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JFK, Oliver Stone's powerful film about the shots heard around the world and the mystery that still surrounds them, is one of the most provocative movies of our time. In addition to its box-office success, critical acclaim and awards, it played a major role in the national debate that led to the passage of the 1992 Assassination Materials Disclosure Act.

For this exclusive DVD edition, director/co-writer Stone has added 17 minutes of footage to the Academy Award-winning movie, lending new excitement to the mosaic of Jim Garrison's turbulent investigation of John F. Kennedy's murder.


Studio Warner
SKU 208787028
UPC 883929004126
UPC 14 00883929004126
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
British Academy Awards (1993) Joe Hutshing, Pietro Scalia, Winner, Best Editing,Tod A. Maitland, et. al., Winner, Best Sound
Oscar (1992) A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Picture,Joe Hutshing, Pietro Scalia, Winner, Best Film Editing,John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Michael Minkler, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Director,Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Robert Richardson, Winner, Best Cinematography,Tommy Lee Jones, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1992) JFK, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture
Review When JFK first came out, director Oliver Stone got the same reception as the film's hero, Jim Garrison. Garrison was the New Orleans district attorney who built a case that led to the only trial related to the Kennedy assassination. And like that obsessed truth-seeker, Stone was both admired and vilified...Using a mixture of color and black-and-white film and splicing in documentary footage, Stone is able to create a compelling drama that begins with the November 22, 1963 assassination and follows Garrison as he and his staff track down Lee Harvey Oswald connections in the Big Easy. It's a blockbuster movie with a blockbuster cast, including Kevin Costner as Garrison, Sissy Spacek as Garrison's wife, Gary Oldman as Oswald, the alleged solo assassin, and a web of intriguing characters played by Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ed Asner, John Candy, and Kevin Bacon...The editing is superb, the acting is solid, and the plot, based on two conspiracy-theory books, never sags..."Stone" isn't a synonym for subtlety, and the controversial director has a history of histrionics. Platoon (1986) was heavy-handed in its anti-war message and repeated slow-motion depictions of war-gore...Born on the Fourth of July (1989), the preachiest of the lot, would appear to complete a Vietnam trilogy, except that the "war industrial machine" plays a huge part in both JFK and the slower-moving (one might say, dragging) Nixon as well. Of these long "message" films, JFK is perhaps the most subtle and will have the widest audience appeal--especially since recent polls have shown that 73 percent of Americans now believe that there was some kind of conspiracy involving Kennedy's assassination.
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I don't have the slightest idea whether Oliver Stone knows who killed President John F. Kennedy. I have no opinion on the factual accuracy of his 1991 film "JFK.'' I don't think that's the point. This is not a film about the facts of the assassination, but about the feelings. "JFK'' accurately reflects our national state of mind since Nov. 22, 1963. We feel the whole truth has not been told, that more than one shooter was involved, that somehow maybe the CIA, the FBI, Castro, the anti-Castro Cubans, the Mafia or the Russians, or all of the above, were involved. We don't know how. That's just how we feel...Given that standard, "JFK'' is a masterpiece. It's like a collage of all the books and articles, documentaries and TV shows, scholarly debates and conspiracy theories since 1963...Oliver Stone was born to make this movie. He is a filmmaker of feverish energy and limitless technical skills, able to assemble a bewildering array of facts and fancies and compose them into a film without getting bogged down. His secret is that he doesn't intend us to remember all his pieces and fit them together and arrive at logical conclusions. His film is not about the case assembled by his hero, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). It is about Garrison's obsession...The facts, such as they are, will continue to be elusive and debatable. Any factual film would be quickly dated. But ``JFK'' will stand indefinitely as a record of how we felt. How the American people suspect there was more to it than was ever revealed. How we suspect Oswald did not act entirely alone. That there was some kind of a conspiracy. "JFK'' is a brilliant reflection of our unease and paranoia, our restless dissatisfaction. On that level, it is completely factual.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Subtitled, Book, No Longer Produced
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Desson Howe, The Washington Post ...a riveting marriage of fact and fiction, hypothesis and empirical proof in the edge-of-the-seat spirit of a conspiracy thriller.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Absolutely riveting...Full of startling scenes, and bravura acting; as dramatic moviemaking, it's superb.
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle ...a riveting, dramatic and disturbing look at one of the great whodunits of history.
Richard Corliss, Time Electrifying. A knockout. Enthralling.
Torene Svitil, Empire Truth or not, this is an exceptional piece of cinema, deeply provoking and audacious.

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