The Jackal

The Jackal

Bruce Willis
Director: Michael Caton-Jones Cast: Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
, Richard Gere
Richard Gere
, Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
Michael Caton-Jones

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The Jackal is a dull, lumbering thriller that's painful to watch, not even enlivened by its periodic bursts of bloody violence or the techno-enhanced score by Carter Burwell -- yet it comes equipped with a commentary track by director Michael Caton-Jones that is scene-specific, revelatory in terms of the director's creative approach, and enjoyably detailed in its discussion of the filmmaking process. It is no surprise, however, when Caton-Jones notes that he tried to avoid allowing reality to get in the way of a good story -- an attitude that unfortunately suffuses the film as a whole. The extreme reconstruction and recutting that the film endured is addressed periodically during the commentary, though Caton-Jones never quite acknowledges that, basically, the movie was bad. The dual-layer disc also includes the theatrical trailer, brief production notes, and a lengthy "Making of The Jackal" piece that weaves in the expected interviews and on-set bits with a hefty collection of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a small stills collection -- the latter three accessible only from the chapter menu for the documentary (the trailer is also included in the chapter list.) The documentary is fortunately leavened by frequent bursts of humor, most of them led by Bruce Willis. From an audio and video standpoint, the disc is excellent, with a well-balanced Dolby 5.1 soundtrack for the main feature. There is also a French Dolby Surround track that tends to be far less subtle in its effects than the English track. The image preserves the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is presented in anamorphic format for 16 x 9 playback. The film transfer is very good, seeming crisp without visible artifacts, as well as maintaining the somewhat subdued color palette and excellent flesh tones. A good balance is maintained between shadows, mid-tones, and highlights, and there are some nice deep blacks. It really is ironic that a movie this poor receives a treatment this good.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/1998
UPC: 0025192026225
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 21,053

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis The Jackal
Richard Gere Declan Mulqueen
Sidney Poitier Cater Preston
Diane Venora Valentina Koslova
Tess Harper The First Lady
J.K. Simmons Witherspoon
Mathilda May Isabella
Stephen Spinella Douglas
Richard Lineback McMurphy
Jack Black Ian Lamont
John Cunningham Donald Brown
David Hayman Terek Murad
Steve Bassett George Decker
Ravil Isyanov Ghazzi Murad
Serge Houde Beaufres
Terry Loughlin Davis
Jonathan Aris Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Caton-Jones Director,Producer
Illusion Arts Special Effects
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Jim Clark Editor
Terence A. Clegg Executive Producer
Sean Daniel Producer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Ricky Eyres Art Director
John Fenner Art Director
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
James Jacks Producer
Kevin Jarre Producer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Hal Lieberman Executive Producer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Michael White Production Designer
Chuck Pfarrer Original Story,Screenwriter
Kate J. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Bill Westley Asst. Director
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Jackal
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [3:40]
2. Blood is the Witness [:21]
3. Debts to Pay [4:05]
4. The Assassin [1:56]
5. Terek's Men [2:12]
6. The Assassin Prepares [:03]
7. Who is the Jackal? [2:17]
8. Montreal [3:41]
9. The Terrorist's Deal [1:57]
10. Isabella [:04]
11. Just One Guy [2:02]
12. A Little Faith [5:08]
13. The Compromised Shipment [4:33]
14. Good Guys Don't Hide [3:45]
15. The Bonus [3:05]
16. The Test [2:25]
17. The Real Test [1:43]
18. Deja Vu [2:04]
19. The Regatta [5:54]
20. The Inside Man [:39]
21. Witherspoon's Mistake [1:41]
22. Black Blood [1:24]
23. The House Guest [:18]
24. The Real Target [1:48]
25. To Find a Killer [5:56]
26. The Jackal Strikes [:42]
27. The Subway [3:36]
28. Declan's Decision [3:49]
29. Judgment Day [4:50]
30. Dead and Gone [2:39]
31. End Titles [:24]
0. Chapter List
1. Getting Started [8:09]
2. Two Separate Stories [:28]
3. Research [3:55]
4. Location Is Everything [3:01]
5. Getting the Shot [:29]
6. Credits [2:22]
7. Deleted Scenes [4:31]
8. Alternate Ending [:54]
9. Theatrical Trailer [7:33]
10. Production Photographs [7:03]

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