“Dillinger” is one of the greatest American International Pictures releases ever made. A lot of that had to do with John Milius making an insane directorial/writing debut. The cast is insane, plus Warren Oates drops the hammer so hard in the lead. I’m a big fan of the film, having seen it three times on the theatrical circuit. Last time was at the Harry Dean Stanton Film Festival in Lexington where I got to see Stanton and Michelle Phillips speak about the movie.
What makes the film’s Blu-Ray debut so impressive is the sheer amount of new interviews and the stunning 2K restoration of the film. These kinds of releases are what I was hoping Arrow USA would do when they came to North America. MGM and other large entities have deep libraries of stunning cult and underground hits that the major studios aren’t touching anymore. If one kid starts picking up on Milius because of this release, then it’s all worth of it. For long-term fans, sit back and enjoy the film that began one of the best directing careers in testosterone cinema.
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A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM mono
RELEASE DATE: 4/26/16
The Plot Thus Far
The runaway success of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 proved massively influential: it made stars of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beauty, introduced a new form of violence to the movies, and inspired a stream of imitators, including Bloody Mama, Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha and the directorial debut of John Milius, Dillinger.
Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era’s Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis.
Starring Sam Peckinpah favorites Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, and with a supporting cast including Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, Dillinger is a top drawer gangster picture: explosive, stylish and hugely entertaining.