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Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood Collection) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: Dean Riesner, Harry Julian Fink, Jo Heims, John Milius, Rita M. Fink
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Carl Pingitore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXMT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The first in the series of films featuring Lieutenant Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) - a right wing, bad-tempered San Francisco policeman, not averse to bending the rules to get his man. The maniacal 'Scorpio Killer' is on the loose and Callahan disregards procedure in his efforts to track him down, using his trusty Magnum .44 to dispense his own brand of justice. Somewhat surprisingly, the film was conceived as a vehicle for Frank Sinatra.


Whether or not you can sympathise with its fascistic/vigilante approach to law enforcement, Dirty Harry (directed by star Clint Eastwood's longtime friend and directorial mentor, Don Siegel) is one hell of an American cop thriller. The movie makes evocative use of its San Francisco locations as cop Harry Callahan (Eastwood) tracks the elusive "Scorpio killer" who has been terrorising the city by the Bay. As the psychopath's trail grows hotter, Harry becomes increasingly impatient and intolerant of the frustrating obstacles (departmental red tape, individuals' civil rights) that he feels are keeping him from doing his job. A characteristically taut and tense piece of filmmaking from Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Shootist, Escape from Alcatraz), it also remains a fascinating slice of American pop culture. It was a big hit (followed by four sequels) that obviously reflected--or exploited--the almost obsessive or paranoid fears and frustrations many Americans felt about crime in the streets. At a time when "law and order" was a familiar slogan for political candidates, Harry Callahan may have represented neither, but from his point of view his job was simple: stop criminals. To him that end justified any means he deemed necessary. --Jim Emerson

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb 2002
Format: DVD
"You've got to ask yourself, do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?" - This film is just superb, from the excellent camera work showing of the San Francisco location well, to the genius of Lalo Schifrin's soundtrack. For me, Clint Eastwood is not a great actor, but in this role he excels. His character is humourous yet serious, and has a dark side that you just have to take notice of. Andy Robinson is the crazy 'Scorpio' who holds the city at ransom. The plot is far fetched, which is no great surprise, but you're hooked until Scorpio is disposed of. I own this on VHS also, but the DVD is a must for the picture and sound quality. Don't buy the special edition, save yourself some cash and buy the regular version - the extra 30 minute documentary is not worth paying for. But the film is definately worth the money, buy it, watch it and savour it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
What can I say? DIRTY HARRY is a classic, slick action masterpiece which started off the renegade cop genre. Some may argue that it was THE FRENCH CONNECTION, but DH is a better film, as it's more exciting, humorous and offers more food for thought regarding its protagonist. Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan is a San Francisco cop, relentless, bitter, jaded and extremely tough, who never lets anything get in his way when he's hunting criminals. Whether it be shooting a would-be rapist armed with a butcher knife or injuring a murder suspect in order to extract a confession from him, Harry immediately dispenses with the 'niceties' of the law so that he can get results. My favourite scenes of the film are when Harry foils a bank robbery with his awesome .44 Magnum handgun, when he chases mad killer Scorpio to the football ground and the action-packed finale featuring the timeless ' do you feel lucky?' line. I was amazed to find out that John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Bob Mitchum, Frank Sinatra and even Paul Newman were offered the role of Dirty Harry. With the right amount of wit, cynicism and all-out hardness, this is Clint's role. Andy Robinson did a sterling job as well, portraying the twisted psychopathic gunman, dubbed 'Scorpio'. He must be one of THE most imitated bad guys in the history of action thrillers. These days, they don't come any better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 17 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
It's true to say Clint Eastwood has had a fine film career, but he's had a few hit and miss efforts over the years.
His two most important performances also arguably influenced the genre's he portrayed first with his "Man with No Name" westerns which dared to wander off the clean cut cowboy image most films were portraying.

Here Don Siegel and Eastwood again challenge the conventional mould with the "Harry Callahan" character which spawned a number of films, yet the first remains the best by some margin (the second installment being quite good though)

Harry Callahan is perfectly played by Eastwood, the no nonsense hardened Homicide Inspector with the San Francisco Police Department who is assigned to track down the serial killer "Scorpio" played very well by Andy Robinson. Evidently the film is very loosely inspired by the case of the "Zodiac killer".

What makes this police film somewhat different is the way Callahan is portrayed, far removed from the "by the book" Police Office Harry is quite happy to break the rules if needed, and do what's needed to get the job done, even if it's not to the approval of his superiors. His trademark Smith & Wesson Model 29 "Magnum '44" is remembered for it's extreme stopping power and long barrel it's presence on screen is designed to augment the Callahan image ultimate force when required. The film is well paced with some excellent sequences, including the memorable moment Harry confronts a number of bank robbers in sequence few will forget where the wounded robber has to make a choice, and ponders if he "fired six shots or only five?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
"Dirty" Harry Callahan is one of those iconic characters that stands apart from the crowd. Who hasn't heard someone say, "You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

And he certainly lives up to the legend in "Dirty Harry," a grimy cop thriller where morals are grey and justice isn't always served by the law. Clint Eastwood gives a quietly menacing performance that dominates every scene he's in, and sets up the standard for world-weary cops who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty in pursuit of justice.

A serial killer referred to as "Scorpio" is killing people in San Francisco, and even sends a letter to the police demanding money. If he doesn't get his way, he's going to kill again. The man on the case is Detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Eastwood), who manages to thwart Scorpio's efforts to kill a Catholic priest. The serial killer is so enraged that he rapes and buries a young girl alive, and threatens the police with her death if they don't give in to his demands.

Harry is sent on a wild chase through San Francisco with a giant bag of money, and eventually is able to corner and stop the Scorpio killer (Andrew Robinson). Unfortunately for everybody, Harry's ruthless treatment of Scorpio leads to the killer being released -- and now he's determined to frame Harry as revenge. It's up to Harry to take the law into his own hands before Scorpio kills again.

"Dirty Harry" actually has a very simple story, loosely based on the Zodiac killings in the 1970s. The really memorable part of the movie is the presentation -- this was a cop story where innocents frequently die, the killer walks free sometimes, and the "hero" isn't particularly heroic.
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