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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Dick Tracy [DVD] [1990]
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on 12 May 2015
I love all the colours and the make-up effects in this movie… it's so well done. Warren and Madonna's Roles are perfectly matched and so well-acted. Perfect. A great movie for the whole family to enjoy.
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on 1 August 2017
I bought Dick Tracy for my stepfathers birthday. Was delivered on time and was brand new out of the box still had the wrapping on and everything , which was a pleasant surprise as I thought I purchased it second hand. He was very pleased with the DVD and it played perfectly with no problems to report. If you are planning on buying Dick Tracy than I strongly suggest buying it from this seller even the price I paid for it was fair. Very pleased.
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on 11 August 2017
Very good
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on 5 December 2016
Good price
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on 25 August 2017
Wonderful classic movie!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 March 2014
Dick Tracy is directed by Warren Beatty and written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Based on Chester Gould's comic strip creation of the same name, it stars Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headly, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Korsmo, Charles Durning and William Forsythe. Music is by Danny Elfman, with songs by Stephen Sondheim, and cinematography is by Vittorio Storaro.

Punk Rock band X-Ray Spex once sang about The Day The World Turned Day-Glo, Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy was exactly that. The live action cartoon is a feast for the eyes, as the city backdrop for this cops and gangsters tale is a fountain of bright, lurid primary colours. The characters are drawn brilliantly, where the good guys are very much human, but the bad guys are a bunch of grotesques, like a mutant gathering under one coalition banner. All star casting, striking costuming, amazing effects work, quality songs and a brisk musical score (Elfman reworks his score for Batman from the previous year), Dick Tracy as a production is grade "A" stuff. It also did very well at the box office, where although it didn't reach Disney's expectation levels financially, it coined to the tune of over $100 million in profit Worldwide. Not bad for a film some still think was a flop!

It's a film that feels a lot better watching it now than it did back on release, to be able to view it as a smart technical accomplishment for the time it was made. The cast factor also makes it something of a fascinating experience, watching legends like Pacino and Hoffman absolutely buy into the cartoon excess on show. However, the old problem with it just will never go away. Yes the plot is very simple, but that's easy to accept these days, it was after all a gangster movie made for all the family, it's that Beatty's portrayal of Tracy is too under played. He's a good guy, we know that, we are on his side, but it's a flat characterisation, he's never pushed to be anything other than a cool dude. This of course lets the monstrous villains take the film by the scruff of the neck, as most villains tend to anyway, but for a film carrying his name, you expect a bit more from Dick Tracy the man.

Still, Dick Tracy is a fun movie experience, not all it can be, but enjoyable regardless. 7/10
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VINE VOICEon 30 September 2013
I'm not the biggest fan of Dick Tracy and outside of this movie I couldn't tell you anything about him other than he's an honest cop who favors yellow and he's been around for a long time.

Comic-book movies are a dime a dozen these days so maybe now Dick Tracy doesn't stand out as much as it did in 1990, a shame because Warren Beatty's color scheme and attention to detail is quite impressive. And the film did win 2 Academy Awards for the art direction and the gruesome make-up. I think Disney were shooting for a successful franchise in the vein of Burton's Batman the previous year. The films are very similar visually and it's a shame we never got more Dick Tracy movies.

The plot is nonsense, some Gangster called 'Big Boy Caprice (played by an over-the-top Al Pacino in such eccentric make-up it actually looks like Antoine de Caunes playing Al Pacino playing Big Boy) wants to take control of 'the city' and Dick Tracy does his best to take him down. Madonna pops up as a floozy and the wretched kid who played Peter Pan's son in Hook pops up as...um...'The Kid'. Amidst these unremarkable plot developments dozens of grotesque gangsters bicker and mumble and fill up the running time. It's not so much fun following the plot as it is keeping your eyes open for all the actors hidden underneath the make-up. Such as William Forsythe, Ed O'Ross, Paul Sorvino, RG Armstrong and Dustin Hoffman, who is hilarious as Mumbles. It really makes you think about how successful actors can be identified by their unique voices or by their eyes.

Some of it is rather dull but there are moments of spectacle that make it worthwhile. The matte paintings and color schemes are truly wonderful, turning the movie into a modern day film noir. Danny Elfman however, cranks out YET ANOTHER generic, lifeless comic-book movie score that brings no life of it's own the images on screen. He's truly my least favorite film composer (tying with Randy Edelman). But it did win another Academy Award for 'Best Original Song' as well as being nominated for 4 others.

There have been rumors for years that Beatty's cut of the film was 135 minutes long and that Disney demanded that he cut it down to 105. This seems to make sense regarding some unusual edits in certain scenes and the fact that all of a sudden the movie is set on New Year's Eve during the climax despite the fact that it is clearly not winter nor is there any mention of Xmas (much like Ghostbusters II).

Disney seem to hate the movie, despite its success, and I'm not surprised considering the massive legal trouble it brought them with various rights disputes over the years, which is why there was never any sequel. Beatty still retains the rights and promises that there WILL be another Dick Tracy, but the dude was born in 1937. He can't play Dick Tracy anymore unless the movie will be set in the 1960s.

The Blu-ray looks and sounds great in 1.85:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound. There are no extras!
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on 16 January 2015
I rather liked this film. It took a bit of getting your head round with a guy talking into his watch but on the whole it was good. Madonna excelled as Breathless Mahoney and Warren Beatty did the granite-jawed hero with aplomb. Probably time for a remake.
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on 18 March 2014
Dick Tracy is one of the best police officers in the city.

He is currently on the hunt for crime boss Big Boy Caprice who recently killed off former crime boss Lips Manless.

Now Big Boy is rallying up all of the criminals in the city who are not only trying to make the city bow to Big Boy's wishes but to eliminate Tracy.

Tracy is faced with issues, as he is trying to not only track down Big Boy, but to keep his girlfriend Tess Trueheart, take care of a nameless orphan and dodge seductive club dancer Breathless Mahoney and a mysterious gangster.....

The film is beautiful to look at, and it's obvious that it really has had a lot of attention given to it regarding the sets and costumes, but it sticks to the back of ones mind knowing that this is one of the biggest vanity projects ever made.

Whenever Beatty is on close up, it's as if someone is shining a torch in his face, to make him look that little more pretty, and alluring to the ladies.

And this becomes the bane of the film, because you really start to lose interest in the titular character, so thank goodness for the wealth of support and great turns from Pacino and even Madonna.

The story is light and so is narrative, for the majority of the film, we just see Tracy being chased by gangsters, or being chased by women, and once or twice having a musical interlude or a fight.

But Kudos to Beatty for making such an entertaining and still very fresh vanity project/blockbuster.
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on 4 October 2011
Madonnas relationship with warren beaty was taking up press pages back in 1990 and they both sizzled when they took it to the big screen. This comic book story turned feature film is greatly shot and both beaty has the title character and madonna has breathless turn in great performances. The supporting cast including the acting legend pachino also are great in this,making it a great watch.
The film is a cult favourite and deserved more respect at the time and now on dvd deserves a second outing.
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