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4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Dog Day Afternoon [Blu-ray] [1975] [US Import]
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on 8 October 2016
This is such a classic that it's almost superfluous to review it, but (fortunately) I came to the film knowing almost nothing about it. And that's definitely the best way to watch it, because the plot development is just breathtaking. So I'm not going to talk about the story. But what I will say is that this film definitively establishes Pacino as one of greats, because his performance has such depth and humanity to it, that I can't immediately think of any serious competitors. Simply one of the all time greats of cinema, if you haven't seen it you're in for a treat.
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on 7 November 2016
A gift for my friend. He was very happy with it
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on 13 May 2014
As I mentioned before if you like the actor I recommend it especially if you can can buy it second hand
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on 24 January 2005
This high-tension thriller captures the true events of one summer afternoon when accomplices Sonny [Pacino] and Sal [Calzale] walk into a Brooklyn bank, and rob it.
Of course not all goes to plan.
An hour later they're still inside and the bank is surrounded. Cops, media, crowds of fans and the FBI are each hanging to Sonny's every word - and why? Because he has 9 hostages as pawns, a bank as his board and all the time in the world to think up a strategy.
Inside the bank however is a different story. You can't help but sympathise with Sonny [due to Pacino's terrific performance] as the first-time bank robber who's unprepared, out of his depth, and just trying to think up a way out. Even the audience begin to feel the effects of Stockholm Syndrome as Pacino's character gains our affections. The 'villain who's a nice guy at heart' could have been disastrously cliché but Pacino's portrayal is nothing short of brilliance. Even Sal with his morbid disposition is magnetising as his childlike innocence shines through. Calzale was wonderfully cast as this awkward accomplice, wordlessly following Sonny.
A huge success combining the skills of Lumet with the talent of Pacino for the second time in Pacino's best role to date. A true story that's compelling and tragic but most of all tangible - and that's what makes it so powerful.
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on 13 August 2007
Recently I encountered a TV review with Al Pacino (at 2004 Golden Globe ceremony perhaps), where he was asked to tell the names of three greatest films in his career. The answer: "Serpico", "Scarecrow", and "Dog Day Afternoon"

Directed by veteran director Sidney Lumet, "Dog Day Afternoon" captures masterfully the social and political zeitgeist of the early 1970s, where optimism and morale was shaking due to post-Vietnam trauma, cynicism, new wave of Communist threat, distrust of any authority, oil crisis and imminent stagnation in economy. In this background, humane but equally awkward Sonny Wortzik (played by Al Pacino) come on the scene as an ANTI-HERO with a Brooklyn bank robbery, which would end up with a real tragedy.

The movie have them all: robbery, hostages, negotiations, ineptness, cunningness, frustration, deception and death. The direction and characterizations are sharp and brilliant. Lumet makes perfect use out of limited locations. Although 80 percent of the movie takes place inside the bank, there's never a dull or wasted moment. It is beautifully scripted and shot all along. Pacino gives a stellar performance as Sonny, one of the most interesting movie characters in motion picture history. Performances of John Cazale as Sonny's sociopathic accomplice, Sal and Charles Durning as Detective Moretti were wondrous too.

