DVD Talk
Release List Reviews Shop Newsletter Forum DVD Giveaways Blu-Ray Advertise
Reviews & Columns
Reviews
DVD
TV on DVD
Blu-ray
International DVDs
Theatrical
Adult
Video Games

Features
Collector Series DVDs
Easter Egg Database
Interviews
DVD Talk Radio
Feature Articles

Columns
Anime Talk
XCritic.com
DVD Stalk
DVD Savant
High-Def Revolution
Silent DVD

discussion forum
DVD Talk Forum
Resources
DVD Price Search
Customer Service #'s
RCE Info
Links

DVDTalk Info
Review Staff
About DVD Talk
Advertise
Newsletter Subscribe
Join DVD Talk Forum
DVD Talk Feeds


Special Offer

Search: For:
Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Untouchables
The Untouchables
Other
List Price: Unknown [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Chuck Arrington | posted February 1, 2001 | E-mail the Author
Buy from Amazon.com
C O N T E N T
V I D E O
A U D I O
E X T R A S
R E P L A Y
A D V I C E
Recommended
E - M A I L
this review to a friend
P R I N T
Printer Friendly
THE UNTOUCHABLES

Synopsis:

Chicago in the 30's was seething with all kinds of illegal activity. Prohibition was the rule of law and Great money was to be made if you could provide the right people with this verboten beverage. Alphonse Capone recognized the opportunity for enormous riches and in addition to his already full plate of prostitution, drug dealing, shy larking and protection rackets added liquor running. Machivelli once said that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts, absolutely". Never was a truer phrase spoken. It seems that everyone was on Capone's payroll. From politicians to policemen, the all dipped their beaks in to Capones' multimillion dollar a year industry. As such, no one wanted to rock the boat. That is until Elliot Ness and the Treasury Department got involved. Elliot's desire to take the battle to Capone began a deadly tit for tat that found Capone serving a prison sentence that would prove to be his swan song. Luckily for us, Paramount Pictures captured all of these events and presents them her in their exquisitely beautiful tale of Elliot Ness and his Untouchables.

Audio/Video:

Let's start with the good portion of the disc. The video is in a word…amazing. The colors are rich, deep and true. The fleshtones are accurate and only two instances of flecking appeared in the whole of the print. Other than those fleckings, I found the transfer to be pretty stunning to say the least. After all, with an Armani clad cast coupled with William Elliott's Art Direction and Stephen Burum's photography, it's next to impossible to screw up the film's incredible visual presence.

The audio on the other hand is another story. Touting a 5.1 platform, it came across as more of a 2-channel surround platform with a couple of moments of surround presence (Rain & birds chirping) and a few scattered LFE instances to kick start the aural aspect of the experience. If that wasn't bad enough, when Ness and Malone meet in Chapter 6 Malone's dialogue is clearly muffled and detracts from the presentation. While the film's visual presentation is stellar, the audio definitely leaves you wanting more.

Extras:

The only extra on the disc is the film's trailer.

Overall:

Paramount is notorious for skimping on their discs and The Untouchables is no different. While the television series of the 50's that bore the same name will forever be the benchmark regarding Ness and Capone, DePalma's version is very well done to say the least. It's a great gangster era film that really deserved a far better treatment than it received. De Niro is great as Capone however; he could have used a great deal more screen time. The Untouchables is a modern classic that should be in every collection. Even if it is a film only non-SE. Recommended

Popular Reviews
1. Eastbound & Down: Season 4
2. Bob's Burgers: Season 3
3. Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX
4. Noah
5. Heaven Is for Real
6. Rio 2
7. Orphan Black: Season 2
8. Ping Pong Summer
9. Violent Saturday: Limited Edition
10. Scanners


Special Offers
DVD Blowouts
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Alien [Blu-ray]
Buy: $19.99 $9.99
8.
9.
10.
Special Offers
Release List Reviews Shop Newsletter Forum DVD Giveaways Blu-Ray Advertise
Copyright 2014 DVDTalk.com All Rights Reserved. Legal Info, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use