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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 129 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: VC-1
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard, Ahna O’Reilly, John Getz, Robert Pine, Matthew Modine, Kevin Dunn
Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern
Music by: John Debney
Written by: Matt Whiteley
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 26, 2013







"I am going to put a dent in the universe"


Film Synopsis:

It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world – forever.


My Take:

Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur is the subject of this biopic drama that features Ashton Kutcher in the title role. The film covers from the mid 1970’s through to 2001 chronicling Jobs’ early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies.

I can honestly say that not a day goes by that an Apple product doesn’t pass through my hands. As the owner of an iPhone/iPad I use them as part of my everyday routine. I of course know of Steve Jobs, his evolutionary impact on the technological world and mourned him when he passed a few years ago at such a young age. What I didn’t know was his story, how he started, founded Apple, and the events surrounding his departure and return to the company.

As a fan of this type of filmmaking as well as being acquainted with its subject I went into viewing Jobs with interest. My son is a Steve Jobs fan and had serious concerns over Ashton’s Kutcher’s ability to portray him. I wouldn’t call myself an Ashton Kutcher fan but I don’t necessarily have a problem with him and can generally take him on a case by case basis. The film is appropriately paced and takes a snapshot of Job’s life as it details the beginnings of his vision for home computing, entry into developing Apple’s first PC and the trials and tribulations of the relationships both personal and professional that bore fruit and broke down during the process.

The script has a fairly narrow focus delving into elements of Jobs’ life/career that depict his complex persona and unwavering devotion to his passion for innovation but feels as though it skims the surface via a series of montages rather than providing a deeper perspective into what truly made him tick. Regardless I found it entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed Ashton Kutcher’s performance as well as the supporting turns by Dermot Mulroney and Josh Gad. At the end of the day Job’s isn’t a wholly gratifying film but it captures the essence of its subject while providing an insightful snapshot into the beginnings of one of the world’s most renown companies.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for some drug content and brief strong language.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 84

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Video: 86

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Jobs comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p VC-1 encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.

This high definition video presentation offers clear, refined images that boast a relatively subdued color palette that is rarely eye catching but conveys the period specific (present/1960s) elements with aplomb. The rendering of fine detail can range from exquisite to moderate. This leaves certain long range and mid level shots with less dimensionality but not to the point of appearing soft. Black levels fluctuate however contrast is stable which when coupled along with the prevailing use of low level lighting mates well with the visual style of the presentation. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts/anomalies.

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound keeps pace with the video and is quite good. Dynamics are robust and highs are crisp without being strident or edgy. Dialogue is rendered with defining tonal expression and room penetrating depth through the center channel. The front soundstage is diffused with excellent separation and clearly articulated detail. The presentation makes ample use of the entire surround platform. At times it opens up quite nicely to create an involving surround mix containing a mix of directional and ambient sounds. Bass response adequately supports the source elements and provides an appreciably punchy low end.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Deleted scenes – 3 minutes

  • (HD) Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs – 2 minute featurette

  • (HD) The legacy of Steve Jobs – 2 minute featurette

  • (HD) Jobs: Behind the score – 3 minute featurette

  • Feature length audio commentary with director Joshua Michael Stern

  • Bonus DVD

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Jobs is a dramatic biopic based on Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur that turned a once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies. It isn’t a wholly gratifying film but captures the essence of its subject via a snapshot style narrative that is complimented by a compelling portrayal by star Ashton Kutcher. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring good overall high definition audio/video and a bland supplemental package highlighted by the director’s audio commentary. If you find the subject matter of interest this is worth a rent so feel free to toss it in your rental queue.



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Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 26
read the book a few years back...I am very intrigued by him in our history. Looking froward to checking this out!

thanks Ralph
post #3 of 26
I definitely will be checking this out. Thanks Ralph
post #4 of 26
Steve Wozniak, the REAL genius behind Apple, has called this movie "fiction", and "disingenuous". It may be entertaining, but apparently, it sure ain't true.

Not to discredit your review, Ralph...I just want to make sure people realize that this film should not be taken as gospel when it comes to Jobs.
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

Steve Wozniak, the REAL genius behind Apple, has called this movie "fiction", and "disingenuous". It may be entertaining, but apparently, it sure ain't true.

Not to discredit your review, Ralph...I just want to make sure people realize that this film should not be taken as gospel when it comes to Jobs.

Greetings,

No offense taken at all Kilgore. smile.gif

Your comments don't surprise me as this film doesn't appear to be endorsed by Apple or the Job's camp. Thanks for chiming in..


