Jobs Review and Blu-ray Features
16 Aug 2013
Joshua Michael Stern
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Approx. 1 hour 17 minutes into the movie…
HOW exactly is the presentation on the big screen in 1984 possible…?
I think the new topic with capital letters etc. justifies this insane technological feat for 1984.
Someone please explain.
They probably used a projector, like in theatres. Although I assume there was screens big enough, they where probably very expensive. I don’t know if Times Square, New York, had big screens back then?
Lol! Movie theater size screen and a projector? Both invented LONG before 1984, ya know
Dodger stadium was the first stadium to have a large video screen (Diamond Vision)in 1980.
Viewpoint – Steve Wozniak (Macintosh & System Crashes)
Steve Wozniak believes that Macintosh failed to sell because of Jobs’ lack of patience to wait for the market to develop and open for their new product. Wozniak added that it took many professional marketing experts promoting the new Apple computer all over the country for Macintosh to hit the sales numbers they needed. He also thinks that while designing the original Macintosh, Jobs never predicted the impact that networking and the Internet would eventually have, so Jobs never bothered to build a system that can successfully support such innovations. This in turn sabotaged Mac II, because it’s system was basically an upgrade of Macintosh’s. However, Wozniak also blames the Internet Explorer for Macintosh’s frequent crashes that many users often complained about. One day, he let his son play with his Macintosh computer and became quite intrigued when the computer’s system didn’t crash after a while, even though his son was using it to surf the Internet. He then realized that his son had been using a different Internet browser and that everyone who used browsers other than the default Internet Explorer experienced no system crashes .
Famous Omissions from the movie
The movie omits several things that marked the career of Steve Jobs and the history of Apple. For instance, the movie never mentions how Jobs got his job at Atari, the famous game development company. Wozniak had built a home-made Pong game for fun. Jobs saw potential in this and went to Atari to show it to them. They loved it so much that they hired Jobs on the spot. Wozniak himself mentions this during his guest appearance on “John Wants Answers”, a show that was exploring the authenticity of the movie Jobs. The movie also doesn’t mention that Wozniak had built another computer for Apple between Apple 1 and Apple II. It was called PC ’76, but it never attracted any investors and it got immediately overshadowed by Apple II. The same thing happened to Apple III, which came out between Apple II and Apple Lisa and also failed to make an impact. One of the most important aspects of Apple history that the movie omits is the impact that technical developments at Xerox company had on Apple. While Apple Lisa was being developed, Jobs heard that Xerox engineers were developing graphic user interface and mouse support for computers, but the heads of Xerox didn’t see any use for that. Therefore, Apple immediately made a deal with Xerox and implemented these new technologies into Apple Lisa. Unfortunately, Apple Lisa was a flop on the market, in the end. However, Bill Gates also found out about these innovations at Xerox, so he offered a partnership to Apple, and then copied these new technologies from them without Apple’s knowledge and implemented them successfully into Microsoft’s new revolutionary computer operating system, Windows. The movie also never mentions Wozniak’s infamous plane crash. His private jet, that he himself was piloting at the time, crashed and left him badly hurt and with temporary amnesia and short term memory loss. It took.5 weeks of therapy for him to get his memory back. The movie barely mentions one of Jobs’ most trusted employees, his “work wife” Joanna Hoffman, a marketing expert, who became his confidant and top adviser. The movie also skips the NeXT phase of Jobs’ career. After leaving Apple when Macintosh failed to bring a profit, he created his own new company “NeXT” and developed a new computer there, the infamous “Black Cube”, a stylistic achievement which was meant to be sold to schools and used in education. This project didn’t quite work out and the company failed to turn much of a profit in the end. However, Apple was also failing, so Apple eventually offered to buy NeXT and bring NeXT’s experienced employees and leaders over to help Apple. Another important moment in Jobs’ life that the movie omits is his involvement with the founding of Pixar. The movie also doesn’t mention what happened after Jobs refused to give a small cut of the company’s stocks to the handful of his original employees, including Kottke. When Wozniak found out about this, he considered it extremely unfair, so he gave some of his own Apple stocks to these people and then put aside another share of Apple stocks for other former Apple employees in order to give them the chance to buy them for reasonable price if they wish. Some, who had nothing to do with the company but knew its value, abused this option by hiring former Apple employees to buy some of these special stocks for them. Josh Gad, who once said he had read Wozniak’s autobiographical book three times and plays Steve Wozniak in the movie, asked the filmmakers to include this and other subplots about Wozniak in the script, but they refused, since the movie was “about Jobs”.
