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40 of 42 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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Oliver Stone may be a very skilled filmmaker. His earlier film Wall Street may have some good points. On JFK , this must remain one of Stone's most controversial films too date. It may have been well made. The scenarios of 1960s America are excellent and the film managed to collect two awards but had been heavily criticised for being irrelevant and misleading in terms...
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jfk blu ray steelbook, 2 Nov 2013
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This review is from: JFK - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1992] (Blu-ray)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Docu-Drama, 15 Dec 2009
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I would say it's advisable for the viewer to have at least a passing familiarity with the various characters in the real-life scenario of November 1963 to get maximum enjoyment and appreciation out of this epic film.

Oliver Stone focuses on New Orleans DA Jim Garrison in order to see the JFK assassination case through the eyes of one man in his campaign to see justice done. Garrison's angle on the affair, the intensity of his feelings and the impact it had on his personal life gave Stone an excellent vehicle for the plot.

Costner as Garrison has managed to produce a superbly accurate portrayal, as have Tommy Lee Jones (Clay Shaw), and Gary Oldman (Oswald), not forgetting Sissy Spacek as Mrs Garrison, Ed Asner (Guy Banister), Joe Pesci (David Ferrie) and many others too numerous to list.

Stone and his team must have carried out a comprehensive investigation of their own in order to encompass all the relevant aspects of the assassination case in general. Their objective was obviously to bring out the Warren Commission cover-up and the role of the powers-that-be in the whole affair, as well as the personal involvement of Garrison.

A standout sequence for me is where Garrison sits on a park bench in Washington with the mysterious "X" (widely thought to be L.Fletcher Prouty, a former USAF colonel with CIA connections) expertly played by Donald Sutherland, who elucidates to Garrison at length the workings of the military-industrial complex and encourages Garrison to see his campaign through.

A nice touch is the cameo appearance of Garrison himself as Earl Warren, as he tries to convince the American public that his Commission was right and that Oswald acted alone.

Jim Garrison was the only person who managed to bring anybody to trial in the JFK affair and was the first to bring the Zapruder Film into the public domain. Garrison's dramatic exposé in court, complete with Zapruder footage and black-and-white recreations of the Dallas scenes, bring the film to a dramatic finale.

Whether or not you're from the generation who remembers the JFK case , get this DVD and watch a still-controversial slice of history unfold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JFK for Just Fantastic Knowledge, 23 July 2008
Why does the film JFK work? It confirms what most people know to be the truth. That JFK was assassinated by a conspiracy. Whether Clay Shaw was involved or not may never be known but just because there has never been a confession by the powers that be doesnt mean the majority of the ordinary people are silly. (You cannot shoot someone in the back of the head for the head to go backwards. Thats just silly. Its so obvious to the eye that the second shot was fired from the front. The magic bullet theory was also silly. How can a bullet cause so much damage to two men and still look pristine? What happened to the president's brain? Where did it disappear when it was meant to be examined to get the bullet trajectory? Why was a proper autopsy not conducted? How could the chief suspect be killed in a building surrounded by police? How did the assassin of the chief suspect himself die mysteriously? How did witnesses that someone shot from the grassy knoll die in strange circumstances? Why after the shooting did the majority of people who heard and saw the puff of smoke from a gunshot start running for the grassy knoll? Did everyones ears deceive them? Why were there people already standing at the knoll showing fake FBI badges not letting anyone come forward?) Need I go on?

JFK is a film that carefully picks the flaws in the Warren Report and there are far too many flaws in that report for it to be accurate or to fill this picture. In fact you can say the film JFK was more accurate than the Warren Report itself and that was without government backing.

It cleverly shows real footage with careful reconstruction so much so that you really cannot tell the difference. This is not as the powers that be think as twisting history to Oliver Stones fancies but good reconstruction lacking in many historical productions.

For those that think political assassinations in apparent free countries cannot happen watch JFK. It proves witout a shadow of a doubt that the USA is a carefully controlled elected country where you dont need to be a dictator to be a dictator.

The films running time of over 3 hours is not noticable. This picture has a great commentary tracks and the 45 minutes deleted scenes are also worth it.
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stones materpiece , definitely makes you ask questons about the LONE GUNMAN THEORY, 12 April 2009
Oliver Stone created a modern movie classic when he directed the highly controvercial JFK . 40+ years on it's still a hotly debated subject thats discussed to this very day 'WHO SHOT JFK'and WHY?. The conspiracy theory Oliver Stone puts forward makes for totaly engrossing viewing ,and in my oppinion most elements of it are VERY BELIEVABLE

It is a superbly acted movie , the ensemble cast are all terrific and there are no exceptions.It's choc full of very memorable and well acted scenes , with special mentions to Kevin 'JIM GARRISON' Costner + Walter 'SENATOR LONG' Matthau on the plane, Costner questioning Joe'DAVE FERRIE'Pesci , Costner questioning Tommy Lee' CLAY SHAW 'Jones and finaly the COURT CASE itself , it's very enthralling , and if I had been on the jury I would have sent SHAW DOWN [ HEHEHE ]....its that believable

Its beautifuly shot combining the original 'ABRAHAM ZAPRUDER' Dealy Plaza video footage with STONES own superbly directed shots

Costner/Garrison [courtroom scene] tearring apart and CASTING DOUBT on the LONE GUNMAN + MAGIC BULLET 3 SHOT THEORY is pure CINEMA GOLD

