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The Dead Pool
(Clint Eastwood Collection)

review by Zach B.

 

Rated: R

Running Time: 91 minutes

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, Evan Kim

Screenplay by: Steve Sharon
Story by: Steve Sharon & Durk Pearson & Sandy Shawk
Based on characters created by: Harry Julian Fink and R.M. Fink

Directed by: Buddy Van Horn

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: Cast and Crew, Behind The Scenes, On Location, Memorable Lines, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 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 (31 Scenes)

Released: November 20th, 2001

 

 

The final film of the "Dirty Harry" franchise ends on a pretty strong note if you asked me. After the first, a true classic, and then some hit and miss sequels, it all ended in 1988 with "The Dead Pool." The shortest Harry film, clocking in at a mere 91 minutes, is pure fun. Who knows if Eastwood will ever go back to this franchise somehow, but he's a bit old now, and in this film, he's much older, especially when compared to 1971. However, the last film shows what "Dirty Harry" has always been about.

Our final film ends with a bang, as Dirty Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is back on the case when a film director plays a game with his crew known as "The Dead Pool." Ten celebrities are picked, and the winner is who has the list with the most celebrities dead when the game is over with. But then celebrities on the list start to die one by one... however, Harry turns out to be on the list. Hmm, wonder what this means?

I guess what I like most about "The Dead Pool" is how the media is a big part within the story, and this makes for a lot of fun. I think the concept for this film is rather original, and executed nicely. Things keep moving, and we just jump right into where Harry is at and the plot. Buddy Van Horn directs the film with a good deal of style and substances. A great pace with great shots and makes this a fun, entertaining ride.

The action here is pretty great, not to mention the whole toy car thing. Eastwood is as strong as ever as Harry, despite the aging and is still a joy to watch. Again, he knows the character. It's also fun to watch Jim Carrey as a heroin addict who dies early on, and Liam Neeson as a film director.

The script is strong, the direction is nice and it's just a fun, entertaining ride throughout. Truly one of the better cop capers out there and one of Dirty Harry's best adventures, casual action fans and Dirty Harry fans will love this one alike. Well done and quite enjoyable.

 

 

"The Dead Pool" is the only Dirty Harry film shot in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the results are the best of all the five films in the collection. The only real flaws are some visible grain and a blemish or scratch here and there. Everything else is nice. Colors are rich, well saturated and textured throughout. Exterior scenes and night scenes shine quite nicely. Detail and black levels are rather solid too. This transfer is pretty sharp, and looks the best. Very cool. This is the only new digital transfer done this year too (2001).

 

Not only does "The Dead Pool" have the best picture quality of all the films, it also has the best English Dolby Digital 5.1 remix. The music is well mixed, and I found the .1 LFE to be pretty booming throughout. Fidelity is high, and the sound range here is pretty incredible. The action scenes are really great and bring great activity and surround use, while the media-ish scenes a pretty cool too. Nice offering here. We also have a French Mono track, as well as English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles and English Closed Captions.

 

The usual text based On Location, Memorable Lines, Behind The Scenes and a Cast and Crew listing. And the anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer, which is quite nice and is actually pretty cool and intriguing.

 

One of the best "Dirty Harry" movies, "The Dead Pool" offers a pretty decent end to the series. Sporting great transfer and a great sound mix, but lacking in supplements, it's worth getting if you're a Harry fan.