The Jerk (1979) (40th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Carl Reiner
STARRING: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Shout Select
Hailed as one of the funniest movies of all time, The Jerk stars Steve Martin as Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropping family in Mississippi. When he learns that the world is a much bigger place than he’d ever imagined, Navin sets out on a quest to find his “special purpose.” His adventures lead him to encounter a would-be assassin, jobs in carnivals and gas stations, a life-saving dog, romance with the girl of his dreams and more money than he could ever spend. But his life in the clouds may come crashing down when the source of his new fame and fortune creates disastrous side effects.
If you were to ask me to give you two Steve Martin movies off the top of my head you’d get Planes, Trains & Automobiles and this movie that has been released on Shout Select, The Jerk. The Jerk has hit its 40th anniversary and this release is a great way to celebrate. Now if you’ve never seen The Jerk before you are in for a treat. Here Steve Martin plays a rather goofy character named Navin Johnson. He’s a white guy that was raised by a poor black family. He’s working at a gas station and celebrating such things as a new phone book until his luck changes for the best. Then we keep watching as it then starts to change for the worst. The movie shows this character at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but it keeps being hilarious every step of the way. It’s a timeless classic that I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying.
If you like your humor with some R-rated goodness sprinkled on top of it you’ll be enjoying this one even better. This is from a time when comedy movies were for adults and of a different breed. I think The Jerk represents that time to the fullest. I do think the first part of the movie is better than the second part but, at the end of the day, I’m still a big fan of The Jerk and think it’s one of the two Steve Martin movies you should make it a mission of yours to see before you die. And here with this release, you get a new transfer that looks amazing with some nice extras to go along with it.
– NEW Remastered from a Brand-New 2K Transfer
– NEW A Conversation with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner
– NEW A Conversation with Writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb
– Learn How to Play “Tonight You Belong To Me”
– The Lost Film Strips of Father Carlos Las Vegas De Cordova
– Trailers & Radio Spots
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%