A MUST SEE MOVIE ........A MODERN CLASSIC.....NOT TO BE MISSED
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Oliver Stone's best work, 20 Feb 2002
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This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
He peaked with JFK and has been going downhill ever since, but that doesn't diminish the greatness of this film. Some of the scenes look quite out of place to a native Dallasite (born and raised) but someone who doesn't know what Dallas looks like then OR now won't know the difference. In all fairness, the city has changed substantially since 1963 and I'm still amazed that Stone persuaded the city to paint buildings in Dealey Plaza to look as they did on that day. But I digress. Having read "On The Trail Of The Assassins," the book this film is based on, I was delighted and enthralled to see the characters and dialogue from Jim Garrison's book spring to life. Kevin Costner, though not my favorite actor, manages to convey Garrison's passionate search for the truth, but the real stars in this film are the supporting cast. Tommy Lee Jones is fabulous as the effeminate Clay Shaw, Sissy Spacek is terrific as Garrison's harassed wife, and Joe Pesci is outstanding as the paranoid David Ferrie. Look even more closely and you'll see Laurie Metcalf, who is easily one of the most underrated actresses of all time, anchoring the investigative team in a supporting role that should have won her an Oscar. The cinematography is superb, mixing actual autopsy photos of Kennedy and actual footage of the day of the assassination with live action scenes and stills from the present-day. Everything fits together effortlessly, and though the film easily exceeds two hours and most DVD pressings require you to turn it over halfway through, you'll still be on the edge of your seat, unwilling to even pause it to go to the toilet, because you are so anxious to find out what happens next. Easily the best American political film ever made.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone's finest work, 21 Sep 2006
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Edit: the blu ray upgrade provides significant audio visual enhancement & it also comes with the Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy, which is a ninety minute documentary featuring original interviews and archive footage, which was only previously available in the UK as part of the two VHS set.

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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Irrelevance, 20 Jun 2011
This review is from: JFK [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Oliver Stone may be a very skilled filmmaker. His earlier film Wall Street may have some good points. On JFK , this must remain one of Stone's most controversial films too date. It may have been well made. The scenarios of 1960s America are excellent and the film managed to collect two awards but had been heavily criticised for being irrelevant and misleading in terms with insights on the assasination of JF Kennedy together with a promotion of conspiracy theories.
The movie is based on the book by the New Orleans DA Jim Garrison whom makes a cameo in the film and was played by Kevin Coster as the clock was being turned back to the time of the assasination with Garrison in search for the truth behind the killing. In spite of his efforts, it proved to be fruitless yet Garrision bizarrely managed to put a hapless man on trial and it came to be of little surprise that he had no case and lost it so who cares?
On the film, it's too long and sometimes it is let down by strong language while Coster looks a bit dull as Garrison despite already been a star overnight with Dances With Wolves. As I have already said, Oliver Stone's JFK may be well made but disappointing by being misleading and irrelevant in terms with history together with the intrusion of conspiracy theories and I will not say that there was a conspiracy unless there is evidence.
Stone made little success after JFK. His "Nixon efforts" received intense criticism notably from Henry Kissinger himself whom wrote his own review for a British newspaper at the time it was released. World Trade Centre was Stone's better offerings but Alexander or W were so-so while Coster's film career also waned through highs and lows starting with The Bodyguard where to this day he makes frequent appearances in second rate films.
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1.0 out of 5 stars when Hollywood embraced Garrison and begat a monster, 2 Jan 2010
This review is from: JFK [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
This film will forever be the 'version of history' that a whole generation has accepted as true and factual. For the vast majority of people, Stone's film will forever be 'the only version' of JFK's death that they will ever know. This film is actually a revisionist re-write of history - it is far removed from truth and reality.

It would take far too long to itemise every single falsehood that it contains so I shan't even try. There are many historically reliable internet resources and books that will afford such insights into this dreadful mish-mash for those who might wish to explore them.

By far the most cynically crafted scene is the one in which David Ferrie is seen to ‘confess’ to Garrison and his men. Ferrie never ‘confessed’ to anything. He emphatically denied any involvement with Shaw or Oswald until his dying day. This fabrication didn’t even appear in either of the source books that Stone used as the ‘basis’ for ‘JFK’. Stone lied to his unknowing audience in order to support his fallacious contention that Shaw had been involved in a conspiracy.

Without doubt the most contrived and duplicitous ploy used by Stone was the invention of the ‘Willie O’ Keefe’ character.
By inventing ‘O Keefe’ and claiming that he was a ‘composite’ of Perry Russo, Raymond Broshears, David Logan and William Morris, Stone was (a) able to avoid dealing the with issue of Russo’s drug and hypnosis sessions and (b) he was able to introduce all manner of gratuitous gay-sex ‘allegations’ against Clay Shaw. Russo said absolutely nothing about Shaw’s (closet) gay lifestyle whilst giving evidence. He couldn’t because he didn’t know him and had never even met him. Neither Logan, Broshears nor Morris were even called to testify! Stone, quite literally, ‘sexed-up’ his film by inventing a non-existent sex ‘angle’.

There is, of course, much, much more that Stone made up.

It would have been nice to think that those who saw the film would have been stimulated to buy and read the Warren Commission, Clarke Panel, Rockefeller and the HSCA reports to check for themselves whether Stone had been honest. It would seem that hardly anyone was sufficiently curious to know if Stone had duped them or not. It would seem that the 'emotional pull' far outweighed the 'intellectual pull'.

The killings of JFK, Tippit and Oswald were tragic enough, but Stone's peddling of lies is just as tragic; for history.

Barry Ryder
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