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Stakeout [DVD] [1987]

  • SKU: 4713215
  • Release Date: 08/13/2002
  • Rating: R
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez star in director John Badham's action comedy Stakeout. The film is presented in very nice 1.85:1 anamoprhic widescreen transfer. Buena Vista has done a respectable job of making sure the colors, black levels and flesh tones are all solid and very bright. Aside of a small amount of edge enhancement in the image, this transfer should please fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and takes good advantage of a home theater surround sound system. While this sound mix isn't overly bombastic or full, it does include some unique directional effects and surround sounds, along with crystal clear dialogue, effects and music. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are available on this disc. Sadly, fans of the film are stuck with a completely bare bones release of this film -- not a single extra feature has been included on this disc.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
    • Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16×9 TVs
    • Closed Captioned


    Though John Badham's Stakeout doesn't flinch in the violence department, the film concentrates primarily on characterization. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez play a pair of Seattle detectives, assigned to capture escaped hood Aidan Quinn. The twosome spends much of the film on stakeout in a lonely, deserted house; the object of their scrutiny is Madeline Stowe, Quinn's former girlfriend. Pretending to be a telephone repairman, Dreyfuss plants a bug in Stowe's apartment--thereby inaugurating a romance that compromises the detective's objectivity. In the climax, Quinn gets the upper hand--at least until the fists start flying. Perfect as it stood, Stakeout didn't need to be elaborated upon with a sequel, but Another Stakeout was produced all the same. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Richard Dreyfuss
      Richard Dreyfuss - Chris Lecce
    • Emilio Estevez
      Emilio Estevez - Bill Riemers
    • Madeleine Stowe
      Madeleine Stowe - Maria McGuire
    • Aidan Quinn
      Aidan Quinn - Richard "Stick" Montgomery
    • Dan Lauria
      Dan Lauria - Phil Coldshank

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Still enjoyable after all these years

      • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

      I have always enjoyed this film. Funny, interesting idea. Good script. Even with WAY OLD MOVIE TRICK-CARS RUNNING INTO GARBAGE CANS, cars in car chases running into each other, that type of thing. Now we have 2 Oscar winners in it. Dreyfuss & Estevez had good chemistry as the 2 partners. Stowe in her short film career, all I ever remember from her in the 2 films I saw her in (remember, she went NO WHERE after this, her only hit movie) was her taking her clothes off. An older DVD, needs to be released. NO extras. Since it is older, nice to have a chapter search page. BUT, WHAT I CAN NOT FIGURE OUT. A 2 HOUR MOVIE & ONLY 10 CHAPTER STOPS? And, widescreen the way it should be seen. The unnecessary sequel I saw once & was NOT funny. Stick to this, the original.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great awesome price

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Watch it before never gets tired of repeating it so I'm buying it

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic 80s fun

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a classic 80s flick-fun and irreverent. Great stars and well worth seeing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Good movie. Replacing VHS with DVDs, and this was a must have movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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