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Despite all the crazy talk about the glorification of violence in this kind of movies, these are the precursors to all modern action flick nowadays. I rate it 4 stars among the five, just because the last two (Sudden Impact & The Dead Pool) where lesser sequels and had weak storylines that tended to repeat themes already elaborated in the first three. Despite all of this, the "Dirty Harry" series are all exceptionally entertaining movies. Chapter 1) - Dirty Harry (The Good) Introduces us to the character and is obviously the best of the bunch especially with a villain such as the one incarnated by the highly talented Andy Robinson (who, by the way, played a more lovable Elim Garak throughout the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series). A vicious psychopath named Scorpio blackmails the City of San Francisco with a note where he threatens to kill at random until he gets what he wants. Inspector Callahan is called in to hunt him down... Chapter 2) - Magnum Force (The Ugly) After having been reprimanded for his violent methods, Harry is put out of the game until a few unexplained murders are uncovered. They all look like executions and a few cops are suspected, among them Harry himself... Chapter 3) - The Enforcer (The Emancipated) This is one of the very first attempts to tell about the presence of terrorism within American society. A group of separatist hoodlums, a few of which are truly psychopaths, take possession of the prison of Alcatraz and hold tourists as hostages in exchange for a ransom. Harry is reactivated and sent off with a female colleague who disavowes his methods until... Chapter 4) - Sudden Impact (The Deja-vu) Harry is sent off to a quiet provincial town where nothing happens to purge his "violent tendencies". Suddenly a mysterious woman appears and at the same time strange murders are being committed. Are they connected to the woman or are they just a coincidence?... Chapter 5) - The Dead Pool (The Bad) Harry goes Hollywood. While a director starts filming a horror flick, strange murders start to happen and exactly as they are described in the script. Is it the director, whose decline is almost certain unless he finds a way to sell the movie? Or is it somebody else who wants to take a revenge?... In other words, Harry is almost always involved with psychopaths. With such individuals on the loose who can really blame him for pulling the trigger of his Magnum 44 at the right time? Even if the view of most of these movies is a bit unilateral, they are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. One has to remember the late sixties and early seventies, where hard drugs were pervading American society and where revolutionary movements (true or invented ones) were rampaging all over with no rules nor pity. Out of this explosive situation came a cinematic response which tried to deal with these problems in its own way. Can it be blamed? Perhaps, but when you are at war, whether on the battlefield or in a moment of social unrest and chaos, you the soldier in this war, have only one choice: kill or be killed. Harry chose his own way, and within the context in which it was dealt, his way seemed the only one possible. Sorry for pacifists, but at times you have to trigger your own self-preservation button to stay alive... All five movies are well-acted and the characterization given by Clint Eastwood is impeccable in all of them. Be warned though, they are not for the faint-hearted.
A find for the Dirty Harry fan, all of the Dirty Harry films plus a collection of associated documentaries, all for a song. First we have Dirty Harry, the gritty film that made "Do you feel lucky, punk?" famous, introducing "Dirty" Harry Callahan tracking a serial killer. Next is Magnum Force, where Harry tangles with vigilante traffic cops and reminded everyone that "A man has to live by his limitations." That is followed by The Enforcer, where Harry has to lay down the law on terrorists who kidnap the mayor. Next is Sudden Impact, which made "Go ahead, make my day!" a household word. Harry is forced to take a vacation when things get to hot in the City, but trouble finds him there too and he must solve a crime while trying to take some time off. Finally, there is The Dead Pool, where Harry discovers a lottery on which celebrity will die next. This film includes a car chase that is both homage and parody of Bullitt, where Harry and partner are chased up and down the hills of San Francisco by a radio-controlled model car loaded with explosives.
What can one say about Dirty Harry that every pinko commie liberal democrat bleeding heart hasn't cried about in the last 30-plus years? He's grumpy, he's casually racist, he eats nothing but hot dogs and speaks mostly through his gun. But we all love him for it, consarnit.
And what's with all these over-sized boxed sets that don't justify their bulk? There are five discs in this thing, and they only take up maybe a 1/4th of the case! The rest of it is filled with this "BONUS" malarkey, like a letter from Clint Eastwood, production documents, poster replicas, and some gold bricking liberal's reproduction of Harry Calahan's badge!
You kids and your comprehensive boxed sets! Why back in my day, we had to walk fifteen miles in the snow, uphill both ways just to see a black and white picture of a movie at the back of the newspaper! And we were GRATEFUL!
This wouldn't be happening if Nixon was still in The White House!
I've been waiting for the Dirty Harry Series on DVD for awhile now and was no disappointed. All the movies have excellent transfers picture and sounds wish there where a few extras but I'm not complaining. Why only 4 stars because the Dead Pool was included in the set zzzzzzzzz
Sat down on a Saturday and watched the entire collection. Reminded me of why I have always been a fan of Dirty Harry Callahan. Picture quality was decent and sound was straight out of the periods the movies were shot, although clear and crisp.