It was the feelgood film that gifted us with the phrase "Show me the money!", created stars out of the principal supporting cast, and made director Cameron Crowe box office gold. "Jerry Maguire" has been out on DVD for a while, but now it finally has the collector's edition it deserves, and fans will not be disappointed.
Picture The script is a cracker, but so much of the film is communicated through the facial expression exchanges between the principal characters. Needless to say, this quality transfer ensures you won't miss a single doe-eyed nuance.
Sound This is understandably a fairly uneventful 5.1 mix, but it does pick up during the football action scenes. Plus, it sure is able to reduce certain female viewers to tears once Bruce Springsteen's mournful "Secret Garden" song comes on!
DISC ONE SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary One You know how important a film is to its stars when they manage to find time in conflicting schedules to turn up for a group commentary. For this commentary, we have Mr Tom Cruise, Ms Renée Zellweger, Mr Cuba Gooding Jr, and master of events, Mr Cameron Crowe! It's a proper group effort and not one of those spliced together comments tracks.
You're not going to learn much about the making of the film, because this commentary is all about the cast enjoying themselves and reliving favourite moments in the film. They clearly had a ball and it's infectious fun to listen to. It turns out that some scenes were born from improvisation in rehearsals, like the hilarious "Show me the money" shouting routine. Also, when Jonathan Lipnicki came on set telling anyone who'd listen that "the human head weighs eight pounds", the wonderful Q&A between him and Tom started to take form.
DISC TWO SPECIAL FEATURES
Director and Cast Video Commentary Perhaps as proof that they were all together, here's video footage of the commentary, with the cast sprawled out on mangy sofas, having a giggle. This runs for ten scenes of the full commentary and includes the footage of the film playing in a smaller window. It's unlikely you'd want to watch this all, but seeking out Renée's facial expressions as she tries to hide from watching the sex scene makes for amusing viewing.
Rehearsal Footage Three short rehearsal scenes are here for you to watch, with commentary by Cameron Crowe. One of these is the birth of the "Show me the money!" scene.
Rod Tidwell Commercial Sports firm Reebok weren't too pleased with their portrayal in the movie, so this 'Rod Tidwell' advert was left out of the movie. It's a scream, as Rod establishes the rules of what he will and won't endorse, and lays into Reebok for not noticing him sooner.
How to be a Sports Agent This is a three minute video of real-life sports agent Drew Rosenhaus talking us through the tools of his trade. These turn out to be a pager, a mobile big enough to drag other objects into orbit around it, and a fist-full of batteries for said boulder-sized mobile. This is mildly interesting, but as Drew isn't remotely as good-looking as Tom Cruise, and is far too energetic to surely be healthy, this is really a view-once only type featurette.
Making of Featurette Seven minutes of cast and crew talking about the movie they're making awaits you here. Normally the cheesiest part of any DVD, this featurette doesn't clog the attention-span arteries.
"Secret Garden" Music Video This is the mournful Bruce Springsteen song that plays during the scene where Tom 'n' Renée are falling for one another. Aw. Try putting this on a loop, and it has quite a mellowing effect on angry members of the female species.
Jerry Maguire's Mission Statement Here is the very document, "The Things We Think and Do Not Say", that got Jerry into hot doo-doo. Read it in all its glory, play the above music video, vomit, and repeat until inspired to go wreck your career with such a mission statement.
Additional Special Features Also on the DVD is a trailer, cast and crew filmographies, photo galleries, and the whole "Jerry Maguire" script on DVD ROM!
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Technical Features: Scene selection, animated menus, multiple languages and subtitles.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.