A frequent topic for television and screen is the corrupt power mob gangsters had over thriving American cities in the difficult times of the 1930s. With The Untouchables, we are taken to Prohibition-era Chicago and the arrogance of larger-than-life kingpin Al Capone (De Niro). One lawman, Eliot Ness (Costner), had the unswerving confidence to bring Capone to justice, and with the help of Jim Malone (Connery, who won a Supporting Actor Oscar
Compared to the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 30, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD features a picture with colors that are much warmer and better balanced. Fleshtones are nicely rendered, and blacks are quite deep. Hues are bold and fully saturated, sometimes pushing the border of oversaturation. Images are sharp, though sometimes the picture is wanting in definition and clarity. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, though some visual information tends to get lost in the darker scenes. Overall, the picture should surely please, with few distractions in the way of pixelization or edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)
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