashley13 More than 1 year ago
The main character is Jack Starks, a veteran who served in the Gulf War. After blacking out he is taken to court for killing a man and found innocent on reason of insanity (with the thought that this is due to the side effects of serving in the war). Jack is sent to a mental institution where his doctor is trying out a new kind of therapy. One which involves harnessing him in to a straight jacket and locking him away for hours at a time. When Jack is put in that jacket though, weird things start to happen. . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bad movie. Adrian Brody is a brilliant actor but Keira is WAAAAY too overrated! She really ruined the movie for me with her constantly pulling at her lips and making kissy faces at the screen, it was too distracting. They need to stop casting her in serious movies and get someone with talent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was good. it can get confusing. i think the best things is just to make of it what you will. but, do see this movie.
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