The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 129 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
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
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.
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.
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.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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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.
- (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
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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