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Untouchables, The

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro & Sean Connery

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 01886
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1987
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/16/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian De Palma
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A frequent topic for television and screen is the corrupt power mob gangsters had over thriving American cities in the difficult times of the 1930s. With The Untouchables, we are taken to Prohibition-era Chicago and the arrogance of larger-than-life kingpin Al Capone (De Niro). One lawman, Eliot Ness (Costner), had the unswerving confidence to bring Capone to justice, and with the help of Jim Malone (Connery, who won a Supporting Actor Oscar

DVD Picture:
Compared to the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 30, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD features a picture with colors that are much warmer and better balanced. Fleshtones are nicely rendered, and blacks are quite deep. Hues are bold and fully saturated, sometimes pushing the border of oversaturation. Images are sharp, though sometimes the picture is wanting in definition and clarity. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, though some visual information tends to get lost in the darker scenes. Overall, the picture should surely please, with few distractions in the way of pixelization or edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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