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Not going to review the film itself as one's own views differ to another's.
There are a five "let downs" which is me probably being picky.
1. No commentary track.
2. No documentary
3. No music videos for "The City Of Crime" - Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks; "Just The Facts" - Patti LaBelle; "Dragnet" - The Art of Noise
4. The budget price DVD cover being used as the basis for the Blu-ray artwork, with the icon badge logo missing the "Dragnet" text that was included at the top of it as part of the design. (If anyone at Fabulous Films is interested I am a fully qualified graphic designer and could come up with better artwork)
5. The "special features" are the same as the DVD: cast & crew info (not thrilling) but at least the trailer is still included.
So as I said those five "let downs" are my own opinion and that is why I am giving this 5 stars.
and Directed by Tom Mankewiez
DRAGNET film version is based on the TV series of the same name
the very old DVD version was an average Digital remaster transfer with Dolby stereo mix
with the only Production notes & the Theatrical trailer as an extra
well U.K. Distributor Fabulous films have now reissued the film on blu-ray & it's region B locked
with an all new 1080p 1:85:1 HD transfer which does look much sharper & clearer quality than the old dvd version
the sound quality has been boosted but not with new 5.1 master mix, only a master 2.0 stereo mix
still the sound quality is better than the old dvd version
as for the extras, there are none well just the usual Production notes & usual Theatrical trailer from the old dvd version
tragically Director Tom Mankiewiez passed away died a few years ago
but would've been Great to get a new featurette with Tom Hanks & Dan akyroyd who also wrote the screenplay for the film
but of course Fabulous films did not bother making the effort which doesn't surprise me
this new blu-ray reissue is only worth buying as an upgrade to the original dvd release nothing more
about 4 stars for the film, 2-3 stars for this new blu-ray reissue based on new upgraded HD transfer & new sound quality mix
but no new extras
Warning: Don't watch this film during the night and the windows open. I laughed like a jerk with the offstage narrator.
Photography/visual style: 7/10
Dragnet is a reboot/sequel/remake of the 50s TV series of the same name, although it blurs the boundaries. To be honest, I know very little about the series, but I get the impression that it is essentially a straight police procedural with a single central character, Sgt. Joe Friday. Originally played by Jack Webb, the role is taken by Dan Aykroyd for this version. In addition, a partner has been inserted in the form of Det. Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks).
Although at first Hanks' role as the young, cool one slightly threw me, so used am I to seeing him as an older, more patriarchal figure, he plays it well. The contrast between him and the uptight, by-the-book Friday is and was an utterly hackneyed one, but it is implemented in an entertaining way that left me feeling forgiving.
This is really Aykroyd's film, though. He co-wrote the script, and delivers most of the funniest lines. In an odd contrast to Hanks, who plays his part more-or-less straight, Aykroyd's Friday is almost clownish. In fact, characters in this film have a very varied relationship to the jokes: some are clueless, others are totally in on the joke, and yet others react with more human bemusement.
It's all very 80s. The fashion, the music (including an ultra-80s synth opening sequence version of the iconic Dragnet theme), even the plot: I detected definite echoes of Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop and Police Squad, all very 80s products. In some ways, this is as much a parody of 80s cool as it is of Friday and his rigid world. Crucially though, if this is a parody, it is an affectionate one, with a warmth for its subject that I found myself reciprocating.
For my full review, see my independent film blog on Blogspot, Cinema Inferno: http://cinemainferno-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/dragnet-1987.html
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