Dirty Harry on DVD
Clint Makes our Day
Clint Eastwood hung up his spurs temporarily to take his strong and quiet
man character to the streets of San Francisco in this first of his Dirty
Eastwood plays Harry Callahan, a cop who does things his own way much
to the chagrin of those he busts and the cops with whom he serves. This
mission sees him going after Scorpio, a sniper who has already killed
multiple victims and is holding the city hostage by threatening to continue
his killing spree.
Harry's going to get Scorpio, and to hell with the bureaucrats and the
Eastwood has built a career out of creating such characters, and in fact
the success of Dirty Harry spawned numerous sequels (all of which, with
the original, are available in a boxed set).
Warners has done a really good job on the DVD release of Harry. The picture,
which is anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compatible), was created from
a new digital transfer and though the source material appears a tad dated
for the most part the video quality is very good indeed. The audio has
been remised to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and while it isn't as good
as the video it's fine considering the analog source material.
And Harry/Eastwood fans will love the extras. First, there's a full length
retrospective documentary "Dirty Harry: The Original" which includes cast
and crew reminiscences as well as tributes from people for whom Dirty
Harry and Clint Eastwood were major inspirations (Arnold Schwarzenegger,
There's also a behind the scenes documentary from 1971, the year of the
film's original release, and it's pretty good too, though not as good
as the main documentary.
Also included is an interview gallery, which collects and expands upon
the interviews used in the main documentary, production notes, and the
The extras actually cover more than just this first movie, which makes
us wonder what's left to include as extras on the other Dirty Harry movies.
We're sure they'll think of something
Dirty Harry is an important movie for Clint Eastwood's career, and it
still works today. In fact, in this politically correct age, it works
even better than it did originally.
Dirty Harry, from Warner Home Video
102 min. anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Digital
Starring Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, Andy Robinson,
John Larch, and John Vernon
Written by Harry Julian Fink & R.M. Fink and Dean Riesner
Produced and Directed by Don Siegel.
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