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DIVORCING JACK: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Journalist Dan Starkey (David Thewlis) finds his marriage, his life and the lives of those around him in danger following the violent end of a brief affair. Now a murder suspect, Starkey is also wanted by notorious terrorist Cow Pat Keegan (Jason Isaacs) and becomes unwittingly involved in an explosive political situation. His only hope of survival arrives in the form of nurse Lee Cooper (Rachel Griffiths) and discovering the meaning of his dying lover's words; "Divorce Jack".


Review by Richard Kuipers:
Do not buy or rent this DVD if you want to see all of Divorcing Jack. Think carefully about buying any DVD not transferred in the correct screen ratio. For some unfathomable reason, distributor Siren Visual Entertainment has released this in the ugly full-screen format. The same company also released the lush Kama Sutra in a ruinous full-frame version recently, even though it's available in wide-screen elsewhere. Why? Almost everyone by now surely agrees that original aspect ratio is the only acceptable screen format for home viewing. It's not good enough. What is good enough, however, is Rachel Griffiths who helps make this modest caper worth the time. The arresting cover photo of Griffiths dressed as a nun while brandishing a firearm is your invitation to watch her in fine form as a mystery woman who might just save shabby journalist David Thewlis from the cops, the mob and himself. This has enough zippy action and gallows humour for an entertaining 90 minutes but yet again we're presented with a film that's 20 minutes too long. It's a shame because Thewlis and Griffiths are good company and there are some stinging barbs aimed at the press, the police and the political establishment but the welcome wears out long before the credits roll. The bonus material is adequate without being exciting but after the annoyance of watching almost any film in full frame, who's much interested in the extras anyway? The verdict? OK for a rental, just, but hardly worth the recommended retail purchase price.

Published July 11, 2002

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DIVORCING JACK: DVD (MA15+)
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CAST: David Thewlis, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Laura Fraser, Richard Gant, Laine Megaw.

DIRECTOR: David Gaffery

RUNNING TIME: 110 min

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Siren Visual Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: May 2002







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