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The Dead Pool [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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The fifth film in the 'Dity Harry' series. Notorious hard man Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is unhappy when he becomes the target of macabre interest when his name appears on an anonymous hit list - not that he minds being singled out by killers, just that he doesn't like appearing on a list which also features rock stars and TV celebrities. Aided by a new karate-kicking partner (Evan C. Kim) and bugged by an ambitious journalist (Patricia Clarkson), Callahan sets out to chase down the would-be assassins and creates all kinds of mayhem in the process.
After the drudgery of Sudden Impact, the third and worst sequel to Dirty Harry, no one could have expected the fourth to have any signs of life. But The Dead Pool is fairly inspired, even playful--check out a "chase" scene between Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan character and a remote-controlled toy car wielding a bomb--and it ended the long-running series on an unexpectedly positive note. This time, Callahan investigates a series of murders that appears to be on a "death list," while becoming romantically involved with a television reporter (Patricia Clarkson). Jim Carrey has a small but memorable part as a doped-up rock star, and Liam Neeson is on board, too. IT is directed by Eastwood-surrogate Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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DD True HD is both present and not at all bad. The disc inconveniently starts without presenting its menu and defaults to plain old Dolby Digital, but it allows nine alternative soundtracks to be selected even from the opening film company logo so the inconvenience is minor.
It's not the most exciting of the series nor is it the most amazing Blu-ray image you have ever seen, but it is no worse than many other films from the 80s and at the 3 for 2 price I am not disappointed.
The problem with The Dead Pool is that it does not really feel like a Dirty Harry film and the character of Harry Callahan seems to be different than the other four films. There is something missing in this film and I think I know why having recently watched all the Dirty Harry movies again. The baddie in this is rubbish. He is just a weak serial killer with no convincing motive to justify why he is doing people in. There is one very amusing murder when he kills a film critic which is a dig at that bitch Pauline Keal who had field day and hated Eastwoods films. I urge you you read one of Clints biographies and see what an absolute tit she was.
There some good action sequences in The Dead Pool with the shoot out in China Town and the truly amazing car chase involving Harry and his partner being chased through the streets of San Fransisco by a remote control car rigged to explode. Very original and very well put together. We also have Jim Carrey as one of the victims, a drug addict rock star who does a great version of Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N Roses. He performs it way over the top and it's all the better for it. Liam Neeson plays a horror film director who is suspected of committing the murders because of his involvement in the dead pool game.Read more ›
It's not great, but it is fun enough for Eastwood fans in a undemanding mood. The Dirty Harry series didn't need another film, and in fact it had arguably run its course at the release of Sudden Impact five years earlier, but even an ageing Eastwood remained watchable when he was dolling out the machismo. Such is the case here.
The writing is a bit trite (is that an attempt at a link between violence and the media?) and boorish in its adherence to Harry Callahan's exhausted formula (ooh look it's another worried side-kick). Peril is very scarce; though a toy car sequence is wonderfully bonkers and played for great effect, and pre-fame Liam Neeson and Patricia Clarkson stick out like a sore thumbs for not entirely the right reasons.
However, in spite of the caricature that Harry has become, he's still a bad MOFO. If it's just him running effortlessly along the promenade, throwing a glorious punch to the jaw of a loser, or wielding a Harpoon Gun like it was part of his body, Harry Callahan in Eastwood's hands is entertainment. It's the reason why we watch it in the first place and the reason why they made a fifth film in a series that started so brilliantly in the early 1970s. 6/10
If you watch it as a standalone movie, and try to forget that its a Dirty Harry movie, there is lots of fun to be had. Otherwise, it's just a script that was going round Hollywood for a while, and they decided to whack the Dirty Harry moniker on there to put bums on seats.
And it worked to an extent.
It's a good enough idea, high risk celebrities on a list and they just happen to die is quite a high concept, but at the same time, it's very early eighties slasher fodder, in fact, there are scenes that are very reminiscent of Stallone's Cobra.
Eastwood is wonderful as usual, and for a police officer, shooting people in the back is no problem.
We also have Liam Neeson spending the film acting sinister and having a rat hang off the back of his head as the main suspect, but it's all too perfect to have him as the killer, so come the end, it's just a random no one who is responsible for all the shenanigans.
Oh and Jim Carrey is in it as James Carrey.
It's throwaway stuff, poor for a Dirty Harry movie, but for a Clint Eastwood action vehicle, it's a pretty enjoyable 90 minutes.
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Not doing Clint justice with the streamed version. Quality is rubbish,don't do it.
Take an icon of the movies and wreck his films? Read more
This is the weakest entry in the Dirty Harry series, and comes across as more of an insubstantial made-for-TV movie than a Clint Eastwood big screen blockbuster. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MCK
The 5th Harry Callaghan film with Clint Eastwood in good form. A nice co-star turn from Liam Neeson.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Last and Worst of The Series.The Writing is Lazy and this film came out during a period of time where it seemed Clint had stopped trying to Produce quality because He's Clint... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff