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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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Among other things, Dick Tracy showcased the absolute mastery of a practical FX technique that is now all but forgotten, the traditional matte painting. The concept behind using matte paintings is that a group of artist would paint a background on a large piece of glass. The background would be something that could not be easily found or built, and would then be combined with the live action counterparts and shot. More than half of the scenes in this movie use a matte painting, some obvious, some less so, but all contribute to the creation of 'Tracytown'.
Another stand out in this film is of course the incredible use of make-up and prosthetics to alter the look of every actor who portrayed a villain in the film (of which there were many). This is something that may pass over you if you don't understand that these techniques were specifically used to faithfully recreate the way these characters looked in the original comic strip from the 1930's and 40's.
For someone like me who grew up loving and watching Dick Tracy on VHS, seeing it in all it's effervescent glory on blu-ray is a real treat.
I watched this with my kids (their first time to see it, ages 7 1/2, 9 1/2) and you can clearly see Madonna's breasts through her gown in one scene. I think in standard def, they would have been harder to make out. So I wasn't really ready to show that to my kids! I also forgot just how sexual-ized Madonna's character is, considering this is supposed to be an (older) kids movie. My wife had never seen the movie and she kept looking at me like "you really wanted to show THIS to our kids????".
The plot is simplistic: you've got a ruthless mobster who keeps his name clean despite his criminal enterprise, and a superstar detective that's dedicated to putting him behind bars. Between them, however, is a star-studded cast of characters, colorful sets and costumes, and comedic performances from Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and others.
It was one of the last attempts to bring cartoons and comic strips to life before the advent of CGI, and even today, it stands out.
Cast : Many Patikin (88 Keys) - Dustin Hoffman ( Mumbless ) - William Forsythe ( Flattop ) - R. G. Amstrong ( Prunne Face ) - Dick Van Dyke ( D. R. Fletcher ) - Paul Sorvino ( Lips Manlis ) - Charles Durning ( Chief Brandon ) - Seymour Cassel ( Sam Catchem ) - James Keane ( Pat Patton ) - Estelle Parsons ( Mrs Trueheart ) - M. J. Pollard ( Bug Bailey ) - Henry Silva ( Influence ) - James Tolkan ( Numbers ) - Edd O'Ross ( Itchy ) - James Can ( Spuds Spaldoni ) - Kathy Bates ( Mrs Green ) - Catherine O'hara ( Texie Garcia ) - Robert Beecher ( Ribs Mocca ) - Allen Garfield ( Reporter ) - John Shuck Reporter - Charles Fleischer ( Reporter ) - Lawrence Steven Myers ( Little Face ) - R. Costanzo ( Lips Body Guard ) - Hamilton Camp ( Store Clerk ) - J. Kahoe ( Customer at Raid ) .
Dick Tracy is a well done movie with a Great supporting Cast picture and sound as for the Blu Ray comes with a Digital Copy and no especial feature like the making and so on but a good entertaining show so rate it 4 and a half for the cast .