Expectations were high for Quentin Tarantino's third movie, and while some people were left disappointed, many were pleased with this thoughtful movie that's maturing very nicely on a two-disc DVD release.
Picture Now who would dare mess with the appearance of Pam Grier with a lousy DVD transfer? Not Buena Vista it would seem, as they've blessed this sun-kissed movie with excellent picture quality.
Sound It's always nice to have the option of a Dolby or DTS 5.1 mix on a DVD, but this is not a film that has a lot of effects to play with. That said, the atmospheric effects and music score do work beautifully to enhance the mood of the film.
DISC ONE SPECIAL FEATURES
Enhanced Trivia Track If you love knowing obscure facts about a film, or simply want to be the most foremost "Jackie Brown" expert in your drinking circle, then this track is for you. Taking the form of a subtitle track, there's a wealth of information constantly running along the bottom of the screen. This includes locations, song titles, who auditioned for which role, differences between the finished film and original script, and even what the Kangol brand actually stands for on Samuel L Jackson's hat.
Additional Disc One Extra Features Also on disc one is a chapter selection menu that allows you to locate the songs of the music track, and a trailer for the "Pulp Fiction" DVD.
DISC TWO SPECIAL FEATURES
Quentin Tarantino DVD Intro Quentin welcomes us to the DVD, and hopes that it's been worth the wait. Let's find out shall we?
How it Went Down This is a 38-minute documentary that's all about how the film came about. Based on the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch", Tarantino almost gave the project to another director as he wanted to work on a different Leonard book. A chance re-read of the book changed Tarantino's mind and he got to casting the film, which is a process that for Quentin is about plugging in the right actors for the right roles. "I'm looking further than the list", says Quentin when explaining that it's only co-incidental that his choices have revived the careers of previously fading actors. All the major cast members are on hand to offer their thoughts and anecdotes on the movie.
A Look Back at "Jackie Brown" Those of you who enjoy Tarantino in interview will no doubt be pleased with this hour-long effort. He's a very animated and enthusiastic speaker, and it certainly is not only endearing, but quite rare to see a director be so passionate about what he does. Anecdotes galore are there for the picking, including some amusing comments on Samuel L Jackson choosing his own wardrobe for his part.
Chicks With Guns Video Here is the hilarious video made for the movie of bikini-clad women handling their favourite automatic weapons.
Deleted and Alternate Scenes There are six scenes on offer here, plus an introduction from Quentin Tarantino.
Siskel and Ebert 'At the Movies' Many of you will be familiar with the "two thumbs up" phrase used by film critics Siskel and Ebert on their TV programme, but perhaps less so with the show itself. Here's their take on "Jackie Brown".
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Jackie Brown on MTV This is a promo for a "Jackie Brown" contest on MTV and an MTV interview with Tarantino.
Robert Forster Trailers This gallery is an inspired addition to the DVD with a galaxy of trailers for various Robert Forster 'classics' including "Alligator", "Vigilante", and the Cannon movie "Hollywood Harry".
Pam Grier Trailers Pam Grier gives the Robert Forster trailer selection a run for its money with such teasers as "Black Mama, White Mama", "Hit Man" (a film forgotten as the first US remake of "Get Carter", before Stallone got hold of it), "Foxy Brown", and "Scream Blacula Scream". There's also a trailer for the 1996 film "Original Gangstas".
Additional Extra Features Also on disc two are trailer and TV spots for "Jackie Brown", a Pam Grier radio spot and film poster gallery, and a Robert Forster film poster gallery.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
Technical Features: Scene selection, animated menus, and English captions for the hearing impaired
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.