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The Sting (Special Edition) [DVD]

Paul Newman , Robert Redford    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Brad Sullivan, Ray Walston
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B73H6Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set in 1936, the movie's about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It's an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyonesque villain, The Sting is further blessed by a host of great supporting players including Dana Elcar, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, and Harold Gould. Thanks to the flavorful music score by Marvin Hamlisch, this was also the movie that sparked a nationwide revival of Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz, which is featured prominently on the soundtrack. One of the most entertaining movies of the early 1970s, The Sting is a welcome throwback to Hollywood's golden age of the '30s that hasn't lost any of its popular charm. --Jeff Shannon

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In 1930s Illinois, young hustler Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) vows revenge after his older partner (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered at the behest of kingpin Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in retribution for a con pulled on one of his runners. Travelling to Chicago, Hooker teams up with old hand Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), and together they plan the ultimate 'sting' against Donnegan. This re-teaming of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, following the success of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', won seven Oscars and helped repopularize the music of Scott Joplin, which features heavily on Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack.


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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 BLU RAY 'COLLECTOR'S SERIES' BOOK PACK VERSION ***

In April 2012 Universal Studios was 100 years old - and to celebrate that movie-making centenary - they've had 13 of their most-celebrated films fully restored for BLU RAY. But it doesn't stop there. As many as 80 other titles will be given US re-launches across the year each featuring distinctive "100th Anniversary" gatefold card-wrap packaging - and in some cases a host of new features. 1973's "The Sting" is one of the thirteen singled out for full restoration (see list below) - and like the other BLU RAYS in this series so far - is very tastefully done.

UK released Monday 11 June 2012 - "The Sting Collector's Series" comes in a gorgeous limited edition 40-page 'Book Pack' (Barcode 5050582893151). The outer hardback holder has an awkward card wrapped around it which is attached at the front with a flimsy circular sticker - not the most eloquent of objects it has to be said and it contains info that isn't on the back sleeve of the book pack - so you don't want to lose it. It's hard to keep in place without damage - so I put the whole shebang in a plastic sleeve for protection. It's also worth noting that most of the AMERICAN issues are 'two-disc' sets containing the BLU RAY, the DVD and also means to obtain a Digital Copy via download. It appears that the UK issues will contain ONLY the BLU RAY in the Book Pack. However, if you want say "Out Of Africa" or "Buck Privates" (which have yet to be given UK releases) - then the US issues will do because their non-region coding will allow them play in all machines.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best this film has ever looked 9 Sep 2013
By Max VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Sting is a classic con film. Anything with Redford and Newman is bound to be great, but the Sting has a story that surpases even these two great thespians. I have been after Universal's remastering on Blu Ray for a while, and have finally got a copy. First of all hats off to Universal, it looks stunning. I have another 100th anniversay Blu Ray: To Kill A Mocking Bird, and it's unbelievable how good it looks. The Sting is the same. I love the fact they kept the deep shadows in this film, as apposed to trying to brighten and gain more clarity. Some films need that depth. The murky back streets and alleyways and the dinners and shops and Chicago all come alive with such beautiful detail. Everything looks fresh and new. The sound is also great, capturing the Scott Joplin rag time soundtrack really well and the sounds of the streets too. For those that love this film, do yourself a favour and upgrade to Blu Ray and see it as its meant to be seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blissful Revenge 10 Jun 2011
By PIAF
Format:DVD
This is an award winning oldie (1970) that's great fun with a good dose of suspense. Sweet revenge of the con men on the 'really' bad guy. Intricate deception, timing and comedy combine to keep you on the edge of your chair with a surprise ending to thorooughly satisfy. Charming fun as Redford and Newman carry off a complex sting with similar quirky comedy twists as the 1990 Australian "Big Steal" where Ben Mendelsohn takes revenge on the con man so star Steve Bisley while trying to get on with his romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... do ya foller!? 21 Dec 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
5stars for this film in every aspect. The feel, the story, the characters, the music , the sets, everything. Redford and Newman are awesome as they try and pull off the big con. Two of the biggest names in Hollywood and they make great acting look effortless. Their on screen chemistry is fantastic.

Robert Shaw is superb as the vicious crime lord who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. His subtle hints as to what will happen if his 'customers' don't obey his word are legend, do you follow!

This film is 35 years old now and the beauty of it is it will never fade, its a timeless piece and a must for any fan of the silver screen, young or old. When they say 'they don't make them like this anymore' its never more true for this classic.
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Format:DVD
The year is 1936, and while generally there's a depression on, small-time Joliet grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and his pals Luther Coleman and Joe Erie (Robert Earl Jones and Jack Kehoe) have just hit the big one, taking over $10,000 from a mark in a routine street con. What they don't know, unfortunately, is that their mark is actually a runner for the Illinois operation of New York banker-turned-mob boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), who loses no time sending a pair of killers after them, commenting dryly that "you can't encourage this kind of thing ... ya' folla'?" Hours later, Luther is found dead below his living room window. Shocked and angry, Johnny and Joe nevertheless know they have to beat it, and quickly. Johnny decides to go to Chicago, to look up Luther's old friend Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), whom Luther has described as a true big-timer. He is less than impressed, however, when he finds Gondorff sleeping off the previous night's booze, actually lying in a corner *beside* his bed. His impression only changes after they have started to talk (and not before he has given him a good drenching in the bath tub to sober him up) and Hooker begins to get an inkling that this guy Gondorff actually does know what he's talking about. Read more ›
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