Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

jackiebluStudio: 20th Century Fox
Year: March 7, 2017
Run time: 100 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

‘Jackie’ tells the story of former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, as she struggles to cope with the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy. While many people are concerned with the magic bullet theory, Jackie is concerned with the life of the woman behind the 35th President of the United States after she endures having to watch her husband die in that now infamous car ride in Dallas. There is no room for macho-ism here. This film is a singular burst of estrogen on screen as we follow Portman’s Jackie navigate through the days after her husband’s death. This isn’t a film in which a woman discovers herself through a man. This is a film about a strong woman put in a near impossible situation and how she coped with that impossible situation to become exactly what she was known to most of the world as: the strongest woman alive.

First off, this film is a brilliant character study. Running at a brisk 96 minutes, the film is relentless in showing every facet of Jackie’s life both before and after the assassination. Natalie Portman is astounding as the titular character. She plays Mrs. Kennedy with such honesty and tenacity that it is almost impossible to look away. This is a performance for the ages and definitely Portman’s best performance since her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan. While the film features an amazing performance from Portman and the rest of the cast, including an impressive turn from Peter Sarsgaard as Robert F. Kennedy along with Billy Crudup and Greta Gerwig, it fails to captivate the audience past the phenomenal performances..
Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The print looks very sharp as it was shot digitally. I was quite impressed at how good ‘Jackie’ looks in high definition. Colors are vibrant and carry pop which brings out the fine details. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Where this film shines is with the outdoor scenes for sure just showing the White House in all its glory. Blacks are deep and inky looking. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. ‘Jackie’ is a dialogue-driven film that is mostly front and center channel driven. There is some activity in the surrounds from the environmental sounds in the streets of Washington D.C. If anything, it’s all about the dialogue and the dialogue on the lossless soundtrack is crystal clear. I detected no hiss or any audio problems while watching the film.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • From Jackie to Camelot [HD]
  • Gallery [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

‘Jackie’ is a compelling film that provides an insight into Jackie Kennedy’s state of mind and events that are not generally well known, yet does not always reach us on an emotional level..
Overall Rating: 8/10