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Thief (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Additionally, there are deleted scenes, theatrical trailer and an 8 page booklet too....excellent additions to accompany the DVD release of this noir cult film. The DVD color transfer is excellent...precisely capturing the neon lit and rain swept night world of crime...and Tangerine Dreams haunting soundtrack is brilliant in Dolby sound. Mann's movie depicts the life of ex-convict turned professional thief, Frank (James Caan) who maintains an honest veneer during the day as a car dealership manager, but his nights are spent with partner Barry (James Belushi) carrying out elaborate jewel robberies. Frank falls in with criminal mastermind, Leo (Robert Prosky in a chilling performance) who is seemingly a guardian angel...but the relationship quickly sours and Franks world crumbles and then ignites in violence and death.
Mann's highly effective use of light and color give an eerie ambience to this film...and the first rate support cast including Tuesday Weld and Willie Nelson as the ailing master safe cracker, Okla....give "Thief" a polished finish. Director Michael Mann continued his motif of criminal thrillers in later years with TV shows like Miami Vice & Crime Story...and films like Manhunter & Heat.
A very worthy addition to your DVD collection...fans of intense, intelligent crime saga's will definitely enjoy !!
Under Mann's direction, all of the performances are outstanding. I was especially interested in the care with which the major theft is planned and then executed.Read more ›
It has always bummed me out that the home video offerings of this movie were sub par. I thought the DVD was terrible. Watching the Criterion Blu-ray is like seeing the movie again for the first time. The night time footage on my plasma HDTV look insanely good. I watch this movie and I'm simply amazed on how well Criterion has done this transfer. The fact that the movie looks this good after more than 30 years is awesome. Simply put this is a beautiful transfer and any fan of this movie is going to be very happy.
The sound on this Criterion blu-ray is also awesome! The audio is probably as impressive if not more so than the video. Tangerine Dream's atmospheric soundtrack has never sounded better. The dialog, the shootouts, the safe cracking sounds are all perfect.
I'm very happy with this purchase. This blu-ray is well worth the $25. I wish there were some other similar movies that were not really popular that would get this treatment. The extras were modest but nice. All the interviews are in HD and done recently. i really enjoyed watching them. Highly recommended!
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James Caan delivered a gripping and exquisite performance in the movie. Among the few movies that deserve immortality.Published 2 months ago by Regina Graves
This is a James Caan classic that is always worth seeing. Tuesday Weld is as good as she is capable but, Prosky steals a lot of scenes.
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This is an oldie but goodie, and undoubtedly one of James Caan's finest performances. Bank safes have become much more sophisticated since that time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex J
This is a fairly decent classic B movie without the condescending T&A. From the outset, it wants you to root for the 'bad guy' because he's just stealing from the uber wealthy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rob Wehrli
Michael Manns directorial review. Could already see his penchant for authenticity via mentoring his actors via gun slingers, real life theifs, cops and assorted gritty... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen W Austen
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