Dragnet

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Overview

This comic update of Jack Webb's classic deadpan police drama gets a fine presentation for its release on DVD. Dragnet has been given a letterboxed transfer at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and the image has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround and viewers have a choice of three different sound tracks: the original English version and dubbed tracks in Spanish and French. The disc also features optional Spanish subtitles. Bonus ...
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Overview

This comic update of Jack Webb's classic deadpan police drama gets a fine presentation for its release on DVD. Dragnet has been given a letterboxed transfer at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and the image has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround and viewers have a choice of three different sound tracks: the original English version and dubbed tracks in Spanish and French. The disc also features optional Spanish subtitles. Bonus materials appearing on this edition include the original theatrical trailer, notes on the film's production, and biographies of the key cast and crew members.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Tom Mankiewicz's amiable big-screen version of the long-running and immensely successful Dragnet series took a far more satirical and tongue-in-cheek tone than the original. Dan Aykroyd stars as the nephew of the inimitable Joe Friday as he goes after a shady religious cult with the help of irreverent new partner Pep Streebek Tom Hanks. Jack Webb, who produced the original Dragnet, played lead detective Friday, specializing in a kind of wooden non-acting that set the tone for a series whose technical primitiveness and emotional flatness evoked an Army training film. Aykroyd, who clearly loves this character, has excised Webb's only known expression, a grimace of perennial disgust, while keeping the '50s attitudes and uptight bearing, and adding his own talent for spouting bureaucratic arcana at the speed of light. Hanks is a perfect audience surrogate as the low-key partner constantly shocked by the behavior of this archaic fish out of water. The plot, which revolves around the activities of a not very frightening cult, is that of a thousand buddy-cop movies, but the two comedians take their battered vehicle for a hilarious ride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • UPC: 025192039225
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,058

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Aykroyd Sgt. Joe Friday
Tom Hanks Pep Streebek
Christopher Plummer Rev. Jonathan Whirley
Harry Morgan Capt. Bill Gannon
Alexandra Paul Connie Swail
Elizabeth Ashley Police Commissioner Jane Kirkpatrick
Jack O'Halloran Emil Muzz
Dabney Coleman Jerry Caesar
Lisa Aliff April
Fred Asparagus Tito Provencal
Peter Aykroyd Phoney Cop #2
Jim Boeke Nectar Pagan
Donald Craig Announcer
Josh Cruze Police Officer
Gray Daniels Crewman #1
Gary Lee Davis Leggings Pagan
Julie Donald Zookeeper
Sandra Eng TV Reporter
Ava Fabian Baitmate
Kimberly Foster Betsy Blees
Kathleen Freeman Enid Borden
Ruben Garfias Tough #2
Bruce Gray Mayor Parvin
Chester Grimes Pagan
Bert Hinchman Night Watchman
D.D. Howard Officer Robin Gilbert
Julia Jennings Sylvia Wiss
Peter Leeds Roy Grest
Margaret Lenzey Baitmate
Lisa London 1982 Redhead
Christopher Mankiewicz White Coat
Maurice Marsac Maitre d'
Lenka Peterson Granny Mundy
Stuart Quan Tough #3
Casey Sander Phoney Cop #1
Ray Sharkey Drug Pagan
Jimmie F. Skaggs Caterer Pagan
Dona Speir Baitmate
Sydney Urshan Officer Conklin
Bill Wittman Voice Only
Meg Wyllie Mrs. Gannon
Technical Credits
Tom Mankiewicz Director, Screenwriter
Dan Aykroyd Screenwriter
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer, Producer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Taryn de Chellis Costumes/Costume Designer
William D. Gordean Editor
Richard Halsey Editor
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Arthur Jeph Parker Set Decoration/Design
David Permut Producer
Frank Richwood Art Director
David Rubin Casting
David Sosna Asst. Director
Robert Weiss Producer
Don Zepfel Associate Producer
Alan Zweibel Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. The city/Opening credits [4:08]
2. The new partner [7:23]
3. Caesar's palace [6:10]
4. Those damn pagans [7:21]
5. The fuzz chase muzz [6:19]
6. Deep cover [5:34]
7. Rescue from the pagans' ritual [8:05]
8. Copping out [7:21]
9. Milking it [4:23]
10. Whirley's world [5:36]
11. Bad night for Good Friday [7:30]
12. The last American virgin [2:33]
13. Loose cannon [8:20]
14. A gas of a party [12:49]
15. Thank God it's [7:16]
16. Just the facts/End credits [5:00]
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Menu

Main
   Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:45:54
Bonus Materials
   Production Notes
   Cast and filmmakers
      Dan Aykroyd
      Tom Hanks
      Christopher Plummer
      Harry Morgan
      Alexandra Paul
      Dabney Coleman
      Tom Mankiewicz
   Theatrical trailer
   Universal web links
Language Selection
   Spoken languages
   Captions and subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Comedy with Hanks and Aykroyd

    Definitely not a 48 hours or BHC clone (of course, if you take the time to watch the movie, this should be clear). This is a great comedy focusing on the 'odd couple' relationship between Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. There are plenty of one liners. The action is well done, but a lot of it is spoofing movies like 48 hours. It also provides interesting commentary on how society perceives alternative religions (when the movie was released and even today). For anyone familiar with the original Dragnet series, it is pretty funny parody with some good comedy (both physical and spoken) with some light action thrown in.

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