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American Gangster [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Chiwetel E. Jiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Producers: Ridley Scott, Brian Grazer
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DD0DCS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ridley Scott directs this biopic of 1970s Harlem drug baron Frank Lucas. When his boss dies, underworld driver Lucas (Denzel Washington) seizes his chance and begins to build his own criminal empire. Utilising the bodies of dead US soldiers, Lucas begins importing heroin direct from South-East Asia, increasing purity on the street, and undercutting his rivals in one swoop. Before long he's amassed a fortune, bringing him to the attention of maverick policeman Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe), an honest cop in an otherwise corrupt force, who makes it his business to shut Lucas down.

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A slow burning, yet entirely gripping, mobster film, American Gangster pits Denzel Washington’s Frank Lucas against Russell Crowe’s law enforcer Richie Roberts. Spread over a necessarily prolonged running time, their story is then brutally, expertly, told.

And while American Gangster isn’t in the league of prime Scorsese and Coppolla classics (such as Goodfellas and The Godfather), it’s the nearest we’ve come in quite some time to something of that ilk. It’s all based on a true story, which does mean you need to forgive it some of its obvious narrative conventions, yet this also lends it a gravitas that the film eagerly makes the most of.

It’s great too to see British director Ridley Scott tackling meatier material again. This is the man, after all, who gave us Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator, and he duly delivers with American Gangster. His finest work it isn’t, but an engrossing, explosive and hard-as-nails drama it absolutely is.

What’s more, American Gangster is powered by two of the finest leading men working in Hollywood right now, and it’s terrific to see Washington and Crowe on top form here. And while in cinematic terms it’s hardly a film that treads new ground, it’s nonetheless a proper, grown-up and engrossing movie, and a very good one at that. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This violent drama, from director Ridley Scott, is a modern production covering vintage subject-matter, namely the rise (and fall) of the New York real-life enforcer turned 'drug-lord' Frank Lucas from the late 60s to early 90s. To balance things up (and justify the near 3-hour running time of the extended edition) the biopic also follows, in almost equal measure, the progress of loner police narcotics detective Richie Roberts as juggles his attempts to bring to book those involved in New York organised crime with part-time educational activities in order to become a fully-qualified lawyer.

Whilst there are significant detail differences in the 'story', overall it is not unlike the earlier classic film 'The French Connection' in the sense that we have a policeman who becomes almost infatuated with tracking-down a single 'personality' in involved in local illegal drug dealings. It is certainly not like other 'gangster' movie classics such as 'Goodfellas' or 'The Godfather', despite many reviews mentioning them in the same breath as this film, if for no other reason than those other classics focussed entirely on the criminals and their personal lives.

The biggest similarity between this film and the FC is that the respective gangsters are both ruthless yet almost classy in their demeanour and the policemen are both rather shambling yet strangely effective; the one difference being that Richards is (almost) completely 'legitimate' and honest, as well us getting to know a lot about his personal life (eg failed marriage, law education), whereas 'Popeye' in the FC often transgresses and all we ever see of him is while he is 'on the job'.
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American Gangster is one of those films that I was put off buying, on the assumption it would be a 'blood and guts', 'shoot 'em up' type of film, and indeed my heart sank when I watched the opening scene. I needn't have worried though, AG is far above most other recent films of this genre, with a depth to it (allowed for no doubt by being based on a true story) that tends to be missing from many such films nowadays, where special effects are seen as a substitute for a decent plot.

As other reviwers have noted, it's a long film, but one that keeps the viewer hooked right to the end. From being a film purchased for no other reason than it was cheap AG has gone straight into my 'keeper' section and I can't really offer a higher recommendation than that!
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A strong and solid crime drama, well directed by Scott with not a unique and distinctive touch, so basically you do not have his usual photographic and glossy effects, which is good, but it seems like, by trying not to be the usual Ridley Scott, he did not replace his dated style with something else that make him look different by any other good director (this film could have been directed by Antoine Fuqua and maybe better). That said, I really enjoyed it and the two main characters are very well performed by Crowe and Washington, and also Josh Brolin sticks out in a great secondary and evil character. What is really good about this film is the script, both in the subtextes (crime and american capitalistic dream look the same) and in the structure (it is equally focused on the two characters lives, so you have 2 stories alternating and interweaving, and the film, at the end, it is not like you expect: not a fight between crime and justice, but the story of 2 outsiders meeting, facing each other and....). Excellent blu ray
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Given the lineup of Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington and Ridley Scott, could this movie fail? No

Weighing in at almost 3 hours (extended edition) one could be forgiven for thinking that American Gangster would be a bit of a drag but no, it moves along quite nicely pacing out the action against the story. The story itself is very hard to believe in the end but it's Hollywood vs facts again. Crowe and Washington, as always, deliver the goods even though they aren't onsceen together too much (no DeNiro/Pacino moment really). One of Ridley's greatest (no mean feat!).

Audio: English DTS HD master; French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese DTS surround

Subs: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Trad Mandarin
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This is a masterpiece of a movie, directed masterfully by Ridley Scott. It is the best gangster movie of recent times, based on a true story, with the excellent performances by Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe really taking this title to another level. In addition to the great story and all the action, it is also emotional viewing and provides the viewer with a few morals to take away and reflect upon.

Denzel really gives, in my opinion, his best performances since Training Day (complete with all the usual facial expressions!) which is superbly balanced by the equally praiseworthy role played by Russell Crowe, who always seems to take his performance up by a few notches when working with Ridley Scott. I won’t give any of the plot away, but will simply say this is a must watch!
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