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A family-man safecracker wants to quit; mobsters say no.
Thief's dark noir spaces are tinged with the neon palette that has become the trademark of director Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat). This was his first theatrical film, and all the elements that characterize his later style (and this is a very stylistic film) are dominant. Equal parts grit and glamour, the story is simple. Frank (James Caan) is a lone-wolf jewel thief who was, in his words, brought up "by the state." In prison he was apprenticed to a master thief, played by Willie Nelson. When Frank's successful career comes to the attention of an avuncular syndicate boss (Robert Prosky), Frank is offered (and accepts against his better judgment) a deal that should allow him to retire and enjoy the family life he covets. But the deal sours, and Frank is left to decide what his nature truly is, lone wolf or family man. Thief melds its jazzy visual style with heightened realism: the jewel thief's tools of the trade are authentic, up to the 8,000 degree thermal lance used to cut through a nearly impregnable safe. Some of the bit parts are played by real-life, highly successful jewel thieves, who acted as consultants. And their presence informs the superb dialogue, as every word rings true. In one long, engrossing scene, James Caan gradually persuades the woman he wants to start a family with (Tuesday Weld in one of her most affecting performances) that they should be together. The film was photographed beautifully by Donald Thorin and further emboldened by the driving rhythms of Tangerine Dream. The DVD contains a very funny commentary track by the director and James Caan. --Jim Gay
- Deleted scenes
- Exhilerating Footage not shown in theatres
- 8-Page Collectible Booklet
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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!
Classic Michael Mann cinematography and music. It's all there. Dark and deep. James Caan is excellent in this, likely his best character.
The supporting cast was great. The scene locations, dialogue and all that makes a movie entertaining is all there. But this movie is not quit perfect.
. I am confident it will be high standard as well. Thief has all trade marks , that are very noticeable in his later films , one that comes to mind is " Collateral " . There are generous amounts of extras including a interview ,with man himself Micheal Mann. I sadden though of no homage to the late Dennis Farina, to my knowledge Thief was his first appearance. Lets hope " Criterion will release more unique films , in the duel format.
Thank You , Everyone .