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Get Carter, 1971, 2008 WB Iconic Films release - Classic gangster film starring Michael Caine and 1970's Newcastle,
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This iconic 1971 film has to be one of the greatest gangster films ever made. The basic premise is quite simple, London gangster Jack Carter (Caine) returns to his roots in Newcastle to investigate the death of his brother.
What follows is a wonderfully atmospheric trawl through Newcastle's seedy underbelly, as he chases down old criminal and family contacts and slowly learns the truth about just what his brother and niece were involved in.
This film is a winner for several reasons. Firstly is Caine's amazing performance. He IS Carter, the stylish and intelligent yet ruthless thug. Secondly is the wonderful supporting cast, including Alun Armstrong, Ian Hendry and George Sewell. They provide a wonderful, colourful procession of heavies and gangsters that Carter has to work his way through in the search for the truth. Thirdly is the wonderful cinematography - the grimy, gloomy city in industrial decline os almost as much a star of the film as Caine. Then there's the wonderful script filled with snappy dialogue and great twists and turns, and then there's the direction, which gives this film a gritty yet stylish feel. Finally there's Roy Budd's amazing score, the opening scene of Carter on the train going to Newcastle is memorable, but would have had no impact if it wasn't for the superb score.
I could go on and on eulogising about this film, but that would be a waste of time. Just buy it and see it for yourself. And make sure you get the original, don't make the mistake of getting the atrocious Sylvester Stallone remake.
This disk presents the film in widescreen, with a mono soundtrack. The print is nice a clear with a minimum of artefacts. There is an option to watch the film with music only, and an interesting commentary from the director, Mike Hodge and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. Also included are the three original theatrical trailers.
Get it, you won't regret it!