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Dirty Harry: Ultimate Collector's Edition

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Few films have defined an actor the way the ‘Dirty Harry’ franchise has done for Clint Eastwood. He was a major success in western television with ‘Rawhide’ and went on to a career in the so called ‘Spaghetti’ westerns. Currently he is one of the most talented and lauded directors of our time. He is a true renaissance whose considerable abilities also include musician, composer and politician. Even after more successful careers than most of us can imagine he will forever be known as Inspector ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan of the San Francisco police force. He has stared in over six dozen films and directed over thirty but the five ‘Dirty Harry’ flicks will be a major part of his legacy. There is no denying that Eastwood is one of the greatest multitalented men in cinema and these five films did more than their share to make him a household name. These movies connected with the audience. They had all the elements that make for a true people’s hero. Harry was tough, unyielding when he was sure he was right which was most of the time. He was deadly dispensing a bullet to those breaking the law. This made this character into someone that women wanted to be with and men wanted to be. He also had a couple of lines of dialogue that have become part of our culture; ‘Do you feel lucky today’ and the ever popular ‘Make my day’. These films may represent only a small part of this incredible man’s resume but they forever changed the face of film and our culture.

Now, Warner Brothers has the DVD box set that ‘Dirty Harry’ fans have been hoping and waiting for. This seven disc set has all five films each with new features and extras as well as a disc devoted to even more additional material. It is aptly called the ‘Dirty Harry: Ultimate Collector's Edition’. Many DVD sets fling around terms such as ‘ultimate’ and ‘collector’ and they really don’t live up to their own hype. This is not the case there. Warner Brothers is giving some choices to the public. They have new special editions of each of the five films on an individual basis but the true fans out there will certainly want the ultimate pack. All of the releases are available in DVD and Blu-ray adding a little more choice to the mix. The ultimate set is a combination of the five separate film editions plus a special look at Clint Eastwood. As far as the price goes the ultimate edition is about $5 less than they five individual sets in mot retail outlets. Warner Brothers not only gives the most bang for the buck they realize that most fans will want them all. Each of the separate DVDs are one disc each with the exception of the first film, ‘Dirty Harry’, that is a two disc set. This puts the ultimate edition at seven discs full of Harry.

Dirty Harry (1971)

Inspector ‘Dirty; Harry Callahan is pitted against the insane serial killer who goes by the name Scorpio (Andrew Robinson). The police brass isn’t happy with the decision but Harry is the only man up to the challenge. Harry is given a new partner, Inspector Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) who is not happy with the track record for those detectives partnered with Harry. They tend to wind up in the hospital or the morgue. The film was directed by Don Siegel.

Special Features

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New Commentary by Richard Schickel Filmmaker and Eastwood biographer Schickel examines the landmark film that revolutionized cinematic crime drama for all time.

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New Featurette The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry. An examination of the influence and legacy of Dirty Harry.

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Featurette Dirty Harry: The Original Clint Eastwood and the film's creators look back at the birth of the modern action hero: Dirty Harry.

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Featurette Dirty Harry's Way A promotional short on the movie Dirty Harry focusing on the toughness of the movies' main characters.

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Interview Gallery Includes interviews with Patricia Clarkson, Joel Cox, Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Evan Kim, John Milius, Ted Post, Andy Robinson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Urich.

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1993 TV Special Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso A look at the life and career of actor/director Clint Eastwood, including scenes from his past film and television work and interviews with friends, fellow actors and crew members who have worked with him over the years.

Magnum Force (1973)

In this one Harry and his new partner, Earlington "Early" Smith (Felton Perry), are caught up in a web if deception and corruption rooting out bad cops. Initially Harry and Early are on stake duty since Harry’s methods in the Scorpio case were considered extreme. When a mafia kingpin and his family are gunned down Harry and his partner are reassigned to the case. The film was directed by Ted Post.

Special Features

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New Commentary by writer John Milius -- In this gritty, entertaining commentary, legendary Hollywood screenwriter Milius discusses Eastwood, the world of Dirty Harry and the rugged resilience of crime drama in American cinema.

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New Featurette A Moral Right: The Politics of Dirty Harry -- Filmmakers, social scientists and authors take a provocative look at the moral, political and ethical themes of the Dirty Harry films.

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The Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today

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Trailer Gallery

The Enforcer (1976)

For the first time in his career Harry is partnered with a woman, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly). Together they fight terrorist holding the city of San Francisco hostage for $2 million. The climatic battle is held in their hide out on Alcatraz. The film was directed by James Fargo.

Special Features

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New Commentary by director James Fargo. Director Fargo takes an entertaining look at the film that launched his career as a director; including the day Clint Eastwood nonchalantly let him know he had the job.

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New Featurette The Business End: Violence in Cinema An unflinching look at the ongoing debate on violence in cinema.

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Featurette Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special in Films

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Trailer Gallery

Sudden Impact (1983)

Harry’s bosses find a way to get him out of their hair for awhile by loaning him out to a small coastal town, San Paulo. He has to investigate a series of killers that turns out to be a woman, Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke), who is getting back at the group of friends who raped her. This film was the only one of the series directed by Eastwood.

Special Features

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New Commentary by renowned film critic Richard Schickel -- Author and longtime Eastwood associate Schickel uncovers layers of meaning in this, the only Dirty Harry film directed by Eastwood himself

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New Featurette The Evolution of Clint Eastwood -- An examination of the film in the context of Eastwood's broader career as a director.

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Trailer Gallery

The Dead Pool (1988)

In this last installment of the franchise Harry discover a macabre betting pool where people are betting on the death of celebrities. Harry discovers that celebrities on the list are turning up dead indicating that someone is trying to shift the odds of winning. Harry also finds out that his name is on the list. This film was directed by Buddy Van Horn.

Special Features

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New Commentary by producer David Valdes and Cinematographer Jack N. Green, who discuss the challenging and rewarding experience making this the final chapter in the Dirty Harry series.

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New Featurette The Craft of Dirty Harry -- A look at the cinematographers, editors, musicians, production designers and other talent of the Dirty Harry series.

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Trailer Gallery

Bonus Seventh disc (Ultimate set only)

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Bonus Feature-Length documentary Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows

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40+ page hardcover book

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Wallet w/metal badge and removable laminated I.D. card

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Five 5"x 7" Reproduction Lobby Poster Cards plus an exclusive UCE card

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Scorpio Portrait of a Killer Poster-Sized (19" x 27") map of San Francisco detailing Harry's hunt for the killer

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Never-Before-Seen Production Correspondence

This is the set for the legion of Dirty Harry and Clint Eastwood fans. There has been other collections released but get this one; it doesn’t get better than what you get here.

I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

Posted 04/16/08

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