The Jackal [DVD] [1997]

  • SKU: 3366306
  • Release Date: 04/28/1998
  • Rating: R
The Jackal is a dull, lumbering thriller that's painful to watch, not even enlivened by its periodic bursts of bloody violence or the techno-enhanced score by Carter Burwell -- yet it comes equipped with a commentary track by director Michael Caton-Jones that is scene-specific, revelatory in terms of the director's creative approach, and enjoyably detailed in its discussion of the filmmaking process. It is no surprise, however, when Caton-Jones notes that he tried to avoid allowing reality to get in the way of a good story -- an attitude that unfortunately suffuses the film as a whole. The extreme reconstruction and recutting that the film endured is addressed periodically during the commentary, though Caton-Jones never quite acknowledges that, basically, the movie was bad. The dual-layer disc also includes the theatrical trailer, brief production notes, and a lengthy "Making of The Jackal" piece that weaves in the expected interviews and on-set bits with a hefty collection of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a small stills collection -- the latter three accessible only from the chapter menu for the documentary (the trailer is also included in the chapter list.) The documentary is fortunately leavened by frequent bursts of humor, most of them led by Bruce Willis. From an audio and video standpoint, the disc is excellent, with a well-balanced Dolby 5.1 soundtrack for the main feature. There is also a French Dolby Surround track that tends to be far less subtle in its effects than the English track. The image preserves the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is presented in anamorphic format for 16 x 9 playback. The film transfer is very good, seeming crisp without visible artifacts, as well as maintaining the somewhat subdued color palette and excellent flesh tones. A good balance is maintained between shadows, mid-tones, and highlights, and there are some nice deep blacks. It really is ironic that a movie this poor receives a treatment this good.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)


    The Jackal
    In Moscow, after FBI deputy director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and scarred Russian intelligence officer Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) bring down a key figure in the Russian Mafia, they are threatened by the criminal's powerful brother who swears vengeance on the FBI and immediately hires a professional assassin, the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to kill a leading American political figure. A master of disguises, the Jackal believes in total perfectionism and demands $70 million for the job. The FBI suspects the Jackal is aiming for the FBI director, so they consult with former Basque terrorist Isabella (Mathilda May), in Virginia, and Isabella's former lover, IRA operative Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), serving a prison sentence. Promised leniency, Mulqueen agrees to help. Meanwhile, the Jackal prepares false passports, secures a customized computer system to run his Gatling gun, and heads toward his target in Washington, D.C. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Bruce Willis
      Bruce Willis - The Jackal
    • Richard Gere
      Richard Gere - Declan Mulqueen
    • Sidney Poitier
      Sidney Poitier - Cater Preston
    • Diane Venora
      Diane Venora - Valentina Koslova
    • Tess Harper
      Tess Harper - The First Lady

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent action movie!!!


      This is a fantastic movie, my wife and I love it! Bruce Willis and Richard Gere are amazing actors, and prove it in this movie. This film has a terrific plot that's intense and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There's even a small role with Jack Black. My only complaint was Sydney Poitier, he is a terrible actor! If I remember correctly, he was on 'In the Heat of the Night' TV show, which was horrible. I KNOW they could've found someone better for his role, I don't even know how he's still got a job! But aside from him, the rest of the acting was fantastic. I highly recommend this film! Also, some other good movies of similar plot are Lucky # Slevin, The Specialist, and Hitman.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good thriller


      Bruce Willis as a sharpshooting hitman with Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier on the hunt to catch him before he gets one of his biggest scores. A very good thriller that has Jack Black as an off the wall connect

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not the best Bruce Willis movie.


      The movie was okay but not great. Number one too much foul mouth and it wasn't good because it was a remake. Original "Day of the Jackal"

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie, Excellent price

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This was a great movie!! Must buy for anyone that love Bruce Willis or Richard Gere. The digital copy is an added bonus.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good intrigue

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Great suspense & intrigue. Another great Bruce Willis movie. One of my favorite Richard Gere movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An Action Movie at this best!!!

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      Willis is action....................................

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie for Bruce Willis fans

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Nice plot with good actors and plenty of action!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Good movie. I can never get board of watching it..

      I would recommend this to a friend

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