It's hard to believe this, but the same writer who gave us crap like "MAJOR LEAGUE" also gave us a true masterpiece like "THE STING"! It's true though. David S. Ward deserves credit for writing not only one of the best films of the '70s but of any decade. Mobster Doyle Lonnegan had no idea how many friends, his latest murder victim, Luther had. Luther, an old conman, had so many friends in the business, that they all come together in order to exact revenge against Lonnegan through a long, complicated scam. "THE STING" reveals the setup, execution and more within an ingenious narrative style that perfectly suits the material. As the story progresses, title cards akin to Rockwell paintings detail the next chapter, all to the wonderful, unforgettable music of Marvin Hamlisch.
UNIVERSAL has finally given this classic the kind of transfer it deserves! As part of their "LEGACY SERIES", it's been given the 1.85:1 with 16:9 enhancement aspect ratio, overlooked in previous dvd releases. The image is also much sharper. "THE STING" has an incredible production design, and it is flawlessly represented here. The colors are dead on in every scene and the detail is fantastic as well! Even the most subtle color variations within a diner, are made evident now. It's perfect!
UNIVERSAL has also given the film options for either DOLBY DIGITAL or DTS 5.1. There is virtually no surround involvement, save for moments around musical cues, however it's a much crisper, impressive audio mix than the mono available previously. The DTS has an advantage over the Dolby Digital in terms of its bass and overall clarity.
UNIVERSAL has included some extras on the 2nd disc. "THE ART OF THE STING" offers plenty of insight during interviews with Ward and cast.