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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best of the Dirty Harry collection
"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...
Published on 5 Feb 2002

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1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star for the transfer NOT the movie!
Dirty Harry is seminal and iconic, Eastwood is brilliant: none of this at issue. The problem for me - contrary to everyone else from what I can see - is the blu-ray transfer.

I cannot argue at all with the clarity and crispness of the image, rather it is the bizzarely unreal colour correction / balance in many scenes where blues and reds in particular (cars,...
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Harry Palmer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best of the Dirty Harry collection, 5 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971] (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
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This review is from: Dirty Harry [VHS] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's iconic performance still delivers the goods, 17 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971] (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?"

But Dirty Harry is more than just a big gun disgruntled cop film, there are lighter moments in some scenes, supporting cast is good with John Vernon as the Mayor, Reni Santoni as his partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez, John Larch as the police chief. But it's Eastwood who dominates the screen during his time, though it has to be said Andy Robinson is every bit the "crazy killer" an actor could be asked to play, both work well together and there is a convincing feeling about the acting.

The story does side-line a little with other "smaller cases" that highlight Callahan's police style, but it's the Scorpio case that pushes the main plot.

At the time quite a controversial film which many felt didn't portray the police service in a very flattering light (quite the reverse) But Sigel and Eastwood dare to take a different path and the results is a film which few will forget. There is an obvious "70's" feel with the jumpy drum beat music though it's suits the film well, direction is solid and so is camera work though the performances lift this above the normal cop v bad guy film.. For me the most interesting part is Callahan's disillusionment with the "system" (which is questioned throughout the film) ending in the last scene with him throwing his badge into a river.

No doubt one of the most important roles for Eastwood and a firm favourite among film fans, this important production had a huge impact police style films an only added to Eastwood's "quiet but tough" image which he later used to good effect in other films.

Not to be missed, dated but still a gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do ya, punk?, 24 Feb 2014
E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971] (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. There's nothing romanticized or tidy about Dirty Harry's world.

And a lot of that comes from Eastwood himself. His performance as Callahan is the stuff of cinematic legend -- he's an anti-hero with nerves like barbed wire and eyes like steel buttons, and he cares far more about justice than law. What matters most to him is saving innocent lives and stopping the killer, and sometimes he has to step outside the law to do so.

And while Eastwood starts off as a simple cop protagonist, his presence grows more imposing as the story winds on. This isn't hurt by the demonstrations of his badassery -- such as threatening a robber with the legendary "Do ya, punk? question", then strolling off on a bloodied leg.

Director Don Siegel gives the movie a gritty, slightly grimy feel, with Callahan drifting through sleazy strip clubs, abandoned rock quarries and the occasional rooftop with a suicidal person clinging to it. And it has a strong feeling of realism, even during the more "Hollywood" scenes -- when Harry leaps off a bridge onto the roof of a schoolbus, it doesn't look like a stunt. It looks REAL.

He also injects a note of shocking horror into some of the scenes, such as when Robinson's Scorpio begins crazily threatening children when they start freaking out. It's especially scary because we've seen innocent people killed by this maniac, so we know he's perfectly capable of hurting the children.

"Dirty Harry" became an instant classic for a reason -- not only does it introduce us to the gritty anti-hero cop, but it let the world know that Clint Eastwood was a legend. Harrowing, brilliant and bloody.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLURRING THE DISTINCTIONS, 25 Jun 2008
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They say first is always best and never has that been more true than here. Four progressively inferior sequels follow DIRTY HARRY, charting not only a decline in script quality but also in the general believability of a character who ends up being little more than a one-note lethal weapon rather than the maverick detective who, finding himself up against the SFPD's interminable bureaucracy, prefers to let his Magnum .44 do at least some of the talking. Okay, THE ENFORCER and MAGNUM FORCE just about hold their own but Clint's age is beginning to show by the time SUDDEN IMPACT appears and, frankly, the less said about THE DEAD POOL the better.

