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Mercury Rising & Jackal [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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MERCURY RISING/JACKAL (BLU RAY/DOUBLE FEATURE)
Take off your thinking caps and toss 'em in a corner, 'cos you won't need 'em when you're watching this deliriously dumb thriller from 1997. Bruce Willis stars as a demoted FBI agent who comes to the aid of an autistic boy whose mind holds a potentially deadly secret. It seems that by gazing on a puzzle magazine and making order out of a hidden system of numbers, the 9-year-old autistic boy (Miko Hughes) has accidentally deciphered a sophisticated top-secret government code. This makes him the prime target of the ruthless bureaucrat (Alec Baldwin, in one of his silliest roles) and Willis comes to the rescue. This formulaic thriller sets up this plot with a lot of entertaining urgency but you can't give any thought to Mercury Rising or the whole movie collapses under the weight of its own illogic and nonsense. The redeeming values are the performances of Willis, young Hughes and newcomer Kim Dickens as a woman who agrees (perhaps too easily, it seems) to aid Willis in his plot to out manoeuvre the bad guys. Mercury Rising is not a waste of time compared to other formulaic thrillers but its entertainment value depends on how much you enjoy being smarter than the movie. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product description
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MERCURY RISING (blu-ray):
Universal first released Mercury Rising on the new defunct HD-DVD. This current blu-ray release is probably ported from the previous HD-DVD release (VC-1 1080p 2.35:1 encode). The contrast is low in those dimly-lit and night scenes. Daytime exteriors have more vivid contrast and natural fleshtones. (4/5)
The audio is improved with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, when compared to Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 lossy track in the HD-DVD counterpart. The best elements in terms of complete immersion are the action sequences, notably the over the top finale which includes machine guns, an errant helicopter and Baldwin's sneer, which is virtually audible. In this segment we get gunshots scattered throughout the soundfield with sometimes alarming directionality. The John Barry soundtrack was very good. (4.5/5)
THE JACKAL (blu-ray):
In 1997, The Jackal debuts on blu-ray with a somewhat outdated VC-1 1080p 2.35:1 encode. Compared to the previous DVD release, the colour, clarity and contrasts are stronger, with deeper blacks and sharper details. Grain is present. Blacks are reasonably deep. This is definitely a very averaged transfer at best. (3.5/5)
Thankfully, Universal's faithful DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio surround track is more reliable, handily trumps its lossy Dolby Digital counterpart, and adds some much-needed value to the release. The soundfield opens up when called upon, like a crowded Russian nightclub, a prison yard, an empty parking garage, an open field, a sailing event, a political rally, and a climactic subway-tunnel chase, all stand out. Dialogue is occasionally overwhelmed by the soundscape. A handful of lines are buried in the ensuing chaos. (3.5/5)
Both films aren’t memorable films. They clearly stumbled with loose pacing and dull dialogue. In Mercury Rising, Bruce Willis was Art Jefferies, a renegade FBI agent, protecting a nine year old autistic boy, Simon, who could crack the government’s new advanced encryption code, MERCURY, from being eliminated by the government. In The Jackal, Bruce Willis was the bad guy, a ruthless assassin known as the Jackal. I enjoyed seeing Sidney Poitier and Richard Gere in the cast. I also appreciate Universal putting each movie separately in its own disc. And I am glad to add these two movies to my Bruce Willis collection. The above two films are not “Die Hard”, but still enjoyable to watch. Most of all, the price is right. Great value!
to protect a 9-year-old boy 'Simon Lynch' (Miko Hughes) who has cracked a high profile and
unbreakable code, it seems he can read a 'Mercury' advanced encryption code.
Shock waves and panic shake the NSA agency when it is realized a 9-year old has broken the
code, Head of Op's 'Nick Kudrow' (Alec Baldwin) orders that the threat be eliminated knowing he
was ordering the elimination of a 9-year-old disabled child.
What 'Kudrow' hasn't counted upon was that 'Agent Jefferies' would take it upon himself to protect
'Art' realizes the injustice of the situation, trouble is who can he trust, as he sets out to right the
wrongs, friend and colleague 'Tommy B Jordon' (Chi McBride) seems to be the only one, he also
befriends a complete stranger 'Stacy' (Kim Dickens) to watch 'Simon' while he try's to prove that
he and 'Simon' are not the enemy.
These are desperate times as 'Art' try's to avoid the pursuing assassins.
( A great portrayal by young 'Miko Hughes' of what is a widespread condition, Autism, strangely as
depicted in the film, many Autistic children have unexpected awareness)
This is an often exciting movie that contains many good action sequences and bravely tackles often
misunderstood disability issues, the film often poignant and touching.
'Bruce Willis' gives a typical performance, the kind of role that made him a household favourite.
Great Picture and Sound Quality ( A Good HD upgrade)
(Quite a while since I last watched this one, probably on DVD or even VHS (Certainly worth a re-visit)
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Additional Features -
* Watch The Mercury Rising
* Deleted Scenes
* D-Box Motion Enabled. (Because the version I own is a U.S Import the features listed may differ)
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