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4 Film Favorites: Dirty Harry [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: May 6 2014
  • ASIN: B00EKYDE9Q


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4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry Collection on Blu Ray Aug. 18 2013
By Steve Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
Dirty Harry Collection

The good news is that you get all 4 Dirty Harry films on Blu in one collection. Each film is on its own separate Blu Ray disc. The odd thing here, and the first I've ever seen for BluRay disc collections is that there are only two pages which hold the discs. Each page holds 2 discs, one on top of the other. I do not think that this will damage the discs in any way but I would certainly rather have had one page/holder for each disc.

Dirty Harry...
VIDEO..A far cry from the poor masters of this film on Standard Def yet the transcode to Blu Ray still has some video issues. While the color grading has increased color resolution considerably, they have also crushed the blacks a great deal so that details in the many dark and shadowy areas are almost completely lost. Skin tones do vary from normal and natural to, in a couple of scenes, almost orange. In the opening scene which is a wide angle shot including the ocean, the grain in the water is quite obvious with almost a flicker to it and there is one short shot of a car's grill where stair stepping is observed as well. The video quality really does vary as I observed a couple of shots with thread noise and also a dark blotch which was either on the camera lens or on whichever master they converted to blu ray from. Mbps rate appeared to average in the high teens/low twenties. Despite all this, this remains the best looking video of Dirty Harry that I've seen.

AUDIO...The lossless Dolby True HD 5.1 is the surprising star of this film on blu ray with some very nice panning between the front and rear stages as well as some discreet channeling across the front stage. Not much LFE use but it does provide some ambience for the gunshots. All dialogue was easy to understand and far more transparent than any lossy audio codec. There was no need to adjust volume levels once they were set.

Magnum Force
VIDEO...After viewing Magnum Force on Blu Ray, it occurred to me that this will be the best we ever see of this series of Dirty Harry movies. Magnum Force on Blu Ray is definitely greatly improved over its previous versions in Standard Definition, yet, it is not without its faults. Colors are natural and consistent throughout the film with normal appearing skin tones. There is a fine film grain for the length of the movie but no artifacts or real dirt that I could see. Contrast has been greatly improved and the entire image cleaned up as compared to SD releases, though small detailing in hair, leaves and such appear somewhat smooth. This also can be attributed to a soft camera focus which only sharpens when there are facial closeups where details and pores are easily defined. The best transfer of Magnum Force I've seen.

AUDIO.. Dolby True HD 5.1 is the lossless audio codec used again which will always be superior to a lossy codec. Early in the film the audio reminded me of the old movie newsreels shown in the old movie houses. It sounded a touch tinny and distant. This cleared up and the audio then sounded fine to me with clear and transparent dialogue. The surrounds are used here and there during most of the film with some nice panning between the stages and a few discreet foley fx. However, the last half hour really brings your surround system to life with plenty of rear to front & and front to rear audio panning and a ton of discreet directionality being sent to your surrounds of the bullets flying and cars racing by. It really makes a great quality difference. There is not a whole lot of work for your LFE channel other than to supply a little low end ambience.

Exttras...An excellent half hour documentary on the moraility of the Dirty Harry movies, as well as the typical commentary, trailers and a few other worthy extra documentaries. I believe I have seen all of them on previous releases but can't specify where. They might have been included on the extras disc of the 35 films, 35 years Clint Eastwood Collection which was so horribly made in terms of movie quality.
All in all, Magnum Force, as a film held up and retains its aging legs.

The Enforcer..
VIDEO...Generally, the Enforcer retains the same color grading, the same look as its two predecessors. The film grain is less noticeable and I saw no artifacts or aliasing anywhere. I also noticed an improved contrast that is better than the previous two films in the 4 film collection and significantly better than any Standard Def version.
Despite improved contrast, focus tends to be soft which is typical of film rather than the ultra sharp contrast of movies shot in video. Mbps rate seemed to average in the mid twenties and the overall transfer is not bad at all. About 20 minutes in, as the bad guys break into the warehouse, the film stalled for several seconds before picking up again. I went back to the same spot to repeat this issue and it did occur again. About 15 seconds of more or less, unimportant scene was missed.

AUDIO...Again the audio is a lossless Dolby True HD 5.1 audio and the levels are just fine with a nice spread across the front stage of its music score. While there is some panning between the front and rear stages, do not expect a whole lot nor should you expect much discreet directionality. There is some but not a lot.

