The Blu-Ray media has seen a true
revolution of older movies being converted to this technological
impressive format that not only features improved picture quality
but also crisp audio.
The Dirty Harry series that stars Clint
Eastwood was a true 70's phenomena as our rough and sometimes
stereotyped actor played "Dirty" Harry Callaghan, a police officer
who would go above and beyond to get the job done and having a
Magnum .45 at your side generally pushed the odds towards you.
Magnum Force, although one of the
longer Dirty Harry movies is easily one of the best in the series
and story wise, Callaghan is investigating the unprovoked murders of
criminals, only to discover that these hits are being organized by
an underground vigilante group of police officers who have taken the
law into their own hands.
For Callaghan, this method of "justice"
does not sit with his moralistic beliefs and in classic Eastwood
style, he uncovers this heinous act with some great, albeit
two-dimensional acting from our star.
Video wise, the entire movie has been re-mastered and at certain
points in the film, it seems like it was only filmed yesterday with
exceptionally clear images, vibrant colours and good black levels.
Needless to say, it's quite impressive
how the video quality has been improved for a film that is over 35
years old. The Blu-Ray soundtrack also adds to the ambience of the
movie that contains crystal clear sounds which sounds phenomenal
through our surround sound setup. This is as close as to seeing the
movie the first time at the cinemas and Warner Bros have
successfully transformed and modernized this experience on Blu-Ray.
For those wanting extras, Magnum Force has an interesting commentary
by the screenwriter, John Milius who gives a true insight into the
characters, filming and franchise. Match that with a documentary
regarding the politics in Dirty Harry plus a variety of interviews
with the stars plus some original trailers and this nicely rounds
out this Blu-Ray disc.
The best aspect of Magnum Force is that
for a movie that is over 35 years old, it has dated quite well and
can still be watched by fans of the original film and even a new
audience who has yet to have experienced the "Dirty" Harry
Commentary by Screenwriter John Milius
- A Moral
Right: The Politics of Dirty Harry - new
Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today - vintage
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