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Magnum Force - Special Edition [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , David Soul , Ted Post    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, David Soul, Mitchell Ryan, Hal Holbrook, Felton Perry
  • Directors: Ted Post
  • Producers: Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012YG7UA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,474 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This first sequel to Dirty Harry was written by a couple of strong voices, writer-directors Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) and John Milius (Farewell to the King). But that doesn't mean the film is particularly good. After Don Siegel's ferociously dark style in the first movie, Ted Post's blocky, television-ish direction in Magnum Force is a huge letdown. The story doesn't win any prizes, either. Eastwood's San Francisco detective Harry Callahan (apparently having retrieved his badge after throwing it away at the end of Dirty Harry) takes on a vigilante squad within the city's police force. David Soul is pretty convincing as the major spokesman for these right-wing avengers. Eastwood, on the other hand, had already turned Callahan from fascinating outsider in Siegel's film to purveyor of tough-guy shtick in this one. --Tom Keogh

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The second Dirty Harry movie, Magnum Force concerns itself with a vigilante group that has targeted notorious scofflaws for extermination. When a prominent gang boss or drug-runner is set free by the air-headed liberal courts, a covert group of "avengers" is soon on hand to blow the miscreant to bits. While detective Dirty Harry Callahan is no great friend of civil liberties, he is dead set against wholesale murder as a solution to legal loopholes. Discovering that all the killings have been committed by a .357 Magnum, Callahan suspects that his on-the-edge partner, Charlie McCoy (Mitchell Ryan), is responsible. But the answer is less transparent than that, as Harry learns almost at the cost of his own life.

Special Feature:
- Commentary by screenwriter John Milius
- A Moral Right: The Politics of Dirty Harry (Filmmakers, social scientists and authors take a provocative look at the moral, political and ethical themes of the Dirty Harry films.)
- The Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today
- Dirty Harry Trailer Gallery

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Cop Film 5 Feb 2002
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I have to admit this film is no where near as good as Dirty Harry, but it still has the elements of comedy, action and good v evil that the first film has. Clint puts in a fine performance as the gritty cop, however I feel they should have highlighted his change of heart to retrieve his badge and become a cop again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a mans got to know his limitations 22 Jun 2008
Magnum force is the 2nd Dirty harry movie and widely regarded as the best sequel. This is true for the most part and had the film been cut by about 20 mins this would have been much better. As it is this is the longest DH film and is padded out a bit. The first half is a bit slow but the last hour really kicks into gear. Watch out for a young David soul in the role of a vigilante cop. An interesting story given harrys maverick ways and the story overall is quite strong if not a little too long as i just said.

This comes to blu-ray in a brand new remastered print and it looks good if not amazing. I have seen most of the DH films on blu ray and they get better as they go along. This isnt as sharp as "The Enforcer" but looks better than "Dirty Harry" still this is the best the film has looked or ever likely to look given it's age.

Well worth your time and investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb second installment of Dirty Harry 9 Feb 2008
This movie was a blisteringly good follow up to the original Harry Callaghan offering, slightly derrogated at the time for having a far fetched story line, but really, it doesn't look that far fetched to me now: There's been plenty of true stories in the press of in house police management of cases that virtually amount to illegal vigilantism by uniformed police officers in both the the USA and the UK in the thirty five years since this movie was made, and it's absolutely the norm in many countries still, so really this was a fantastic fictionalised warning of the dangers of police power corrupting their own law enforcing officers. It finishes as well as it starts off, and has some superb cat and mouse scenes, with fearless cop 'Dirty Harry' pursuing these rotten apples with as much purpose as he does all the other scumbag criminals in the city who put people's lives in danger. And his realisation that this canker goes far deeper than he imagined, and his subsequent determination to get the big maggot in the middle is pure Dirty Harry, and makes the movie even more enjoyable. Terrific movie entertainment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry Emerges Again! 7 Aug 2014
By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE
Clint Eastwood takes on the role of Harry Callahan again effortlessly and slips you straight back into the violent, grim world of crime and corruption on the streets of San Francisco. Not hitting the simplicity and cat-and-mouse formula that made the original so popular with it's rousing score and iconic script, 'Magnum Force' still delivers all you'd expect from an Eastwood film. He evokes that dry professionalism as Callahan, and shows that he's not simply a cop who talks tough and shoots the bad guys, he's far more than that with humane emotions and comes across less of a "loose canon" this time, and appears to be easing into the role even more and enjoying it.

