Jerry Maguire appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Despite the lackluster nature of many 1990s film stocks, the image held up fairly well.
For the most part, sharpness worked fine, as much of the movie showed nice clarity and accuracy. Interiors could be a little fuzzy but not to a substantial degree. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and source flaws were minor. I noticed a small speck or two but nothing more.
Colors seemed pretty good. Maguire went with a natural palette that occasionally looked a little flat, but the hues usually appeared reasonably robust. Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows delivered smooth material. Though it showed its age at times, the image largely appeared positive.
The film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield generally provided a forward emphasis and those elements were accentuated with a moderate amount of general ambience. The soundscape came to life a little during football games or at airports, but they didn’t go crazy.
This meant the surrounds failed to add a lot. Again, occasional sequences delivered moderate use of the back channels, but this remained a chatty flick without many chances for sonic fireworks.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was clear and concise, with no edginess or other issues. Effects appeared clean and accurate, and they packed a good punch when appropriate.
Music showed nice clarity and range. The songs sounded good, as they demonstrated clean highs and punchy bass response. This wasn’t a particularly ambitious track, but it worked fine given the movie’s scope.
This “20th Anniversary Edition” of Jerry Maguire comes packed with extras, and we open with a visual commentary from writer/director Cameron Crowe and actors Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renee Zellweger. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of story and characters, cast and performances, deleted scenes, music and connected areas.
With three major stars and a famous filmmaker in tow, this has to be a great commentary, right? Wrong.
Instead, we get one of the least interesting chats I've heard in a while - and one of the biggest disappointments I've screened ever. The presence of so much notable talent escalates expectations - and the end result crushes those hopes.
Every once in a while, we get a tiny nugget of value. However, the vast majority of the track offers nothing more than praise for the movie and all involved as well as laughter at what the participants see. This becomes a genuinely bad commentary that ends up as a terrible letdown.
What does the “visual” aspect of the commentary bring to the table? Not much, as it just shows the participants as they watch and talk. Cruise does wear a bizarre hat, though.
Behind the Scenes at the Visual Commentary lasts five minutes, 40 seconds. It shows the four participants as they fool around pre-commentary. Other than more footage of Cruise’s ridiculous hat, this doesn’t offer much.
New to the 2017 Blu-ray, We Meet Again runs 38 minutes, 54 seconds and offers info from Crowe, Gooding, Cruise, Zellweger, and actors Jay Mohr, Regina King, Kelly Preston, and Bonnie Hunt. “Meet” looks at the film’s origins, influences and development, story and characters, cast and performances, cinematography and general thoughts.
Though not a comprehensive look at the film’s production, “Again” manages to offer good information. It includes a lot of fine footage from the shoot, and the comments add reflections that would’ve been appropriate for the commentary. “Again” turns into the most useful discussion on the disc.
Split into two areas, Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes mixes fresh clips and those from earlier releases. The new stuff resides under “Deleted & Extended Scenes”, where we discover 20 segments. Along with an intro from Crowe, this compilation totals 55 minutes, 38 seconds. In addition, we find three Original Deleted & Alternate Scenes with a sum time of two minutes, 42 seconds.
That means almost an hour of cut/alternate footage, and almost all of it adds to existing scenes – though not in particularly interesting ways. We get unnecessary moments that deserved to get the boot.
The first one we see exemplifies this trend. It shows Jerry at the copy shop as he preps his “mission statement”. Does it serve any real purpose? None that I can see, and most of the cut material follows suit.
Does any of this prove to be enjoyable? I like a short spat between Tidwell and Cushman, and a quick bit in which Avery promises Jerry a “Chicago-style” blowjob amuses.
Otherwise, don’t expect much. The scenes tend to ramble without purpose and don’t deliver a lot of entertainment. In the abstract, I’m glad to get them, but they fail to bring out interesting threads.
The “original” scenes can be viewed with or without commentary from Crowe and editor Joe Hutshing. They give us minor notes about those shots. We don’t learn a lot.
Another feature new to the 2017 Blu-ray, we find a Photo Gallery. It presents 110 shots that mix promo pictures and snaps from the set. This turns into a pretty good collection.
An archival piece, The Making of Jerry Maguire takes up seven minutes, 14 seconds. It features comments from Crowe, Cruise, Zellweger, Gooding, Hunt, and athletes Drew Bledsoe and Ki-Jana Carter. “Making” focuses on story and characters to deliver a thoroughly promotional take on the film.
Something unusual arrives via ”My First Commercial” by Rod Tidwell. As the title implies, this 51-second clip shows Gooding in character, as “Tidwell” sells us sneakers. It’s an insubstantial but fun extra.
Drew Rosenhaus: How to Be a Sports Agent goes for three minutes, 46 seconds and offers info from an actual agent. An inspiration for the movie’s characters, the motor-mouthed Rosenhaus offers insights about the fast-paced world of sports agents. This becomes a cool little clip from the mid-1990s.
Under Rehearsal Footage, we get three clips with a total running time of one minute, 58 seconds. We can watch run-throughs for “Cuba’s Kwan”, “Show Me the Money!” and “Goodbye to SMI”. Nothing exciting appears, but this becomes a moderately interesting compilation.
We can view this material with or without commentary from Crowe and Hutshing. They throw in a few thoughts about the footage but don’t give us many insights.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get a music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Secret Garden”. This clip differs from the version on Springsteen’s Video Anthology.
That one intercut Bruce lip-synching/playing guitar with shots of attractive women. This edition intercuts Bruce lip-synching/playing guitar with shots from the movie. It was a mediocre video in its original incarnation, and the inclusion of the film clips – while logical – makes it even less interesting.
A second disc presents a soundtrack CD. It includes the hit Springsteen song we heard earlier along with tracks from notables like the Who, Paul McCartney and Neil Young. It’s a nice addition to the set.
Finally, we get a booklet. It gives us an anniversary note from Crowe along with a reproduction of Maguire’s manifesto. The booklet completes the package on a good note.
Cameron Crowe hit his commercial peak with 1996’s Jerry Maguire. I don’t view it as his best creative endeavor, but the film manages to offer an enjoyable and endearing romantic comedy. The Blu-ray brings us mostly good picture and audio along with a long roster of supplements. 20 years after its debut, Maguire remains a sweet ride.