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The critics and public agree. Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is a must-see masterpiece - glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago... and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. This classic confrontation between good and evil and stars Kevin Costner as federal agent Eliot Ness, Robert De Niro as gangland kingpin Al Capone and Sean Connery as Malone, the cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob: shoot fast and shoot first.
The DVD extras follow the adage that if one has lemons, make lemonade. This "special" edition has no commentary track, and no new input from stars Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Andy Garcia or writer David Mamet. Yet DVD director Laurent Bouzereau has an ace up his sleeve that makes the four new featurettes (about 50 minutes of content) worth listening to: candid talk. The usual, stiff promotional take is jettisoned as producer Art Linson and director Brian De Palma honestly talk about the film's origins, the tricks of shooting, and the casting of Robert De Niro. These refreshing comments (plus insight from the cinematographer Stephen H. Burum and actor Charles Martin Smith), and better-than-average vintage interviews makes for valuable watching--even if the footage is intercut too often with film clips. To top it all off, there's a new Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack. --Doug Thomas
Don't get me wrong here, but Kevin Kostner was definitely miscast for the part of Eliot Ness. He should stick to his niche with baseball movies and such. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Johnny Pasta
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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