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    DVD Video - Reviews [Untouchables]



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    Studio: Paramount
    Year: 1987
    Run Time: 119 minutes
    Rating: R
    Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery, Richard Bradford, Andy Garcia
    Directed by: Brian De Palma
      Movie Summary: [Action/Adventure]

        Federal agent Eliot Ness vows to bring down Prohibition-era mob warlord Al Capone with the help of a Chicago cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob--shoot fast and shoot first.

    DVD Details
    • Widescreen: 2.35:1, Enhanced for 16X9 TVs, Color, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Surround, Additional Languages: French, Subtitles: English, Closed Captioned, Region 1
    • Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Trailer
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    Reviewer: Marc Flemming [Staff]


            "I want this Ness dead! I want his family dead! I want his house burnt to the ground! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and piss on the ashes!” No, these are not the deranged words of my landlord growing frustrated in the process of getting me evicted. These are the intense inclinations of an infamous Brooklyn-born gangster of a bygone era who sliced his own personal piece of the pie in the lawless city of Chicago during the prohibition period of the 1920s. At least these are the words of Robert De Niro as Al Capone in the film Untouchables loosely based on the true story surrounding Capone’s collapse and the group of men headed by Eliot Ness who brought this kingpin to his knees.

    With Brian De Palma at the helm [Scarface, Mission to Mars], his directorial successes are like playing the dollar slot machines in Vegas - the viewer either wins big ... or wishes they hadn’t begun the betting spree to begin with. Suffice to say, Untouchables is right up there at the top of the list amongst other great films of the gangster genre and serves as one of De Palma’s most liked films. Onscreen Chicago, amidst the days of prohibition, reeks of talent in this conglomeration of high-capacity capability played forth by some of the biggest names in film today. To give you an idea if you’re not already aware, the credits read Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, and Andy Garcia. With this sort of lineup - one can expect nothing short of splendidly entertaining character interaction.

    In short, the Untouchables is the true-to-life story of an unassuming group of men brought together by federal agent, Eliot Ness [Kevin Costner] to stop the illegal production of alcohol - and in the process, bring down mob-leader Al Capone [Robert De Niro]. Their adventures will easily keep you entertained from start to finish, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the fate of the infamous mobster of those times.

    In recent months, Paramount has taken special care in delivering their product with a level of quality that is well above average. Its widescreen anamorphic transfer is of course a welcome feature complimenting a video presentation receiving no complaints from my end. The Dolby Digital 5.1 remix is typical of what we should expect from a film of its generation. The level of directional activity is much subtler than a soundtrack designed with 5.1 functionality in mind. The peak audio points come in a couple flavors - those being “big booms” and “a whole lotta tommy-gun gunfire”. Dialogue is clear and focused and the LFE channel gets an occasional pat on the butt.

    Paramount has communicated that they very much wanted to put some extensive extras together for this DVD, but conflicting schedules amongst these big stars crushed their hopes in doing so. Therefore - don’t expect much more than the film on this DVD - that’s really all you’re going to get. With Paramount’s intent in mind, the likelihood of a special edition release down the road seems to be a good possibility. Who knows?

    When De Niro is given a part that allows him the freedom of explicitly mouthing off with no restraint, one can not go wrong to witness this feat he’s so practiced in. For those of you looking to increase the quality of your DVD collections, short of a lack of extras, this is a sure-fire pleaser that certainly won’t disappoint.


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