AVS Discussions
  Go Down

Richard Jewell (Blu-ray) review

Richard Jewell (Blu-ray) review
« on: March 14, 2020, 09:41:32 AM »


Studio: Warner Brothers 
 Release Date: March 17, 2020
 Rating: R
 Film: 4/5
 
 Plot
 Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, “Richard Jewell” tells the story of the security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Games and takes swift, heroic action, saving countless lives. But in a turn of events, he becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by the press and public alike. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, including Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Houser.
  

 My Thoughts
 This is the type of film that will make your blood boil. The medias obsession with “breaking a story” gets in the way of the facts and in turn, ruins a man’s life. Anonymous sources have become such a part of the media narrative, they are getting to the point of not being trustworthy. Frankly, if the media was smart, they would still use them with one caveat, if the information provided turned out to be false or unverifiable, the sources name would be published—I bet that would cut down on these sources feeding the media false narratives!
 
Regardless, as a film this is extremely well crafted. The acting is top notch, the sets fit the time period perfectly, and the cinematography goes out of its way to place you into the moment. I’m shocked Paul Walter Houser didn’t get an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Jewell—he personifies the man perfectly from his look, walk, and mannerisms. Granted, he had a lot of media coverage to work with, but he did a great job, nonetheless.
 
For those unfamiliar with the story, they get most of the facts correct, although the Atlantic Journal Constitution took exception to how their former reporter was depicted in the film, but this isn’t the first time Hollywood spices up a true story to keep the audience interested. No matter how she gained the information on Jewell, the fact is she convicted a man in the court of public opinion and unfortunately for her, Karma is a fickle bitch and she died of a prescription drug overdose a few years later.
  
 Video 4.5/5 
 
 Audio 4.5/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
 
 Special Features:
 
  • The Making of Richard Jewell
  • The Real Story of Richard Jewell
  • Blu-ray + Digital Copy

 

 
 Conclusion
 Eastwood is definitely in the twilight of his career and at nearly 90 years old, he can be extremely proud of this film. It depicts the story of a hero that has his life ruined by the media mob and corrupt FBI. Sadly, neither entities learned their lesson from this fiasco and continue to repeat their mistakes nearly 25 years later. Definitely check this film out, you won’t regret it.  
 
 Reference Review System:
  
 
Reference Review System:
 JVC DLA-RS2000 4K Ultra High Definition Front Projector
 (Calibrated with Portrait Displays CalMAN color calibration software & C6-HDR Meter from Portrait Displays)
 Stewart Filmscreen - Firehawk 110” 2.35:1 Fixed Screen
 Anthem AVM60 Audio/Video Processor 
 ATI AT527NC Powering Bed Channels

ATI AT524NC Powering Atmos Speakers
 Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player 
 System Controller: URC MX-980

M&K S-150 THX Ultra (R-C-L Speakers)
M&K SS-150 x4 (Surround Speakers)
 Atlantic Technology IC6-OBA x 4 Overhead Speakers
 SVS PC-Ultra Cylinder Subwoofer
 HSU VTF-15H MK2 Subwoofer
 JL Audio Fathom F110 Subwoofers x 2 (stacked)

JL Audio Dominion D110 Subwoofer x 2 (stacked)
Mini DSP HD controlling all subwoofers
 Audioquest and Monoprice - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
 PureAV PF60 Power Conditioner
« Last Edit: March 14, 2020, 09:43:39 AM by David Vaughn »
Blu-ray Reviewer / Technical Writer
Sound & Vision Magazine

AVSCraig

  • *****
  • 3058
  • Home Theater Lover / Sales / Advice
    • AV Science, Inc
Re: Richard Jewell (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2020, 09:58:33 AM »
Thanks for the review. I loved The Mule and I have this on my radar to add to my collection. Eastwood has made some great films over the years. American Sniper is another favorite of mine. 
Direct (585) 671-2972 8:00am - 4:30pm Pacific 
www.avscience.com  craig@avscience.com
We carry projectors, screens, speakers, receivers etc. !!
Twitter - @AVS_Craig Sacramento CA area

AVSCraig

  • *****
  • 3058
  • Home Theater Lover / Sales / Advice
    • AV Science, Inc
Re: Richard Jewell (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2020, 01:45:40 PM »
I went ahead and ordered this just now !
Direct (585) 671-2972 8:00am - 4:30pm Pacific 
www.avscience.com  craig@avscience.com
We carry projectors, screens, speakers, receivers etc. !!
Twitter - @AVS_Craig Sacramento CA area

Re: Richard Jewell (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2020, 02:09:18 PM »
Greetings,

Totally agree Dave. Nice review!



Regards,


Re: Richard Jewell (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2020, 04:48:48 PM »
Greetings,

Totally agree Dave. Nice review!



Regards,
Thanks Ralph.
Blu-ray Reviewer / Technical Writer
Sound & Vision Magazine

  Go Up