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Dick Tracy (1990)

Warren Beatty , James Caan , Warren Beatty  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 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: 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 (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T7I1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,305 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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32 of 35 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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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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Special Features February 16, 2004
By Ramser
I remember being intrigued by this movie when it first came out (when I was young and had not seen it yet). So I bought the DVD, saw it a few times and my verdict is in. I'm impressed with the effort put into it, such as the cartoon-like cinematography, art direction, legendary music by Sondheim, and all those cool cameos in the film (check the cast listing). Al Pacino did a good job as Big Boy Caprice and his Oscar nomination for supporting actor is well deserved. Although Beatty's performance as Dick Tracy is a bit dry, I believe the part called for it, the same goes for most of the characters. There is not much character development here with only one exception. This exception being the Kid (Charlie Korsmo), who starts out as a homeless-orphan-street-thief, but ends up being taken under Tracy's wing and becoming Tracy's sidekick. Korsmo acting seemed authentic, and some of the most emotional scenes in the movie are between him and Tracy. Such as when the Kid receives an honorary badge for saving Tracy's life, and when he chooses Dick Tracy Jr. for a name. Madonna looks really beautiful (perhaps the best she has ever looked on film) and does a decent job as Breathless, but her best parts are when she sings or her one-liners (but again I think the part called for it). Also I was pleasantly surprised that Madonna actually has two roles in the film (you would have to see to find out). Overall, though I was intrigued by the movie as a youngster, I must say that despite the considerable effort put into the film, I feel that it lacks charm and intrigue. But again for the third time think the comic strip origins of the movie called for it, and because of this it may leave viewers without any afterthoughts, and what adds to this is the fact that there is no special features at all on the DVD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comic book movie
Love this movie! It may not have all the bells and whistles today's movies have, but it's still one of my favorite comic book movies!
Published 17 days ago by Schuester
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Tracy
Funny movie, bought it for my grand kids, I grew up with the comic books. All the colors in this movie will blow YOUR mind. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Roadrunner
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracy! Tracy! Tracy!
Dick Tracy (1990) is a stellar movie version of the famous comic strip of a generation earlier. The first thing that jumps out at the viewer is the colorful set; this serves the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd7
4.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up
Blu-ray is quite kind to this extremely colorful film. And being a "period film", there is little that causes it to look dated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Got a bum rap
I really enjoyed this movie. Visually it is stunning. And the stars who play the villains did such a great job. Seriously, check it out.
Published 2 months ago by Anthony J. Suszczynski
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Hadn't watched it since it was in theaters. Couldn't believe how many good actors were in the movie. Al Pacino is amazing
Published 3 months ago by andrew j miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift.
Purchased this DVD for my oldest son as a gift he wanted for far as I know it's exactly what he wanted!
Published 3 months ago by Leisha Bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars Dick Tracy
a true Dick Tracy film. Close to the film strip, all characters involved. Well made. If you like Dick Tracy you will love this. If not you will find it very dry.
Published 4 months ago by Celia Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, artistic movie--great Friday nighter
I must have missed it when this movie first came out. Very cute, cartoony take on the classic Dick Tracy. Warren does a great job, and the plot is one that will keep you guessing.
Published 4 months ago by Jay Uin
4.0 out of 5 stars still a classic after 20+ years
Great old school gangster movie. Love the old cars and use of all the bright colors. Never gets old watching it.
Published 4 months ago by Barnraider
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