Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" takes place in the south of France, where two rival con men––suave and sophisticated Lawrence (Cane) and third-rate American hustler Freddy (Martin) make a wager. The first one to extract $50,000 from the next woman they meet wins... and the other leaves town. The bet is on, the stakes are high and the blows are low in this funny, ruthlessly witty, dirty, rotten comedy! (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Frank Oz, a new interview with Co-Writer Dale Launer (HD 23:25), a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 06:47), trailers and upfront previews.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on 35 mm film using Arriiflex cameras and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The DI was mastered from a new 2K scan of the film. Shot on location in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Nice in the south of France by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, the picture often exhibits excellent color fidelity with strikingly saturated hues and a wide color gamut. Colors pop against bright settings. Fleshtones generally appear natural, though, at times exhibit redness. Contrast is excellent with solid and deep blacks, such as the blacks of the tuxedos worn by the men in a casino scene, revealing shadow delineation and imagery highlights. Resolution, while a bit soft, has sufficient detail in close-ups to be satisfying. Natural film grain is evident but not distracting, as are the occasional artifacts. This is a bright and colorful picture that will thrill fans of the movie. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack has been remastered from the original theatrical Dolby Stereo––Dolby SR (Spectral Recording) master. The sound is frontal focused. However, surround envelopment encompasses ambience and an expansive music presence. The score by Miles Goodman is terrific and fully occupies the soundstage and soundfield. Dialogue is intelligible throughout but wanting in spatial integration. Deep bass rarely is evident, though, dynamics otherwise are good. Overall, this is a fun sonic treatment. (Gary Reber)