I must admit that this is a kind of movie that really does deserve special edition treatment. Eventually, this new 30th-Anniversary 2-disc edition has a great collection of extras. Most notably, it contains a commentary by Sidney Lumet which is amazing to hear from that great director. Second disc has an extensive documentary "The Making of Dog Day Afternoon" that consists of 4 featurettes (including interviews with Lumet, Pacino, Durning and Sarandon) that can be viewed separately or altogether. Not just Lumet or Pacino fans, this is a must have for any movie collector.
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VINE VOICEon 20 April 2002
This is one of the best "based on true events" movies that you will ever see. It tells the story of a bank robbery that first turned into a hostage taking and then became a piece of street theatre in New York one hot summer's day in the early seventies.
Sonny (Al Pacino) wanted to rob a bank to raise money for his boyfriend to have a sex change. Together with Sal (John Cazale) he held up a small bank in New York at closing time. They bungled the robbery and, instead of getting away with the money, they found themselves inside the bank surrounded by cops and with the entire staff as hostages.
Over several hours, they tried to negotiate a way out with the police and FBI. The negotiations took place on the street outside the bank in full view of a growing audience and, despite the attempts of the negotiators, the whole thing turned into a piece of street theatre.
Al Pacino does a brilliant job in the role of Sonny. It is easy to believe that this character could plan the robbery and then think and react as he did in what then became a siege. John Cazale does not make such an impression but, in part, that is because of the way that his part is scripted and set as a quiet, introverted type. Penelope Allen, in the role of Sylvia the chief cashier, is a fine support to Pacino. Like him, her character is always on the brittle edge but holding her staff together.
Nobody else really makes much of an impression, the cops, lead by Charles Durning as Detective Eugene Moretti and James Broderick (I) as FBI agent Sheldon are pretty much standard issue out of the hollywood box of stock characters. Sonny's weird assortment of relations who get wheeled on to the scene seem almost as much an irritation to the audience as they are to him.
That does not detract from the movie though which is all about Pacino's barnstorming performance and an Oscar winning script that just buzzes along. This is a great movie, it is full of tension and drama but also lightened with some very funny moments and we get to see a great actor giving his all.
One of the strongest attractions of this movie is Al Pacino who is as his raw, edgy best. If you liked his performance, you should check out "Serpico", "Panic in Needle Park" and "Scarecrow" which all allow him to display the same talents that he shows in "Dog Day Afternoon".
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on 3 August 2016
Warner bros have decided to reissue the Al pacino classic Dog Day afternoon on blu-ray again
cause it's the films 40th Anniversary since it's cinema release
but Guess what the only effort warners have made is add a new extra, a new Documentary
on Actor John Gazale for some reason that was more important than
giving the film a new HD transfer, a new 2k or 4k restoration transfer if possible
if warners did then the picture quality would incredible more sharper & clearer than the old 2007 HD transfer
but tragically they didn't
warners did nothing for the HD transfer they just recycled the old 2007 HD transfer
they did nothing for the sound quality either which needed to be upgraded for sure to
new 5.1 master mix or a 2.0 master audio stereo mix at least
the 1.0 Mono sound is extremely dull it's Disgusting, a 2.0 master stereo mix would've sounded much clearer & sharper
again warners just recycled the extras from the 2007 blu-ray
and warners are advertising this new blu-ray as 40th Anniversary edition, extremely pathetic & insulting
apart from the new Documentary on John Gazales life & new sleeve cover art
all the other content has been recycled from the 2007 blu-ray
so no point buying this new 40th blu-ray reissue if you already have the old 2007 blu-ray
this film deserves more respect, a much better blu-ray reissue
5 stars for the film, 1 star for this new blu-ray reissue
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on 8 June 2011
This film, based on a true story, concerns two inept bank robbers, Sal and Sonny, played by John Cazale, and Al Pacino respectivly. Soon after they have robbed a bank of $1100 dollars, for, thats all thats in there, the money having been picked up earlier that day, it is surrounded by 250 police, and news helicoptors hovering above, and the pair soon realise that escape is impossible. So they lock themselves in with employees of the bank, who then become their hostages, and there is a long stand off, as police try to negotiate with them.
You get drawn into this film almost immediately, as the characters are totally convincing. It then goes on to delve into Sonny's life and why he needed the money. This film shows the brilliance of Al Pacino's acting abillities, and the signs were there of what he would go onto achieve in his later career, he is now one of the best actors ever.
The transfer is in the film's original ratio of 1.85:1. Picture Quality for this release is good, the definition is pin sharp, and there are no problems with the mono soundtrack.
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on 30 August 2015
The blu ray is excellent both in the hd transfer and the rich extra.
The film is one of Lumet's best and most relevant ones, inspiring all the bank robberies that will follow in cinema history (from Code Swordfish to Inside Men) and representing one of the most original and impressive film from the Seventies. Lumet adopts an almost theatrical approach (all set in the same place from start to end) but shows as well all his cinematic skills, from editing to photography, from script to acting direction, to convey the sense of disorientation, confusion, anger, and potential chaos of those times.
Like it is not enough, there is also an original and surprising gay story, that contribute to make the film even more dramatic.
Despite it all, the film has also a surreal, ironic, almost mocking side that make the story entertaining and yet even more effective, because as it takes you up with a smile then it brings you down, back to the ongoing tragedy.
Pacino and Cazale give one of their best performances.
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on 3 December 2007
I am utterly convinced that this is Pacino's best performance, to the point where nobody could convince me otherwise! This film is literally brimming with energy and the acting is pretty much impeccable. It's got drama, humour, and a poignant ending. You end up feeling like you knew the central characters, particularly Pacino's ever optimistic Sonny. Watch this at least once, you won't regret it.
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