Dick Tracy: Kobal Collection
Joe Neumaier
April 09, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dick Tracy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Warren Beatty, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Madonna, Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, Charles Durning, William Forsythe, Dustin Hoffman
director
Warren Beatty
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Jim Cash
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

Filmmakers hoping to jump on the latest comics-to-movies craze (”Spider-Man,” ”The Hulk,” ”Daredevil”) could do worse than watch Warren Beatty’s take on a previous generation’s hero. The perfectionist director-star got so much right, starting with the primary-colored matte-backdrop sets, and with the crisp transfer on this DVD — sadly devoid of any extras whatsoever — you want to fall into the painterly frames (designed by the late Richard Sylbert, who won an Oscar). Then there’s the surprisingly tough rat-a-tat-tat style, some fun Sondheim songs, and Oscar nominee Al Pacino as nasty Big Boy Caprice. Be warned: The makeup on villains like Pruneface and Flattop looks dated, and the underwhelming script is as plain as a yellow raincoat. Still, Beatty is ever mindful of the nature of his source material, and that’s half the battle.

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