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Dick Tracy (1990)

Warren Beatty , James Caan , Warren Beatty  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Warren Beatty, James Caan, Charles Durning, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman
  • Directors: Warren Beatty
  • Writers: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T7I1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Legendary police detective Dick Tracy is the only man tough enough to take on gangster boss Big Boy Caprice and his band of menacing mobsters. Dedicated to his work but at the same time devoted to his loyal girlfriend, Tess Trueheart, Tracy find himself torn between love and duty. His relentless crusade against crime becomes even more difficult when he gets saddled with an engaging orphan and meets seductive and sultry Breathless Mahoney, a torch singer determined to get the best of Tracy. A faceless character, the Blank, threatens both Tracy and Big Boy, and it takes all of Tracy's skills to save the city.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Warren, how about the Director's Cut? June 19, 2005
I have been a fan of this movie since it came out in 1990. I saw it in the theater, bought it on video tape and finally on DVD.

Imagine my surprise when I read Mr. Beatty was putting together a director's cut of this movie for a propose "Vista Series" release.

I read on various sites, including "Ain't It Cool," that 20-30 minutes would be added and the overall tone of the picture would be darker.

This was a couple of years ago and I haven't seen anything new on it.

I understand Mr. Beatty and Disney have gotten into some legal issues regarding who has rights over the film. I just hope they are resolved quickly and Mr. Beatty can get the Director's Cut out.

I love the first cut of the movie, but felt at times they were holding back on certain themes in order to bring in as many people as possible to make the picture profitable. If you look at the original comic, it was violent.

I loved Beatty as the honest cop, Madonna as the dame and Al Pacino as the ganster Big Boy. I also loved the fact they shot it in the basic color scheme of the comic.

The great things we are discovering with the DVD format is that now both the studios and the directors can have their cake and eat it too.

Studios can put out films at a length that can maximize ticket sales and directors can present their films as they intended on DVD for the people who want to see it.

I am really looking forward to the day we can see the director's cut of this film.

Disney and Mr. Beatty - DON'T KEEP US WAITING TOO MUCH LONGER!!!!!!!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, not bad! June 20, 2005
The script lives up to its subject, a cartoon strip, but fans of the old Dick Tracy won't be disappointed. Our old favorite characters are all there and the soundtrack, especially Madonna's sexy "Sooner or Later" is fabulous. The production values are great, with a definite comic book feel and appearance, and even if we didn't get all these great items to enjoy, there's the cameo and casting with some of Hollywood's brightest stars. Definitely worth adding to your DVD collection
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When this film came out on the big screen in 1990 I was blown away by Director Warren Beatty's use of bright colors to give it color comic strip feel. When I saw it years ago on VHS it was just okay. Now Buena Vista Home Entertainment has given it a great BD transfer and it is bright and colorful again.

Some of the story doesn't hold up for me any more - and the overdone makeup - which makes nearly all the male characters look really ugly - is a bit over the top but the two other things which made me love this film (besides seeing Beatty's A-list friends Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino eating up the scenery)are the sexy double-entendres by Madonna and Stephen Sondheim's new songs (including "Sooner or Later"). When Madonna is on the screen it burns sex and the Sondheim songs are some of his most tuneful (IMHO).

