Judge David Johnson, DVD Verdict--From the MGM vault comes Report to the Commissioner, a 1975 cop flick starring Michael Moriarty (Law and Order) as Bo Lockley, a feathery, wide-eyed idealistic rookie who finds himself neck-deep in a tough precinct. He takes a load of crap from his fellow officers, as they hit him with the dreaded "H word": hippie.
Lockley struggles to ingratiate himself with the veteran cops--though making friends will prove to be the least of his problems. He gets pulled into an undercover drug sting, allured by the comely female officer, who's trying to take down a powerful drug-running gangster. The three players intersect when Lockley is discovered in the dealer's apartment and a shootout ensues, then an epic footrace and, finally, a standoff in a sweatbox elevator which consumes the final 30 minutes of the film.
For anyone interested in an old-school, hard-edged, politically incorrect police tale; Report to the Commissioner should do nicely. The cars are huge, the racial epithets flow freely, the soundtrack is groovy and the hair is bushy.
MGM's DVD is threadbare, but adequate in its technical merits: a solid 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo and no extras.
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