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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sting (blu ray)…a five star movie with underwhelming video and audio, but for $10, it is a steal!
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...
Published 15 months ago by Dr. Joseph Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings....
"The Sting" is set in Chicago during the 1930's. Johnny Hooker(Robert Redford)and Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman)are a couple of con artists, that team up to gain revenge on mob boss Daniel Lonogan ( Robert Shaw), when a mutual friend of theirs is killed.
"The Sting" is perhaps the best con artist film ever made. Robert Redford and Paul Newman team up...
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by Mitch Weaver
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feels a bit dated now but still a classic,
This review is from: The Sting (Legacy Series Edition) (DVD)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. It's a great movie and Redford and Newman are fantastic, and the music will stay in your head for days. It's probably just me though sometimes it felt a little bit dated, and I must say this edition is pretty overpriced, the bonus material just really isn't that riveting.
5.0 out of 5 stars To pull off the "BIG CON," all you need is some...CONfidence!!,
This review is from: The Sting (Legacy Series Edition) (DVD)XXXXX
"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 this fantastically entertaining movie.
This is a caper film set in late 1936. It revolves around a complicated but interesting plot by two professional con artists (played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to swindle a mob boss (played by Robert Shaw). The actual genesis of the idea behind this movie's plot is really unknown but rumour has it that it was inspired by some real-life con games.
The expression "the sting" refers to the moment a con artist finishes the "play" (the mechanics of the con game) and takes the "mark's" (the one being swindled or conned) money. (Today this expression is mainly used in the context of a law enforcement sting operation.)
If the con game is successful, the mark does not realize that he or she has been "taken" (cheated), at least not until the con artists are long gone.
This movie goes out of its way to make you feel like you're watching a 1930's film. Here are four reasons why:
(1) During the opening credits, the viewer is shown the main actors (there are eleven) with extracts from the actual movie. This is a style reminiscent of films from the early to mid 1930s.
(2) This movie is divided into distinct sections or parts with old fashioned title cards that has lettering and illustrations.
(3) The costumes that the actors wear. All are 1930's style.
(4) This movie's musical score especially its main theme melody "The Entertainer", a piano ragtime composition by American composer Scott Joplin (1867 to 1917). This music in turn encouraged a surge of popularity and critical acclaim (and deservedly so!!) for Joplin's music. (Ragtime is an originally American genre which had its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918. It predated jazz which began in America roughly around 1915.)
I said in (2) above that this movie is divided into title card sections. The titles on these cards are the preliminary work that has to be done in order to make the actual sting successful. Here are the actual titles:
(1) The Set-Up (24 minutes into the movie). That is, this is the actual set-up for the sting.
(2) The Hook (40 minutes)
(3) The Tale (1 hour, 7 minutes)
(4) The Wire (1 hr, 23 min). The "wire" is an off-track horse race betting scam.
(5) The Shut-Out (1 hr, 33 min). Here, the horse race bettor is unable (that is, is "shut-out") to make his bet.
(6) The Sting (1 hr, 52 min). See above for explanation of this term.
The acting by all is excellent. In fact, Robert Redford was nominated for an Academy Award. However, personally I have to give kudos to Robert Shaw for his fantastic portrayal of a person you want to see swindled.
This movie won 7 Academy Award including Best Picture.
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released Sept. 2005) is perfect in picture and sound quality. It has some interesting extras.
In conclusion, you deserve to see for yourself how the Big Con is performed!! (Note that this review is not attempting to con you into seeing this movie.)
(1973; 2 hr, 9 min; wide screen; 16 scenes; 2 discs)
<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop whining about "full screen"!,
According to film historian David P. Hayes, THE STING was filmed in 4:3 (equivalent to "full-screen") ratio because director George Roy Hill wanted it to look like an old movie. The studio (and/or the exhibitors) apparently had second thoughts about it, though, so theatrically-released prints had the top and bottom sections blocked ("matted") to fit the widescreen format.
What you see on this DVD is not "pan and scan" (with missing left and right content), but the original format with the top and bottom restored.
1.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen?,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full Screen Lobotomy Of 5-Star Film,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen or not Widescreen, that is the question,
Here's the solution. Universal should re-release the DVD in both versions on one disk or in a two-disk set. We see this happening for all kinds of films, and it is something that can not only make everyone happy, but will allow everyone to make a direct comparison.
5.0 out of 5 stars great old movie,
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lousy transfer.,
1.0 out of 5 stars Concerning the aspect ratio,
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Explain?,
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