Jesse Stone: Night Passage

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Jesse Stone: Night Passage
Conclusion
December 7, 2007
Night Passage: Introduction / The Movie
Night Passage: Features & Specifications Night Passage: Conclusion


Jesse Stone: Night Passage
Features: Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, French, Portuguese, and Thai. Scene selections.
Distributor: Sony Pictures
DVD Release: June 12, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
Official Website: N/A
MSRP: $24.99
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Pros
  • More history of Jesse Stone
  • More information about the city of Paradise
  • Same gritty feel
  • Improved performances
  • More well-known and talented actors
  • Another great selection of outdoor scenes
Cons
  • Should have been the first film introducing Jesse Stone
Jesse Stone: Night Passage is a multi-level improvement over the first Jesse Stone movie. With JS:SC, we didn't really know the history of Jesse Stone, or of Abby, his woman of interest. We also didn't know the politics of why and how Jesse was hired into his position.

JS:NP should have been filmed first, but it wasn't, so we'll have to deal with it. I recommend watching this first, and then JS:SC. One of the reasons, is the character of Abby explained, and it seemed awkward with her demise in the first movie, while I was watching her in the second.

RECOMMENDED PLUS

Another big bonus about Jesse Stone: Night Passage, is the abundance of well-known and proven actors. This made for a pretty good second installment. Actors such as Saul Rubinek, Stephen McHattie, Mike Starr, and Stephen Baldwin make for a solid television performance.

There's a scene where Luther 'Suitcase' Simpson (Kohl Sudduth) is fine-tuning his rifle with Jesse Stone at a firing range. In this scene, they seem more comfortable around each other than the first film. This is yet another paradox with a prequel movie using actors from the first, because you get inconsistencies. In the prequel, everyone interacts better, but in Jesse Stone: Stone Cold, they don't blend as well.

Overall, I give Jesse Stone: Night Passage a higher rating than the first film. It was tough because of the serious issues with a prequel movie and a major character who was killed off, but as state above, watch this movie first, then Jesse Stone: Stone Cold. The performances were significantly better for all the characters, and this will make each Jesse Stone installment, more enjoyable.

The Audio

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 seemed typical for a drama, and was mostly beneficial during musical passages within the movie. Once again, I really like the theme music which is carried over from the first film. For those who live in other countries or are fluent in French, Portuguese, or Thai, you also have Dolby Digital 5.1 available to you. This is a nice addition to a DVD, and I rarely see such an offering.
The Video
  • Just like Jesse Stone: Stone Cold the video is noticeably artifacted at times, but this is viewing the movie on a Panasonic 50" plasma at a 6ft distance. The reason I mention this observation at 6ft, is just for a reference. A smaller television may not exhibit as much. Overall, the video quality is rather good considering it's made for television. At a more typical viewing distance for a 50" HDTV (i.e., 10-15ft), the picture looked very good. At this distance, I couldn't see hardly any compression artifacts.
The Extras
  • There are no extras on this disc. Since this is the second DVD released in the series, it would have been nice to have more in-depth interviews with Tom Selleck and even Robert B. Parker.

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