Blu-ray Review: Harry And Walter Go To New York

Harry And Walter Go To New York was directed by Mark Rydell from a screenplay by John Byrum and Robert Kaufman and stars James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine, Diane Keaton, Charles Durning, Lesley Ann Warren and Jack Gilford. The score is by David Shire.

Mark Rydell directs James Caan and Elliott Gould as the titular characters in Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), a pair of small-time crooks longing to graduate to the big time, as exemplified by suave bank robber Adam Worth (Michael Caine). Along the way, they hook up with a crusading newspaperwoman (Diane Keaton); soon all are competing to see who gets to hit a big bank first.

This 1976 heist comedy takes place in the late 1890’s and follows Harry Dighby (James Caan) and Walter Hill (Elliott Gould), two bumbling vaudevillians who want to be just like Adam Worth, a gentleman safecracker (Michael Caine) who they meet inside prison. They end up finding a way to escape from behind bars and head to New York where they search for Lissa Chestnut (Diane Keaton), a newspaper woman who was simply nice to them when she payed a visit to their prison.

What happens is, they all decide to come up with a big plan to pull off the largest bank heist of the century but there are sides playing against each other so there’s this uneasy alliance between Harry and Walter’s team and Adam Worth’s team. It takes the perfect plan, precision timing, skill and even a little luck for them to execute this nearly impossible bank heist but in the end they pull it off – just barely. In the end, Harry and Walter ultimately earn the respect of their high society peer who has ended up setting his eyes on Miss Chestnut.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Harry and Walter go to New York by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Harry and Walter go to New York was another first time watch for me and I really enjoyed this outrageous obscurity from the mid 70’s. The story was fun and the movie has such an incredible cast that’s led by James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton. Can you even imagine having these four legends in one movie? There’s also some brilliant on-screen chemistry between Caan and Gould and I really enjoyed watching their two characters play off of one another. I thought director Mark Rydell delivered a well-crafted heist comedy that has thankfully been dusted off from obscurity and given this nice new release. I read where James Caan was embarrassed for being in this movie at one point in his career but hopefully he’s changed his mind over the years because this was a fun cinematic experience and a movie that deserves this Twilight Time upgrade.  Harry and Walter go to New York is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight time

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) / Regon Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players)

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include an isolated music track, some audio commentary and the original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Music Track
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:17)

 

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