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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jfk blu ray steelbook
arrived 2 days early thanks to proposed royal mail strike and i can confirm that IT IS the directors cut of the film with a stated running time of 205 minutes.
sound is dts hdma 5.1.
subtitles on disc are as follows :-

English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Terrible History
Much has been made of this film, its qualities and its historical accuracy. Even the most ardent defenders of the films point of view (that Kennedy was killed by a monster plot) admit that the film takes a great deal of 'dramatic license'. However few are in doubt about its qualities as a work of cinema. It is superbly directed and its all-star cast deliver as...
Published on 16 Jan 2005 by Mr. A. E. Hall


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jfk blu ray steelbook, 2 Nov 2013
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arrived 2 days early thanks to proposed royal mail strike and i can confirm that IT IS the directors cut of the film with a stated running time of 205 minutes.
sound is dts hdma 5.1.
subtitles on disc are as follows :-

English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

There is also a full complement of extras including commentary deleted and extended scenes a documentary and multimedia essays.
Picture and sound are in my opinion excellent much better than my old 2 disc dvd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest question that was never fully answered.What really happened that day?, 3 Nov 2011
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This is a excellent film. Even if you don't don't believe everything that's said here to be a fact,there's enough to leave you wondering,pondering the maybe's and I think that was Oliver Stone's intention.
On the commentary Mr Stone admits to taking liberties in some parts of the story-telling and film-making which,to be honest,is to be expected. Even at 198 minutes at the extended Director's cut,this film is dense with explanation,flash-backs and exposition not to mention the footage of the actual shooting itself, not one moment of time is wasted on something that doesn't really matter. This film is probably the highlight of most of the actors involved careers, especially that of Kevin Costner who plays his role brilliantly as a man filled with anger at the lies but also a secret doubter of his own obsession with the truth which flings him into many conflicts not only at work but at home as well.Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald excels as the patsy. Kevin Bacon's short screen time does nothing to blunt the impact his character makes, Tommy Lee Jones fills the screen with slimy subtle menace and Joe Pesci is so far away from the psychotic-mafia-guy he's famous for, it's amazing. That all these actors(and more) wanted to work on this film with very brief screen time for many, just goes to show how brilliant and tight the script must have been and it loses none of the tension or bite on film. This is a film where you have to pay attention, lots of things happen all at once and people talk for a long while. I honestly don't think they would make these types of films anymore when the modern trend is fast cuts, short sentences and film-makers allowing the audience to have a memory-span of a guppy, underestimating most people. If you make it of good standard and interesting, people will pay attention and formulate their own ideas.
This is an intelligent film, not a condescending one. Oliver Stone has his opinion on what happened that fateful day in history. He's done his homework and put forth this film as his version of what may have happened. Maybe you won't agree, maybe you will,it doesn't really matter. All that matters as Oliver Stone says, is that you question, deliberate and question again. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film, 12 Dec 2010
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Markie "marx1977" (hereandthere) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
For JFK conspiracy theorists this is a classic film whichever version of events you choose to believe. However it is important to remember that it is just a Hollywood film. I for one don't think most of what happens in this film is factual, but that does not detract from the fact that it is an excellent piece of cinema and does make you think. All the actors turn in fine performances most notably Tommy Lee Jones, doesn't he always!! Book yourself a spare three hours on a Saturday evening and get drawn in to total conspiracy madness!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction all right, but what a film!, 9 April 2010
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Frank Messely (Kortrijk, BELGIUM) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
I think JFK is first and foremost a feature film, and should be regarded as such. No matter what secrets lie hidden behind the events in Dallas - November 22, 1963, Oliver Stone's movie is an amazing creative accomplishment. In 1992 I sat for three hours in the movie theater, intrigued, mesmerized, oblivious of my surroundings. Once the film had ended, I came out of the theater and... bought a ticket to see it yet again. Oliver Stone bombards us with information, clues, superb acting, and last but not least, an incredible editing job, the latter being the very reason why JFK got a place in my favorite movie top ten. Filmed footage, documentary footage, photographs, newsreels, etc... are put together in such a splendid way, making the film a cinematic rollercoaster, keeping you on edge all the time and showing what politics, personal interest, business, corruption, international intrigue, illegal trade, etc... can lead to. One sequence is incredibly strong, the one where X reveals information to Garrison on the DC Mall, accompanied by a very compelling piece of music by John Williams (actually, that was the scene I wanted to see again immediately after the first viewing). For everyone who likes strong cinema and editing, watch it, buy it. Can't wait to have it on Blu Ray.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone's finest work, 21 Sep 2006
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Mr. Tristan Martin (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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JFK, as if you didn't already know, concerns the story of real-life Louisana District Attorney Jim Garrison and his (ultimately unsuccessful) prosecution of Clay Shaw for conspiring in the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

Through an audacious technique of sound and image editing, combining different film stocks and overlapping dialogue, JFK is a powerful piece of cinema that deserves a place in everyone's collection. It is to director Oliver Stone's credit that he keeps the viewer continually engaged with the film through it's three hours and seventeen minutes running length.

The film is not only a significant technical achievement but supremely enjoyable on a purely cinematic level. The cast is uniformly excellent - a special nod of the head to Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald - and Robert Richardson's cinematography is, as always, gorgeous.

