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Steve Jobs
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02.23.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Danny Boyle

Actors:
Michael Fassbender
Kate Winslet

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The life of Apple Inc., co-founder Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) as told through his behavior and interactions at three key product launches Ė the MacIntosh in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988, and the iMac ten years later.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Despite its unearned status as a box-office disaster (it earned more than several other Oscar hopefuls) STEVE JOBS is still among one of the most acclaimed films of the year. While many may have skipped it theatrically, Blu-ray is a good way to catch-up with one of the most unique biopics Hollywood has produced in ages.

Working with Aaron Sorkin, director Danny Boyle has embraced a very theatrical three-act structure, with the movie neatly divided up into thirds, with about forty minutes each time being devoted to Michael Fassbenderís uncanny Jobs as he connives his way to giving a presentation. Each segment is shot on a different stock, with the early 1984-segment on 16mm, the í88 talk on 35mm, and the 1998 segment in crisp HD. On the well-transferred Blu-ray the difference is even more striking than it was theatrically, with the grain of the earlier scenes giving way to the sheen of 35mm and the insane crispness of HD (anyone who really wants to see the difference between the formats will enjoy this master class).

While Fassbender scored himself an Oscar nomination (as did Kate Winslet for her part as Jobsí right-hand-woman Joannna Hoffmann) he seems like a long-shot, and thatís too bad. His performance is one of the greats, with less emphasis on duplicating Jobsís physicality (a trap the outmatched Ashton Kutcher fell for in JOBS) but more on conveying his inner life, which boasts a tremendous intellect but a basic incompatibility with most of the important people in his life. Itís not a hack ní slash job like some of Jobsís loyalists have said, but it certainly presents a three-dimensional figure, a tribute to Sorkinís highly-literate (and often somewhat stylized) screenplay.
THE EXTRAS
Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs: Just like the movie itself, this forty-min doc is cut up into thirds. Unlike the film, one block is not devoted to each sequence (too bad Ė that would have been interesting) but rather itís cut into Fassbenderís performance, the supporting cast and finally the location shooting. Itís interesting that the movie was shot in San Francisco despite being almost completely contained to interior shots, with Boyle saying the film would have lacked authenticity with a European shoot.

Danny Boyle commentary: As usual, Danny Boyle presents a highly engaging track that touches on all aspects of the performance. Given the quality of the film this is something of a must for film students and scholars.

Aaron Sorkin commentary: Given that heís as much of the filmís author as Boyle, Sorkin gets his own track, where heís joined by editor Elliot Graham. The two have an interesting dynamic, with Sorkin leading the track but often pausing to ask Graham questions about techniques he uses, from the montages to the opening source footage of Arthur C. Clarke.

As is standard these days, STEVE JOBS comes with a bonus DVD version (standard def is not a good way to watch this) and digital copy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While STEVE JOBS didnít crossover to mainstream audiences in the way it deserves, those with discerning tastes can now check it out in its optimized form, which is on Blu-ray. The disc is demo level as far as technical specs go, and itís a film that will likely live-on long after the Oscar ceremony later this month.
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