Special features on Disc One include commentary by Sidney Lumet and the theatrical trailer. Disc Two includes the documentary "The Making Of Dog Day Afternoon," which is available to watch in its 58-minute entirety or broken down into the chapters "The Story" (12 minutes), "Casting The Controversy" (14 minutes), "Recreating The Facts" (21 minutes), and "After The Filming" (11 minutes). There is also a 10-minute featurette "Lumet: Film Maker."
Based on a true incident from 1972 and a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore, Dog Day Afternoon swarms with energy, excitement, and drama. On a hot Brooklyn afternoon, two optimistic losers set out to rob a bank. Sonny (Pacino) is the mastermind, Sal (Cazole) is the follower, and disaster is the result. Because the cops, crowds, TV cameras, and even the pizza man have arrived, the
While this new anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is a definite improvement over the previous DVD, the picture still looks dated. Color saturation is inconsistent, with fleshtones at times appearing normal and other times ruddy. The picture is generally sharp and detailed, with improved contrast and shadow delineation. Minor flecks of dirt and grain are inherent in the source element. Pixelization and motion artifacts are noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)
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