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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 September 2015
Thief is written and directed by Michael Mann, who adapts the screenplay form the novel "The Home Invaders" written by Frank Hohimer. It stars James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Robert Prosky, James Belushi and Willie Nelson. Music is by Tangerine Dream and cinematography by Donald Thorin.

Frank (Caan) is a tough ex-con and expert jewel thief. He's working his way out to a normal life, but after being lured to a big job for the mob, he finds plans on both sides severely altered.

For his first full length theatrical feature, Michael Mann announced himself to the film world with some distinction, and in the process showed everyone what style of film making makes him tick. Thief is a film of stylised grit, visually, thematically and narratively. Set and filmed in Chicago, Mann, aided by Thorin, shoots the story through pure neo-noir filters.

At nighttime it is all a beautifully neon drenched haze, where the streets shimmer with dampness, a dampness brought about by the rain and god knows what else! By day there's a sweaty hue, a feeling that the heat is well and truly on, that even in daylight Frank isn't safe, his dreams may be a touch too far to reach. And no matter what the scene or scenario, Tangerine Dream are laying over the top a throbbing pulse beat, it's like The Warriors trying to get back to Coney Island, the music has a sense of dread about it, that danger is at every corner.

This part of Chicago stinks, it's a vile and corrupt place. Dirty cops everywhere, underworld criminals ruling the roost - Hell! You can even buy a baby if you want one. Is it any wonder that Frank just wants to settle down with a wife and child, to walk barefooted in the sea, to have domesticity? But Frank, as smart, tough and savvy as he is, seems to thrive on the edge of things, with Mann giving him earthy and honest dialogue to engage us with, marking him out as an identifiable everyman protagonist who just happens to be an exceptional thief.

Mann's attention to detail is on show straight away, none more so than with the two key safe cracking jobs that are undertaken. Using genuine jewel thieves as technical advisers on the film, these sequences ooze realism, from the tools used, the pre-planning and the execution of the takes, it smacks of reality and does justice to the genuine feel of the characterisations brought alive by the superb cast. And finally Mann delivers a finale of ambiguity, a noir shaded piece of abruptness, an ending that perfectly fits the whole production. 9/10
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 22 October 2015
Thief is a great release from Arrow and Michael Mann's first theatrical release.

The Blu-ray is stunning it gets a 5/5, and the sound is very nice, which is in 5.1 DTS.

The release comes with loads of bonus features, a revisable cover and a nice little booklet.
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on 25 March 2017
A great movie & a great purchase for anybody with a taste for classic 80's crime movies 🎥
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on 12 March 2017
very pleased
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on 27 April 2017
James Caan at his best, most enjoyable. Thank you for prompt delivery – an excellent shopping experience.
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on 4 May 2017
Great movie
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on 26 April 2017
I thought the film was very good
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on 31 August 2015
This fine early effort from the masterful Michael Mann perfectly showcases his talents for creating a grimy yet neon filled urban crime film. Many of Manns directorial styles can be seen here including a tense gun fight to close the film. Thief is the blueprint to Heat.

James Cann is superb in arguably one of his most engaging and dramatic roles. He is easy to follow and although his motives and actions can be questionable he makes the audience support him.

The landscape drips in neon colours and the pulsing 80's soundtrack perfectly encaptures the soul of this film. For any Michael Mann fan this is simply a must see.
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on 31 March 2012
Mann's first feature film abused and forgotten upon release then abused by MGM with a lousy non-anamorphic transfer in the early days of DVD. I have read some lukewarm reviews for this outstanding film's Optimum release. All untrue.. as this is struck from a new HD transfer.No it's not perfect, no it's not the director's cut which omits 4 minutes not crucial but detail and colors pop. This is a bare bones release, film only with the original 2 channel dolby stereo track heard in theaters back in 1981. All in all this is a must for the transfer alone.
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on 26 October 2016
Not possible to play it despite that my blu-ray is all-zone model (Sony)
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