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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every one a gem
I understand many people dislike sequels and that most people put too high of expectations on sequels but I am quite sick of all of the 'wannabe' critics that say, Oh, the first was the best, the rest sucked...that is "the thing to say" I guess if you THINK youre a film fan and follow blindly behind the other sheep bleating just because the other sheep are. Now,...
Published on July 7 2004 by Lotus Scrum

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good looking Dirty collection
The November 2001 'Collection' release should please Dirty Harry
die-hards a great deal. Look up the individual titles for more detailed comments from me.
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DIRTY HARRY (1971) 4- Stars
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A very well made genre film that holds up very well and remains
a pretty violent and gritty film. Directed by Don Siegel and...
Published on Dec 5 2001 by Christopher J. Jarmick


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every one a gem, July 7 2004
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Lotus Scrum (Phoenix, Az United States) - See all my reviews
I understand many people dislike sequels and that most people put too high of expectations on sequels but I am quite sick of all of the 'wannabe' critics that say, Oh, the first was the best, the rest sucked...that is "the thing to say" I guess if you THINK youre a film fan and follow blindly behind the other sheep bleating just because the other sheep are. Now, everyone has the right to like or dislike a film but if you liked the first film you generally like the sequels. Each film to me is a continuation. If you don't like em, fine, move on. However I find EVERY film presented here a gem. Each film presented here did fairly well at the box office. The point is, these were supposed to be like the bond films but Eastwood decided enough was enough. Some say, awwww, its his worst after the westerns....cmon, hes not gonna do westerns forever!!! ridiculous! The films here are gritty and VERY 70s/80s so newcomers won't find much to relate to here but anyone who is a 70s or 80s child will enjoy these films. Its NOT NYPD Blue, Nor is it Lethal Weapon or any other cop drama. These are films that were VERY revolutionary back in their day and made Eastwood a star, it wasnt his "Man with no name" trilogy that did it, even though they were amazing and got the ball rolling for him. It was these films right here that gave him his trademark saying "go ahead, make my day!". If your a fan of Harry you must own this set, otherwise move off to the pasture and bleat and chew grass like all of the other sheep.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good looking Dirty collection, Dec 5 2001
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Christopher J. Jarmick "Word Lover" (Seattle, Wa. USA) - See all my reviews
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The November 2001 'Collection' release should please Dirty Harry
die-hards a great deal. Look up the individual titles for more detailed comments from me.
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DIRTY HARRY (1971) 4- Stars
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A very well made genre film that holds up very well and remains
a pretty violent and gritty film. Directed by Don Siegel and featuring one of Eastwoods finest and most charismatic performances, this is the one that set into stone one of the most enduring formulas for action films. A formula still in use today.
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Magnum Force (1973) 3 1/2 stars
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the first Harry sequel is a film for action movie and or Eastwood junkies to appreciate. It softens Dirty Harry's character however and actually makes more political type statements than Dirty Harry does. It's not a great genre film but it mostly holds up pretty well and is entertaining.
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THE ENFORCER (1976) 2 1/2 stars
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The Enforcer really changed Harry Callahan's character. On one hand he's a bad-(...) quick with the quips kind of a guy... but he's really quite a softie. The film turns Harry into a kind of fish out of water dinosaur. When it was made, that variation on the Action film hero wasn't as cliché'd as it is now, but it still feels forced and insincere. It's watch-able but don't have high expectations for this one. Lalo Schiffrin didn't do the score for this one unfortunately and he's missed. This is also John (one year younger brother of Robert) Mitchum's last Harry film (he played Detective
'Fatso' DiGeorgio in the first three Harry's). * * * *
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SUDDEN IMPACT (1983) 3 1/2 stars
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This is probably the best Harry sequel, and though it doesn't quite offer as much visceral fun as the other Harry's it's one to catch if you're an Eastwood/Harry fan. This is the only Dirty Harry that Eastwood directed.
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DEAD POOL (1988) 2 stars
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Dead Pool undoubtedly looked great on paper for several reasons. Unfortunately it plays out like
A very desperate, tired film with ideas that are more silly than clever.

