Robert Aldrich is one of those directors who's definitely talented, but whose films have seldom achieved the full potential shown in. "FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX", and "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE". "HUSTLE", while flawed, is one of his better efforts. Like many of the superior, cynical films of the '70s, in spite of some sluggish, predictable moments, there are many more moving, surprising scenes, including the powerful ending.
Reynolds is terrific as an LA detective in love with his prostitute girlfriend(Catherine Denueve). His personal life and frustrations with her lifestyle become more problematic as he investigates the murder of a young call girl found on the beach. The acting is first-rate, with everyone giving their best in spite of a problematic script.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Being a gritty film, the infrequent grain is never problematic. However, some of the darker scenes lack the definition found in typically superior PARAMOUNT releases. Colors are solid throughout.
PARAMOUNT has included a DOLBY DIGITAL MONO mix. While fidelity is limited, noticeably during musical cues, dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.