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"The Sting" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2012

Synopsis

Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set in 1936, the movie's about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford ) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio: DTS MA 5.1
  • Video: MPEG 4 1080P
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rating
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  • Violence: Some Blood
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Newman and Redford had wonderful chemistry when they worked together. This excellent film is complimented by so many great actors, intricate scripting and delightful musical score (ala Scott Joplin). With just the right mix of action, humor and danger, this movie is one that I have watched many times before. And will gladly watch again. If you have never seen this movie, you need to put it on your "to do" list and see if the ending doesn't leave you astonished.

Technical

This re-master from Universal looks stunning, but not perfect. Only a few shots are somewhat out of focus, but this is most likely due to the original film and not a BD issue. Colors are vibrant and punchy, with skin tones looking natural. Some dark scenes exhibit a bit of crush and film grain is a bit thick in some scenes as well. Overall, the picture is very clean and much more enjoyable than the DVD counter-part. Sound is excellent with the dialog well presented up front. Not a lot of work for the sub to do during most of this flick. The music is wonderful.

Extras

Three-part The Art of the Sting documentary, Three 100 Years of Universal featurettes: The Lot, The '70s, and Restoring the Classics and a theatrical trailer. DVD and digital copy are included.