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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2002
What can i say its a classic. All five films in the one box.
The first disc is the original Dirty Harry, which has Clint Eastwood playing Harry Callahan of the San Fransico P.D. He is on the trail of a killer calling himself the Scorpio. Harry will do anything to get him including breaking the rules, a great film that ends with a climatic shootout on a school bus.
Disc 2.
This is Magnum Force which is about a group of maverick motorcycle police officers going around killing all those people that they think need to be given a good dose of justice. Once again Harry Has to stop them.
Disc 3
This is the Enforcer. The last of the good ones. This has Tyne Daley From Cagney and Lacey teaming up as Harry's partner as the go around San Fransico trying to take out a group of terroists that have kidnapped a mayor. There is a great climax at Acotraz prison.
Disc 4
The weakest of the lot Sudden Impact. This one has Harry on leave. But where he goes murder is sure to follow. Not much of a story line and it lacks the shoot outs that we are used to, but it does deliver that imortal line "go ahead, make my day"
Disc 5
The last installment. The DEad Pool. Not a bad film, with liam Neeson as a film producer who is being framed for the murders that is going on, this also has a small cameo role from jim carrey at the beginning, not a bad film but not great.
All in all im really glad that i got this box set, it really does make my day
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 February 2002
I was lucky enough to win my Dirty Harry boxed set and how glad I am! I have been a fan for many years, since before I was legally able to watch the films so to get all five films in one go was a dream.
Although The Dead Pool is easily the weakest of the five, that does not mean all the sequels get progressively weaker after the original. Another reviewer has said Clint Eastwood was trapped by the character's one-dimensionality. I think the problem is more the myriad of Dirty Harry clones in films lessen one's expectations of the original and sometimes overlook the subtleties of the scripts. For example, one might think from watching just Dirty Harry that Callaghan is a mysoginist and a loner. But in Magnum Force we see he admires the team work of the vigilante cops (before he finds out they are breaking the law) and in The Enforcer he works quite well with Tyne Daly. There are hints at his past (a dead wife) and desire for a future (romances in Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool). Each film deals with his attitudes to a different aspect of morality, the justice system, and trying to live a life in a world that for him is full of death and horror. He even has a sense of humour (the Shetland pony question in The Enforcer for example). Granted none of the sequels makes the choice Harry has to make about where he takes his stand as well as Dirty Harry, but they do all say something about the man worth hearing.
The documentaries included on the discs show how the writer/director in Clint Eastwood developed along with the series. They are too short to really do this job justice though. Given the huge impact Eastwood has had culturally more effort could have been made. One gets the definite impression the collection was thrown together for the sake of there not already being a Dirty Harry Collection. Its a bit like when Stanley Kubrick died and special editions of 2001 and Full Metal Jacket were put out. There wasn't anything really special about them at all. Given the capacity of DVDs and the wealth of material available, I would like to have seen more included.
If you want the original maverick cop, plays by his own rules, kills the baddies and doesn't care who he offends on the way, Dirty Harry is for you. If you can't find a way to win one, I strongly recommend you buy this collection.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2005
Should you buy this box set? And the answer is a resounding: YES!
Not only does it contain one of the greatest films in cinema history, but all of it's sequels too!
Everybody's heard Clint's famous catchphrases. Go ahead, make my day is really overused that it has become a bit of a farce. Same with Do you feel lucky, punk?
Classic catchphrases that are so well used they've lost their impact.
Watch Dirty Harry today and remember why they became such classic lines. Watching Clint say them again on screen for the first time makes you forget all the overuse. The way Clint delivers them is outstanding, and better than any other pretenders or gags made out of them. Clint really personifies the Dirty Harry character.
Yes, the first film is just as relevent today as ever, still as startling, violent and downright cool. It is even surprisingly funny, laced with a dark humour.
Even if you have expectations going in to see this film for the first time, it will exceed them in every way.
The rest of the films, however, aren't that great. The further along they go the worse they are. Magnum Force is decent, but not classic. The Enforcer is entertaining. Sudden Impact is watchable. But Dead Pool is dire.
For a boxset, the extras are a bit skinny, but worth watching. And another interesting facet of having all the films together is literally seeing Clint age on screen. But let's be honest, he still holds it well, even in his latest Million Dollar Baby.
Clint is a legend. Dirty Harry is a classic. Not owning this DVD would be a crime.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2008
Dirty Harry is a modern screen classic. It set the scene for the modern police thriller and all subsequent films of this genre owe a little something to it. Prior to Dirty Harry, police officers were generally compliant and treated their bosses with respect, often begrudgingly but respectfully nevertheless. Harry Callaghan has contempt for just about everyone including, indeed in some cases especially, for his superiors. His sympathies lie entirely with the victims of crime. The "cop on the edge" character is the forerunner of Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon series, John McLane from Die Hard and the plethora of 70s TV cops such as Kojak, Starsky & Hutch and in the UK The Sweeney and The Professionals. Like most groundbreaking films, it is generally regarded as the finest of its kind and with good reason. ALthough Callaghan's attitude may now be a little 'old hat', in the early 70s his attitude was what made the film as impressive as it is. His determination to get Scorpio even if it means breaking the rules he has no respect for and his lack of enjoyment for the job he feels compelled to do because he can't think of anything else to do is what makes him such an interesting character and what places the film within the category of groundbreaking.

