Anderson Tapes, The (UK - DVD R2)
Marcus joins Sean Connery's crew to burgle some apartments on Blu-ray
Crime thriller directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Sean Connery and Dyan Cannon. Ex-con Duke Anderson (Connery), backed by an underground mobster, assembles a skilled criminal gang with the intention of burgling every apartment in the block where his girlfriend (Cannon) lives. However, as they rob each flat of cash and jewellery - disguised as removal men - they are unaware that a young, crippled boy has cottoned on to their caper and informed the police on his ham radio. [Official Synopsis]
The image here is gritty and realistically coloured and the HD overhaul manages to bring the image life via the enhancements of the light sources. Initially in the prison, the strip lighting gives everything a glow and shows off sharp edges and a solid bit of detail but once in the outside world it’s not quite as consistent.
When there's not any direct lighting, the image struggles a fair bit with a muddy flat looking appearance. This generally occurs in corridors or stairwells but outside of these scenes the presentation gets by okay, even if the image can often look a bit flat. When the image is great, it glows, with reflective surfaces and well lit faces looking fantastic, colours pop and the HD upgrade is obvious, it's just not consistent enough to be happy with the presentation as a whole.
The score here is strong throughout with its higher digital sounding pitches really ringing out. Dialogue is consistently clear and without fault and while the film isn't heavy on ambient sounds such as footsteps on streets or traffic it makes up for it with the odd digital sound effect the film likes to play with.
The commentary by Glenn Kenny, a film critic is a lot of telling us what we're seeing and what it means to the film as a whole. Elements are fleshed out with factoids and behind the scenes stories.
The 'Super 8 version' (16:06) comes with no real explanation of its inclusion and runs like a super condensed version of the film in its Super 8 rawness. If nothing else it highlights just how good this HD presentation is, even with its inconsistencies.
Last up is the 'Theatrical Trailer' and 'Image Gallery'.
I've not seen a great deal of Connery's non- Bond work outside of his more modern stuff and seeing him here, it struck me just how much George Clooney has replicated elements of his on screen presence. So many moments of this flick reminded me of Out of Sight or that sort of era of Clooney's rise to super stardom. Outside of that side note, The Anderson Tapes is an interesting little thriller that's moves briskly and keeps you involved throughout. Connery is confident in everything he does here and that really draws you to his character, even with his murkier traits.
The presentation is okay. The image dances between impressive and simply 'okay' depending on the lighting but the audio is consistently solid. Extras are a tad on the thin side, but the commentary will provide enough for fans to be happy with.
* Note: The images below are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer. Additionally, at this time we do not know the actual release date for the Blu-ray.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 1st January 1995
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 English
Subtitles: English, English SDH
Extras: Commentary, Super 8 Version, Theatrical Trailer, Image Gallery
Easter Egg: No
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon
Genre: Crime, Drama and Thriller
Length: 98 minutes
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