Dirty Harry Collection: Dirty Harry
A serial killer who calls himself Scorpio is blackmailing the city of San Francisco. If the mayor doesn’t pay a $100.000 ransom, he’ll continue killing innocent people. Harry Callahan from the murder brigade is put on the case but when the trap he sets out for Scorpio fails, the ransom is raised to $200.000 and if he doesn’t receive the money in time, a young girl will die.
Callahan gets ordered to deliver the money and follow Scorpio’s instructions, but Harry thinks differently. Instead, he goes out with backup of his partner and brings along a knife. Thanks to this, he manages to escape certain death and manages to capture Scorpio little later. Unfortunately, the Justice department decides to let Scorpio go due to the fact that all evidence was obtained illegally and now Scorpio is out for revenge.
Sound and Vision:
The image has been completely digitally remastered from the original negative and compression errors are completely absent. Also some color corrections have been done but overall the film still nicely displays the time period of the movie. There are hardly any damages visible on this blu-ray and we can only conclude by saying that this is the best transfer we’ve ever seen of Dirty Harry.
The sound originated from a mono track and has also been completely remastered. Additional effects have been added and overall this results in a very dynamic track that can stand next to many modern movies. Excellent job!
– Audio commentary track by Richard Schickel who’s written a biography on Clint Eastwood.
– Dirty Harry: The Original: a feature that covers the Dirt Harry phenomenon with interviews with cast & crew of the movies.
– Dirty Harry’s Way: A short promo from 1971
– The Long Shadow Of Dirty Harry: Similar feature as “The Original” but with more focus on the influence the movies had
– Clint Eastwood: The Man From Malpaso: feature from 1993 that covers Eastwood’s career up till then.
– Clint Eastwood: Out Of The Shadows: Another (newer and longer) feature on Eastwood’s career
– Interviews: interviews was cast & crew as well as admirers of the movie including Arnold Schwarzenegger
“I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”
With this quote Dirty Harry became an instant classic and four sequels followed, something that wasn’t so normal in the 70s.
This original movie is a bit dated by now and the acting of some of the cast clearly isn’t so great (especially Andrew Robinson as Scorpio is a bit of an idiot) but still it’s great to see Dirty Harry appear on this format and those with nostalgic feelings will no doubt love this blu-ray release. The rest of the world can also take a look at the Dirty Harry collection as it just shouldn’t miss in any movie lover’s collection.