Regards,
post #6 of 26
Thanks for another good review Ralph! I will probably do a rental for this one.
post #7 of 26
I know someone else that is very familiar with Jobs (was a close acquaintance) and he has said the same thing.. more fiction than truth. The Jobs book is outstanding though smile.gif Nice review Ralph.
post #8 of 26
couple thoughts I had after watching this movie:

1: I always thought of jobs as arrogant, and well, a bit of an a-hole. this movie heighten that perception immensely. IF it's accurate, the guy was a straight up dick. genius or not, he didn't have very good social skills.

2: Kutcher looked SCARILY similar to jobs at certain times in the film. opening scene I wasn't sure at first if it was Kutcher or jobs until the close ups. and after his 'shave and a haircut' it almost gave me chills. most of the time you knew it was Kutcher pretending to be jobs, but those two scenes were just so on point visually.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

Steve Wozniak, the REAL genius behind Apple, has called this movie "fiction", and "disingenuous". It may be entertaining, but apparently, it sure ain't true.

Not to discredit your review, Ralph...I just want to make sure people realize that this film should not be taken as gospel when it comes to Jobs.

When filmmakers make films such as this 1, where you would think historical accuracy would be more important than entertainment value, I tend have a real issue with that sort of thing.

The more important the event was in our history, the more accurately it should be portrayed!!!!!!!
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

Steve Wozniak, the REAL genius behind Apple, has called this movie "fiction", and "disingenuous". It may be entertaining, but apparently, it sure ain't true.

Not to discredit your review, Ralph...I just want to make sure people realize that this film should not be taken as gospel when it comes to Jobs.

i never even heard of this wozniak dude lol.

i just looked up and read a lot about this guy. wow, just wow. steve who?

not to take anything from jobs but, honestly, its kind of a shame the wrong guy got all the praise. looks like wozniak was the genius/inventor/creater behind the scenes, jobs was the face/s, thats all.
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When filmmakers make films such as this 1, where you would think historical accuracy would be more important than entertainment value, I tend have a real issue with that sort of thing.

The more important the event was in our history, the more accurately it should be portrayed!!!!!!!

+1!!

How hard is it to collect facts and testimony about the guy and translate that accurately to film?
I'm still intrigued by this film and I wanna watch it. I actually own the book but havnt read it yet. I'll get it on that.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Reddig View Post

+1!!

How hard is it to collect facts and testimony about the guy and translate that accurately to film?
I'm still intrigued by this film and I wanna watch it. I actually own the book but havnt read it yet. I'll get it on that.

If they made an accurate film of Jobs' life, it would undermine his Sainthood.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post


Greetings,

No offense taken at all Kilgore. smile.gif

Your comments don't surprise me as this film doesn't appear to be endorsed by Apple or the Job's camp. Thanks for chiming in..


Regards,

 

Yeah I think you are missing the point. Steve Wozniak left Apple in 1987 and basically said that Steve Jobs ripped him off.


So he's not the Apple/Jobs camp. 

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

If they made an accurate film of Jobs' life, it would undermine his Sainthood.
Good point that's prolly correct! I've heard some stories.
post #15 of 26
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Good point that's prolly correct! I've heard some stories.

seriously, watch the movie. they don't cast him in a great light really. not to give anything away, but in the film he basically walks over anybody that tries to be nice to him, friends, family, doesn't matter. they either want to buy his product(EXACTLY as he wants it), or they are his enemy.

in real life(nothing from the movie) this has always bothered me about apple in general, and i'm sure it's coming directly from jobs. you can make a great product all you want, but if you don't listen to me, the consumer, and give me what I want, then forget you.
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Originally Posted by mikeemouse View Post

Yeah I think you are missing the point. Steve Wozniak left Apple in 1987 and basically said that Steve Jobs ripped him off.


So he's not the Apple/Jobs camp. 

Greetings,

Understood. My point was that I didn't feel that this was meant to be strictly construed as fact based and that Wozniak's comments weren't surprising.


Regards,
post #17 of 26
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seriously, watch the movie. they don't cast him in a great light really. not to give anything away, but in the film he basically walks over anybody that tries to be nice to him, friends, family, doesn't matter. they either want to buy his product(EXACTLY as he wants it), or they are his enemy.

in real life(nothing from the movie) this has always bothered me about apple in general, and i'm sure it's coming directly from jobs. you can make a great product all you want, but if you don't listen to me, the consumer, and give me what I want, then forget you.
I'm for sure gunna watch it. I went to walmart last night and checked Redbox but they didn't have it. So I rented Hangover III and had a good laugh. I'll try my local rental store Hastings tmrrw for it.
post #18 of 26
Yikes!