DVD STUFF
Nearly all of the films in the Dirty Harry Collection of DVD's are presented in Anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen The exception would be The Dead Pool (1.85:1). The original Dirty Harry is not a re-release of the original DVD from a couple of years ago. This time out a sterling print was found and restored and digitally transferred. The original Dirty Harry has never looked better.
Most of these 5 Dirty Harry films are presented at their best with colors vibrant, black levels strong and few technical problems present. Sudden Impact's quality is slightly less and there's a couple of moments where print damage glitches are very noticeable. Minor stuff over-all thankfully. The Enforcer and Dead Pool are the two films that are not Dual Layered, but in the case of The Enforcer that doesn't seem to affect the quality at all. Dead Pool's presentation is a few links down the chain from the others. It's the newest film but has the most flaws visible. It's a little less crisp and sharp than even the original Dirty Harry and has more print damage visible than the others.

All of the films have been given a complete audio over-haul and the engineers have done a superb job on all the films. The older films in particular have been improved a great deal with a very well done sound re-design. I suspect some re-recording of some foley type effects took place because some of the sound effects sound utterly free from distortion which you would expect to crop up in loud sound effects from 30 years ago. All of the films have a Dolby 5.1. track that has been masterfully presented. Dialogue is easy to hear, and the sound effects
And music effectively use the surround capabilities of all the speakers without over-doing it .
DVD EXTRAS:
Dirty Harry has by far the most extras of any DVD in this series. I have reviewed Dirty Harry Separately but a heres a quick run-down of its extras: * * * *
This new Dirty Harry release boasts several features including the all new 30th anniversary Documentary Dirty Harry:The Original. A 29 minute puff piece celebration of all things Harry Callahan that Dirty Harry fans will enjoy. Not a hint of controversy is mentioned and not a discourage word is uttered. Those interviewed recently for the documentary include: Clint Eastwood, Andy Robinson,John Milius, Evan Kim, Hal Holbrook, Patty Clarkson and Harry fan: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Robert Urich (who was in Magnum Force - Dirty Harry 2) hosts the puff piece as he visits the sites of several of the films' original locations. Lots of clips from the Harry films are included. You also get a separate Interview Gallery which shows slightly longer and sometimes different interview sound bites of all of the above participants.
The original promo piece from 1971 is under 7 minutes, called Dirty Harry's Way and is fun to watch containing a few Behind the scenes shots and glimpses of Siegel and company at work making the movie.
Magnum Force gets the 8 minute featurette entitled The Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today and was made as part of the promotional campaign for film in 1973. It has some behind the scene snippets of Ted Post directing Eastwood. The original trailer is not in very good shape on this one.
The Enforcer gets a short featurette used as publicity in 1976 that looks at the celebrity of Eastwood and of Dirty Harry. A few shots from behind the scenes are included.
Sudden Impact and Dead Pool are nearly bare bones with a couple of production notes, memorable lines, list of cast and main crew and their original theatrical trailers included on the DVD.
There's nothing of any real substance to any of these extras, but if you're a fan of any of the films you'll enjoy what there is of them.
BOTTOM LINE:
If you're big fan of all things Dirty Harry you take the plunge and buy the boxed set of all 5 films. It will really 'make your day' but be careful or they might 'blow your head clean off."
Christopher Jarmick, is the author of The Glass Cocoon with Serena F. Holder (...).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty harry, Aug. 14 2013
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Again with the ....I bought ti for my hubby .....he loves anything Clint Eastwood has made or stared in. ,
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Kinds Of Awesome, Feb. 4 2012
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Gotta love these movies. Classic action/cop flicks that are well with the price. This is a great collection and fun to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry, Jan. 30 2012
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Rajan "simple learn" (Saskatoon,Sk.,Canada) - See all my reviews
I received the DVD as promissed. I was able to order it on line and receive it without any hassle and delivered to my door step. It was a pleasure watching this old time DVDs' and this brought back old time great movies to life at a reasonable price.