Extras...More of the same older, but still quality documentaries regarding violence in movies, a very short doc on Eastwood being involved in the production and several trailers.

Sudden Impact
VIDEO...Probably the cleanest transfer of the four with only a mild film grain, barely noticeable. Colors appear richer and there are more details within the darker areas. Mbps rate appears to be the lowest, averaging in the mid teens. I saw no artifacts or aliasing anywhere and contrast really is quite good. The soft focus of the other films remains here but is in no way distracting, nor does it take away from the film. Overall a nice transfer
and definitely better than previous standard definition releases.

AUDIO..Lossless Dolby True HD holds some nice directionality for all the surrounds when needed. The quieter foley fx, especially on beach scenes are nicely discreet according to the assigned channels without being distracting from the center dialogue or action. The sub is asked to do some ambient work though not often. All audio levels are as they should be.
Extras...One commentary and another documentary on the evolution of the Dirty Harry films. Again, I have seen these before.

This 2013 collection release is undoubtably a double dip by the company to gain purchase from those who do not already have these movies on Blu Ray as individual discs. If you have them already on Blu Ray, then this collection is not for you but should you only have the films on Standard Definition discs or collections than go ahead and spring for it. The transfers are not perfect but there is a good enough amount of improvement between the SD releases and these to encourage your purchase.

All my reviews focus only upon the quality of a film's transfer to blu ray. I do hope this review has been of some help to you.
Thanks for reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars No Gray Line Oct. 18 2014
By gobirds2 - Published on Amazon.com
Times change and the world seems ever more gray where you can’t necessarily tell the good guys from the bad. DIRTY HARRY has stood the test of time and remains a classic film based on the mores of a modern society tempered with logical judgment of how to dispense justice to those unlawful individuals in that society. Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry is the personification of that tool of logical judgment much to the disdain of his superiors and to the legal system he works within. DIRTY HARRY and SUDDEN IMPACT are the two films that bring the motivations and morality of this character under close scrutiny as he comes full circle with a rather dichotomous approach to his job over the span of time of these two films. When I first saw SUDDEN IMPACT I thought Clint Eastwood had somehow sold out on the underlying essence of the character he had been portraying. He took the realistic base from the first three DIRTY HARRY films (DIRTY HARRY, MAGNUM FORCE and THE ENFORCER) and replaced it with some type of pseudo surrealistic parody that seemed so repulsive it bordered on bad taste to say the very least. However, after repeated viewing it started to grow on me and I actually wanted to watch it over and over. I couldn't get enough of it. It certainly was not the same Dirty Harry but it had a very blunt approach for dealing with crime and criminals. In the first three films the bureaucrats constantly accused Harry of crossing the line yet the audience knew Harry was right and the bureaucrats were just a bunch of crybaby liberals (at least that's what the directors wanted us to think). In SUDDEN IMPACT Clint Eastwood is at the helm. Eastwood proposes a question to the audience: You like crazy? Do you want to see crazy? I'm going to give you crazy. Film making is a business and like a good businessman Eastwood gives his audience what they want. Yet Eastwood is no fool. Without artistic merit this film would have been a failure. Eastwood is playing the auteur filmmaker here and he is very successful at it. This film is way ahead of its time. The fabric of a sane society is being pulled apart. Family values, if you like, are out the window. Eastwood collects the most vile, repugnant and repulsive villains for this film that literally defines the meaning of trailer trash. The Mafia hoodlums at the beginning of the film look like... choirboys compared to the bunch of wacko amusement park crazies he ends up exterminating by the film's end. If Eastwood had not directed this film with his offbeat humor and unconventional style, if he had played it as a straight drama, the critics would have screamed murder. SUDDEN IMPACT is a good film. It's a stand-alone modern day apocalyptic tale delivered for your approval by Dirty Harry. Looking at MAGNUM FORCE there is an attempt to justify the true motivations of the character but that film is not successful thematically and is rather heavy handed. THE ENFORCER's straight forward approach is more satisfying. If America ever had a blunt instrument, it certainly could be Harry Callahan. I can still remember Reni Santoni asking in the original DIRTY HARRY, "Why do they call you Dirty Harry?" Now we really know more than ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2014
By S. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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it's Clint way back when....what's not to like
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 30 2014
By trojanron - Published on Amazon.com
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very pleasant series
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent deal June 26 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Already had two of the movies in the package but this set was cheaper than buying the other two individually. The case all four movies comes in is not the best hard to get discs out of the case.

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