After a long wait, "The Sting," one of the great movies of all time, has finally come to Blu-ray as part of Universal's 100th anniversary collection. Lest we forget, this movie actually came out on HD-DVD a few years back, but the video quality was roundly panned.
The good news is that with the latest restoration the video is significantly improved in this release. While you'll still encounter some sequences that look a little soft, the majority of scenes look sharp, with excellent detail (the cars and suits look great) and overall the movie looks really good.
It's also worth noting that Universal has taken some criticism for overdoing its digital noise reduction and cleaning the up image too much, making it look more like video than film. There's some evidence of that here, but at the same time, it appears that some restraint was shown, which leaves you with a more pleasing balance.
As far as sound goes, the remastered surround mix sounds clear and detailed and offers some subtle improvements over the movie's original mono soundtrack. And in case you were wondering, Marvin Hamlisch's Oscar-winning adaptation of Scott Joplin's music does sound terrific. ("The Sting" won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1973).
Currently, "The Sting" is selling for less than $15 on Amazon, which makes it a relative bargain. See pricing for "The Sting" from Amazon.com.
January 23, 2013 3:41 PM PST
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| Caption by: David Carnoy
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