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41 of 43 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.
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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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41 of 43 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought-provoking., 11 Dec 2014
This review is from: JFK [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
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Oliver Stone's JFK, a conspiracy movie par excellence, a riveting, in which he tries to transform the details of every John F. Kennedy assassination theory of the past decades.

The movie's protagonist is Jim Garrison (well played by Kevin Costner, then at the height of his popularity), the New Orleans District Attorney. In 1967, Garrison conducted an unsuccessful prosecution of local businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for complicity in Kennedy's coldly calculated murder.

Though Shaw's connection to the murder is vague, it's still intriguing, for Garrison is using the trail as a pretext to promote his own theory that Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) was only one of several gunmen involved. Moreover, he advances the proposition that Oswald might not have fired a single shot, as the latter claimed at the time of his arrest.

Though the theory and `facts" of Stone's film were dismissed by many politicians and viewers, JFK exerted huge impact. Indeed, a new legislation was introduced in Congress in March 1992, in a concerted struggle to release the files of FBI, CIA and other governmental agencies related to the Kennedy assassination, it was a major victory. .

It's to Stone's credit as co-writer and director that, despite the verbose nature of the narrative and lengthy running time (189 minutes to be exact), the film is largely engaging and provocative no matter what political camp you belong to.

The screenplay intelligent and deeply thought provoking, is brought to life by a wonderful group of character actors, who play supporting parts. In addition to Tommy Lee Jones, the cast includes Joe Pesci as David Ferrie, Jay O. Sanders as Lou Ivon, John Candy as Dean Andrews, Kevin bacon, Sissy Spacek and Laurie Metcalf.

Oliver Stone's JFK does not provide all the answers to why Kennedy was assassinated or how it really happened. However, it does help us put into place a few more pieces in this puzzle. The big picture will not be known until 2029 when the files of the House Secret Committee on Assassination are opened. As a political thriller and as a partial puzzle solver, JFK is riveting.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JFK Bluray...Superb Transfer, 17 Aug 2014
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I won't bother reviewing this superb film, but will say that the new blu ray release is VASTLY better than the very poor quality offering on DVD. For an early 90's film, the transfer on this is excellent, with rich colours and sharp images. Anyone who hasn't bought a copy of this film, or thinking about it...ignore the DVD version and go straight for the blu ray edition. Miles better, plus extra Director's Cut footage included in the film.
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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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Tristan Martin (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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