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Jacob's Ladder [DVD] [1990]

  • SKU: 3420499
  • Release Date: 07/14/1998
  • Rating: R
Jacob's Ladder was released on DVD by Artisan in 1998 as a "special edition." The anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer still shows some age and the Dolby Digital soundtrack is adequate, but Jacob's Ladder is not about state-of-the-art picture and sound; it is about the story. The commentary focuses on the small touches and changes that Adrian Lyne's involvement brought to the film. It's not bad as director commentaries go, but Artisan unfortunately did not consider including writer Bruce Joel Rubin on the track. Rubin comments plenty during the documentary, which seems like it was made at the time of the film, either for cable or a laserdisc release. The story behind Rubin's script is fascinating, the documentary thankfully focusing less on promoting the film and more on gaining a deeper understanding of it. The three deleted scenes are all valuable extensions of the story that were cut to streamline the narrative. They are presented with the choice of director commentary, but Lyne doesn't really go into specifics on the decision not to include them in the film. A trailer, a television spot, cast lists, and production information round things out. This isn't a flawless presentation of the film, but Artisan's commitment to "special edition" DVD makes the disc worthwhile.

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

    Special Features

    • 16:9 widescreen version
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
    • Digitally mastered
    • Reverse-spiral dual-layer disc
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene access
    • Spanish subtitles
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew information
    • Closed Captioned


    Jacob's Ladder
    A tortured man finds himself caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin of Ghost (1990) and My Life (1993). Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a soldier stationed in Vietnam who undergoes a traumatic experience on the battlefield - the nature of which is initially unclear. The film then moves into his post-Vietnam experience in 1970s New York, where he feels consistently traumatized, but can never quite remember exactly what happened to him in Southeast Asia or to free himself from his anxieties over the recent tragic death of his young son (Macaulay Culkin). Though well educated, Jacob works as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and has become romantically involved with one of his co-workers, Jezzie (Elizabeth Pena), after divorcing his wife. Soon, Jacob's tenuous hold on reality starts to slip as horrifying events befall him; he is nearly run over by a subway train, pursued by faceless demons in cars, and spots reptilian tails and horns protruding from the bodies of those he encounters. Jacob also suffers severe panic attacks related to the chaos that may be reality, or may exist only in his mind. He seeks counsel from Louis (Danny Aiello), a kindly chiropractor, as his ex-wife Sarah (Patricia Kalember), fellow Vietnam vet Paul (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and enigmatic stranger Michael (Matt Craven) all try to help the tortured soul. Jason Alexander, Ving Rhames and Eriq LaSalle highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tim Robbins
      Tim Robbins - Jacob Singer
    • Elizabeth Peña
      Elizabeth Peña - Jezzie
    • Danny Aiello
      Danny Aiello - Louis
    • Matt Craven
      Matt Craven - Michael
    • Pruitt Taylor Vince
      Pruitt Taylor Vince - Paul

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A dark supernatural thriller that will chill you..


      Jacob's Ladder is a multifaceted movie dealing with at least two different themes. The first being the dark toll the Vietnam war took on its soldiers and the second is something that needs to be watched as giving it away would ruin the movie. Jacob is our protagonist who returns from the Vietnam war not feeling correct. Running parallel to this is a subplot about the loss of his son. As Jacob slowly begins to hallucinate, reality suddenly isn't what it seems. Only his chiropractor, Louis, is able to help him understand what is happening. The movie would be inspiration for several different titles including the movie Stay and the video game series, Silent Hill. As far as the DVD goes, it's passable, but a bit expensive for a stripped down basic version. A version does exist with deleted scenes which are interesting and seem to change the story some, but this DVD is as basic as you can get.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Psycological Horror at its best


      Jacobs Ladder is a great movie if you don't have a short attention span. It's made its way into the hearts of more cult movie watchers. It is the single biggest influence on such videogame titles as Silent Hill and the famous head wobble that so many self named psycological horror movies of today use as a startle/weirding effect. My only complaints are the extras really don't include anything I haven't seen before in the dvd version I already have. the director in these extras is extremely slf congradulatory and feels that everything he does is epic. you can't do much for quality on a movie that hasn't been shot in high def, so why waste space and not give us any more extras? I just happen to be a collector who loves to upgrade; you may want to pass on the blueray if you already own the dvd.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Jacob's Ladder - the latest blu-ray version

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      This is basically the same version as the one released two years ago but with one very important difference - the inclusion of the digital code redeemable at itunes or Vudu. It's nice that it's reasonably priced too since it's an older film. This is one of those movies that are up to interpretation on what is actually happening. It is basically a thriller, but with some horror elements as well. Some scenes are quite emotional, it is very well written. Macaulay Culkin's small role is memorable, as well as Danny Aiello. I concur this is a must see, a real classic

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Don't miss out!


      Adrian Lyne's film is simply a must see. A masterpiece of storytelling, tense pacing, and shocking visuals. Being of a younger generation, I come in with the unique perspective of seeing this film after having already experiencing the stories that it has inspired. Coming back all this time later to see the source is interesting, and rather eye opening. As an avid gamer, let me just say this: if you are a fan of the Silent Hill games, you MUST see this movie, as it is the main source of inspiration for the Silent Hill series.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent psychological thriller!!!


      This an amazing psychological thriller, one of my wife and I's favorites! This is a very twisted movie that has to be watched more than once to fully understand and appreciate it. If you've never seen it, this is a must own movie! It'll have you on the edge of your seat right up to the last frame. I highly recommend it! Also, another similar film I highly recommend is Angel Heart, with Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing movie


      I first got a chance too see this movie in a Drive In back when it was released. I had not seen it till I purchased the dvd. I watched it over and ovetr, picking up many things that I had not seen before. This movie is very entrancing and also can be very confusing if you do not pay attention. Mcauley Caulkin is in this movie as well!!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      I bought these movie because I watched an interview where someone mentioned that Liu Jacob's ladder was an obvious influence of silent hill which is one of my favorite PlayStation 1 experiences

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Strange and Disturbing

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      This is a strange and disturbing film that has bizarre sequences.

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