directed by George Roy Hill
USA 1973

 

The movie has a nice, light-fingered style to it. Hill gently kids the 1930s with his slight exaggerations of fashions and styles. He tells his story episodically, breaking the movie down into the various plateaus of the con game. And he's awfully good at maintaining a kind of off-balance pacing; we can never quite pin Newman and Redford down. They're always sort of angling into scenes, making enigmatic statements under their breath and staying at least a step ahead of us. Hill's visual style is oblique; instead of stationing his actors in the frame and recording the action, he seems to sneak up on it. Newman and Redford almost seem on their way to another movie. If that sounds like a criticism, it's not meant as one: The style here is so seductive and witty it's hard to pin down.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's Review Found HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 25th, 1973

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Runtime 2:09:12 2:09:08 2:03:54 (4% PAL speedup)
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1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.27 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, DUBS: French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital DTS, English Dolby Digital 2.0, DUBS: French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, DUBS: German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.

Subtitles English, Spanish, none English, Spanish, French, none Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Portuguese, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish and none
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Studio: Universal

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Fullscreen - 1.33

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DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998
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Studio: Universal
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Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

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• The Art of The Sting - A Retrospective on the making of The Sting (56:14)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Production Notes

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
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Edition Details:
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• Cast and Filmmaker's notes
• Theatrical trailer

 

DVD Release Date: August 11, 2003
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ADDITION: - Universal Legacy Series NTSC - There is a big difference in the color scheme of these three DVDs and although we may never know with 100% certainty which is most accurate - the new Legacy edition has the most true skin tones. Luckily this one is in its theatrical aspect ratio (1.85) and is anamorphic. We have noticed in past comparisons that full-frame and open-matte transfers always seem to be sharper than their widescreen counterparts (see Eye of the Beholder comparison HERE). I don't know why this is. Regardless, with the optional audio bumps, bonus disc of the 50 minute documentary "The Art of the Sting" - and the feature's more realistic skin tones we judge the Legacy to be the issue to own.

*****

Anybody got any tape? Yes even the newer Universal - Region 1 "The Sting" DVD sold HERE is the Open Matte, 1.33 - full screen version. You can see a little more cropped on the side edges of the Region 1 as well. Widescreen fans of this film in North America are not very happy. I would have bet that on the newer version Universal (R1) would have got it right. Unfortunately the PAL edition is somewhat hazier with a pinkish hue making skin tones redder. Extras are nothing to rave about but the Region 2,4 wins with an added theatrical trailer. So if you want to see this like its theatrical debut, you need to buy the Region 2,4 PAL edition.

- Gary Tooze

 

 





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