There's so much in this film that bears repeated viewings. It's certainly a brutal affair, and definitely non-pc, with director DON SIEGEL blurring the distinctions between cop and killer to the point where it's not always easy to tell one from the other by behaviour alone. But thanks to a brilliant turn by ANDY ROBINSON as the lip-quivering psychopath SCORPIO, it's somewhat less difficult to brush aside any misgivings about Harry Callahan's unorthodox methods. Not so much 'cake and and eat it' as knife and twist it.

Great support from RENI SANTINO assigned to be yet another of his initially indifferent colleague's 'unlucky' partners, CHICO, taking the bullets in the superbly choreographed bloodbath set in Golden Gate Park. Surviving the machine-gunning, he is clearly wiser after the event as to the type of lawman Callahan represents, re-affirming just what the 'Dirty' prefix means as a bottom line definition.

The fast-paced direction ensures that there's a very real sense of tension in the race to rescue a young girl (kidnapped and subsequently buried alive by Scorpio) and prevent her from dying by suffocation. The fact that Harry is frustrated in his attempts and ultimately fails - leading to the discovery of her pallid corpse - only increases his determination to sidestep the law-enforcement 'establishment' and go after Scorpio in the way he knows gets results - much to the dismay of media-courting and increasingly irritable Mayor (JOHN VERNON) and Callahan's own exasperated boss, Lieutenant Bressler (HARRY GUARDINO). A terrifically downbeat ending is a reminder that those who are supposed to protect and serve occasionally cross the line and that sometimes it simply has to be that way. Depends how lucky a person feels on the day, I suppose.

"...I know what you're thinkin', punk. You're thinkin', 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Now to tell you the truth, I've forgotten myself in all this excitement...but being this is a forty-four Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and will blow your head clean've gotta ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya...PUNK?!!"

MOST POWERFUL SCENE(S): in the football ground under the floodlights as Harry steps on Scorpio's bullet wound to the leg; Scorpio's smashed-to-a-pulp face as he demands "every penny's worth..." of the beating he's arranged in order to frame his never-far-from-sight nemesis.

BLU-RAY PICTURE QUALITY: Superb, with a lot of detail not present on the regular DVD - you really get to know about a person's skin complexion via this format. There is still, however, a small amount of grain visible in the darker scenes, but that only adds to the gritty nature of the film as a whole and is not an issue.

BLU-RAY SOUND QUALITY: Excellent, bright and punchy in uncompressed 5.1. Brings to the fore composer LALO SCHIFRIN's cool and very 70's score.

A brilliant film, in it's best possible showcase. And Clint has never been more magnetic. Don't miss it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly censored, but still a movie great!, 20 Sep 2011
This review is from: Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
"Harry Callahan is a tough, streetwise San Francisco cop whom they call Dirty Harry. A rooftop sniper (Andy Robinson) named Scorpio has killed twice. Harry Callahan will nail him... one way or another... no matter what 'the system' prescribes. Filming on location, director Don Siegel made the City by the Bay a vital part of one of the best police thrillers ever made."

Audio: English, German and Spanish
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Norweigan, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the Hearing Impaired.
Special Features: English Commentary by Richard Schickel, two featurettes called "Dirty Harry: The Original" and "Dirty Harry's Way", Interviews with Patricia Clarkson, Joel Cox, Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Evan Kim, John Milius, Ted Post, Andy Robinson, Robert Urich and (yes, I was surprised at this one...) Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are also trailers for Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool. All features are English audio, and with subtitles in English, Czech, Danish, Finish, German, Greek, Norweigan, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