Yes, EVERYONE will gripe that there are no extras - not even a trailer! - but as long as you know that going in, at least you have this fun film - in a nice print - to enjoy.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie with Amazing Picture and Sound Quality September 1, 2002
The DVD may not be fully loaded with extras or special features, but the outstanding picture and sound quality makes up for all of that..."Dick Tracy" is an incredible movie and can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages...Warren Beatty stars as Tracy; a tough detective who is determined to fight crime at any cost. One of the main bad guys he is trying to get off the streets for good is none other than Big Boy (Al Pacino). But Big Boy isn't going down without a fight, and is willing to put a stop to Tracy's career with his gang of colorful hoodlums... I really did enjoy this movie, and it is a classic. There are still elements of danger and suspence... The actors did a great job. Beatty is awesome as Tracy, but I have to say this; as always, it is Pacino who steals the show. He is so alive and colorful in this movie. Had it not been for his famous voice, you would've never known it was Al...Warren Beatty also directed the movie and did an awesome job at doing so. Everything about the movie was convincing and believable. Had this project been given to someone else, chances are that the results wouldn't had been as good.
This is a movie that you can watch with your kids, being that the rating of the movie is only PG. There is violence, but it is not graphic and is even really cartoonish at times. There is some sensuality in it...As I said, the DVD isn't loaded with any special features, but the crystal clear picture quality and phenominal sound makes up for it. The movie can be played in DTS, which sounds really fantastic...But the picture is the show stopper. The colorful and dark settings really stand out like never before. There is no way in the world that any VHS could do this movie the justice it deserves.
"Dick Tracy" is a great movie that continues to entertain people of all ages. Filled with action, suspence, and a lot of humor, this movie does not disappoint. If you have not seen the movie already, check it out as soon as you can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I always get my man... September 21, 2011
I never got into the `Dick Tracy' comic books, but my friends were pretty heavy into it. As a young boy I remember seeing this film countless times, and while I didn't indulge in the source material, I must admit that the film holds a special place in my heart. To this day I am still rather nostalgic about this film. Having recently dug it out of my DVD library and dusted it off for a viewing I am even more so enthralled by what Warren Beatty was able to do.

`Dick Tracy' is just pure joy.

While I don't think it is as universally successful as `Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (a film that is undoubtedly a visual and tonal inspiration for this film), I can't help but adore `Dick Tracy'. Beatty perfectly meshed two worlds (the gritty underbelly with the cartoonish exaggerated) to create a singular piece, a film that felt whole despite being slightly uneven. While the script itself is not a strong suit, the film understands the shallowness it is saddled with and rises above by focusing on more intimate moments and relationships. It knows that a plot this generic needs something solid to anchor it, and Beatty enlists some tremendous talents to do just that.

Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, Glenne Headly, William Forsythe, Charles Durning, Madonna, Paul Sorvino, Kathy Bates, Catherine O'Hara, James Caan, Estelle Parsons and Warren Beatty himself. That's quite the cast (and that's just the more recognizable names). Even with the big names, it's young Charlie Korsmo (yes, the kid from `Hook') that makes the biggest impression.

The film centers on Dick Tracy, the famed detective who has a knack for busting crime lords with ugly faces. His biggest rival is Big Boy Caprice (played by a heavily masked Al Pacino playing, well, Al Pacino).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Loaded with stars! This is a great comic strip come to life. Oddly, Beatty really doesn't have that much dialogue throughout the movie.
Published 4 days ago by L. Henry Dowell-Playwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Comics Come Alive
Newspaper comics come to life!!!

Great imagery and the primary colors really make it look like the color, Sunday comics.
Published 7 days ago by Naftej
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
Madonna is in it
from this comic books
this movie is good
Published 15 days ago by Jereme Semien
5.0 out of 5 stars in blu this film just jumps out a you to ...
in blu this film just jumps out a you to the point you may have to consider shades the genius comes out in color pallette flambouyant yes but that was tracy so blu or not to blu... Read more
Published 21 days ago by tim huxoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Philip t Bambarger
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealism meets CSI 1930
Surrealism meets CSI 1930 -- Sort of. It's a fun film that echoes the comics of the past, in an almost "Sin City/The Spirit" step away from factual-cum-average, to a stark,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greg Jenkins, PhD
3.0 out of 5 stars Warren Beatty did a good job at playing Dick Tracy and as such...
Well what can you say.... Warren Beatty is great playing as Dick Tracy but
the film was wayyyy to cartoonish and the characters just didn't look right. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars The color costumes in HD are fabulous. The story ...
The color costumes in HD are fabulous. The story is comic book silly but the visuals are spot on.
Published 2 months ago by Wanda M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren Beatty IS Dick Tracy. A must have!!!
To see this Dick Tracy on Blu-Ray is what Hi-Def is all about
Published 2 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A very creative approach to film making. The very comic-like sets and costumes were very unique, and very well done. Everything is right on the money. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack D
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