Dog Day Afternoon [2 Discs] [DVD] [1975]

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.
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Special Features

  • "The Making of Dog Day Afternoon: A 4-Part 30th-Anniversary Documentary": Explore the actual events that inspired the movie, casting, filming, and aftermath
  • Commentary by director Sidney Lumet
  • Vintage featurette "Lumet: Film Maker"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Dog Day Afternoon
Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Al Pacino
    Al Pacino - Sonny
  • John Cazale
    John Cazale - Sal
  • Charles Durning
    Charles Durning - N.Y. Detective Moretti
  • Sully Boyar
    Sully Boyar - Bank Manager Mulvaney
  • Chris Sarandon
    Chris Sarandon - Leon

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