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Blu-ray Review: Jackie

March 14, 2017

By John Corrado

Taking place a week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), Jackie centres its main narrative around an interview between Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) and a reporter (Billy Crudup), to offer a complex and nuanced portrait of how the First Lady and sudden widow meticulously managed her place in the public spotlight to ensure a lasting legacy.

Receiving an Oscar nomination for Natalie Portman’s jaw-dropping performance, as well as for Best Costume Design and Best Original Score, Jackie is a fascinating film that goes far beyond the usual biopic tropes, instead using the life of its central historical figure to craft a gripping character study.  It was one of the best movies of last year, and you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes the featurette From Jackie to Camelot, a nicely done piece that features interviews with the producers and director Pablo Larraín talking about their unique approach to telling this story and Natalie Portman on the amount of work and research she put into her role, as well as a photo gallery.  The disc comes nicely packaged with a flip open slipcover, that provides an attractive collector’s item for those of us who still seek out physical media.

Jackie is a 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment release.  It’s 100 minutes and rated 14A.

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