Thank you
From Saskatoon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Series! Poor DVD Extra Features., Nov. 19 2001
Dirty Harry is without a doubt one the most famous characters ever to be portrayed by Clint Eastwood. It was almost like seeing the man with no name being given a badge in modern times. The first film is arguably the best, for a great deal of reasons. First you have a great villain: Scorpio..completely off his rocker, who's vile and deadly..somebody you want Harry to show no mercy to. Plus this is the only film that ever gives any real insight to who Harry is and why he's become this sort of rogue cop with a vengeance. One of my favorite scenes is when he's talking to his dead partner's wife as he reveals a bit of himself to her. It's a poignant moment we never really ever see again in the Harry character. But the movie succeeds in keeping our eyes glued to the picture because we want Harry to track down Scorpio and save the girl he's kidnapped just as much as Harry does! The final scenerio on a bus is very good. A modern day classic at its best!
The other Dirty Harry movies are not as clever as the first film, and by saying that I mean that they're still good movies, but the 1st film is more superior. "Magnum Force" deals with the story of cops who take the law into their own hands (including a young Robert Urich), going a step beyond what even Harry does, thinking he'll join them. "The Enforcer" give a unique twist of pairing Harry with a female partner, played well by Tyne Daly (which is why I think she later ended up on the TV series "Cagney & Lacey"). My personal favorite of the Harry films next to the original has got to be "Sudden Impact", which was also directed by Clint Eastwood. It includes his all time best Dirty Harry line and has a great finale at an amusement park. "The Dead Pool" ends the series with some great wit and action, including a unique car chase with a little remote control car. Add Jim Carrey as a doped up out of his mind rock muscician (using Guns 'N' Roses Welcome To The Jungle as his own song) and what more could you ask for?
As great as the movies are I was very disappointed in the slim pickens as far as extra features on the DVDs are concerned. "Dirty Harry" contains a new retrospective documentary, that is pretty good. But why didn't Warner Brothers opt to include the documentary that was included on the Laserdisc Box Set, entitled: "Eastwood: The Man From Malpaso"? Magnum Force & The Enforcer also contain short "Making Of" featurettes that aren't bad. All the other films only contain a trailer. Which means, perhaps some time down the road another box set will be released, filled to the teeth with extras (anybody remember the Die Hard trilogy?). But for people like me who have been waiting and waiting and waiting for all 5 Harry films to become available, as well as to be put together in a nice Box Set, the time to buy is now. I've never even seen any of the films in the Widescreen format (2.35:1), so now I finally can. So make your day or somebody's day and pick up the Dirty Harry Collection DVD Box Set! You'll be glad you did.
"Go ahead...make my day" - Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first two are great, the rest o.k.!!, Feb. 2 2004
The five "Dirty Harry" films were a great vehicle for Clint Eastwood, The 1971 Original was definately ahead of its time as Harry Callahan tracks & tries to stop a sniper who is demanding money from the City of San Francisco, some of the city's best shots are in this movie, Eastwood's portrayal of a no-nonsense cop who gets no more than 4 amendments wrong as he catches & stops the sniper & then is questioned for his tactics is as real as it gets, & really makes you question the justice system & its treatment of criminals, this is in all fairness the film that paved the way for many cop shows that followed such as "Kojak" & "Starsky & Hutch" as well as films such as "Lethal Weapon", the second film>> "Magnum Force" continues Harry's one-liners & no-nonsense approach to crime, as he investigates several murders invoving many crime lords, only to discover that vigilante cops are doing the killings, & at one point try to seduce him into joining their cause as they talk about the ineffectiveness of the judicial system & that he of all people should understand their cause, echoing his feelings in the first film about criminals, like the first film, some of San Francisco's best shots are here, the third film>>> "The Enforcer" is where this series starts to lose its appeal as Harry is assigned to stop a biker gang who have kidnapped the Mayor for ransom, this one is slow & by the time the end comes, you have lost interest, the fourth film>>> "Sudden Impact" doesn't feel like a Dirty Harry film at all, this one has Eastwood's then girlfriend Sandra Locke as a vengeful woman hell bent on killing the men who gang-raped her, & succeeds up till the last one, who outsmarts her & is saved by Harry, only the last 10 minutes are good as Harry finishes off the last rapist & Locke's speech about vigilante justice & how rape victims are often ignored by the justice system, the fifth film>>>> "The Dead Pool" does get back to the elements of the first two, with some of the city's best shots, especially a neat chase scene throughout the streets of the city, that I don't think have been duplicated since, & this time Harry is chasing a killer who is knocking off famous people, Liam Neeson(Star Wars Ep I) is here in one of his first movie roles who is a filmaker who may or may not be the killer, as is Jim Carrey as a drugged-out, burnt out b-movie star who falls victim, there are also many un-related attempted murders on Callahan, as he not only has to find the killer, but foil hired killers of a crime boss he put away, how he stops their assaults are funny when he visits the crime boss himself in prison, this one definately brought back the glory of the first two!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Messiahwood is Dirty Harry, Jan. 31 2003
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Timotee (Torrance, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This collection is too godlike.
