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James Fargo
Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino
Writing Credits:
Stirling Silliphant, Dean Riesner

Paired with a rookie female cop, Harry Callahan must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans.

Box Office:
Domestic Gross

Rated R

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English Dolby 5.1
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French Dolby 1.0
Spanish Dolby 2.0
German Dolby 1.0
Portuguese Dolby 1.0
Italian Dolby 1.0
Castillian Dolby 1.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 96 min.
Price: $14.98
Release Date: 12/16/08

• Audio Commentary with Director James Fargo
• “Violence in Cinema” Featurette
• “Something Special in Films” Featurette
• Trailer Gallery


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The Enforcer [Blu-Ray] (1976)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (May 15, 2019)

Clint Eastwood provides his third take on renegade cop Harry Callahan via 1976’s The Enforcer. In this tale, Inspector Callahan’s over the top antics get him transferred out of Homicide – again, so he ends up in Personnel, where he participates in promotion interviews.

During those sessions, Harry meets aspiring inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly). He thinks she’s unqualified, but Moore gets promoted to anyway.

Her first partner? To the shock of no one in the audience, the authorities pair her with Callahan when he goes back to investigations.

What prompts Callahan’s return to active duty? The activities of a left-wing terrorist group called the People’s Revolutionary Strike Force threaten havoc, and they make things personal when they kill Harry’s colleague Frank (John Mitchum).

The PRSF demands a ransom or they’ll blow up various targets. We follow the investigation by Callahan and Moore.

After 1973’s disappointing sequel Magnum Force, I hoped for a return to form with Enforcer. While it didn’t work as well as Dirty Harry, it certainly outdid the 1973 flick.

Force featured a softer, neutered Callahan, but Enforcer brings him back to a more hard-bitten status. Though he’s not quite as surly and aggressive as in the first film, at least the third movie’s Harry seems more in touch with the original’s character.

The tone of Enforcer better matches that of the first effort as well, though it seems awfully cartoony much of the time. Indeed, the flick borders on self-parody, but I prefer that to the blandness of Force. This film’s Harry has a pulse, and the story manages to keep our interest to a higher degree.

That’s one area in which Enforcer betters its predecessors. Both of them tended be offer loose stories, whereas Enforcer manages a more linear, concise tale. I don’t know if it’s necessarily a really good plot, but at least it stays on target and maintains our interest.

Eastwood became the best thing about the first film, and he returns to form here after the milquetoast Harry of the second movie. His pairing with Daly provides some decent sparks.

Callahan’s partners tend to be forgettable and faceless, but Moore offers a bit of spark. The film’s dated sexual politics make it stale at times, but I like the chemistry between Eastwood and Daly.

Honestly, I don’t know if The Enforcer is a good Dirty Harry flick or if I like it just because it’s better than the disappointing Magnum Force. Whatever the case, it does prove enjoyable. While it never quite soars, it manages to create an entertaining action drama.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio B+/ Bonus C+

The Enforcer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not without concerns, the transfer usually satisfied.

Only minor issues affected sharpness. Wide shots sporadically looked a bit ill-defined, but most of the film offered good clarity and delineation.

I noticed no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement stayed minor. Source defects were also modest, as the movie suffered from just a handful of specks. This meant most of the flick seemed clean.

Like the prior “Dirty Harry” films, Enforcer went with a natural palette. The colors looked bright and lively throughout the movie, so the disc replicated the tones well.

Blacks were dark and tight, but shadows could be a little dense. Nonetheless, this was a solid “B” transfer.

Both of the first two “Dirty Harry” discs presented very good audio, and the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of The Enforcer continued that trend. As with its predecessors, the movie boasted an involving soundfield.

Music showed nice stereo imaging, and elements meshed together in a smooth manner. The elements moved well across the spectrum and created a fine sense of place. Louder scenes boosted the action well, and the surrounds added a lot of useful information to the mix.

Audio quality held up well over the decades. Speech was the weakest link, as the lines could be a little thin. Nonetheless, they were usually reasonably natural, and they lacked edginess or other flaws.

Music sounded bright and dynamic, and effects fell into the same range. Those elements came across as accurate and full, with nice low-end response. I found a lot to like in this strong soundtrack.

How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio showed a bit more range and oomph, while visuals came across as better defined and more dynamic. I strongly suspect both came from the same transfer, but the superior capabilities of Blu-ray made this an upgrade.

When we shift to the supplements, we start with an audio commentary from director James Fargo. He gives us a running, screen-specific examination of cast and crew, working with Clint Eastwood, performances and the flick’s tone, how he got the job, music, stunts and action, and script notes.

Though not a great piece, Fargo does provide the best of the five “Dirty Harry” commentaries. He proves consistently enthusiastic about the subject and manages to fill time well. At no point does the track threaten to achieve greatness, but it offers an informative and enjoyable commentary.

Two featurettes come next, and The Business End: Violence in Cinema lasts 30 minutes, nine seconds. We hear from Clint Eastwood, authors Neal King, Emanuel Levy and Richard Rhodes, former WB executive John Calley, filmmakers Jay Cocks, Peter Hyams, John Milius, John Lee Hancock, Steven E. de Souza, Tom Fontana, Joe Carnahan, Shane Black, David Ayer, John Badham, and Paul Haggis, and actors Hal Holbrook, Reni Santoni, Tyne Daly, Andy Robinson, and Michael Madsen.

“End” looks at the depiction of violence in movies over the years - with a particular emphasis on the “Dirty Harry” series, of course – and how this material may affect the public. The two sides create a reasonably stimulating discussion.

“End” touches on controversial topics and does so in an intriguing manner. This turns into an enjoyable half an hour.

Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special in Films goes for six minutes. The vintage 1976 featurette tells us a little about the movie and takes us to the set. Those moments are fun to see, but the promotional nature of the piece makes it less than enthralling.

The set finishes with a Trailer Gallery. It includes ads for Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool.

1976’s The Enforcer doesn’t stand as the best “Dirty Harry” flick, but it’s not the worst. Although it falters at times, it manages to create a generally involving story bolstered by better than usual chemistry between its leads. The Blu-ray features pretty good picture, very strong audio, and a decent set of bonus materials. This becomes a nice product for an entertaining movie.

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