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Jacob's Ladder [Blu-ray]

Tim Robbins , Elizabeth Pena , Adrian Lyne    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Jason Alexander
  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Producers: Alan Marshall
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5SAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,190 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Jacob's Ladder, Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) thinks he is going insane. Or worse. When his nightmares begin spilling into his waking hours, Jacob believes he is experiencing the after-effects of a powerful drug tested on him during Vietnam. Or perhaps his post-traumatic stress disorder is worse than most. Whatever is happening to him, it's not good. Director Adrian Lyne sparks our interest and maintains high production values, but this confusing film chokes on its "surprise" ending. It owes much to Ambrose Bierce's haunting and more straightforward short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek. Written by Bruce Joel Rubin, who also explored the "other side" in Ghost and My Life, Jacob's Ladder ultimately feels like an exercise in self-indulgence. A spirited performance by Elizabeth Peña outshines Robbins, who is surprisingly lethargic. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Divorced Vietnam veteran turned postman Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is disturbed when he begins to be plagued by bizarre and violent hallucinations, both of the family he has abandoned and a bloody battle he could not previously remember. So strong are the images that the line between past and present, real and unreal, begins to dissolve. Desperate for help, Jacob turns to his ex-wife, Sarah, and chiropractor Louis (Danny Aiello).

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Robbins at his best 7 July 2003
Reviewing this movie is a difficult task for it's very easy to spoil the movie for the reader, due to its nature. Therefore, I will try to focus my comments on the technical side rather than on the story.
Tim Robbins delivers a unique performance as Jacob (perhaps only comparable in his career to The Shawshank Redemption where he, however, needs to share the credit with Morgan Freeman), a Vietnam warrior who gets seriously wounded in combat and finds himself in a desperate struggle for life. And between life and death, heaven or hell, where does Jacob belong? That's something Jacob will have to find out for himself and that'll be the fight of his life.
Robbins is absolutely irreprehensible from start to end, and the rest of the cast includes other somewhat well known names like Eriq La Salle, Elisabeth Peña, Macaulay Culkin on one of his first roles (yeah, the Home Alone kid!) and even Jason Alexander from Seinfeld. The film is filled with symbolic meaning and that's one of its strenghts. Director Adrian Lyne did a really great job on that front as he was able to capture all that meaning, treating it well and presenting it to the reader in the most fascinating and yet subtle way. Not only that, this includes perhaps the very finest psychological horror I've ever seen (or should I say felt?) in my life.
This is perhaps one of the most underrated movies out there, but you know what? I think that adds something almost mystical to it. Get it on your DVD/Video player and see for yourself.
5 stars. No less.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but.... 29 Mar 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
..make sure that you get the full uncut 18 version, not the DVD 15 version that I was duped into getting because of false advertising. If you are unable to get the full version on DVD, just buy it on VHS. Believe me, it's worth it because there are multiple scenes which are cut from the DVD version.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Definitely a cult classic of its genre, magnum opus of Adrian Lyne. But, I must warn that "Jacob's Ladder" is not for everyone, ideally suited for mature, patient and attentive viewers because, as being difficult to follow and hard to digest, it is not an easy pill to swallow. It gets more and more cracked and convoluted at every turn, but ultimately so much rewarding if you could sit through from beginning to end.

The plot is multi-layered, segueing from alternate "realities" to the odd bouts of hallucinations. First layer is Jacob's lurid experience in Vietnam, a sinister battle in Mekong Delta, where his guts were pierced by a deadly bayonet thrust by an unseen assailant; Then, his post-Nam NYC "life" comes with flashbacks showing the days with his girlfriend Jezzie, who is compelled to cope with his intermittent psychotic episodes and gradual mental degeneration; Suddenly, we cut to his pre-Nam days during which he lives happily with his ex-wife and kids. At one point he is visited by his dead son, and haunted by his death scene.

