Cover Art and Menus: 9/10
I like this cover. What is not to like about the mob and bullet holes and cops? It represents the film, and presents it in a style that makes it fun. The menus are great also, with a real stylized feel that goes great with the film itself. You get sucked into the film even at the menus, due to the incredible musical score.
Included with the film is a great, hour long documentary about the making of the film. There are some great tidbits (including an interesting bit about how this film was almost made as a black and white movie. There is no audio commentary track for this film, but the features here are nice. The documentary is a great view into the film, and the rest of the tidbits are ok, but nothing to go crazy about.
The Movie: 9/10
Well, what is not to love about The Untouchables? I loved the film back in 1987 when it came out, and I still love it. You have Kevin Costner at his prime, before he decided to make Waterworld, as well as a shiny new Andy Garcia, who pulled off an amazing performance. Don’t forget that Robert De Niro is in this little gem playing Al Capone, as is the irresistible Sean Connery, who ended up winning an Oscar for his role as Jim Malone.
The film is your classic mobster vs. the good guys movie, and it works. If you liked the movie back in the day, you will still love it now. It also doesn’t hurt that this is presented in HD, and the transfer is incredible. The film is based on the true story of Eliot Ness, and his attempts to take down Chicago crime boss Al Capone. It is set in the time of prohibition, and Ness (Kevin Costner) puts together a team of “untouchables” who are immune to Capone’s reach. It is a great story, and is presented in a flashy style, and it all works.
If I had to find one thing that I didn’t like about The Untouchables, I guess it would be that I find it really hard to believe such a great Scotsman like Sean Connery in an Irish cop role. All kidding aside, I think that Connery’s performance steals the film from everyone else, which is a tough thing to do with such an ensemble as this.
Video & Audio: 9/10
Like I said, the video is excellent. I know that the film was made in the 80’s, but it looks amazing. The colors are bright and crisp, and it looks amazingly clear. I know that this is a Brian De Palma film, and he didn’t hold back on the styling of the picture, and it really comes across well. I often times found myself “oohing” and “aahing” over the picture on my plasma television.
The video was also great. The soundtrack is regal, and it presented well in 5.1. There are enough surround sounds to make this a fun film, even though it was made in 1987. I was not displeased by the audio, even if I spent more time enjoying the video aspects of the film.
A must buy for any real movie buff. This is a great, timeless film that can be enjoyed over and over. The performances are top notch, and the story is told in a style that really keeps you into the film. I highly recommend the film find a spot on your movie shelf in crisp, HD DVD.
Overall Score 9/10