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Alpha Dog [HD DVD] [2007] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, Matthew Barry
  • Directors: Nick Cassavetes
  • Writers: Nick Cassavetes
  • Producers: Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Brad Jensen, Chuck Pacheco
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 1 May 2007
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NO39G0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,929 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H VINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You might think that being based on the true life tale of Jesse James Hollywood (it's really only the names that are changed), all the tension would be gone from this movie - we all already know the ending, right? In this case, however, that doesn't happen, and that's totally down to the relationship between Anton Yelchin as the eventual victim and Justin Timberlake (yes, I know he's a pretty boy singer but the guy can and does act extremely well in this movie). It's heartbreaking to watch the story unfold and you really feel for this poor, trusting kid who honestly believes that his kidnappers are cool guys and that they'll be taking him home after a few beers and spliffs. Ben Foster also puts in an amazing show, but the entire cast is excellent and they're what keeps the film believable.

It is an excellent movie and well worth a watch but as per the drug culture it depicts every other word out of their mouths is an expletive so if you're not into swearing, then this is probably one to avoid. I urge you not to though, because there's a very real story under here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. L. Denning on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I never got a chance to see this in the cinema so went out and got it as soon as it hit the shops. Well worth the money. It had me gripped from start to finish. Based on true events, the story was good, acting good ( yes JT too ) and the ending was very moving. I couldnt get it out of my head even days after seeing it. Go buy this movie
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. McFarlane on 12 July 2008
Format: DVD
For those who don't know much about Alpha Dog, it is a Los Angeles set crime drama based on a true story. The plot is pretty simple, Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster) owes drug money to Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) and his crew, so they kidnap Jake's brother Zach (Anton Yelchin) until he pays up. But as it gets deeper Johnny realises the trouble he's in and will take drastic measures to cover up his mistakes...

With Alpha Dog, director Nick Cassavetes is covering a very interesting story, based on Jesse James Hollywood, here called Johnny Truelove (the youngest man ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list). The question is: would it carry over well into a Hollywood movie? The answer is, thanks to the performances and easy story telling, yes.

Most of the actors put in very solid performances which makes you care about the story much more. Emile Hirsch is predictably excellent as head man Truelove, getting into more trouble as the film goes on and Hirsch brilliantly shows the panic that the character faces so early in his youth. Also great are Shawn Hatosy as Truelove's right hand man Elvis Schmidt, Anton Yelchin as the kidnapped Zach but the standout is Justin Timberlake as Frankie who is charismatic and very effective in another performance that leads to panic and indecision which he does very well. However, the usually very good Ben Foster as Jake seems to totally overact and shout as much as he can. Bruce Willis doesn't have too much to do as Johnny's dad Sonny but is good to watch as always. There's not many female roles, Sharon Stone is OK as Zach's mum and sexy Mean Girls star Amanda Seyfried is good as one of the crew's party girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE on 5 April 2008
Format: Blu-ray
This is a film with possibly some of the best actors in the business. Bruce Willis & Sharon Stone as the veterans of the business and Emile Hirsch, Anton Yelchin & Justin Timberlake as the promising up and comers of the movie business.
The main protagonist of this movie is Johnny Truelove, a wannabe gangster from a pretty well off background. He is owed money by a typical scumbag drug addict known as Jake Mazursky. As a form of revenge Truelove, along with friends Tiko Martinez & Frankie Ballenbacher they kidnap Jakes younger brother Zack. This event leads to a matter of different events that none of them had ever expected.

Firstly the Hostage of this movie, Zack (Yelchin) seems more than welcome to being kidnapped by these men and shows that he's fine with the situation. Frankie (Timberlake) has an attack of conscience and knows that the kidnapping will only lead to dreadfull things. Johnny (Hirsch) simply seems to care about one thing and that's getting his money back. While Zack is kidnapped he is shown this privileged gangster lifestyle and he falls in love with it, he becomes part of the gang. On the other hand Truelove & Frankie continuously argue back and forth about whether to let the kid go as to avoid any devastating situations.

This is a surprisingly good movie that depicts the mindset that some of the younger generations have towards life, no matter how privileged their background may be. From the start it seems to drag on non-sensically but towards the middle the plot starts to make sense as it becomes a movie about morals, friendship and trust. The most surprising thing is, is that this film is based entirely around true events which is a bit upsetting but again a true depiction of the lives of some young generations in suburbia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. E. M. Taylor on 21 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
Just finished watchin this film and it was awesome. As people have said before, it went from party time to edge of your seat "i cant believe it happened" sort of thing.

JT is good - very realistic and all the other cast our outstanding.

Not knowing it was based on true events, it becomes obvious during it it is. Very very impressed.
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