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The Sting [Blu-ray] [1973]

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Norwegian, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00959QP4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1930s Illinois, young hustler Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) vows revenge after his older partner (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered at the behest of kingpin Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in retribution for a con pulled on one of his runners. Travelling to Chicago, Hooker teams up with old hand Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), and together they plan the ultimate 'sting' against Donnegan. This re-teaming of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, following the success of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', won seven Oscars and helped repopularize the music of Scott Joplin, which features heavily on Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack.

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Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set in 1936, the movie's about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It's an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyonesque villain, The Sting is further blessed by a host of great supporting players including Dana Elcar, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, and Harold Gould. Thanks to the flavorful music score by Marvin Hamlisch, this was also the movie that sparked a nationwide revival of Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz, which is featured prominently on the soundtrack. One of the most entertaining movies of the early 1970s, The Sting is a welcome throwback to Hollywood's golden age of the '30s that hasn't lost any of its popular charm. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 BLU RAY 'COLLECTOR'S SERIES' BOOK PACK VERSION ***

In April 2012 Universal Studios was 100 years old - and to celebrate that movie-making centenary - they've had 13 of their most-celebrated films fully restored for BLU RAY. But it doesn't stop there. As many as 80 other titles will be given US re-launches across the year each featuring distinctive "100th Anniversary" gatefold card-wrap packaging - and in some cases a host of new features. 1973's "The Sting" is one of the thirteen singled out for full restoration (see list below) - and like the other BLU RAYS in this series so far - is very tastefully done.

UK released Monday 11 June 2012 - "The Sting Collector's Series" comes in a gorgeous limited edition 40-page 'Book Pack' (Barcode 5050582893151). The outer hardback holder has an awkward card wrapped around it which is attached at the front with a flimsy circular sticker - not the most eloquent of objects it has to be said and it contains info that isn't on the back sleeve of the book pack - so you don't want to lose it. It's hard to keep in place without damage - so I put the whole shebang in a plastic sleeve for protection. It's also worth noting that most of the AMERICAN issues are 'two-disc' sets containing the BLU RAY, the DVD and also means to obtain a Digital Copy via download. It appears that the UK issues will contain ONLY the BLU RAY in the Book Pack. However, if you want say "Out Of Africa" or "Buck Privates" (which have yet to be given UK releases) - then the US issues will do because their non-region coding will allow them play in all machines.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 April 2013
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The 70s was an uncertain decade for the Hollywood studios, many of whom were hovering on the verge of bankruptcy in the face of declining audiences and stronger competition from television. One of the most desperate responses was an almost industry-wide appeal to nostalgia with a slew of films set in the Twenties and Thirties when moviegoing was at its height, resulting in a few modest hits (Paper Moon, The Great Gatsby), many big disappointments (The Day of the Locust, Lucky Lady, The Great Waldo Pepper, The Last Tycoon, Valentino), and a few outright box-office disasters (At Long Last Love, The Boy Friend, Won Ton Ton The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Doc Savage). Only one was a genuine blockbuster: The Sting. It's not hard to see why. David S. Ward's ingenious screenplay perfectly captures the spirit of the Warner Bros. films of the Thirties, surrounding its superstar leads Newman and Redford and Robert Shaw's genuinely dangerous villain with a richly drawn and well cast rogue's gallery of supporting players - Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, Jack Kehoe - who could have stepped right out of a James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson film. They're not parodies or sendups but perfectly realised scene stealers who all have something to do in the film's plot - or rather plots, since there's always at least two things visibly going on at any one time and a lot more that isn't immediately visible to the naked eye as well. It's that ability to second guess not just the intended victim of the team of conmen out for revenge but the audience as well, and unlike most twist-in-the-tail movies, this is one that stands up to repeat viewings to see just how cleverly the film misdirected your attention to pull the wool over your eyes.Read more ›
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The Sting is a classic con film. Anything with Redford and Newman is bound to be great, but the Sting has a story that surpases even these two great thespians. I have been after Universal's remastering on Blu Ray for a while, and have finally got a copy. First of all hats off to Universal, it looks stunning. I have another 100th anniversay Blu Ray: To Kill A Mocking Bird, and it's unbelievable how good it looks. The Sting is the same. I love the fact they kept the deep shadows in this film, as apposed to trying to brighten and gain more clarity. Some films need that depth. The murky back streets and alleyways and the dinners and shops and Chicago all come alive with such beautiful detail. Everything looks fresh and new. The sound is also great, capturing the Scott Joplin rag time soundtrack really well and the sounds of the streets too. For those that love this film, do yourself a favour and upgrade to Blu Ray and see it as its meant to be seen.
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The year is 1936, and while generally there's a depression on, small-time Joliet grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and his pals Luther Coleman and Joe Erie (Robert Earl Jones and Jack Kehoe) have just hit the big one, taking over $10,000 from a mark in a routine street con. What they don't know, unfortunately, is that their mark is actually a runner for the Illinois operation of New York banker-turned-mob boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), who loses no time sending a pair of killers after them, commenting dryly that "you can't encourage this kind of thing ... ya' folla'?" Hours later, Luther is found dead below his living room window. Shocked and angry, Johnny and Joe nevertheless know they have to beat it, and quickly. Johnny decides to go to Chicago, to look up Luther's old friend Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), whom Luther has described as a true big-timer. He is less than impressed, however, when he finds Gondorff sleeping off the previous night's booze, actually lying in a corner *beside* his bed. His impression only changes after they have started to talk (and not before he has given him a good drenching in the bath tub to sober him up) and Hooker begins to get an inkling that this guy Gondorff actually does know what he's talking about.Read more ›
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