The Dirty Harry sequels all offer something, although the firt film is the real gem. Magnum Force has its moments and The Enforcer offers a very interesting take on female police officers long before they were more accepted in American film. The film also offers one of Harry Callaghan's funniest moments when he is placed upon the interview board and makes his comment about a Shetland Pony! Priceless!!

Sudden Impact is the weakest entry in the series, it's a bit formulaic and the narrative has a rushed feel to it, although the female killer could be seen as a precursor to Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct whilst The Dead Pool offers an interesting narrative and is notable for the big breaks of Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson. However, Clint Eastwood was wise to hang up his magnum after this film as it all had become a bit stale.

Nevertheless, the first three films offer the definitve 70s 'cop on the edge' type of film and are worth the cost of the box set alone. It's a must have package for all Clint Eastwood fans, cop thriller fans and anyone else who appreciate good honest cinema at a fair price.
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on 24 June 2013
As its a box set ill whisk through the movies that we have all come to love,including all the catchphrases.1971"Dirty Harry",introduces us to the character of the main title.Harry who is a leautenant for The San Francisco police is put on a case to hunt down a vicious sniper who calls himself Scorpio,lots of nastiness and violence to be had here right until the final SHOT?1973"Magnum Force!"Harry returns, and is up against vigilantes bad cops,when refuses to join them,hes in trouble and all those who know their identities?.A pre Starsky and Hutch David Soul here,crackin stuff.1976"The Enforcer"Harry is up against a group of terrorists who kidnap the mayor of San Francisco,here he is teamed with for the first time with a female partner,Tyne Daley,of Cagney and Lacey fame,great suspense and great use of Alcatraz island.1983"Sudden Impact!"woe!,my personal favourite of the Dirty Harrys.Someone is going round shooting people(nothing new there)but this case takes Harry out of his beloved Cisco and to a small community with very unsavoury characters who are getting"justice?"Best of the lot this one,Now we come to "Dead Pool"Dead loss more like,but hey ho,it rounds the Harry series off."Dead Pool"is a guessing game amongst a group of film fans of what celebrities will die that year.Well Harry finds hes on the pool and doesn't like it!!!!.The highlight of the movie is a car chase,a car chase between Harry and A model radio controlled car?Great use of a "Harpoon!!"?,at the end though..Great box set,shame the last movie is so lame,but,1990s "The Rookie!"(not a dirty harry movie) Clint redeems himself in that ,a year after this movie was made.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 February 2002
I was lucky enough to win my Dirty Harry boxed set and how glad I am!
...Although The Dead Pool is easily the weakest of the five, that does not mean all the sequels get progressively weaker after the original. Another reviewer has said Clint Eastwood was trapped by the character's one-dimensionality. I think the problem is more the myriad of Dirty Harry clones in films lessen one's expectations of the original and sometimes overlook the subtleties of the scripts. For example, one might think from watching just Dirty Harry that Callaghan is a mysoginist and a loner. But in Magnum Force we see he admires the team work of the vigilante cops (before he finds out they are breaking the law) and in The Enforcer he works quite well with Tyne Daly. There are hints at his past (a dead wife) and desire for a future (romances in Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool). Each film deals with his attitudes to a different aspect of morality, the justice system, and trying to live a life in a world that for him is full of death and horror. He even has a sense of humour (the Shetland pony question in The Enforcer for example). Granted none of the sequels makes the choice Harry has to make about where he takes his stand as well as Dirty Harry, but they do all say something about the man worth hearing.
The documentaries included on the discs show how the writer/director in Clint Eastwood developed along with the series. They are too short to really do this job justice though. Given the huge impact Eastwood has had culturally more effort could have been made. One gets the definite impression the collection was thrown together for the sake of there not already being a Dirty Harry Collection. Its a bit like when Stanley Kubrick died and special editions of 2001 and Full Metal Jacket were put out. There wasn't anything really special about them at all. Given the capacity of DVDs and the wealth of material available, I would like to have seen more included.
If you want the original maverick cop, plays by his own rules, kills the baddies and doesn't care who he offends on the way, Dirty Harry is for you. If you can't find a way to win one, I strongly recommend you buy this collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2008
Have always been a Clint Eastwood fan.Although these films have been out a very long time they never lose there appeal.This collection is great and the price makes them even greater.Well worth the money.
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on 30 March 2013
It's Dirty Harry! If you haven't seen them they are a treat. I'm sure people bemoan the sequals not being as good as the first but they're all very gritty and Clint is just great.
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on 15 October 2013
Absolutely love this box set, appearance, and the films! clint eastwood plays his usual "moody" character. 10/10 would advise buying!
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on 7 October 2014
What can you say about this collection of films that hav'nt been said previously? Would'nt we all like to kick a few butts!
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