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Dick Tracy [DVD] [1990]

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  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo, Michael Donovan O'Donnell
  • Directors: Warren Beatty
  • Writers: Chester Gould, Jack Epps Jr., Jim Cash
  • Producers: Art Linson, Barrie M. Osborne, Floyd Mutrux, Jim Van Wyck
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CY5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Warren Beatty's adaptation of the detective comic strip displays a big-screen comic book look of its own. In a 1930s American city, Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) takes a stranglehold on all underworld activities, disposing of his main rival Lips Manlis (Paul Sorvino) and nabbing his girlfriend Breathless Mahoney (Madonna). Dick Tracy (Beatty) is entrusted with the task of cleaning up the city, but problems on the home front, with the adoption of a young orphan, and the seductive come-ons of Breathless threaten to ruffle his composure.

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A flawed but stylish adaptation of the Chester Gould comic strip by director Warren Beatty, who also stars in the title role. The minimalist plot involves a battalion of baddies who confront the intrepid detective in a series of strung-together vignettes. Al Pacino is a comedic if overblown standout as Big Boy Caprice and Madonna simply smoulders as aggressive blonde bombshell Breathless Mahoney. It matters not that the plot is Spartan, as this dazzling eye candy is much enhanced by Stephen Sondheim's songs, including the Academy Award-winning ditty, "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)". Beatty took his cue from the source material and concentrated on the relationships between these people, whether strained, romantic or hateful. The performances are subtle and more amusing than you would expect from such a visually bold picture. Shot in bright, primary colours, this also won Oscars for Best Art/Set Direction and Makeup (for those inventively hideous criminals). Watch for well-known names, such as Dustin Hoffman and Dick Van Dyke, in cameo appearances and supporting roles. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 18 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Dick Tracy is one of the best police officers in the city.

He is currently on the hunt for crime boss Big Boy Caprice who recently killed off former crime boss Lips Manless.

Now Big Boy is rallying up all of the criminals in the city who are not only trying to make the city bow to Big Boy's wishes but to eliminate Tracy.

Tracy is faced with issues, as he is trying to not only track down Big Boy, but to keep his girlfriend Tess Trueheart, take care of a nameless orphan and dodge seductive club dancer Breathless Mahoney and a mysterious gangster.....

The film is beautiful to look at, and it's obvious that it really has had a lot of attention given to it regarding the sets and costumes, but it sticks to the back of ones mind knowing that this is one of the biggest vanity projects ever made.

Whenever Beatty is on close up, it's as if someone is shining a torch in his face, to make him look that little more pretty, and alluring to the ladies.

And this becomes the bane of the film, because you really start to lose interest in the titular character, so thank goodness for the wealth of support and great turns from Pacino and even Madonna.

The story is light and so is narrative, for the majority of the film, we just see Tracy being chased by gangsters, or being chased by women, and once or twice having a musical interlude or a fight.

But Kudos to Beatty for making such an entertaining and still very fresh vanity project/blockbuster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2014
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Dick Tracy is directed by Warren Beatty and written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Based on Chester Gould's comic strip creation of the same name, it stars Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headly, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Korsmo, Charles Durning and William Forsythe. Music is by Danny Elfman, with songs by Stephen Sondheim, and cinematography is by Vittorio Storaro.

Punk Rock band X-Ray Spex once sang about The Day The World Turned Day-Glo, Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy was exactly that. The live action cartoon is a feast for the eyes, as the city backdrop for this cops and gangsters tale is a fountain of bright, lurid primary colours. The characters are drawn brilliantly, where the good guys are very much human, but the bad guys are a bunch of grotesques, like a mutant gathering under one coalition banner. All star casting, striking costuming, amazing effects work, quality songs and a brisk musical score (Elfman reworks his score for Batman from the previous year), Dick Tracy as a production is grade "A" stuff. It also did very well at the box office, where although it didn't reach Disney's expectation levels financially, it coined to the tune of over $100 million in profit Worldwide. Not bad for a film some still think was a flop!

It's a film that feels a lot better watching it now than it did back on release, to be able to view it as a smart technical accomplishment for the time it was made. The cast factor also makes it something of a fascinating experience, watching legends like Pacino and Hoffman absolutely buy into the cartoon excess on show. However, the old problem with it just will never go away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Length: 4:17 Mins
I'm not the biggest fan of Dick Tracy and outside of this movie I couldn't tell you anything about him other than he's an honest cop who favors yellow and he's been around for a long time.

Comic-book movies are a dime a dozen these days so maybe now Dick Tracy doesn't stand out as much as it did in 1990, a shame because Warren Beatty's color scheme and attention to detail is quite impressive. And the film did win 2 Academy Awards for the art direction and the gruesome make-up. I think Disney were shooting for a successful franchise in the vein of Burton's Batman the previous year. The films are very similar visually and it's a shame we never got more Dick Tracy movies.

The plot is nonsense, some Gangster called 'Big Boy Caprice (played by an over-the-top Al Pacino in such eccentric make-up it actually looks like Antoine de Caunes playing Al Pacino playing Big Boy) wants to take control of 'the city' and Dick Tracy does his best to take him down. Madonna pops up as a floozy and the wretched kid who played Peter Pan's son in Hook pops up as...um...'The Kid'. Amidst these unremarkable plot developments dozens of grotesque gangsters bicker and mumble and fill up the running time. It's not so much fun following the plot as it is keeping your eyes open for all the actors hidden underneath the make-up. Such as William Forsythe, Ed O'Ross, Paul Sorvino, RG Armstrong and Dustin Hoffman, who is hilarious as Mumbles. It really makes you think about how successful actors can be identified by their unique voices or by their eyes.

Some of it is rather dull but there are moments of spectacle that make it worthwhile. The matte paintings and color schemes are truly wonderful, turning the movie into a modern day film noir.
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