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Magnum Force
(Clint Eastwood Collection)

review by Zach B.

 

Rated: R

Running Time: 124 minutes

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Felton Perry, Robert Urich

Screenplay by: John Milius and Michael Cimino
Story by: John Milius

Directed by: Ted Post

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: Cast and Crew, The Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today, Behind The Scenes, On Location, Memorable Lines, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Index (36 Scenes)

Released: November 20th, 2001

 

 

Considering the success of the original Dirty Harry, a sequel seemed to be the case. Yet what would happen to our friend "Dirty" Harry Callahan this time? Well, our first sequel, entitled "Magnum Force," Harry is out with a new partner. Harry is soon assigned from homicide to stakeout duty, and despite orders not to, he goes out to investigate some murders invovling crinimals who escaped free after being found not guilty from the court.

This is a decent sequel, but the original still ranks supreme in my book. In anycase, there's fun to be had here. Tension arises between Harry and his cohorts, and there is a good level of suspense. Eastwood, as I've said before, truly is Callahan bringing great chops to the table and exploring the character a bit more. But it's the same old Harry, which is a good thing. The other actors are pretty good too.

The film, like the first, has some great action sequences. However, I'm not sure how appropriate one is these days, considering the events of September 11th and Ted Post creates a likeable film, but I found it to be dull in spots. Still, the story and how it goes is pretty good, courtesy of writers John Milius and Michael Cimino (don't those names sound a little familiar?). Overall, a pretty good sequel, but it could have been better.

 

 

Featuring a new 2000 digital transfer, the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for "Magnum Force" is pretty nice. It looks to be a bit faded, and grain is visible, but it doesn't look as bad as the original. There are blemishes and pieces of dirt to be found, but things could be far worse. Detail and exterior locations look pretty nice, while colors are well saturated. Hues and fleshtones are on par too. Nothing mind blowing, but pretty great overally.

 

Like all the films in the Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry collection, "Magnum Force" has a 5.1 Dolby Digital English remix. Dialogue is crisp and clear, while the other sound elements are quite good. The pool sequence, crowds screaming, the airplane portion and other action sequences are well mixed. .1 LFE is very good and this didn't feel as created as the original Dirty Harry film. It brings a nice presence and you feel caught up in the action. Well done for sure. Besides a French Mono track, we have English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles and English Closed Captions.

 

Main supplement here? The Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today. This has clips from the movie, behind the scenes footage and all sorts of footage and stories on cops. The focus here are cops and their purprose. This is somewhat promotional and used to promote the film... but it is somewhat jumbled. We also have the anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer, and text based supplements: On Location, Memorable Lines, Behind The Scenes and a Cast and Crew listing.

 

A decent sequel that's fun, this is a bit light on features but "Magnum Force" has a cool 5.1 remix and a good transfer. Harry fans, pick it up...