DVD of the Week: The 'Dirty Harry' Collection

From Stacie Hougland: It's Clint Eastwood's turn to make your day, with this week's DVD and Blu-ray release of all five Dirty Harry films in a super-cool box set that contains the films and documentary about Clint Eastwood on disc, plus a 40+ page hardcover book, poster cards, never-before-seen production notes, a wallet with Detective Harry Callahan's ID and metal badge, and a map of San Francisco that shows where the Scorpio killer claimed his victims in the original Dirty Harry.


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"I know what you're thinking..."

And how many people get to say they watched the bad-ass with the giant gun kick butt with no remorse alongside Eastwood himself? The actor/director and a few hundred guests including Jon Voight, Crash writer Paul Haggis, Jimmy Smits, Donna Mills, Tyne Daly, director John Landis and more celebrated the release with a reception and Dirty Harry screening last week at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles. Eastwood introduced the film. "What do I say to an audience that's coming to see a 38-year-old movie? Either I got into the wrong theater, or they have a certain nostalgia about this. I certainly do,” he said, eliciting a standing ovation.


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Guests at the screening got this chocolate magnum.


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The films have been digitally restored and remastered, and look so good they might have been made yesterday. As for the bonuses, each disc is loaded with new material: commentaries by the films' directors, film critics, original trailers...anything and everything you wanted to know about Eastwood, his career, these movies and the Dirty Harry character is here. I found two featurettes of particular note: "Violence in Cinema" examines just that, with lots of shoot-'em-up clips from these movies and others; and "The Politics of Dirty Harry," which looks at the ethical themes of the series. So tell me...feeling lucky yet?


Related Link:
The American Cinematheque's hosting a cool Clint Eastwood retrospective from Thursday, June 5 - Wednesday, June 11, at the Aero theater in Santa Monica, CA. Info. and ticks for: Clint Eastwood: A Life in Film & The Beguiled (with Clint Eastwood in person); Dirty Harry & A Perfect World; The Outlaw Josey Wales & High Plains Drifter; Breezy & Honkytonk Man; and Unforgiven.

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