Get Carter (1971)
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted October 14, 2000
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Movie:
Get Carter, originally released theatrically in 1971, stars Michael Caine as Jack Carter, and was based on the novel "Jack's Return Home" by Ted Lewis.

In London, Carter, a professional killer, learns of his brother's recent death in Newcastle. He thinks it suspicious and sets off to find out the real cause of his brother's death. His boss tries to persuade him not to go, but Carter is determined to uncover the truth. Once in Newcastle, he slowly begins to unravel the mystery of his brother's death and to piece together who is behind it. Then, one by one, Carter tracks down anyone responsible and takes his revenge.

Get Carter is a movie I've wanted to see for some time, since I saw Payback. The movie is above average, though I found it a bit too slow in places. The story has quite a few twists and turns, but is somewhat complicated by the numerous characters. Caine does a terrific job in his role as Carter, but I found several of the other actors a bit lacking.

Picture:
Get Carter is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The print used is in terrific shape for its age; colors are vibrant and flesh tones are accurate. The print does seem a bit soft in areas, and there are several places with marks and spots, but these are few.

Sound:
Get Carter is presented in Dolby Digital Mono 1.0. I detected no problems in the track; dialogue was easy to understand at all times. However, I noticed that a line that appears in the subtitles wasn't in the dialogue at all. This normally wouldn't be a big deal, as some of the other dialogue/subtitles in the film don't match, but I considered the line pretty important, as the opening scene didn't make much sense without it. The line in question is, "Look, your brother's dead and gone," and occurs at the beginning of the film, letting the viewer know Carter's motivations for going to Newcastle and that he has a brother that he knows is already dead.

Extras:
Extras on Get Carter include: a biography and a filmography for Caine, the international trailer in widescreen, the music trailer in full frame, subtitles in English and French, the film's score in an isolated track, and a commentary with Caine, Director Mike Hodges, and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. The commentary is very entertaining and interesting; all three participants were recorded separately, and the one here is a "best of," with Hodges speaking the most. Fans of the film will want to pick up the disc for the commentary alone: it is that good.

Summary:
Fans of slower paced action/mystery movies or Michael Caine should give Get Carter a look; fans of the film will definitely want to pick up the disc, if only for the commentary. Recommended.



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