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King of New York (Arrow Video) Limited Edition SteelBook [Dual Format Edition] [DVD + Blu Ray] [Blu-ray] [1990]

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Wesley Snipes, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Buscemi
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076W0BAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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...

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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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Sorry... best title I could come up with.

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.
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Format: DVD
I love this film, it never gets old. It's blend of grim urban landscapes, clever intelligent plot and visceral action puts it miles ahead of almost any other crime movie you care to name, and it can stand with it's head held high as a classic on a par with the greats of the late 80s thru 90s gangster movie era, like Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Heat and Pulp Fiction.
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.
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King of New York is a great film, and WOW!! the Blu-ray transfer is just beautiful, you could say picture perfect.

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.
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Abel Ferrera's superb gangster flick deserves a better DVD treatment than this. Full screen and as soft as your VHS copy even fora tenner this is a waste of your money. Wait for a better print.
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Mr Walken is a genius. Mr Walken carries this film. The story is interesting, but it has the look of a film where lots of it ended up on the cutting room floor, and at least one of the sets is slightly dodgey. However, as I said Mr Walken is worth the admission price alone!!!
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This is a good film, a very brutal look inside the world of a powerful drug kingpin and his empire, and how the authoritys and cops close in to take him down, It is probably the best film starring Chistopher Walken in the lead role!! It features a stellar cast with Wesley Snipes and Laurence Fishbourne!!
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This review solely focuses on the product, and not the film. The steel case is great, nice artwork and includes both Blu-ray and dvd inside. What it does not show you here, however, is the rather clumsy idea of sticking a piece of glossy paper onto the steel case, with what should normally be, easy-to-remove glue. The stuff they attach your new debit/credit cards to, on the letters. However, my experience was a mess. Firstly, you cannot open the case, without first removing the paper. So after removing it, and if you do without tearing it, it ends up being folded and put inside the booklet, unless you have otherwise scrapped it.
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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