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SERPICO (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray SteelBook)

Al Pacino , Sidney LUMET    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Al Pacino
  • Directors: Sidney LUMET
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GWJSZLY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS Sidney Lumet's 1973 crime drama Serpico remains one of the most influential cop movies - alongside Al Pacino's nuanced performance in a disturbing portrait of corruption and morality in the city that never sleeps.

A plainclothes street patrolman, Frank Serpico (Pacino) might be the best cop in New York, but his unwillingness to play dirty and give into police corruption of drugs, violence, and kickbacks his colleagues indulge in every day. When he decides to expose those around him, Frank finds himself a target, not just to the city's criminals, but his own peers.

Shot on location and based on real events, Serpico captures the grit of New York in a way no film has rivalled, not just for its toned down realism, but also the bleakness Lumet portrays within his hometown city with brutal cynicism with frank immediacy. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Serpico for the first time on Blu-Ray in the UK.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • Gorgeous restored 1080p transfer on the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Video documentary Serpico: Reel to Real
  • Video documentary Inside Serpico
  • Video piece Serpico: Favorite Moments
  • 36-PAGE FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET featuring a new and exclusive essay by critic and author of Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor, Karina Longworth; rare archival imagery, and more!
"Al Pacino delivers a powerful performance in this compelling biopic of a cop and a city's police force" - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"A virtuoso performance by Al Pacino and some expert location work by Sidney Lumet add up to a tour de force genre piece (1973) that transcends the supercop conventions to create a moving, engrossing portrait of Frank Serpico-a literate, sensitive, honest cop who tried to come to terms with society and the policeman's place in it, and was crucified by a police department too corrupt to want any part of the real world. " - Don Druker, The Chicago Reader


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A COP WITH MORALS 26 Jun 2011
By Graham
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is based on a true story, and stars Al Pacino as Frank Serpico, the title of the film. Newly recruited as a New York cop, Serpico sees the corruption that is going on, and wants no part of it. All he wants to be is an honest cop. But others around him think otherwise and try to tempt him into their corrupt world. He gets transferred several times to different police precincts that are 'clean'. But once there, he finds that there is no such thing, and becomes a lone crusader trying to clean up the New York city police force. The trouble is no one wants to know, and his reputation follows him, and he soon becomes the most disliked cop in New York.
Every once in a while along comes a film that has something special, and this film is one of them. It concentrates on story rather than action, and tells a good one. Anybody who likes 70's cop films, or is a fan of Al Pacino MUST SEE THIS FILM. The New York locations are gritty and real (104 different locations). And portrays the seedier side back in the 70's. This ranks high on the list of Al Pacino's greatest films, and proves that a good film done right does not need to rely on action sequences to make it a box office hit, and this film was done right. This borders on the edge of brilliance.
The film is presented in a ratio of 1.78:1. The original ratio was 1.85:1. But most of Paramount's dvd releases are in this ratio if the original was shot in 1.85:1. Picture Quality is razor sharp, with no grain at all, and according to the box the audio is in 5.1. (The film was originally shot in mono).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie 15 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Taken from the true story of the life of Frank Serpico, this important film stirred up controversy and showed us a side of police departments that they certainly don't want shown. Serpico plays the only honest cop who doesn't take bribes and kickbacks. What is scary is the casual manner the other cops in the film just view taking the graft is just part of the job just like loading their guns. We also see a scary lesson of what happens when one honest man takes on an entire bureaucracy that does not welcome him and what can ultimately happen to him. How many other Serpico's are out there past and present who never got to tell their story for one reason or another. A powerful film that is just as relevant today as when it was made.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Al is the man 16 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Great movie by Sidney Lumet (sreenplay by Waldo Salt, who wrote Midnigt Cowboy). Based on the real-life story of NYPD Detective Frank Serpico, who refused the, at that time, standard practice of being paied of by the mob. This was Al Pacino's first movie after finishing Godfather part I. It is hard to say anything negative about this film. The story is great, Al has not yet become over the top in his style of acting and script and direction is inspired. If you love the films from the period this is a must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typifies the 1970's U.S. gritty cop thriller 29 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There's so much about Serpico that typifies urban crime in '70s America. This true-life account of police corruption benefits from Sidney Lumet's workmanlike and unflashy direction, with gritty streets with their even grittier natives, providing the backdrop.

