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Dog Day Afternoon

Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Al Pacino

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
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."

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 33727
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1975
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/28/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sidney Lumet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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

DVD Picture:
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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