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Sequel, not a spoof or parody,
This review is from: Dragnet [DVD] (DVD)
"Pseudo-halogenic compound cyanogen. Uh-huh."
There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding of the nature of 1987's comedy hit Dragnet. It's NOT a spoof of the TV show like the indescribably awful Starsky and Hutch movie from 2004. Aykroyd and Hanks can sleep sound at night knowing that they've made a movie for the ages, and despite a couple of elements which place it firmly in the 80s there's not much to make you think it wasn't made in the 21st century, especially that brilliant theme tune by The Art of Noise. A soundtrack CD was released at the time, but a dedicated score CD has, to date, never been made available, which is a shame since it's brilliant.
Dan Aykroyd plays the nephew of Jack Webb's Joe Friday (also called Joe). He's just as humorless, unironic and logical. He goes into ludicrous detail about the most trivial of matters and has never, ever, ever considered breaking the rules to break a case. His partner Frank quits and his boss Captain Bill Gannon (Jack Webb's partner in the original TV show, once again played by Harry Morgan) pairs him up with dirty, unshaven young renegade Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks). They're the classic mismatched pair and the chemistry between them is absolutely perfect.
They're assigned to the P.A.G.A.N. case and discover a ruthless cult taking control of the Los Angeles crime network. WAY out of their depth, and with only a single witness to identify the P.A.G.A.N. leader they move from one amusing set-piece to the next, rubbing off on each other, and losing many vehicles (and Friday's beloved hat).
Dragnet went straight to Number 1 at the box office when it was released in the summer of 1987 and I've loved it ever since I was a kid. Even though I didn't completely understand it, Over the years I've noticed things that I previously missed and it's kept the film fresh and appealing all this time. It's not as fondly remembered as other comedy films from the era (such as The 'burbs, Uncle Buck or Fletch) for some reason but it's well worth owning.
The DVD is in average Dolby 2.0 surround with okay stereo effects and slight ambiance to James Ira Newborn's score and is anamorphically enhanced at 1.78:1. The only extra is a trailer which features scenes not in the movie. But seriously Universal, the time has come for a Blu Ray release. Dragnet was one of the first movies out of the door when DVD came along and I've owned this version for over 11 years. Blu Ray is hardly in its infancy anymore and I'd like you to start releasing more catalog movies. Can we have Dragnet in High-Def NOW please? We need a 1080p re-master and lossless audio for that brilliant score.