Blu-ray Release: JFK 50th Commemorative UCE

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $59.99
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

JFKNov. 22, 2013, marks 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and Warner honors the anniversary with the release of a new version of Oliver Stone’s (Savages) Oscar-winning movie: JFK 50th Commemorative Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

The 1991, R-rated film looks at the aftermath of the killing, with New Orleans DA Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner, Dances With Wolves) suspicious of the FBI’s official story and launching his own investigation. Like in many of Stone’s movies, Garrison discovers that there’s more to the story than what the public is being told.

JFK won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing, and was nominated for another six, including Stone for Best Director, Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) for Best Supporting Actor, John Williams’ original score, the adapted screenplay and the biggie, Best Picture.

The cast also includes Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jack Lemmon (Hamlet), Ed Asner (Audrey), Sissy Spacek (The Help), Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket), Joe Pesci (Raging Bull), John Candy (Canadian Bacon), Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class), Michael Rooker (TV’s The Walking Dead) and Walter Matthau (A New Leaf).

As well as the movie, the JFK 50th Commemorative Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains three documentaries and the film PT 109, about Kennedy’s experiences as a skipper in the South Pacific during World War II. The three documentaries are:

  • new doc JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later, by filmmaker Robert Kline
  • remastered doc John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums, produced by George Stevens Jr. and written and directed by Bruce Hershensohn
  • and “JFK: To the Brink,” a chapter from Stone’s Untold History of the United States.

The Blu-ray also offers these special features:

  • “Behind the Story”
    • commentary by Stone
    • featurette “Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy”
  • Multimedia essays
    • “Assassination Update — The New Documents”
    • “Meet Mr. X: The Personality and Thoughts of Fletcher Prouty”
  • and deleted and extended scenes with commentary by Stone.
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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.