"Dirty Harry" - Clint Eastwood plays Inspector Harry Callahan who has just been brought in to find a maniacal psycho who is playing as a sniper in San Francisco. Dirty Harry gets all of the dirty jobs and demolishes everything. He even took care of a group of bank robbers while eating a hot dog... He punched out a suicidal man ready to jump off of a building... He then took care of the psycho. "I have the right... to a lawyer!" the weird man screamed. The most powerful handgun in the world, yes. That psycho deserved what was coming to him after taking a school bus hostage... Harry must've made that guy fly ten feet in the air off of that little pier...
"Magnum Force" - A group of vigilantes are cleaning up the streets the old fashioned way, above the law. Well, nobody is above the law except for Dirty Harry. Silly partners always get it. Those rookie cops sure can shoot. "Harry, you shot a good guy... An ok sequel with Clint Eastwood taking care of business once again.
"The Enforcer" - Harry is assigned with his first woman partner. This time a group of protesters who do dastly deeds are threatening the mayor and only he, the Messiah, Dirty Harry can take care of them... The movie is slow and it builds up to a huge climax on Alcatraz Island. A rocket launcher was the perfect choice to take out the main rebel, but poor partner got it once again. Will they ever learn that Lordage doesn't need any partners?
"Sudden Impact" - Grisly murders are taking place all done by the same killer. A woman who is looking for justice takes the law into her own hands. "Go ahead and make my day." Dirty Harry takes care of plenty of garbage in this movie. Watch the end where he comes back to the ferris wheel and then the guy falls onto a unicorn... Ok, but why did Harry let the woman go? Bad Harry.
"The Dead Pool" - Probably the funniest and best movie since the first. Harry investigates murders that are happening on a movie set. A little remote controlled car chases Harry down the streets of San Francisco and Harry spears the bad guy at the end, literally. "Welcome to the jungle!"... If you don't buy this, then you are pure mortal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend, Jan. 29 2007
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Eric Simard "The welder bear" (Montreal,Qc) - See all my reviews
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Those movies are real classics. Dirty Harry is the father of this kind of cop movies. The Hero is logic, intelligent and merciless with his 44 magnum, and what about those humorous replies? Those are excellent movies to watch, always with a good plot. A must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Like Clint . Do Not Over-Analyze. His Best Movie, Feb. 21 2004
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Clint has had a long career starting off as a lifeguard and then getting his first break in TV as Rowdy, then moving to Italy where he made his early signature westerns, i.e.: the strong silent type know for violence. Next came a series of - I am being nice - disjointed movies. Then he broke out with the Dirty Harry series in 1971 - making his permanent mark in cinema history.
Clint Eastwood has now made a lot of movies, been married a twice, has fathered many children, made a lot of money, directed many movies, and has had a lot of box office success - by any measure.
His trademark in the movies was to move quickly and efficiently, brevity in making movies being a basic tenant. The movies are big theater draws and cost efficient. He is not known for a lot of self analysis and retrospection. This comes through loud and clear in Dirty Harry. I have seen almost every one of Clint's movies - I have lost track but it is over 50 - and I think this movie - the first in this series was his high water mark.
If you happen to be a person living in isolation and have never seen the movie, sure run out and see it or buy the DVD. For the rest of us this DVD is a must for every collection.
Jack in Toronto
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