It's a great story, with the lines between good and bad blurred, and the identity of the death squad a mystery until the third chapter which keeps you guessing at which way it will go. There are brutal moments that solidify the realistic and shocking plot for audiences, with nothing glamorised for Hollywood. The shoot-outs are well staged, the action is hard-hitting and all brought to life by very dark and moody cinematography.

Lalo Schifrin provides a soulful 70s soundtrack that makes 'Magnum Force' feel right at home in the early 1970s where it is set. It's not a game changer, but it's solid entertainment that is just as powerful as the Magnum Colt used so heavily throughout this crime story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That's three salty-lookin' dudes... 30 Dec 2008
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With a posse of maverick traffic cops dishing out vigilante justice on the streets of San Francisco, Inspector Harry Callahan, previously not adverse to the `direct' approach, is transferred from a stakeout squad back to the Homicide division, and sets about tracking down those responsible...
Obviously conceived as a purely commercial proposition, designed to capitalise on the box-office success of the original Dirty Harry (1971), the first sequel to Don Siegel's seminal crime flick, 1973's Magnum Force, is less a plain follow-up, and more of a deconstruction and comment on both the character of .44 Magnum-packing super-cop Harry Callahan, and the perceived `fascist' attitude of the original movie. However, this doesn't alter the unfortunate fact that as an action thriller, the film is a curiously muddled and flabby affair.
With the original movie accused of `fascism' by many critics, Eastwood and his collaborators (most notably screenwriters John Milius and Michael Cimino) here set out to show the naysayers exactly what true vigilante justice is all about, and how the character of Harry Callahan could not be tarred with the same brush as the killers. Unfortunately, to do this, the filmmakers have had to `soften' the character of Callahan to such an extent that he is clearly not the same granite-faced, borderline psychopath of the first film. Working far more easily with his new black partner than he managed with the Mexican one the first time around, sufficiently recovered from the death of his wife to engage in casual sex with a female neighbour (an Asian one, at that), and enjoying a cosy dinner with the family of a co-worker, Callahan is a much less anti-social being, and a more recognisably `normal' cop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum Force
This is my favourite 'Dirty Harry' film. It is exciting from start to finish and is Clint Eastwood at his best.
Published 2 months ago by Betty Souter
4.0 out of 5 stars Cops gone bad
One thing you can immediately tell about Dirty Harry Callahan is that he isn't afraid to ignore the rules if lives are on the line -- but he's no dirty cop. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars DIRTY HARRY IS THE BEST
Excellent film excellent service.

Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite actor's and have collected most of his films which I continually enjoy.
Published 6 months ago by Max rosen
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry, he is still the law.
Magnum Force is directed by Ted Post and collectively written by Harry and Rita Fink, John Milius and Michael Cimino. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Dirty Harry fim
I actually prefer this to the orginal.
It's a better story and it highlights extreme vigilante factions in the police.
Classic 70s cop thriller .
Published 7 months ago by n westwood
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting action-packed movie
This is the second of what turned out to be a series of movies that starred Clint Eastwood as maverick San Francisco cop Harry Callahan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Big suits,cars and guns.
A great follow up to Dirty Harry - Special Edition [DVD].
Cleverly the plot of this stylish detective thriller is about a group of maverick cops dispensing capital punishment... Read more
Published 13 months ago by robert stirling
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but should have been better
The subject matter makes this film an intrinsically interesting proposition. However, it is also seriously flawed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by therationalist
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum Force
Awesome film good quality item, would recommend seller, Clint Eastwood at his best yet again ********. Love Dirty Harry so only natural I would buy this film.
Published 19 months ago by Stumpmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Dirty Harry (if that's possible)
I watched this DVD with a true sense of forboding. I was dreading that, like Battlefield Earth or Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, this film would ruin the image of a legend (in this... Read more
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