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The Sting (Legacy Series Edition)


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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Writers: David S. Ward
  • Producers: David Brown, Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips, Richard D. Zanuck, Robert Crawford Jr.
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2005
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X766Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,096 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4 2004
Format: DVD
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 lackey of crime boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). After Hooker's partner in the crime is killed, Hooker vows revenge against Lonnegan and seeks Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), one of the best cons in the game to help in the big Sting. Hooker would love to do more than just hit Lonnegan for a lot of money, but "doesn't know enough about killin' to kill him."
It's not easy separating a crime boss from his money, especially when he owns half the politicians and police. They have to take him without him even knowing he was taken. What follows is an exciting deception, carried out with professionalism and ingenuity.
I don't think the chemistry between Newman and Redford is quite as good as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but it's still pretty darn good. Lines like this:
Redford (first seeing his arch-enemy): "He's not as tough as he thinks."
Newman: "Neither are we"
The story is classic. You don't exactly know who's who, and you wonder how they're going to pull it off in the end. Scott Joplin's ragtime music, although somewhat anachronistic, is effective at keeping the movie somewhat lighthearted. There are a couple of instances of swearing and a stripper with pasties on, which gives it a PG rating.
The reason for four stars is the fact that the DVD has NO EXTRAS, and the only option is the full screen version, no widescreen. A movie as good as this deserves better, which is unfortunate.
Overall, this is a great movie with great cinematography (transition wipe effects and some tracking shots) and phenomenal acting. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on March 5 2004
Format: DVD
The year is 1936, and while generally there's a depression on, small-time Joliet grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and his pals Luther Coleman and Joe Erie (Robert Earl Jones and Jack Kehoe) have just hit the big one, taking over $10,000 from a mark in a routine street con. What they don't know, unfortunately, is that their mark is actually a runner for the Illinois operation of New York banker-turned-mob boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), who loses no time sending a pair of killers after them, commenting dryly that "you can't encourage this kind of thing ... ya' folla'?" Hours later, Luther is found dead below his living room window. Shocked and angry, Johnny and Joe nevertheless know they have to beat it, and quickly. Johnny decides to go to Chicago, to look up Luther's old friend Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), whom Luther has described as a true big-timer. He is less than impressed, however, when he finds Gondorff sleeping off the previous night's booze, actually lying in a corner *beside* his bed. His impression only changes after they have started to talk (and not before he has given him a good drenching in the bath tub to sober him up) and Hooker begins to get an inkling that this guy Gondorff actually does know what he's talking about.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 31 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

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)

AUDIO:

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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