Viewpoint – Steve Wozniak(Movie)
Steve Wozniak was not a fan of the movie, since in his opinion the script portrayed too many people and events inaccurately and “missed the point”. His former Apple colleague Daniel Kottke, who worked for a time as a consultant on the movie, suggested that the problem might be in the fact that the script was written by a first time scriptwriter, whose father produced the movie. On the other hand, Wozniak quite enjoyed the TV movie from 1999, “Pirates of Silicon Valley”, about the founding of Microsoft and Apple. He also kind of liked “Steve Jobs”, the 2015 movie, on which he served as a consultant at one point, because the movie in his opinion fictionalized everything, but nailed the personalities of most of those depicted.
Film’s Focus Years
The film focuses primarily on 1973 – 2000: Apple’s early years, its founding, and the up and down years.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Ashton Kutcher IS Steve Jobs. You have to give Kutcher credit: He studied his character. That he successfully completed his homework is evidenced in ‘Jobs,’ a biopic of Apple Inc.’s late genius.(Click here to see)
Jobs is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Studios with an VC-1 encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1. This Arri Alexa shot feature is sometimes curiously bland looking, with a lot of scenes tweaked in post so that they have a slightly orange-amber tint. The film was lensed mostly by Russell Carpenter (Aseem Bajaj did the location work in India which is quite briefly featured), and while the native HD image has the requisite sleekness and clarity we’ve all come to expect from the format, there’s just a lack of real pop throughout this film that is rather surprising, given not only its high tech subject matter but also Jobs’ own focus (as even stated in the film) on aesthetic beauty. A lot of this can be traced to kind of boring looking sets, many of which are almost monochromatic. A few notable exceptions come to mind, notably a lot of outdoor sequences, where finally the palette is somewhat more varied and perhaps therefore more immediately interesting. A few isolated scenes have been intentionally altered to supposedly provide some textural differences (see screenshot 6), though the wisdom of this approach is debatable. The transfer offers quite good fine detail (see screenshot 3), and a lot of the exterior footage has nice depth of field (see screenshot 14). Contrast and black levels are strong and there are no compression artifacts of any note.
Jobs‘ lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is a fine sounding but not overly immersive track, one that really only springs to life when the copious source cues come into play (including some by one Steven Georgiou in his guises as Cat Stevens and Yusuf Islam). There are occasional good moments of discrete directionality in crowded dialogue scenes and in some outdoor scenes where ambient environmental effects enter the mix, but this is a fairly front heavy mix. Fidelity is excellent and there is no damage to report.
- Deleted Scenes (1080p; 3:31)
- Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs (1080p; 2:28). The fact that the title of this piece includes an italicized “is” tells you everything you need to know about it.
- The Legacy of Steve Jobs (1080p; 2:47). Yes, a man who changed the world and his legacy can be summed up in 2:47. Of course, the filmmakers couldn’t do it in 2:08:14, either.
- Jobs: Behind the Score (1080p; 3:27) profiles composer John Debney.
- Feature Commentary with Director Joshua Michael Stern. Stern is actually fairly consistently interesting throughout this piece, and helps to fill in some of the motivations the screenplay lacks. He’s a little low key, and kind of halting in his speech style, but he imparts quite a bit of good information here.