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I have never been too fond of Tom Cruise movies, but I found JERRY MAGUIRE ($30) to be a true joy. Writer/director Cameron Crowe has created a marvelous little vehicle for Tom Cruise. Cruise is the title character, a sports agent who suddenly develops a conscience, then promptly loses his job at a big agency. Jerry Maguire who was once one of the top sports agents suddenly finds himself left with only one client: a self centered football player whose ego is keeping him from a new contract with his team.

Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Academy Award for his performance as Rod Tidwell- Maguire’s only faithful client. Tidwell is the character who made "show me the money" the catch phrase of last year. Renée Zellweger also turns in a delightful performance as Dorothy Boyd. Dorothy is a single mother who falls for the down on his luck Maquire, and follows him to his new "single client" agency. Bonnie Hunt lends support as Dorothy’s sister Laurel, a divorcee who has some serious doubts about Maguire. Hunt is a much underrated actress, and she makes the most of her supporting role. Jonathan Lipnicki portrays Dorothy’s young son Ray. The kid turns in the biggest scene stealing performance that I’ve seen in quite some time. Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Regina King and Beau Bridges fill out the primary cast of JERRY MAGUIRE.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has given JERRY MAGUIRE a terrific looking Letterboxed transfer. The transfer comes close to recreating the film’s original 1.85:1 theatrical framing. However, I did notice a couple of instances where characters slid off the edges of the screen. This, of course, could be attributable to some sloppy steadicam work. Except for those couple of brief instances, the framing appears correct. The transfer has nicely saturated colors and a well defined image. JERRY MAGUIRE runs 139 minutes and is presented on only one side of the DVD- exceeding the supposed theoretical limit of a single layer DVD by 4 minutes. Compression artifacts were noticeable on a number of solid colored backgrounds, perhaps due to the extra compression required to fit the film on a single side.

The Dolby Digital soundtrack had a pleasing mix. The mix was atmospheric during the quiet moments, and featured solid directional effects during the sports sequences. Other soundtrack options include French and Spanish language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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