Hangover 3?!?!

I haven't seen it but the trailer looked horrible and the 2nd was also.

I'm definitely going to check out Jobs though based on your review Ralph.

Once again, you've pushed me over the fence on one of your reviews!
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Originally Posted by Luisfc1972 View Post

not to take anything from jobs but, honestly, its kind of a shame the wrong guy got all the praise. looks like wozniak was the genius/inventor/creater behind the scenes, jobs was the face/s, thats all.

Everyone in the tech world is fully aware of what Wozniak brought to the table, but the fact is Jobs is the one who had the ideas, persistence and charisma to make Apple the company it is today. Wozniak helped start the company with his engineering skill but Jobs is the one who made the company the global brand it now is. You can see that quite easily from what has happened to Apple in the 15 years since he returned. He came back to an almost bankrupt company. Let's see how Tim Cook performs in the next 15 years.

Wozniak on the other hand has done almost nothing of significance since Apple. So yes, without him Apple Computer might never have been born, but without Jobs it would never have lasted this long.

Hard to top Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Ashton Kutcher does nothing for me unless it's in That 70's Show, so this movie doesn't keep me involved. Kutcher will always be the stoner in high school.
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Everyone in the tech world is fully aware of what Wozniak brought to the table, but the fact is Jobs is the one who had the ideas, persistence and charisma to make Apple the company it is today. Wozniak helped start the company with his engineering skill but Jobs is the one who made the company the global brand it now is. You can see that quite easily from what has happened to Apple in the 15 years since he returned. He came back to an almost bankrupt company. Let's see how Tim Cook performs in the next 15 years.

Wozniak on the other hand has done almost nothing of significance since Apple. So yes, without him Apple Computer might never have been born, but without Jobs it would never have lasted this long.

Hard to top Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Ashton Kutcher does nothing for me unless it's in That 70's Show, so this movie doesn't keep me involved. Kutcher will always be the stoner in high school.

this is very true. while wozniak seems to have done the hard part, he was one of many engineers in the world who could have done what jobs asked for. jobs was the one with the balls to do something nobody else was willing to risk trying.

funny to think that the guy with (what is now obvious) ideas and only a basic understanding of how to accomplish them can be the more valuable person. but i guess there's a difference between wishing for something, and knowing when it's actually just becoming possible to accomplish.
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this is very true. while wozniak seems to have done the hard part, he was one of many engineers in the world who could have done what jobs asked for. jobs was the one with the balls to do something nobody else was willing to risk trying.

funny to think that the guy with (what is now obvious) ideas and only a basic understanding of how to accomplish them can be the more valuable person. but i guess there's a difference between wishing for something, and knowing when it's actually just becoming possible to accomplish.

He didn't have the ideas. 

 

The Macintosh was done by Jef Raskin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef_Raskin

 

The more recent Apple 'i' products were invented by Jonathan Ive.

 

Steve Jobs took other people's ideas to market. Which is a skill too, but not necessarily more common than being a hot engineer.

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Originally Posted by mikeemouse View Post

The more recent Apple 'i' products were invented designed by Jonathan Ive.

I like'd Isaacson's book quite a bit, however this movie was a far departure from how captivating the book was. I'm definitely glad I only rented it from Amazon. They rushed through most of the pivotal moments in his life and I always judge a movie by how reliant they are on the music soundtrack, and this movie killed itself by having a song play throughout 90% of the feature. Will it be successful? Yes. But that talks more to Jobs' legacy and the Apple brand than the quality of this movie.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by mikeemouse View Post

He didn't have the ideas. 

The Macintosh was done by Jef Raskin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef_Raskin

The more recent Apple 'i' products were invented by Jonathan Ive.

Steve Jobs took other people's ideas to market. Which is a skill too, but not necessarily more common than being a hot engineer.

Jobs was a genius at marketing and getting the consumer UI virtually perfect and really thought about how his products would interact with the public. For this I tip my hat to the man.
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I'm for sure gunna watch it. I went to walmart last night and checked Redbox but they didn't have it. So I rented Hangover III and had a good laugh. I'll try my local rental store Hastings tmrrw for it.
There is a 28 day delay on Universal titles at Redbox and Netflix. You'll have better luck at Hastings hopefully.
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There is a 28 day delay on Universal titles at Redbox and Netflix. You'll have better luck at Hastings hopefully.
Ya thanks for reminding me. I found it at Hastings and watched it. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Kutcher did a pretty good job I thought. Kinda wished they would have delved a bit deeper but it was a good watch I thought.
post #26 of 26
Finished watching it I liked it.
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