It should be noted that this version does have a slight suppression of audio at 6½ minutes into the feature, although the word omitted is displayed on the screen.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You lookin' at me punk?, 12 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Dirty Harry [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
In the 70's, movies were getting a bit more violent, and moving towards action rather than the 60s western, where the good guys always won. Don Segal decided to focus on cops that were not prepared to follow the new policing rules, and handled things in their own way. Bring on Inspector Callahan, a no nonsense cop in a crazy world, where drugs, muggings and bank robberies were a daily occurance in San Francisco. Harry wasn't ready to let it all go to hell, he was ready to fight.
This is the first outing for Harry, and the first few minutes of the movie show us that Harry isn't going to back down or "go soft", just because they mayor wants him to stop pulling out his Magnum 45, a very powerful handgun, and start laying down the law, and bringing the state police a lot of charges to them. So his boss Bresslier has just had enough, and places him with rookie cop Chico Gonzalez, who's more suited to a classroom than to the confinment of police life. The guys are sent out on a mission to arrest a crazed man who's going to kill a child or a black person for $1million, so Harry has to act quick.
The film follows Harry as he makes his investigations of crimes, like when Scorpio kills a child on the beach, shoots a black man in the middle of a green and the threats he keeps sending them through the San Francisco Cronicle.
Gonzarles finds out why Harry's called "Dirty Harry", because he has to do every bad job around, as he gets called to a guy ready to jump. Of course, Harry gets him down, but it's not usual methods he uses.
The film has great scenes, like when Harry goes up to one of the gunmen after the bank robbery and makes his legendary speech; which makes the man very scared because he's playing Russian Roulette with his life. Harry knows well what's going on, but he likes to use fear to make people do what they have to do. Another example is when he makes it to the football ground and finds Scorpio, and runs to the middle of the field, and threatens to shoot him if he doesn't help him find the little girl.
The music is excellent in this film, Lalo Schifrin, with his jazzy and funky soundtrack which illustrates the highs and lows. The music compliments the pictures, and brings a certain mood to the picture. The instrumentation is excellent, and the use of strings to bring preasure is just perfect.
The film also brings in a lot of personal feelings, like when Scorpio uses the media to make him look like the victime, this is quite a new skill used by Don Segal, and was quite revolutionary. Also Harry's attitude is well documented, with his masterpiece scene in the DA's office "What about that girl's rights?" He brought up quite a few things to think about, which is always good in a movie of this genre.
In conclusion, this film is great, the scenes are well done and well filmed for their time; and the remastering brings a lot of colour to the screen and texture to the soundtrack. Listening to this in 5.1 surround gives it a whole different angle, which is amazing. Also the script is of a high class. If you don't get this, you're missing out on the best cop movie ever made. Clint Eastwood and Andrew Robinson made the movie what it is, great direction from Don Segal. You won't regret this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Eastwood's best films, 13 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Dirty Harry [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Stony-faced Clint takes on a raving lunatic in this excellent police thriller. The truly deranged Scorpio killer is stalking the minority groups of San Francisco, mercilessly sniping his victims while attemping to blackmail the SFPD with threats and ransom demands. But he's no match for Harry Callahan, the city's dirtiest and most determined cop. Greatest scenes? It's difficult to pick the highlights, but no review is complete without mentioning the film's two great 'Do you feel lucky?' moments. Also wonderful are the 'Row your boat' singing scene where Scorpio terrorises the kids on the school bus, the shocking plot twist when the killer has himself beaten to a pulp, and Harry's handling of an attempted suicide attempt (I won't spoil it by telling you how he manages it!). All in all, a very good video despite very vague (though still worrying) fascist undertones to Harry's all-out attitude to policing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic, 22 Jun 2008
Dirty Harry is just a stone wall classic movie. Released in 1971 it caused controversy because of Harrys rogue maverick police methods and character. Clint really delivers a superb performance as Harry Calahan as the troubled cop who hates the system and beuracracy and borders between staying on the right side of the law to dispense justice. (A theme which would be the basis of the sequel magnum force) Also of note is Andrew Robinsons bravu debut performance as the killer scorpio. This ranks for me as the best performance ever in a villian role,the character robinson created is so disturbed and bizarre it matches no other i've amazing performance.

DH comes to blu ray in a new print. This is the best ive seen this fim look and have had it on both vhs and dvd and this blows both away but is substandard pic wise to the quality of the sequels on blu ray. The newer the film,the better the pic quality and as this is the oldest comes off worse but thats not to say this isnt a vast improvement over all previous versions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE COP MOVIE., 13 July 2008
REVIEWED VERSION: 2008 Warner Bros. US Blu-Ray (Book Packaging)

Director: Don Siegel

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Andy Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, John Larch, John Mitchum

Production: USA 1971


A crazy killer calloing himself Scorpio (Andy Robinson) is on the loose, threatening to kill even more people if the police do not pay him.
"Dirty Harry" Callahan, San Francisco's toughest and most cynical cop is assigned to the case.


