Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy

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Cast: Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Madonna

     
 

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The comic book comes to life with director/star Warren Beatty's colorful adaptation of Dick Tracy. Buena Vista has done a fine job with this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors and black levels are all rich and very detailed without any major imperfections marring the image. While this is not a perfect looking picture (there is a slight amount ofSee more details below

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The comic book comes to life with director/star Warren Beatty's colorful adaptation of Dick Tracy. Buena Vista has done a fine job with this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors and black levels are all rich and very detailed without any major imperfections marring the image. While this is not a perfect looking picture (there is a slight amount of edge enhancement in a few key scenes), overall fans will be happy to receive this film in its original aspect ratio with a 16x9 enhancement. The soundtrack is presented in two options: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and DTS 5.1 Surround, both in English. Both of these soundtracks are utilized well with a vast amount of directional effects and surround sounds swirling around the viewer. All aspects of the mix are free of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in French along with English closed captions Alas, while rumblings of a full blown special edition have been around, this first ever DVD release of Dick Tracy has been slapped on a completely bare bones disc.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Ravishing production design from Richard Sylbert, gorgeous cinematography from Vittorio Storaro, and a memorable musical score from Stephen Sondheim (performed ably by pop star Madonna) are the highlights of this film from co-writer, director, producer, and star Warren Beatty. Unfortunately, the film's script has been worked over by a committee of scribes, resulting in a somewhat fractured narrative that is the typical end product of too many cooks in the literary kitchen. There is probably no film of the late 20th century that more powerfully proves the old adage, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage." Every single production element here is superior, from the makeup effects to the costumes, to the supporting players such as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and Glenne Headly. In fact, from a strictly visual point of view, Dick Tracy (1990) is probably one of the best-made films of the decade, featuring a crew of skilled artisans at the top of their collective game. In the story department, however, the film never quite gels, displaying the same emotional flatness as the two-dimensional comic strip it's based upon, never coming to life in the exhilarating fashion of other comics-based films such as Batman (1989) and The X-Men (2000). The hard emphasis is clearly on the "noble" in "noble failure," but Dick Tracy just doesn't quite work.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

...one of the most original and visionary fantasies I've seen on a screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
UPC:
0717951005298
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
3,211

Special Features

DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French-language track; Widescreen (1.85:1)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Dick Tracy
Charlie Korsmo Kid
Glenne Headly Tess Trueheart
Madonna Breathless Mahoney
Al Pacino Big Boy Caprice
Dustin Hoffman Mumbles
William Forsythe Flattop
Charles Durning Chief Brandon
Mandy Patinkin 88 Keys
Paul Sorvino Lips Manlis
R.G. Armstrong Pruneface
Dick Van Dyke D.A. Fletcher
Seymour Cassel Sam Catchem
James Keane Pat Patton
Allen Garfield Reporter
John Schuck Reporter
Charles Fleischer Reporter
James Tolkan Numbers
Kathy Bates Mrs. Green
Catherine O'Hara Texie Garcia
Henry Silva Influence
James Caan Spaldoni
Bert Remsen Bartender
Frank Campanella Judge Harper
Michael J. Pollard Bug Bailey
Estelle Parsons Mrs. Trueheart
Mary Woronov Welfare Person
Henry Jones Night Clerk
Mike Mazurki Old Man at Hotel
Ned Clafin Radio Announcer
Tiny Ron Actor
Michael Donovan O'Donnell McGillicuddy
Jim Wilkey Stooge
Stig Eldred Shoulders
Neil Summers The Rodent
Chuck Hicks The Brow
Lawrence Steven Meyers Little Face
Ed O'Ross Itchy
Marvelee Cariaga Soprano
Michael Gallup Baritone
Robert Costanzo Lips' Bodyguard
Jack Kehoe Customer at Raid
Marshall Bell Lips' Cop
Michael Hagerty Doorman
Lew Horn Lefty Moriarty
Arthur Malet Diner Patron
Tom Signorelli Mike
Tony Epper Steve, the Tramp
Jack Goode Lab Technician
Ray Stoddard Lab Technician
Hamilton Camp Store Clerk
Ed McCready Cop at Tess'
Colm Meaney Cop at Tess'
Robert Beecher Ribs Mocca
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Club Ritz Patron
Bing Russell Club Ritz Patron
Tom Finnegan Uniform Cop at Ritz
Billy Clevenger Newspaper Vendor
John Moschitta Radio Announcer
Neil Ross Radio Announcer
Ian Wolfe Forger
Rita Bland Dancer
Lada Boder Dancer
Dee Hengstler Dancer
Liz Imperio Dancer
Michelle Johnston Dancer
Karyne Ortega Dancer
Karen Russell Dancer
Walker Edmiston Radio Announcer

Technical Credits
Warren Beatty Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Henry Alberti Set Decoration/Design
Buena Vista Visual Effects Group Special Effects
Jackie Burch Casting
Billy Burton Stunts
John Caglione Makeup Special Effects
David E. Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Cash Screenwriter
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Doug Drexler Makeup Special Effects
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Harrison Ellenshaw Special Effects
William Elliott Songwriter
Jack Epps Screenwriter
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Allen Gonzales Animator
Kevin Haney Makeup
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Jon Landau Co-producer
Jeff Lass Songwriter
Art Linson Executive Producer
Michael Lloyd Special Effects
Richard Marks Editor
Harold Michelson Art Director
Cheri Minns Makeup
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
Floyd Mutrux Executive Producer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Barrie M. Osborne Executive Producer
Andy Paley Songwriter
Thomas Pasatieri Songwriter
Sanuel Recinos Animator
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Sondheim Songwriter
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Jim Van Wyck Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
255. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles/A Night On the Town [8:26]
2. The Kid [5:53]
3. Where's Lips Manlis? [7:54]
4. False Arrest [9:46]
5. Big Boy's Vision [5:09]
6. Refusing An Offer [12:42]
7. Club Ritz Raid [2:43]
8. Southside Warehouse [4:05]
9. Blackmail [:14]
10. New Year's Eve [9:28]
11. Kidnapped [8:03]
12. One In A Million/End Credits [11:30]

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