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Why oh why did Universal decide to release this in a cropped version? This DVD is a 1.33:1 transfer of a film that was shot in 1.85:1.
When the same thing happened with Sydney Pollack's under-rated gem "Castle Keep", mavericks like Martin Scorsese lobbied to have a widescreen version of the film released on DVD, and they were triumphant. Hopefully that will happen with this equally-worthy film.
So please let us save our outcry for those films shot in the various wide-angle lens ratios that are then criminally released in the reformatted, 1.33:1 television aspect.Read more ›
And now that it did come out, I will not buy it.
That is because I do not enjoy watching 60% of a film. When the studio halfwits realize that only brain damaged in-duh-viduals want to see the cut, blurred by panning-and-scanning full screen version, and when they decide to release "Varrick" in a proper, widescreen version instead - *then* I will purchase a copy. As for this one, I would not want it for free.
Charlie Varrick is an underappreciated gem that belongs at the very top of the list of the Director, Don Siegal's work. It is, in my opinion, a tighter film that Coogan's Bluff and a less sentimental film than Dirty Harry (I love both these Eastwood vehicles, however, so don't get me wrong). There is something very tough and realistic about Charlie Varrick, though, that makes this movie one of the best depictions of a professional criminal that can be found anywhere.
Charlie Varrick is a professional bank robber that has inadvertently stolen some mob money. Trouble follows in the form of Joe Don Baker, the enforcer sent to get the money back.
Baker is one of the reasons this film is so strong. This is one of his early rolls, made just about the same time that he starred in Walking Tall, which was the career-defining role for the actor. He is better used in this film, which really takes advantage of his sadistic grin and slit-eyed malevolence. Baker is all about power in this film, striding along Varrick's trail like Texas royalty in cowboy hat and boots, smashing the peasants that litter his path with distain as he stalks Verrick and the mob money. His enjoyment in causing pain is palpable, and he is the very last guy in the world you want looking for you.
Walther Matthau is the main show, though.Read more ›
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The film as art is a 5 star - this DVD is a Zero star- cropped crapola - too bad -Published 3 days ago by Jello
One of the best Walter Matthau movies ever! One of my favorite stories of a man caught in a bad situation who finds a way out. Wonderful shots flying a small plane. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sailingreader
Acting and movie plot were ok but the movie seemed to drag on foreverPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
The early seventies produced some wonderful "sleeper" films like "Friends of Eddie Coyle," "Emperor of the North" and this gem directed by Don Siegel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AMAZON PURCHASER
The title didn't/doesn't have much oomph to it, but this is a great 70's no-comedy crime thriller with the title character deftly played by Walter Matthau. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark L.
A good movie and one that I did not expect from Walter MatthauPublished 1 month ago by Nana G. Kirchner
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