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King of New York (Arrow Video) Limited Edition SteelBook [Dual Format Edition] [DVD + Blu Ray] [Blu-ray] 
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Christopher Walken is out of prison and back on the dirty streets of New York as convicted drug lord Frank White in a pitch black 90s crime classic from the magnificently disreputable Abel Ferrara (Driller Killer, Ms.45).
White returns to his old patch to find it in disarray as the parasites that moved in to capture his business don t share in the same Robin Hood spirit. Soon he s violently taking out the competition, stealing their stashes and turning a healthy profit on the gear, putting it towards building a new South Bronx hospital.
But you can t make an omelette without breaking some heads. As the street killings rise and the corrupt cops close in, White s crazed mix of criminal psychosis and heartfelt charity threatens to tear apart everything he s fought so hard to build...
King of New York is a low-budget crime thriller has the feel of a major blockbuster and owes its roots to the hard-edged crime movies of the 1930s. Christopher Walken stars as a drug kingpin who is released from prison and vows to use his position and influence--and criminal enterprise--for charitable means. But a core group of New York cops are all over him and his gang, determined to go to war, whatever the cost, to bring him down. Eventually his empire--headquartered at, of all places, Donald Trump's Plaza Hotel--crumbles under the weight of double-crossing and a body count of open warfare with the cops. This is one of the most stylish films of the last decade, with a strong supporting cast (including Lawrence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes, and David Caruso) and some truly enthralling set pieces, including a stunning car chase and gunfight across a rain-soaked Queensboro Bridge. The film's tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top style offsets its nihilism; and its riveting visuals will have audiences hooked from beginning to end. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of these days, I should review a genuine DNR disaster (hey, I hear 'Predator''s going pretty cheap these days). Sadly, Arrow's latest release, 'King of New York', features a visible, well handled grain structure and plenty of detail, meaning I can't complain too much. While medium shots convey a pleasant enough level of fine detail, most close-ups are absolutely striking. Add in a real sense of depth, and Walken's remorseless visage has never looked so unnerving.
Colours also impress. Skin tones never look glaringly unnatural, while blood splatters the walls with rich enthusiasm. One scene, set in a dingy nightclub and lit entirely in blue, would be a prime contender for colour bleeding, but the picture remains stable throughout.
It's funny... the pasty blacks of 'Demons' came under heavy fire, but Arrow appear to have done a complete 180 here. Deep, dark, inky etc. with nary a compression artefact to be found, 'King' is mightily impressive in this department. I wouldn't completely rule out black crush, but I also wouldn't bother looking for any.
Nor should you go searching for edge enhancement, because there's virtually none of that either. This is a clean, natural-looking transfer that easily bests any previous releases.
Audio wise, the film's Stereo track is perfect. Strong, clear and precise - it's a faithful presentation of how 'King' was always meant to be heard. One or two lines of dialogue are barely comprehendible, but that's no fault of the disc (and can be easily rectified via the quick application of subtitles).
The 5.1 DTS-HD track is... another story, however.Read more ›
It's been overlooked somewhat in the face of such high profile company, but to be honest, this and Reservoir Dogs are the ones I keep coming back to. The characters are richly drawn and morally ambiguous in a fashion that makes it far more realistic than other crime films, as the cops are just as crooked as the gangsters, if not more, and you find yourself rooting for Walken and Fishburne throughout, as main cop Caruso is a nasty vile character despite being on 'the right side of the law'. Speaking of which the acting from the three leads is absolutely fantastic. Walken and Caruso are as charismatic and mesmerising as ever, but it's the young Fishburne (previous to this, he had had few leads in movies) who amazes as the hip young drug dealer, and almost steals Walken's show.
But make no mistake, it is Walken's show. His presence in this movie is riveting, and he manages to make the psychotic Frank believable as a man trying to do right somehow through his twisted system of morals. You don't want to sympathise with him but somehow Walken makes you, and this is the movie's greatest achievement, like Reservoir Dogs after it, you want the 'Bad guys' to win or at least get out alive.
As a movie, it's absolutely essential viewing for anyone with an interest in this kind of film, and a damn good view for anyone else too. To be honest this is one of my favourite films of all time, and it very much snuck up on me.Read more ›
And the Blu-ray quality gets a massive 5/5 from me, but the surround sound which is in DTS 5.1 is just awful, not sure what happened to the mix? because the sound was all over the place, which was such a shame considering how good the picture quality was, plus I don't remember having the same problem with my DVD copy. So for me this release is a waste of time because the sound spoils the film.
You get a nice revisable cover but no booklet, which is rare from Arrow.
On it, is the product andmovie description, normally found on the back of a standard dvd print. But 'Arrow Films' didn't think this through with the steel case. I had to use 'Turps' or white spirit to remove the excess glue from the case, and it worked a treat. Do not try to scrape the glue off, otherwise you risk scratching the artwork printed on the steel case. Use a damp cloth and white spirit.
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Stands up to the test of time, a very substantial, but violent crime/gangster movie. Walken's performance is brill. Not for the faint hearted.Published 1 day ago by Paul Tapper
A truly stunning transfer by Arrow Video. This film has never looked nicer. Walken delivers his best performance on film in my opinion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DC
Amazing film, amazing picture quality but unfortunately terrible sound quality! Worth purchasing for the Arrow extras and superb image quality, just a real shame the sound went... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Mj Franklin
The picture was low standard and the sound was terrible, I couldn't even watch the film, very disappointingPublished 4 months ago by philip j malloy
I had heard about this film years ago and being a huge fan of gangster films and an admirer of Walken's acting I was hoping for something a lot better than this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SC