There are no cons.
DIRTY HARRY is the ultimate cop movie and Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the title role is unique. Eastwood created a three dimensional character instead of a two dimensional super hero. Eastwood's cynical comments are among the best puns ever on screen.
DIRTY HARRY is a typical 70s action-thriller: there is action but not the non-stop shootings with the MTV-style quick cuts, this is quality 70s filmmaking here, when story still mattered. And yes, it comes with the orange 70s blood, hey it's part of the 70s! Get the groove or get out!
The acting is top notch. Needless to comment on Eastwood's performance, the supporting cast is brilliant as well: Andy (Andrew) Robinson from HELLRAISER plays the maniacal killer Scorpio so perfectly, people actually sent him death threats after the movie's release (and this was the 70s!). I liked Reni Santoni as Callahan's partner Chico. It's a pity that they did not keep him on in MAGNUM FORCE.
Director Don Siegel created a masterpiece of filmmaking here. Brilliantly staged action scenes, excellent pacing and great characters make this an all-time cult classic.
DIRTY HARRY was shot almost entirely in San Fransisco. It had a budget of $4 million and grossed $35,976,000. The movie caused some controversy (some folks just need to be offended or they simply have no meaning in life), ranging from debating police brutality and criminals' rights being violated to typical feminists who thought Dirty Harry was Search Results misogynist.
Film "critic" Roger Ebert praised the film's technical merits but denounced the film for its "fascist moral position" (yeah whatever, dude). The film was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1971, making it a major financial success.
I can only highly recommend DIRTY HARRY. It is the best film of the series, followed by its 3rd sequel SUDDEN IMPACT. I also liked MAGNUM FORCE and THE ENFORCER, both classic Eastwood films and highly watchable, but I did not care for the 4th and final sequel THE DEAD POOL. Definitelt one of the best films of the 70s!


- Clint Eastwood performed all his own stunts

- Andrew Robinson received several death threats after the film was released

- Andrew Robinson created a backstory for Scorpio which made him a traumatized Vietnam veteran (kinda like in FIRST BLOOD)

- Scorpio was loosely based on the real life Zodiac killer

- Clint Eastwood directed the scene with the suicide jumper (Bill Couch)

- the Philippine police force ordered a print of the film for use as a training film


Feature running time: 102:29 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC) (rerated 2008)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 / 16:9
Audio: English TrueHD 5.1, English 5.1, French 1.0, Spanish (Latin) 1.0, Spanish (Castellano) 1.0, Portuguese 1.0, Italian 1.0, German 1.0 (Japanese 1.0 credited on packaging but not available)
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, German SDH, Italian, Italian SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Extras: Audio Commentary, Dirty Harry: The Original Featurette (29:45), Dirt Harry's Way Featurette (7:06), The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry Featurette (25:31), Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso Featurette (58:08), Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Featurette (86:48), Interviews: (27:25) with Patricia Clarkson, Joel Cox, Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Evan Kim, John Milius, Ted Post, Andy Robinson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Ulrich, Trailers: Dirty Harry (3:28), Magnum Force (2:21), The Enforcer (2:18), Sudden Impact (1:29), The Dead Pool (1:29)
Region: Region Free

Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 3/5
Extras: 4/5

The DigiBook edition contains one Blu-Ray disc along with a 40 page booklet which consists mainly of pictures and character bios. If you already own DIRTY HARRY on Blu-Ray there is no reason whatsoever to get this edition.
The picture quality is good for a film of that age. Warner Bros. is not known for investing much in the restoration of the classics for their Blu-Ray release and not too much can be expected here: the picture is grainy, but the colors are vibrant and overall this looks better than expected and definitely better than on DVD.
The audio track is OK I guess, for a film of the 70s. Don't expect too much.
There's quite a ton of extras to enjoy here, all included in the DIRTY HARRY BOX SET, nothing new here. All in all a superb Blu-Ray edition - if you do not possess the box already.
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