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The Sting (Legacy Series Edition)

Paul Newman , Robert Redford , George Roy Hill    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set in 1936, the movie's about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It's an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyonesque villain, The Sting is further blessed by a host of great supporting players including Dana Elcar, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, and Harold Gould. Thanks to the flavorful music score by Marvin Hamlisch, this was also the movie that sparked a nationwide revival of Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz, which is featured prominently on the soundtrack. One of the most entertaining movies of the early 1970s, The Sting is a welcome throwback to Hollywood's golden age of the '30s that hasn't lost any of its popular charm. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever twists Jan. 31 2014
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I enjoyed this movie very much & am pleased to have it as part of my DVD library.
Paul Newman & Robert Redford make a great team.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un classique March 1 2013
By Wigmund
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Ce film de gangster et de petits escrocs est une pure merveille. Il fait partie des films à voir au moins une fois dans sa vie. Distribution extraordinaire, humour, drame, rebondissements, il y a de tout dans ce film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shortest review April 16 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great actors, great script, great plot, one of the top 25 movies of American cinema. A classic story that should satisfy all!
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let me preface this particular review with this statement, generally i do not like older movies. now there are some exceptions, but generally i don't like them. i cannot quite nail down one reason, but just know that it holds true for the most part...
with that being said, this movie is absolutely incredible. this movie goes through a variety of emotions. mostly it is a fun movie, but it does have other emotions to traverse through. the plot of this movie follows robert redford (as a small-time grifter) as he sets up a con on a big-time ganster after that man had his mentor killed.
the plot sounds simple enough, but the con is not. redford meets up with paul newman's character and the two begin the setitng up the sting. they bring in many other great supporting characters to help with the con. many twists later the movie ends on a high note (but i don't want to give it away for those who haven't seen it).
redford and newman are wonderful in this movie. they have a great chemistry and show their acting chops in this film. without their performances this movie would not be as good as it is.
i highly recommend this film to anyone who likes a good movie about two unlikely heros. also recommend, poolhall junkies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for "Four Jacks" Feb. 19 2004
I find myself saying this about a lot of movies recently, but this is indeed one of my favorite movies. Teaming up for a second movie, Robert Redford and Paul Newman put on a great show as co-artists, who are after a "mark." Nearly every part of this movie is enjoyable to watch over and over, and it includes one of the best card (poker) scenes in all of Hollywood. "Four Jacks!" Aside from Newman and Redford, there is an all-star cast in this movie. Truly a must get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We "gotcha" but you don't know it! Sept. 9 2003
The most successful "sting" occurs when a victim never realizes that she or he has been "stung." In this Academy Award winning best film, that would be Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), a mobster/gambler in Chicago in the 1930s who is bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) and his associates who include Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford). Credit George Roy Hill with brilliant direction of an especially talented cast. The musical score is eminently appropriate, devised by Marvin Hamlisch based on the works of Scott Joplin. A great deal of real or apparent blood is shed as elaborate preparations for the sting are completed. Most of the characters are not who and what they seem. We know what Gondorff and Newman are up to, of course, which adds to the fun. But there is a twist near the end of the film which fooled me. The narrative is seamless. The pace is expeditious but unhurried. In all respects, this is a thoroughly entertaining film but also one which at least suggests some darker regions of human nature. Those who enjoy it may wish to check out The Grifters (1990) which also has a bittersweet flavor at times. For broader humor, I suggest Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988).
NOTE: My comments are limited entirely to the film itself. Although the image and sound are clearer than in the VHS format, the supplementary features are unworthy of this Academy Award winning best film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant evening's entertainment
The Sting is still as much fun as the first time, even after all these years. Like Butch and Sundance, the relationship between Redford and Newman is the centre of the film. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2012 by PD Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is Sweet!
The acting is perfect; the tensions are not too hard to bear; the surprises are really surprises and the good (the little guys)guys win! Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2009 by Kenneth Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels a bit dated now but still a classic
I remember this movie as a kid, and even then loving the music, and thinking that Newman and Redford were the coolest guys out, even though I didn't really get the plot. Read more
Published on June 23 2009 by Neil Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars To pull off the "BIG CON," all you need is some...CONfidence!!

"You're right...[The con game] is not enough. But it's close!"

The above is what one of the con artists (or CONfidence game artists) says at the end of... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2008 by Stephen Pletko
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop whining about "full screen"!
Please stop whining about this DVD's aspect ratio. It's not "full-screen." It's widescreen with the original top and bottom sections restored. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2004 by Ander
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE REALLY STINGS!
"The Sting" is a classic throwback to Hollywood's golden age: a fish out of water tale about a couple of con artists (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) who seemingly meet their match... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Nix Pix
4.0 out of 5 stars Redford and Newman at it again
I just rented this DVD and watched the whole thing, but I've seen this movie several times before.
Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) is a con artist who unknowingly swindles a... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen?
I love the film, but why is this not available in Widescreen on DVD? There's been a Widescreen VHS, and I've seen it in Widescreen on Turner Classic Movies. Read more
Published on May 30 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Full Screen Lobotomy Of 5-Star Film
The great reviews of the theatrical experience of this film are true. So where is the W I D E S C R E E N version ?
Published on May 22 2004
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