Blu-Ray Review: “The Jerk”

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It’s been 40 years since Steve Martin made his big screen debut in The Jerk and Shout Factory is celebrating with a brand new Blu-Ray release.

The time was 1979 and comedian Steve Martin was a phenomenon who had conquered the the comedy clubs and television with his appearances on Saturday Night Live, network comedy specials and best-selling albums.

The next step was, naturally, feature films and Martin burst onto the screen in a big way with The Jerk. Co-written by Martin and directed by Carl Reiner, the film was a perfect mix of Steve’s offbeat brand of humor coupled with Reiner’s legendary status in the comedy world, the mix of old and new and solid writing kept the film from being no more than a string of comedic vignettes. There’s actually a story here. Sure it’s a silly story but that’s exactly what audiences wanted from the first Steve Martin feature.

Steve Martin plus Carl Reiner, funny

The Martin/Reiner partnership would continue through three more popular feature films: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All Of Me. Watching these films back to back is like a comedy master class in how to be funny without being overly vulgar or falling back on the easy joke. The Jerk is the perfect introduction to the comedy of Steve Martin on the big screen. It’s amazing how far Martin had come since this tale of a “34 year old white man who was born a poor black child.” See The Jerk and you’ll get the joke.

As for this release… Shout Factory hits it out of the park again. The 2K transfer is the best I have ever seen this hard-to-find gem. The Jerk might look better on your HD TV than it did on the big screen in 1979! A plethora of extras round out the release, the best being a new interview with Martin and Reiner. To watch a now 73 year old Steve Martin and a 96 year old Carl Reiner talk about the film that brought us, and them, so much joy is maybe the best reason to own this new Blu-Ray release.

There is definitely too much seriousness in the world now – and far too many unlikeable jerks – so do yourself a favor… grab a bowl of popcorn, dim the lights and remember what 90 minutes of joy used to feel like with the joyful comedy of Steve Martin.

The Jerk Bonus Features include:

  • 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

The Jerk Remastered


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Pat FrancisBlu-Ray Review: “The Jerk”