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review added: 2/9/99

Sharky's Machine
1981 (1998) - Orion Pictures (Warner Bros.)

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Film Rating: B-
Every time I watch this movie, it makes me realize just how popular Burt Reynolds was. This is the last good movie made that had his name over the title. And hey - the same city I'm writing this review in, served as practically a character in this film. Got to give it points for that.

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B-/C/F
The sound is simply okay. The video is a little grainy and drained of personality. The extras? There's not a single one. To make matters worse, the Atlanta skyline is slighted by this P&S transfer.

Overall Rating: C-
Okay transfer, fun movie. But what's going on over at Warner? Everything is standard with a bulk of their releases lately.

Specs and Features

122 mins, R, full frame (1.33:1), single-sided, single-layered, Snapper case, scene access (36 chapters), language: English (DD 2.0), subtitles: English, Close Captioned

Bottom line

I like Sharky's Machine. I liked it before I came to Atlanta, and I like it now. I'm a big Burt fan -- and I'm very out about it. Although this disc is one of many plain-Jane Warner titles being dumped into the market, it still has an overall good transfer. I would have loved to see it letterboxed though.

Todd Doogan
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