Al Pacino produces one his best ever (Oscar nominated) performances, unsullied by the overacting that blighted his later career. Going undercover and wishing to remain as un-policeman like as possible, at least in appearance, Frank Serpico has a complex home life, that we fortunately get to share, as this helps us establish his character.

For 1973, we are allowed many subjects that we now take for granted but few could, or dared back then. Drugs, an overwhelming paranoia over homosexuality in the force and some graphic violence are handled - times have moved on, of course and so their treatment is varied, shall we say.

There is a lot of detailed talk and natural scenarios that lead onto other scenarios and as such, there aren't shoot-outs every five minutes. This is an intelligent film that does have its moments of action but it's about the man Serpico and his mounting enemy - his own employers. That's enough for any person to handle and Serpico doesn't always handle them well. But, that all adds up to an even more interesting story.

John Randolph co-stars as Serpico's Chief and the whole cast, a plethora of people from low-lifes to cops are all uniformly good.

Why only four stars? This film has been round for quite a while and this latest viewing must have been my fourth. It remains very watchable, every now and again but it has lost its bite a bit and its length is just a bit more than one can about bear, at 130 mins. For Pacino watchers and those who enjoy a good, absorbing cop drama, especially an adult gritty one, then Serpico is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Way For The Bad Guys. 19 April 2011
Format:DVD
'Serpico' sees Frank Serpico (Pacino) graduate from the police academy and join the NYPD as a uniform officer before working his way through the ranks to become a plain clothes undercover cop. The expected etiquette is to be on the take from illegal gambling organizations, drug dealers and the rest of the criminal fraternity trying to cut themselves a deal. Serpico is clean and wants to perform his job with integrity, arrest the bad guys and sleep with a clean conscience.
Pacino is brilliant, first as the clean cut innocent rookie and later as the frustrated undercover cop, I can't recommend this highly enough as Pacino never puts a foot out of place and this film is a stonewall classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alone with others
This is the reason for the blu-ray era. Not just the immaculate film reproduction but also the enlightening 43 page booklet included within the case. Read more
Published 11 days ago by W. Rodick
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
One of my favourite films, I cannot recommend this film highly enough, I am glad to have purchased this item.
Published 21 days ago by no47
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Lumet's and Pacino's best
Sidney Lumet had a great feel for institutional corruption, whether in a police department, a diocese, or a TV network. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stanley Crowe
1.0 out of 5 stars Disc wont play
Bought the disc put it in the player screen goes balck and skipping sound was heard, swapped disc and tried again EXACTLY the same thing happened and its weird because my other... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Film. Classic
Al Pacino in his younger years playing a tough cop trying to stop police pay off deals. Gritty performance. A must have film for Pacino lovers.
Published 1 month ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Serpico
The DVD arrived from overseas oin a sealed plastic as was stated in the advert. I have been a fan of this series online as it didn't get picked up by terrestrial channels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. P. Schumann
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest cop. Who would believe that?
Serpico is directed by Sidney Lumet and adapted to screenplay by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler from Peter Maas’ biography of NYPD officer Frank Serpico who stood up to expose rife... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films
Al Pacino at his best here. Interesting story based on real events and people. Would highly recommend this film .
Published 5 months ago by R. S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Serpico
Good entertainment - bit hard to watch his struggles in the first half of the film (knowing it was a real -life story) but glad we persevered as ultimately satisfying to some... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Isobel Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars classic - one to watch again and again!!
Good film and gritty performances - one to keep in the collection and come back too. Would recommend if you haven't seen and like the period setting - all flares and disco cool.
Published 5 months ago by happy customer
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