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.
To rate this film visit the prior review of THE ENFORCER