The Sting arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. I skipped the standard DVD edition of this great movie because the video was pretty bad. Now jumping directly to blu ray and with Universal 100th Anniversary edition, the video is only slightly improved. Focus is not always sharp. There is a soft feeling to the video. Colours are very well done. Earth tones are strong in the opening sequences, and once the story shifts to Chicago, primary colours are used more and standout, as seen in the bright reds and yellows of the arcade to Newman's sparkling blue eyes. Film grain is evident, but looks unnatural in some places. Unlike previous disasters, like the Predtaors (blu ray), Universal’s notorious DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) is not excessive in this transfer. (3/5)
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is wonderful. Based on Scott Joplin's music, Oscar-winner the late Marvin Hamlisch's arrangement fills the surrounds as the opening credits run at the start of the film. The piano rings out with great clarity and the subwoofer augments the metered thump of the drums. This is a very enjoyable soundtrack. (4.5/5)
The Sting won 7 Academy Awards in 1974:
01 Best Picture
02 Best Director: George Roy Hill
03 Best Art Direction
04 Best Costume Design: Edith Head
05 Best Film Editing: William Reynolds
06 Best Original Score: Marvin Hamlisch
07 Best Screenplay: David Ward
The Sting was nominated for the following Oscars:
01 Best Actor in a Leading Role: Robert Redford
02 Best Cinematography: Robert Surtee
03 Best Sound
The Sting reunited director George Roy Hill and actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who first found success together in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (movie: 5/5)
It has an estimated budget of $5.5 million, but grossed $156 million…a huge amount by today’s standard.
Robert Redford's character (Johnny Hooker) is supposedly named after blues legend John Lee Hooker.
Robert Shaw injured his knee and incorporated the resulting limp into his performance. According to "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" by Julia Phillips, Shaw split all the ligaments in his knee after slipping on a wet handball court at the Beverly Hills Hotel a week before filming started. He had to wear a leg brace during production which was kept hidden under the wide 1930s style trousers he wore.
Technical advisor John Scarne doubled for Paul Newman's hands in the film. It was he who did all of the card manipulations and deck switching in the film. It would have taken a long time for someone to be able to master all of the card routines shown. In the film, we see Scarne's hands disappear off screen; a clever invisible cut hides the switch; Newman's hands return, and the camera pans up to his face.
Did you know that the gin that Paul Newman uses in the train scenes is Gordon's Gin, the same gin that Humphrey Bogart drinks on The African Queen?
My copy of The Sting blu ray is only $9.99! This set has the standard DVD, plus Digital Copy. A great value! If you want the blu ray book set (only mentioned as blu ray, and not a blu ray book (like Jaws) by Amazon.ca, but I noticed that from the pictures of the set), it costs much more at $35.99!
This 5-star movie with two Hollywood legends hits Blu-ray with above average but slightly underwhelming video and audio presentations. But the music is still brilliant. The film is such a perfectly crafted bit of Hollywood magic, that I still will whole-heartedly give my high recommendation…especially for only $9.99! As people say in the Con World, it is a steal! Buy it now before the price goes up.
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