These phantasmagoric trips occur between the pre-Nam/post-Nam worlds and the viewer gets overwhelmingly baffled whether which of these worlds were real and which were fantasy. And in all these worlds, he incessantly struggles to battle his inner demons appearing everywhere in "outside" world. Is he slipping into insanity; are all these mess a result of being doped by a mind-altering drug, making the soldiers hyper-violent war machines during the battle; is there a conspiracy by government to silence him; is he alive or is he dead? What a mishmash... You would be bombarded with such questions, and some red herrings throughout the film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant shifting Vietnam nightmare 22 April 2001
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Jacob Singer is on a journey to Hell, signposted from the onset, but maybe redemption can still be found. Jacob fought a fiery battle in Vietnam and struggles, day to day, with horrific nightmares that pursue him through the back alleys of New York but his questioning nature may prove to be his saving grace. Jacob was once a student of philosophy. Watch as his theoritical mind goes to war with an awful array of demons that emerge to rip his soul apart. Tim Robbins is simply brilliant as the postal worker, and former soldier, who emerges from Vietnam onto a terrible landscape inhabited by hellish creatures that threaten to tear apart his sanity. What is reality? What is really happening to Jacob? Enter this dark journey and accompany this sympathetic host!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** Living A Nightmare ***** 12 Mar 2003
Jacob's Ladder open's with New York postal worker Jacob Singer waking on a subway train having just experienced a nightmare flashback to his time in Vietnam. Upset and confused he tries to ask his fellow passengers if he has missed his stop but as he passes them he sees flashes of tails and horns in the uncommunicative people whom he approaches for help. Exiting the train he finds the stairs to the subway locked and on crossing the tracks he narrowly misses being hit by a train coming in the other direction and whilst lying on the track he witnesses yet more disturbing images as the train passes by. Unsure whether these images are real or as a result of some form of post traumatic stress disorder from his time in 'Nam, he struggles to keep his grip on sanity as his life becomes a nightmare, with his days punctuated by visions of demons, his first wife and his dead son. His life begins to unravel and the line between reality and delusion becomes ever more fragile.
This is, in my opinion, by far and away Adrian Lyne's best movie, which may surprise some people given the fact his CV includes big box office hits such as 9 Weeks, Indecent Proposal and Fatal Attraction. His direction is subtle, considered, well-paced and as near as you'll get to perfect. The cinematography is also excellent and the use of special effects are relatively understated but effective, which is something that can rarely be said since the advent of CGI. As for Bruce Joel Rubin's screenplay no praise is too high. It is intelligent, intricate and complex and it keeps you guessing until the end. In fact there is so much in this movie that second time around you'll find yourself picking up clues that you missed first time around and appreciate the cleverness and different levels of the story even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth a go
one of tim robbins early films enjoyable but possibly a bit dated now
Published 14 days ago by Michael Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly entertaining and satisfying package
This edition of the film is invaluable for the audio commentary by Adrian Lyne, who disappeared from the cinema world to go and live in Provence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Al Licks from Tyneside
4.0 out of 5 stars "Jacob's Ladder" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues On The 'US' Disc...
Half of me loved the audacity of "Jacob's Ladder" - the other half of me found its hallucinogenic mind-trip ramblings a little too much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Barry
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware SD instant version - it's just the trailer
Just to watch out, I bought the SD version of this for 6.99 last night, and the content is only the 1min:55sec version of the trailer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lis
2.0 out of 5 stars Jacob's Ladder
Hmm! I like Tim Robbins but somehow could not get myself to like this film. I just don't understand it and found it of no interest to me sorry!!
Published 9 months ago by John Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The best.
I cannot add anything new to the comments made by the many reviewers but to mention the Music score by Maurice Jarre,
always brilliant, A master touch was a solo piano playing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars scary stuff !
watched this many years ago,so thought I would catch up again,wasnt disappointed still stands up as a disturbing and jumpy horror/nightmare,well acted although feels late 80,s... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lyn Brush
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Core Daemons
A dark and after-life referencing biblical coda...a glimpse of purgatory.
The only film I know, when if you are stoned, with a gun in your hand as you point it at... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jwma
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark n moody
This has great creepy moments in this movie when you dont know whats real or not. Definately worth checking out.
Published 12 months ago by Sir Richie Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the 18 version shown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are hoping for the proper '18' rated version that is shown on the page, and therefore the one you could be rightly assuming you will receive, then you'd be wrong. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sildalcea
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