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Let The Devil Wear Black [DVD]

Jonathan Penner , Randall Batinkoff , Stacy Title    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Penner, Randall Batinkoff, Norman Reedus, Jamey Sheridan, Brooke Taylor
  • Directors: Stacy Title
  • Writers: Jonathan Penner, Stacy Title
  • Producers: Jonathan Penner, Cynthia H. Margulis, James D. Stern, Mark Amin, Matt Salinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Thirtysomething smoothster Jack Lyne reluctantly returns to the family homestead after the sudden death of his father. Jack's reunion with various family members alerts him to a number of long-simmering resentments and intrigue, which convince him that his father has been murdered.

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Actors: Jonathan Penner, Randall Batinkoff, Norman Reedus, Jamey Sheridan, Brooke Taylor
Director: Stacy Title
Manufacturer: Cinema Club

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good at all! 11 April 2012
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I have to be honest - I only bought this because I'm a fan of Norman Reedus. Its a rough, up-to-date rendition of Shakespeare's Hamlet but not a very good one. I can't really comment on the acting too much - it wasn't very good (all-round) but then again - good acting would have been wasted on the film itself.

Still - it didn't cost me much (2 including p&p) so not much was lost.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet revisited 11 Jan 2004
The DVD has good and poor points in and against it.
First the good ones: the thriller is well conceived. Placing Hamlet in the present days is quite well achieved and the story is well paced. Acting is ok (for a thriller it is sufficient).
So you are bound to follow the film with interest.
Picture quality is clear in 4:3 ratio image.
The poor items are: sound is only in stereo, the extra features are almost non existent (only a trailler is available) and there are no subtitles (I consider that at least English subtitles should be a "must" in any DVD, preferably for earing impaired).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing title, satisfying film 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Hewing closely as it does to the basic outline of "Hamlet", I expected not to be surprised by "Let the Devil Wear Black"--but this movie is liberated enough to function admirably well on its own with its own quirks, internal logic, and occasional flashes of real wit.
Jonathan Penner, a stunningly beautiful actor, portrays a hero whose history of institutionalization keeps our response to his deep suspicion and contacts with his dead father ambivalent--is there a hideous conspiracy afoot, or is Jack just losing it?? Mary-Louise Parker is suitably fragile as his nut-house sweetheart, and the two share love scenes which, despite their graphic nature, still come off as tender and spontaneous, neither brutal nor obligatory.
The supporting performances were equally strong--not a false note in the bunch. Again, I was surprised to find this movie so engrossing, but I was entirely caught up in Jack's dilemma--and he even made me laugh out loud once or twice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little Pepto will do. 5 Nov 2001
By Fredrick A. Waff - Published on
Hamlet set in the sleazy underworld of L.A.
I saw half of this on cable and thought what the hell, So I bought it and was pleasantly surprised. The Acting is Top notch, Great Character actors Maury Chaukin,Phillip Baker Hall. and Mary Louise Parker all do a fine job. The Alas poor Yorik Scene works really Well.
So if you like contemporary updates of the Bards work. Check this one out.
3 and 1/2 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, yet stick with Hamlet 31 Aug 2003
By Bruce A. Nelson - Published on
Although the title of Stacy Title's 1999 film noir reinvention of the great bard's Hamlet may be the best thing about the film, it at least makes for an interesting viewing. Title takes Shakespeare's classic and updates it to a sleazy, dark, hot and decadent modern LA (which when you think about it, is not much a stretch). It's a well made film with some very creative, if not haunting flashback and dream sequences. The cast and their performances, for the most part is top notch. In small roles, Jacqueline Bisset and Mary-Louise Parker shine. Parker, who plays the drug and dog food sampling Julia/Ophelia, is the most sympathetic character in the film among a company of sociopaths, drug dealers, criminals and complete losers.
There lies the problem with the film. The characters are for the most part so unlikable, that one could almost care less if Jack (played deliberately over the top by Jonathan Penner) ever avenges his father's suspicious death. In fact, several times during the viewing I was hoping Title would break with Shakespeare and bump off Jack. His "love" scenes with Parker are crude and unaffectionate, making him even more unlikable. Penner's portrayal can be fun at times, yet it's hard to be compassionate or relate to a guy like Jack (unless maybe you are filthy rich, obsessed and have a fetish for sex in restrooms). When sleazy characters are well written, as they are in Scorsese's films, the audience can get to know, like them, even root for them. Here, they are shallow, heartless, almost totally unattractive, stupid at times and rather uninteresting (no, I did not like them). The climax is overblown and ridiculous. Fortunately and thankfully, few are left alive at the film's conclusion.
Still, despite all the flaws. I can't help but recommend the film for film noir fans or those who are looking for "something different" as the filmmaking itself is interesting and well done. With a better script and well-developed characters, it could have been a very good film. However, for great writing, stick with old Bill's Hamlet
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good hip Hamlet....but no extras 21 Sep 2002
By LGwriter - Published on
Stacy Title, the director of the little-known but effective black comedy The Last Supper (about liberal yuppies who bump off arrogant right-wingers) here presents a modern re-working of Hamlet with lots of gunplay, sleek scene transitions, quirky character traits (check out the pharmacist--very funny small bit), and a real flair for visual panache.
As Jack, the Hamlet guy, Jonathan Penner looks too old to be in grad school, but overall he does a much better job than the horribly miscast Ethan Hawke in Michael Almereyda's 2000 version of Hamlet (whose supporting cast brilliantly outshone the leads). The always excellent Mary-Louise Parker is great as Julia (Ophelia) and in supporting roles, Maury Chaykin, Philip Baker Hall, Jonathan Banks, and Norman Reedus are all effective. Jacqueline Bisset and Jamey Sheridan make a nice evil couple (Jack's mother and uncle, the co-murderers of his father), and Chris Sarandon puts in a silent appearance as the father-ghost in a number of very effective flashbacks and current sightings--by Jack, of course.
It's true that this is a bit thin compared to the real Hamlet--in fact, more than a bit--but the director has sacrificed meat and potatoes for some tasty sauce. There's a lot of zing here and this is a very entertaining film, noticeably different in tone and temperament from any other Hamlet. Here there's a real emphasis on noir elements that come to the surface in sudden flashes or bursts of action making this more a thriller than anything else. Half-naked strippers, Mexican-American thug-cops, a crack-carrying gunman, and a crooked lawyer all contribute to the atmosphere.
Be advised that although the DVD case claims there is a trailer and behind the scenes footage, this is not true. There are NO extras at all. But it is a fun way to spend 90 minutes.
3.0 out of 5 stars L. A. crime story 25 Jan 2010
By C McGhee - Published on
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Hamlet hit's L. A. is the basis of this story & that pretty much explains it. It is always nice to see Jacqueline Bisset & she is here. Mary-Louise Parker appears even more so that Jacqueline. The story replaces Hamlet's time & culture with modern day L. A. Hello gun's, hello mob, hello bars, hello, hello, and hello. The script was not totally transparent & I did enjoy it some. I just wish it had varied more from a story that is so well known & of course, already better done. Lazy writing with OK acting & pretty women. 3.5 stars.
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