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Sudden Impact

Deluxe Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 133 (Jul/Aug 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake, Audrie J. Neenan, Jack Thibeau, Michael Currie, Albert Popwell & Mark Keyloun

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Eastwood Biographer Richard Schickel, a 26-minute featurette The Evolution Of Clint Eastwood, and the five theatrical trailers from the Dirty Harry Films.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1000019744
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $20.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1983
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/03/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Clint Eastwood
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Special Notes:
Also available in a 7-disc Ulitmate Collector's Edition Box Set/ Catalogue 1000024579/ MRSP $74.98

Story Synopsis:
After upsetting his superiors, in Sudden Impact, Detective Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is sent out of town to do some busy work on a murder case. In typical Dirty Harry style, trouble finds him wherever he goes. This time Harry stumbles across a rape victim (Locke) who is hunting down her attackers and killing them one by one.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.39:1 DVD shows improved shadow detail, with consistent black levels (even though they are slightly elevated). The color scheme looks dated, dominated by earthy tans and browns, but the few bright colors are saturated better in this release than in the DVD reviewed in Issue 56. Contrast is balanced better as well, and while fleshtones are improved, they still appear slightly pink. Heavy film grain can be distracting at times, and dirt from the source element can also be noticed. The picture is sharper in this release than the previous, with less artifacts and digitization. Still, reds can appear blocky at times. Edge enhancement is not a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

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