top of page

The Untouchables 4K
              review by Bobby Blakey


Director Brian De Palma has delivered some great and interesting flicks throughout his career including Raising Caine, Mission Impossible, Carlito’s Way and the iconic Scarface. In 1987 he brought together an incredible cast including Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, and Patricia Clarkson for The Untouchables with an adapted screenplay by David Mamet. Does this classic crime drama hold up or will it fail to get the conviction?


The Untouchables follows Al Capone, after building an empire with bootleg alcohol, now rules Chicago with an iron fist. Though Prohibition Agent Eliot Ness attempts to take Capone down, even his best efforts fail due to widespread corruption within the Windy City's police force. Recruiting an elite group of lawmen who won't be swayed by bribes or fear, including Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone, Ness renews his determination to bring Capone to justice.


I remember the first time I saw this movie and was instantly engaged. I love this film, but admit that the young me remembered it being way more action packed than it actually is. Make no mistake there is plenty of action, but that’s not even what this film is and I still love it. For those that may not know it is based on true events, but mostly a fictional account of the story. That being said it is one of those that I love everything about and still do to this day.


The cast are all great with DeNiro really chewing up the scenery as Capone like only he can. It is always seeing the great Sean Connery on film and he is in top form here. The period look of the film is a vibe all its own that fully

captures the time. I will say that the new 4K transfer looks great, but it is so clear now that it looks way more dated making the sets look like old Hollywood filmmaking sets. This isn’t a bad thing per se, but it takes the original look of the film out a bit and kind of exposes the filmmaking element.


This is such a minor issue that is really nothing when it comes to the movie itself. I still love this movie as much if not more than the first time I saw it and glad it’s getting this new proper release. In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including trailer, featurette and more.


Grab your copy of The Untouchables 35th Anniversary Edition available now 4K Ultra HD for the first time from Paramount Home Entertainment.

bottom of page