Jacob's Ladder is one of those underrated films from the '90s that tackle PTSD in a grisly and wonderful way with some amazing performances from Tim Robbins and his co-stars. There haven't been many movies to navigate this traumatic subject in this genre quite like this. Imprint's release doesn't do anything new with the video or audio presentations here, but there are a few new extras to watch. For Fans Only.
There was something about postmen in the '90s for sure, but Jacob's Ladder really focuses on the traumatic experience and PTSD of one war veteran who is having violent hallucinations that blur the line between fiction and reality. Revisiting this movie after several years comes to a big realization that this film was way ahead of its time in navigating the horrors of PTSD with war veterans. There are a lot of films today that deal with this issue, but none quite like this.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Jacob's Ladder hallucinates its way to Blu-ray courtesy of Imprint. The sole disc is housed inside a clear plastic case with a hard cardboard level with spine number 207. The artwork on the sleeve is of the original poster. The reversible artwork inside features the many blurred faces of Jacob, while the reverse side has an image of Tim Robbins from the movie. There is no insert or digital code.
Jacob's Ladder from Imprint Films comes with a 1080p HD transfer from ViaVision Entertainment. This movie was released back in 2010 on Blu-ray and oddly seems to be the same exact transfer on this Imprint release. It looks like one of those 1st editions Blu-ray releases when Blu-ray was first on the market and not like one of these new 4K masters. It's still a good image, but there hasn't been a new transfer in years and nothing has been cleaned up really.
This release comes with both a DTS-HD MA 5.1 and an LPCM 2.0 option. The 5.1 track was on the previous 2010 release and seems to be the same one. The 2.0 track is offered for those who like it kept in stereo. It sounds good enough with great audio effects and versatility, but again, this is a thirteen-year-old master and a new makeover would serve this well.
There are about 159 minutes worth of bonus features included here. Some are new and some are vintage, along with two commentary tracks. There are new interviews with film critics and a new interview with the writer. These are worth the time for fans of the film.
One of the ultimate movies about PTSD or "shell shock" as it was called where war veterans are plagued by anxiety from their trauma in the war is full frontal in Jacob's Ladder with some grisly horrifying moments. It's one of the more underrated movies from the '90s with some amazing performances, specifically from Tim Robbins. This Imprint release doesn't add a new video transfer or remake the audio track, but it does come with some new bonus features, mostly with film critics. If you didn't pick up the previous release and need this for the collection, it's a good one to get, but if you've already got it on the shelf, you're all set unless you really need that new commentary track. Ultimately, it's For Fans Only