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A terrific film, almost a sequel to 'Butch Cassidy ...' quite episodic too but that is of no concern when the sequences are as even and cinematic as these. It is a beautiful transfer as well and I can view this picture over and over again-as I surely will.
The film is wonderful, why bother replacing blu ray with 4k if it wasn't?
Quality is rather variable - scenes outside, particularly when it's sunny, are clearly a noticeable step up. Scenes indoors a little less so, and scenes at night don't look better than blu ray to me. Not sure if it's HDR or Dolby Video, but dynamic range is better so things that should be bright are definitely brighter.
I think it's worth it, but don't expect it to look like a modern 4k film.
Some people would have you believe that The Sting did not deserve it's 1973 best picture Oscar, that maybe it should've gone to the Exorcist. They are wrong The Sting is a brilliantly made and performed movie, it is a delightful film led by it's 2 lead stars at the height of their fame who spark off each other wonderfully just as they did in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. But it is not only the stars who recommend the film the supporting cast is very strong with lots of familiar character actors such as Charles Durning in excellent supporting roles. Also Robert Shaw provides a suitably roguish villain and director George Roy Hill evokes the style of old films with cards appearing on screen to announce the next stage of the film aping silent movies, then there is the use of editing wipe cuts that again evoke an earlier type of film making and finally to enhance the atmosphere of an earlier age there is Marvin Hamlish's arrangements of Scott Joplin's ragtime music. The film is a tale of revenge, how some con men take revenge on a gangster who has killed one of their friends and the story is about how they achieve that revenge, the script creates an intricate and satisfying plot and the performances of Robert Redford and Paul Newman are the epitome of a star performance, very charismatic and enjoyable. So the film is a brilliantly constructed piece of entertainment that was well worth it's best picture Oscar and is a movie that is well worth seeing.
This is a pleasant enough film, the main attractions of which are the character actors and the nicely done period touches.
On the other hand, the plot is somewhat too contrived to really convince and the ending is rather a damp squib.
Some people have said that the ragtime arrangements that form much of the background to this film are intrusive, but this probably comes down to whether you like this style of music or not. A more substantial criticism is probably that it is a little too much studio bound, with the train scenes looking rather cardboardy.
It's probably not a bad film to keep, but the more you play it, the more evident are the holes in the plot. And after a few re-runs, these do get a bit annoying. I don't think my DVD has been played since about 2011 and it's probably about time it went in the charity bag.
This is a near-perfect movie, which remains one of my all-time favourites. First and foremost it has some terrific acting performances notably from Paul Newman and Robert Shaw, both of whom are in scene stealing form. The poker game on the train is the undoubted highlight for me. Newman's pretend drunk is one of the best I've ever seen and Robert Shaw's unspoken fury is brilliant. Thanks to the script, the film, which is over over two hours long doesn't have a wasted frame.
The bluray is good and for a 40+ year old film it looks as good as I've ever seen it. There were a few places where I thought they maybe could have made a bit more effort, but overall its well worth having over the DVD. Extras are not exceptional, there are some interesting interviews, but the main reason to buy this is the film itself.
I love the film so that's why I bought it, but what's happening is the 4k uhd isn't really going to blow you away along with other old films I've purchased on the format If you want the full 4k experience showing through your TV I'd stick to relatively newer titles,
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, this moderate comedy film features usual pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford previously from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but this time as a gambling duo plus the worthy addition of Robert Shaw to the main cast. The dialogues are quite dodgy and considering the fact that the film was made in 1973, the techniques are still good together with the efforts to make Chicago seedy 1930s-like. Again, I won't give too much away. Worth buying.