The anamorphically enhanced 2.55:1 DVD (cropped slightly when compared to the original 2.76:1 image) will surely please fans of this classic caper, with sharp and nicely detailed images, and improved color fidelity and contrast when compared to the LaserDisc (not reviewed). Viewed alone, the DVD exhibits rich, at times overly saturated colors with reddish fleshtones. Blacks are deep and solid. Still, with such vibrant hues, there is little smearing. Images are generally sharp overall, with generally good definition, though sometimes the picture is wanting in fine detail. The source element is revealing of artifacts, dirt, and occasional film grain, but the picture can also appear quite clean. Unfortunately, edge enhancement can be obtrusive at times, and there is occasional evidence of pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)
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