The Don Is Dead

Overview

Universal's disc of The Don Is Dead offers a solid budget-line edition of this film. The letterboxed video transfer is a nice one, lending Richard Kline's earthy, dark cinematography a much-needed sharpness that was lacking in the film's videotape incarnation. Sound options are limited to the original mono soundtrack, but dialogue and effects have plenty of clarity despite the lack of stereo separation. The only extra is a trailer, but it's a pretty entertaining one -- a punchy combination of clips and optically ...
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Overview

Universal's disc of The Don Is Dead offers a solid budget-line edition of this film. The letterboxed video transfer is a nice one, lending Richard Kline's earthy, dark cinematography a much-needed sharpness that was lacking in the film's videotape incarnation. Sound options are limited to the original mono soundtrack, but dialogue and effects have plenty of clarity despite the lack of stereo separation. The only extra is a trailer, but it's a pretty entertaining one -- a punchy combination of clips and optically enhanced still images that give the film an old-fashioned 'hard sell.' Some fans might be disappointed by the lack of extras or a stereo soundtrack remix, but it's really nice to see such a lesser-known catalog title be released at all, much less given a decent remastering job. To sum up, Universal's disc of The Don Is Dead offers gangster fans a reasonably priced way to get acquainted with this forgotten genre entry.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This obvious cash-in on the success of The Godfather is a competent but uninspired affair. Marvin Albert's screenplay is pro-forma at best, trotting out the usual collection of shootouts and back room mobster meetings but forgetting to include the colorful details and twists that would redeem its mundane plotting. Richard Fleischer's direction is polished but distant, content to let the proceedings role by in a slick but styleless fashion. This overall lack of inspiration ensures that The Don Is Dead feels like little more than a slightly raunched-up t.v. movie. The film's one real attribute is its cast: Anthony Quinn uses his movie star charm to flesh out an underwritten role and Al Lettieri and Frederic Forrest give sympathetic, nicely underplayed performances as a pair of brothers caught in the middle of the mob war. Cult movie fans will also be delighted with the supporting cast, which is studded with plenty of familiar faces like Abe Vigoda, Vic Tayback and Sid Haig. However, a likable cast can't make up for lackluster storytelling and The Don Is Dead is best left to mob movie completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 025192312922
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,399

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Don Angelo
Frederic Forrest Tony
Robert Forster Frank
Al Lettieri Vince
Angel Tompkins Ruby
Charles Cioffi Orlando
Victor Argo Augie The Horse
Ina Balin Nella
Val Bisoglio Pete Lazatti
Robert Carricart Spada
Anthony Charnota Johnny Tresca
Frank Christi Harold Early
Frank de Kova Giunta
Sid Haig The Arab
Jo Anne Meredith Marie
Carlos Romero Mariano Longobardo
J. Duke Russo Don Aggimio Bernardo
Joe Santos Joe Lucci
Maurice Sherbanee Corsican
George Skaff Vito
Vic Tayback Ralph Negri
Abe Vigoda Don Tolusso
Louis Zorich Mitch
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Marvin H. Albert Screenwriter
Preston Ames Art Director
Edward A. Biery Editor
Michael Butler Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Carol Goldsmith Songwriter
William Gray Production Manager
David Hall Asst. Director
David Hall Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Paul Nathan Associate Producer
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
George Sawava Stunts
Don Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Trumbo Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [:01]
2. Transaction [4:38]
3. Master Plan [6:09]
4. Traitors [7:20]
5. Ruby Dunn [8:36]
6. Guns for Hire [5:01]
7. Surrender [6:54]
8. Betrayed [4:51]
9. A Lover's Rage [5:18]
10. Point of No Return [3:25]
11. The Don Is Dead [6:24]
12. Set-Up [4:56]
13. A Brother's Grief [8:47]
14. Retribution [7:24]
15. Choosing Sides [6:26]
16. Quick Trip to Italy [4:43]
17. Early Release [2:15]
18. Grief-Stricken [3:15]
19. New Regime [3:42]
20. End Credits [5:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Theatrical Trailer
      Recommendations
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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