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The Dead Pool [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Clint Eastwood , Patricia Clarkson , Glenn Wright    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Evan C. Kim, Liam Neeson, David Hunt
  • Directors: Glenn Wright
  • Producers: Edward Carfagno, David Valdes
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001870VRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After the drudgery of Sudden Impact, the third and worst sequel to Dirty Harry, no one could have expected the fourth to have any signs of life. But The Dead Pool is fairly inspired, even playful--check out a "chase" scene between Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan character and a remote-controlled toy car wielding a bomb--and it ended the long-running series on an unexpectedly positive note. This time, Callahan investigates a series of murders that appears to be on a "death list," while becoming romantically involved with a television reporter (Patricia Clarkson). Jim Carrey has a small but memorable part as a doped-up rock star, and Liam Neeson is on board, too. IT is directed by Eastwood-surrogate Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The fifth film in the 'Dity Harry' series. Notorious hard man Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is unhappy when he becomes the target of macabre interest when his name appears on an anonymous hit list - not that he minds being singled out by killers, just that he doesn't like appearing on a list which also features rock stars and TV celebrities. Aided by a new karate-kicking partner (Evan C. Kim) and bugged by an ambitious journalist (Patricia Clarkson), Callahan sets out to chase down the would-be assassins and creates all kinds of mayhem in the process.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dolby True HD isn't faulty 13 May 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I put off buying this disc for several months because of the comment that the DD True HD soundtrack is in some way faulty, but eventually I ran out of discs I wanted to buy in Amazon's 3 for 2 offer and added Dead Pool to my collection.

DD True HD is both present and not at all bad. The disc inconveniently starts without presenting its menu and defaults to plain old Dolby Digital, but it allows nine alternative soundtracks to be selected even from the opening film company logo so the inconvenience is minor.

It's not the most exciting of the series nor is it the most amazing Blu-ray image you have ever seen, but it is no worse than many other films from the 80s and at the 3 for 2 price I am not disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who dunnit? The film-makers. 20 Nov 2013
By Richard
Format:DVD
A very cool title and a talented cast (including Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey) makes for an intriguing-sounding film. And surely Clint Eastwood's a safe a pair of hands? So I thought. Actually, only the hardest-core Eastwood fans need bother with this one. But then again, if they really wanted to respect the vision of the original Dirty Harry character, they'd do better to leave the last title in the series alone.

I enjoyed the first couple of Dirty Harry films, and admire much of Eastwood's film-making, but hadn't really followed the Harry Callahan series over the years. So, thinking to re-acquaint myself with the taught action and engaging brand of cool screen-machismo Eastwood made his own, I was up for this one. Particularly since the critic Roger Ebert is quoted on the cover: "As good as the original. smart, quick and made with real wit." What utter twaddle. Unless this is Ebert's way of putting-down the original.

Unfortunately by this point (1989) the Dirty Harry franchise is jaded and formulaic to the point of absurdity. This movie is so full of in-jokes playing to the fans and incredibly cartoony action sequences (including a ludicrous 'homage' to the car chase in Bullitt) that it's become a tired, self-parody. The writers (who include the director) constantly resort to self-conscious references to the genre. It's a very self-indulgent script shot in a flat, stylistically uninspired manner: that straight-to-video, 80's sort of look. Strictly B-movie.

Because the screen violence is Hollywood at it's most unrealistic and the who-dunnit plot idea so weak, the villainy is neither interesting nor threatening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic Eatwood 26 July 2013
Format:DVD|Amazon Verified Purchase
If you like the dirty harry genre then this is for you. Worth watching just to see the fashion and cars of the time....
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Dirty Harry 5 and Callahan has to contend with being both on the hit list of a mobster and that of some wacko who has a list of celebrities to vanish from the planet.

It's not great, but it is fun enough for Eastwood fans in a undemanding mood. The Dirty Harry series didn't need another film, and in fact it had arguably run its course at the release of Sudden Impact five years earlier, but even an ageing Eastwood remained watchable when he was dolling out the machismo. Such is the case here.

The writing is a bit trite (is that an attempt at a link between violence and the media?) and boorish in its adherence to Harry Callahan's exhausted formula (ooh look it's another worried side-kick). Peril is very scarce; though a toy car sequence is wonderfully bonkers and played for great effect, and pre-fame Liam Neeson and Patricia Clarkson stick out like a sore thumbs for not entirely the right reasons.

However, in spite of the caricature that Harry has become, he's still a bad MOFO. If it's just him running effortlessly along the promenade, throwing a glorious punch to the jaw of a loser, or wielding a Harpoon Gun like it was part of his body, Harry Callahan in Eastwood's hands is entertainment. It's the reason why we watch it in the first place and the reason why they made a fifth film in a series that started so brilliantly in the early 1970s. 6/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dead End Shallow Pool 10 April 2013
By Mario
Format:DVD
Desperately dreary for the most part with hackneyed plot line and half-baked performances and stereotypical relationships. Clint's personality just-about makes it watchable but if anyone else was involved it would be a pretty useless offering of a straight-to-video type. Of course after this he went on to make some very significant movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry The Dead Pool 23 Oct 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Amazon Verified Purchase
I found the disc wasn't properly secured in the holder inside the case but thankfully it wasn't scratched & played well.Everything else was fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining if somewhat formulaic thriller 11 Oct 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) is a director of horror films and the star of his current movie is rock star Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey). Squares dies of a drug overdose and Inspector Harry Callaghan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to investigate along with his new partner, Chinese-American Inspector Al Quan (Evan C. Kim). After a shoot-out at an attempted restaurant hold-up, they find a list called The Dead Pool in the pocket of Swan's executive producer. The list consists of four groups of 8 names. They find out that this is a gambling venture of Swan's, betting on the most people from each list who will die soon. Callaghan's and Johnny Squares' names are on the first list. Much to his irritation, Callaghan is forced by his superiors to cooperate with reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson), with whom he subsequently becomes romantically involved. In a subsequent interview the detectives have with Swan, a new suspect emerges in the form of schizophrenic Harlan Rook (David Hunt), an obsessive fan of Swan's and wannabe film director. Rook then becomes increasingly the focus of the detectives' attention and there's an exciting car chase around the hills of San Francisco as he threatens the detective duo with a toy car packed with explosives. But good triumphs over evil in the end.
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