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The Enforcer
(Clint Eastwood Collection)

review by Zach B.

 

Rated: R

Running Time: 96 minutes

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, Tyne Daly

Screenplay by: Stirling Sillphant and Dean Riesner
Story by: Gail Morgan Hickman and S.W. Schurr
Based on characters created by: Harry Julian Fink and R.M. Fink

Directed by: Jerry Fielding

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: Cast and Crew, Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special In Films, 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 (30 Scenes)

Released: November 20th, 2001

 

 

Third time's the charm for "Dirty Harry"? Maybe so, at least in my eyes. "The Enforcer" is not as good as the original of course, but I did like it a lot better than "Magnum Force." This time around, the plot is somewhat similar to the first (keyword: somewhat). Harry is not so happy with his new partner teamup, a woman, named Kate Moore. The two have to stop a band of terrorists who are blackmailing San Fransisco for two million dollars.

Kudos to director Jerry Fielding, giving us what we want: a fun, entertaining movie with great action that flows quite nicely. Even better, this film is a mere 96 minutes, the second longest in the Dirty Harry series. It has a great, smooth flow. Things never drag down or get boring. Things just keep moving and moving, which I really liked. The story, while nothing incredibly original and there's not much to it, is just mindless, entertaining fun.

There's great shootouts, action sequences and a fine climax to it all. The editing style to the film is great, while Tyne Daly and Clint Eastwood have rather good chemistry together. Clint Eastwood is top notch again as Harry... he's a bit more intense this time and a bit more funny which is always enjoyable. So if you like Harry, and you like his antics and action... this sequel is not to be missed.

 

 

Yep, a new transfer here from 2000 that's digital. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, "The Enforcer" looks on par with "Magnum Force." There are scratches and blemishes, but none that are too noticeable. Noises and grain are visible, and sometimes the transfer has a more darker and murky look which I found to get in the way of things. Colors are staurated decently here, while fleshtones look pretty good.

 

A 5.1 remix in English is featured, and I wasn't too enthralled by it, yet it sounds pretty good. Dialogue is crisp and sharp, where as I noticed no distortion or hard to hear anything. .1 LFE is a bit disappointing, and so is surround use. The mixing is decent, but I felt there could have been more activity and dynamics within them. Fidelity is fine. There's a French Mono track, plus English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles and English Closed Captions.

 

Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special In Films has clips from the movie, behind the scenes footage and is a promo tape thingy, something like an EPK video material. We meet Eastwood, and some discussion on Harry and the impact he has is here. The rest is just like on the other Clint Eastwood Collection discs: 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...