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Dirty Harry Collection Blu-ray

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Dirty Harry / Magnum Force / The Enforcer / Sudden Impact / The Dead Pool Warner Bros. | 1971-1988 | 5 Movies | 530 min | Rated R | Feb 16, 2010

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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: see individual releases

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English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital 2.0
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Dirty Harry
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Dirty Harry Collection

 (1971-1988)

Dirty Harry Collection Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

See individual titles for their synopses. Clint Eastwood plays the intrepid San Francisco Police Department Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. Box set contains all five movies in the series: Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983 - directed by Eastwood himself) and The Dead Pool (1988).

For more about Dirty Harry Collection and the Dirty Harry Collection Blu-ray release, see Dirty Harry Collection Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Albert Popwell, John Mitchum, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, Michael Currie
Directors: Don Siegel, Ted Post, James Fargo, Clint Eastwood, Buddy Van Horn


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

 
 
 
 
 


Dirty Harry Collection Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Five films, five increasingly competent 1080p/VC-1 transfers. Rather than shove the Dirty Harry Collection out the door, Warner has granted each film in the series an extensive restoration and an impressive high definition encode.

Director Don Siegel's Dirty Harry, the oldest and wisest of the series, has rightfully received the most thorough restoration; a meticulous overhaul befitting a catalog title of its standing. Bruce Surtees' sun-stroked palette is as stark and vivid as he intended, skintones are warm and lifelike, contrast is strong and stable, and black levels are well-resolved in all but a handful of scenes. Detail is crisp and clean as well, offering more refined textures and sharper object definition than I thought I'd encounter. Moreover, the picture doesn't suffer from any significant artifacting, color banding, persistent crush, or pesky noise reduction. Granted, grain-haters will shake their heads and scoff at its every filmic frame, but I found the overall presentation to be both attractive and proficient. There are problems, mind you -- edge enhancement rears its head, negligible color bleeding and macroblocking disrupt a dimly lit nightclub, source noise gets a bit unruly at times, and scratches and blemishes still appear from time to time -- but the good far outweighs the bad. For a film closing in on its fortieth birthday, that's saying a lot.

Magnum Force's transfer won't elicit as much praise, but only because Ted Post's sequel is a softer film. Yes, some shots are woefully out of focus (a conversation between a razor-sharp Callahan and his hazily defined lieutenant is as schizophrenic as they come), and yes, several sequences fail to pop as readily as I'm sure its filmmakers would have preferred, but Post's print is the clear culprit. Otherwise, Magnum Force holds up well. Detail is more revealing than its ever been and, soft interludes aside, texture clarity, edge definition, and the film's grainfield are quite satisfying. Delineation is notable as well, even if crush takes a small toll on the proceedings here and there. Best of all, Frank Stanley's summery hues and inky shadows have been nicely preserved, lush greenery and crimson-stained squibs make an impact, and saturation is striking. Issues? A few. Flickering and wavering are occasional distractions, fleeting artifacts dot the proceedings, ringing undermines a number of shots, and print damage, relatively minor as it may be, is a factor. Still, I doubt Magnum Force could look much better than it does here.

The Dirty Harry Collection hits its stride with The Enforcer and Sudden Impact thanks to a pair of memorable transfers; comparable presentations that benefit from healthier prints, less intrusive restorations, and waning expectations. Filmic softness still affects a handful of scenes in each film, but color and clarity are remarkable, shadow delineation is both revealing and convincing, black levels are deep and natural, and contrast is impeccable. More importantly, a procession of fine textures lend each film a fitting foundation -- stubble, wind-swept hair, the patterns on Callahan's suit coats, and the rust flecks on fleeing cars are stunning at times -- and grain remains intact and unobtrusive (not to mention more consistent than it is in Dirty Harry or Magnum Force). If anything, some slight wavering, flickering, and source nicks and specks prevent The Enforcer and Sudden Impact from climbing too high, and a dose of edge enhancement prevents the presentations from earning the commendations they might have otherwise won. Regardless, both transfers handily best their DVD counterparts and emerge as two of the collection's finest.

The Dead Pool caps off the Dirty Harry Collection in suitably cavalier style. First released in 1988, the film isn't forced to contend with the wear-n-tear of its predecessors, but also doesn't boast their wherewithal. Just be sure to level any criticism at Buddy Van Horn's vision and Jack Green's photography, not Warner's technical encode. The transfer is rather lovely in its own right, reveling in bold, rock-star reds and blues, rich blacks, and arresting contrast. While a bit of color bleeding seeps into a scene with Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson, Green's at-times gaudy palette has been faithfully preserved. Detail is dazzling as well, infusing the film with crisp lines, refined textures, and reliable definition. Intermittent softness is once again par for the catalog course, but each afflicted shot appears to be source-based. Nitpicks aside though, the fifth Dirty Harry outing features the cleanest transfer of the bunch. Artifacting, noise, crush, ringing, and other anomalies are either non-existent or kept to an absolute minimum, and banding, though apparent here and there, rarely spoils the schlocky '80s fun. And so it is: the final film may be one of the series' weakest, but its transfer is one of the strongest.


Dirty Harry Collection Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Each film in the Dirty Harry Collection -- Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool -- features a newly mixed Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track. The resulting listening experiences, though quite front-heavy on the whole, are surprisingly faithful to their original mono and stereo incarnations, and should immerse fans in the films' original sound designs. That's not to say the tracks will live up to modern expectations. The rear speakers are tasked with cityscape sounds, crowd chatter, and enhanced interior acoustics, but rarely create enveloping soundfields or convincing environments. Purists will be pleased; those weened on '90s action films may be less than enthused. LFE output is reserved as well, only making superficial strides as the series barrels along and the condition of the original elements improve. Bass tones are punchy but inevitably thin, the music scores are healthy (albeit a tad tinny), and dynamics are decent (especially considering each film's age). Again though, I suspect most of these issues trace back to their sources, not Warner's technical execution. Pans are limited yet fairly smooth, directionality is commendable (even if the mixes aren't primed to turn heads), and each film sounds better than it has before.

Dialogue is a bit problematic throughout the entire series -- lines are sometimes washed away by pulsing nightclub beats and the scuffle of hurried foot chases, voices struggle to contend with the shallow roar of car engines, dated ADR practices prove to be slight distractions, the clarity of each actor's delivery hinges on their environment, and prioritization is questionable here and there (typically whenever Callahan draws his sidearm) -- but I doubt the studio could have done anything to fix such mishaps without resorting to equally damning manipulations of the original sound mixes. Still, it isn't a frequent issue, and mainly affects Dirty Harry and Magnum Force. Ultimately, the Dirty Harry Collection lossless tracks aren't going to blow anyone away, but they will appeal to anyone hoping to find five capable audio mixes that pay homage to the series and its hard-boiled '70s roots.



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Amazon's Blu-ray Deal of the Week has the Dirty Harry Collection discounted to $28.99 or 55% off its $64.98 SRP. The 5 film set contains Blu-rays of the Clint Eastwood classics Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool.

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