Due to the inflammatory subject matter (a U.S. covert action program designed to assassinate foreign leaders gets blown-back and turned on President Kennedy), this film and those associated with it have often come in for a lot of highly charged invective. Therefore, some background reading is highly recommended; if you only read one book on the Kennedy assassination, make it Oxford historian Anthony Summers' "Kennedy Conspiracy" for an in-depth and reasoned analysis.

In short, this is Oliver Stone's "J'accuse!" -not only one of the best films ever made but also one of the most important.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to make fact from fiction, 22 Dec 2003
This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
This is one fantastically made film, Stone mixes his own fictional footage with genuine historical footage until you don't know which one is the truth, this powerful movie bombards you with information and will not stop. Throughout the film, Garrison (Costner) and his team put foreward every conspiracy theory known to man (aside from Elvis at the Grassy-Knoll) before deciding on their prefered option and hammering it home in a riveting final court-room scene.
I for one don't believe that Lyndon Johnson was waiting for a call from Clay Shaw saying "Kennedy's been killed and I want my money". Oliver Stone is not a historian and this is not history, as Stone said, this film is merely a counter-myth to the myth that is the Warren Report and that is what it does. One only has to watch the trial scene to realise that the Warren Report was fiction and although Garrison's proposition of a government-planned conspiracy is a little off, it does make you think and that is what a good film should do.
The supporting cast is excellent with Tommy-Lee Jones earning a Best Supporting-Actor Oscar, the music is superb and powerfully atmospheric.
A good buy for anyone who likes to think and an ideal subject for discussion
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this for the history, 13 Sep 2007
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songsinc "glsmas" (Scottsdale, Arizona) - See all my reviews
The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was one of the most shocking historical events in American history, much as Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were. Director Oliver Stone does an incredible job of re-creating the events and somber mood of that dark day and its aftermath by using real film footage shot by witnesses in Dealey Plaza, along with his own staged reenactments.

Whether you believe in an alleged vast (in my opinion, Stone's and Garrison's a bit too vast) conspiracy or Lee Harvey Oswald as the "lone nut" shooter, "JFK" should be seen for its historical content more than for its portrayal of real-life New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's conspiracy-fueled investigation and resulting 1968-69 trial of Clay Shaw.

If nothing else, the film raises some interesting questions about who and what dark forces may have been behind the assassination, all the while keeping your attention with entertaining, fast-paced editing. While telling Jim Garrison's theory of the assassination, the film immerses the viewer into the socio-political mood of the late 1950's and early 60's-era dark and covert Mafia/CIA/FBI liaisons, presenting at times a documentary-style view of Cold War events, the U.S.'s escalating involvement in Vietnam, and its war on Castro's Cuba.

John William's soundtrack is beautiful and moving, and is successful in enhancing the mystery and intrigue of the film's content. The all-star cast with Kevin Costner in the lead role as Jim Garrison helps the characters appear familiar and likable, although I felt as if Stone tried too hard in getting all these familiar faces to appear in the movie because he figured no one would be interested in watching the 3-hour epic if he hadn't. Gary Oldman does an admirable job of emulating the stuttering and nervous Oswald, and Donald Sutherland utterly rivets you the screen with his soft-spoken stories of government black operations. Also noteworthy is Joe Pesci, who puts forth a psychopathic -- almost comedic -- portrayal of David Ferrie, one of the alleged conspirators. Sissy Spacek plays the troubled and frightened, but ultimately supportive wife of Garrison, and Tommy Lee Jones is in the role of the man on trial, Clay Shaw. Last but not least are the cameo-like appearances of huge stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Candy, and Kevin Bacon.

Watch the movie, maybe a few times. If nothing else you'll walk away more historically enlightened, maybe even asking some interesting questions about the assassination yourself. And, a Hollywood film that stirred a public outcry over alleged government secrecy surrounding the event, ultimately forcing it to release assassination records and form the 1992 Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) is in itself historically significant. This should make anyone want to see it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELING !!, 31 July 2005
This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Scene after scene which lives in the memory for years after watching the film, great performances from Tommy Lee JOnes and Joe Peci as expected but also so many others, John Candy's part, Kevin Bacons charachter, the scene with Donald Sutherland in the park which adds such clout to the main charachters whole conspirosy argument. 3 hours of film and I promise you at the end you still want more !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "One of the greatest movies of our time...", 10 July 2004
This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Arguably one of the world's biggest conspiracies in modern times has been brilliantly brought to life through Oliver Stone's exceptional cinematic experience. Stone's detailed interpretation of those infamous events surrounding the assassinaton of debatably the greatest, unsurpassed and most captivating presidents ever to take control of America- John F. Kennedy, captured the attention of millions worldwide.
An outstanding and leading performance from Oscar Winner, Kevin Costner[Dances with Wolves, The Postman] stands out in Stone's courtroom drama as well as Costner leading an experienced and incomparable cast in the portrayal of Jim Garrison, who fought admirably to bring out the truth surrounding the death of JFK.
Oliver Stone's classic will have you perched on the end of your seats from beginning to its mesmerizing conclusion and can be known as one of the greatest movies of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film of all time, 25 Jan 2002
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This review is from: JFK [VHS] [1992] (VHS Tape)
This is the greatest film of all time. Even if you're not interested in the actual assassination of JFK, this film could then become a fictional film, and would still be the greatest film you'll ever see. And if you are interested in the assassination, then it is even better. A must have
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