One of the biggest catalog favorites from the Warner Bros. library gets a worthwhile redux on this disc. The new anamorphic transfer is a substantial improvement on the 1997 DVD, offering more vivid colors and sharper detail. The audio retains the original mono soundtrack and it's a good one that boasts a nice clarity to its dialogue and an atmospheric use of sound effects. The feature disc also includes a commentary track with Sidney Lumet that offers an outstanding amount of information on this film. Lumet covers all the bases, from aesthetic to technical, and keeps all the information rolling at a nice steady pace. The first disc is capped by the original theatrical trailer. The second disc contains the majority of the extras. The centerpiece in a new four-part documentary on the film that covers the story that inspired the film, how it was cast, the details of its production, and the public response to it. These pieces offer new interviews with Lumet, Al Pacino, and many other principals and do a fine job chronicling the film's history. The other feature on disc two is a vintage production featurette that offers some fun, interesting on-the-set footage showing Lumet and his cast at work. All in all, this is a great set and a must for any Dog Day Afternoon fan.
"The Making of Dog Day Afternoon: A 4-Part 30th-Anniversary Documentary": Explore the actual events that inspired the movie, casting, filming, and aftermath
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen and Carol Kane. The title refers to the sultry "dog days" of summer.
Based on a true story about a man and partner who robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation. Minutes after, it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
The movie is a classic and has great video and audio specs. The new special feature is a tribute to John Cazale. The tribute is fine but is just that. A tribute. An in depth documentary would have been better. Still a worthwhile addition for fans who didn't buy the original release.
Saw this in the theater seems like ages ago. So I won't spoil the ending. But will say bank robbery gone wrong. John Cazale wasn't in many movies, but he sure knew how to pick em. Plus a bonus DVD of John Cazale about 40 minutes long.
great movie but the main reason I bought it was for the John Cazale extra which I had seen before. dog day is one of the great 1970 movie but I had not realized it was more than a heist movie. not sure they can make those now...