Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 4/15/99
1973 (1998) - Universal
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
129 mins, PG, full frame (1.33:1), single-sided, single-layered,
Amaray keep case packaging, production notes, cast & crew bios,
film-themed menu screens, scene access (16 chapters), languages:
English, Spanish & French (DD mono), subtitles: English &
Spanish, Close Captioned
Redford and Newman
were the Affleck and Damon of the 60s and 70s. It's a good thing,
believe me. Imagine if Ben and Matt remade this. I'm not for
remaking a classic, but if it had to be done - that's what I'd like
the casting to be. I think it could be cool, if it were going to
happy. Jeez, if Miramax is planning on remaking Harvey,
then nothing is safe, is it?
The Sting is about two con men
who, when not grifting each other, are planning on pulling the most
elaborate con of their careers. Set in 1930s Chicago, Redford plays
Johnny Hooker, a small timer with a penchant for good-natured crime.
Paul Newman is Henry Gondorff - a bigger fish who helps Hooker get
revenge for a fallen friend. The character interplay is classic,
with strong dialogue and a nice little "unfolding" of the
featured con job. It's a very fun film.
The DVD is, grrrrrrr, modified for your TV - meaning it's frickin'
formatted to fit your screen. Why, Universal? Picture quality
doesn't suffer for it; it's an okay transfer. The film is shot to
look period, and the colors are dull, with thick blacks and earth
tones. That's the way it was intended, and it looks fine on DVD. The
sound is pretty great. I didn't really notice that it's a simple
mono track - it has more depth than that. It doesn't need a killer
sound field, so it's just fine. No extras, not a one, aside from the
notes and cast bios - but where is the trailer? Where is the
commentary track? Where is the letterbox? I dunno, but they're not
on this disc.