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Less fact-based than cinematic grand opera par excellence, the movie takes as its premise the end of the career of Chicago's ganglord of ganglords, Al "Scarface" Capone, who (after a few half-hearted attempts to prosecute him for murder had failed due to the unavailability of witnesses) pled guilty, in 1931, to evading federal income tax, and was sentenced to an 11-year prison term and a $50,000 fine.Read more ›
As far as this blu-ray goes, it features a very nice transfer that ups the detail, contrast, color and stability considerably over the previous DVD release. Unfortunately it also introduces nearly constant edge halos and some shimmering - both presumably artifacts of edge enhancement used to make the film look more appealing to modern audiences.
On the Audio front the 6.1 DTS-HD track does a very fine job considering the age of the film. I was particularly impressed by the dynamic range of the score and the use of discrete effects in the Union Station shootout.
Overall, if it were not for the digital retouching, I would have rated this release at 5 stars. Since I can't give 4 and a half I had to downgrade it full star for the botched digital enhancements.
Hopefully someday there will be a untouched version of The Untouchables.
Great plot, great dialogue, great action, the movie is definitely a fun romp through an appealing period in history. The movie has even more significance as The Sopranos becomes a huge hit - people being drawn into learning about the mob way of life want to trace the roots of this drama and see where it's taking its guidance. Many Sopranos scenes are taken from this movie, and the characters even quote it at times.
Highly recommended - a DVD you'll watch many times over!
Costner is effective in his role as Elliot Ness. Connery does fine as the Chicago policeman Ness recruits to show him the ropes as to how things in Chicago operate. De Niro is matchless as Al Capone.
My favorite scene is the one in which Elliot Ness joins forces with the Canadian Mounties. Hilarious!
This movie is good entertainment and the storyline manages to move along pretty well without dragging and losing the viewer's interest. The film never makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously, and its use of humor is effective and prevents the movie from waxing pompous, which would have been easy for it to do, given the serious theme. This is one that you'll watch again and again. Recommended.
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Close to Reality .... Grandfather was FBI at time of this movie ....Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This review is for the 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray that came out in 2007. The one pictured is not the one I have, but probably another reissue with different cover art. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Leland
One of the worst movies ever. Terrible acting, terrible music, weak plot line. I'm surprised considering the actors involved.Published 11 days ago by William Bucher
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Agreed. I too hate this cover art. It looks extra cheesy and absolutely aesthetically inadequate for a movie this good. I bought the blu-ray and kinda want to return it it looks so fugly. Oh well. At least The Untouchables still kicks balls.
PS - Kevin Costner's hand does look absurdly fake on... Read More
Sep 12, 2011 by Filling the Void | See all 4 posts
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