The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Screen Media Entertainment – 2019
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 85 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: John Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm, Pete Davidson
Written & Directed by: John Turturro
Music by: Emilie Simon
Region Code: A
Release Date: May 5, 2020
“Hours after his release from prison, Jesus Quintana pairs up with fellow misfits Petey and Marie for a freewheeling joyride of petty crime and romance.” – Screen Media Entertainment.
Hours after being released from prison for good behavior, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) reunites with his best friend and fellow underachiever Petey (Bobby Cannavale). In the first in a series of rapidly escalating bad decisions, they steal a vintage car parked in front of an upscale salon and hit the road for a no-holds-barred joyride — until the car’s gun-toting owner (Jon Hamm) catches up with them, wounding Petey. Fleeing the scene with fiercely free-spirited shampooist Marie (Audrey Tautou), Jesus and Petey continue their adventure in a series of stolen cars, cementing their partnership with an epic petty-crime spree and a three-way romance.
I am a fan of The Big Lebowski which inspired the character of Jesus Quintana that was brought to life by John Turturro, a terrific character actor. I hadn’t previously heard of The Jesus Rolls prior to reading the press announcement for its home video release but, my curiosity was piqued when I saw the cast and that Turturro wrote/directed it.
The Jesus Rolls is a buddy/road trip comedy that is spun to the flavor of the character that inspired it. It’s crass, sexually unabashed and, downright silly but, not in an especially off-putting way, if you’re willing to just go with it. The synopsis above essentially tells the story in terms of plot, so you get the picture. The dialog, situational humor and sometimes dark nature of the proceedings are folded in, sometimes neatly, other times not so much but, it’s clear that The Jesus Rolls isn’t meant to taken seriously or literally.
It’s based on a character whose initial introduction was really more of a glimpse than someone to build a feature length film around. With that said, I believe that understanding of that plus, having an affinity for both the character and Turturro’s ability to make him larger than life could possibly make The Jesus Rolls a mildly amusing time passer. At least that is how I approached it. Good film? Not especially but, ridiculously charming and left of center enough for those that enjoy a film that takes the road less traveled.
The rating is for strong sexual content and language and for brief nudity.
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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- DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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The Jesus Rolls comes to Blu-ray Disc from Screen Media Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.
This audio/video presentation delivers very good overall quality. Images exhibits clean lines, crisp detail and warm flesh tones. It’s not razor sharp but, never looked soft or dull. Colors look natural with ample saturation and vivid textures. Black levels are above average and shadow delineation reveals good visible detail in backgrounds during low light sequences and within dark areas of the picture. I would describe the video as being in the middle of the pack and perfectly acceptable for the format.
The lossless audio presentation was essentially the same in that it wasn’t exemplary but sounded just fine. Dialogue was well articulated with clear tonal distinction. Dynamic range is never really tested by the film’s elements however, the variety of sounds within the recording have ample depth. Surround activity is limited to light spatial dimension that occasionally broadens the soundfield and seamlessly bridges the space between the front and rear sound stages. This is a dialog driven film that doesn’t require extensive use of the surround platform. In that regard it does a commendable job and sounds great.
- Audio Commentary with Director John Turturro and co-star Bobby Cannavale
Written and directed by star John Turturro The Jesus Rolls is a middling comedy/buddy/road trip from a conceptual standpoint but, with the proper outlook could qualify as a mildly amusing time passer for fans of the character taken from the cult classic The Big Lebowski. It comes to Blu-ray from Screen Media Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video and, clear lossless sound. The Jesus Rolls isn’t a film for everyone but, its ridiculously charming and left of center enough for those that enjoy a film that takes the road less traveled. A rental should more than suffice.
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