- Actors: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger
- Directors: Curtis Hanson
- Producers: Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan, Michael Nathanson
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Estonian
- Dubbed: Spanish, German
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 9 Mar. 2009
- Run Time: 132 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001IWELFE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,154 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
L.A. Confidential - Special Edition [DVD] 
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In Fifties Los Angeles, Ed Exley (Guy Pearce), Bud White (Russell Crowe) and Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) are three very different cops. Ed is ambitious and incorruptible, Bud takes pleasure in beating up wrong-doers, and Jack works as technical advisor to the television show 'Badge of Honour'. Ed earns the enmity of Bud and Jack when he testifies that they were involved in the beating of a group of Mexicans in police custody, but all three men become involved after a mass-murder takes place at the Nite Owl cafe. Initially, it seems that a group of black junkies are responsible, but further investigation leads to evidence of blackmail, prostitution and a police cover-up in high places. Kim Basinger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing: a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal and corruption of all sorts in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of LA history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male co-stars are so uniformly fine that they may have cancelled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero"; (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The end result is a dark and twisted tale of personal redemption told against the backdrop of the bright lights and sunshine of Hollywood in the early '50's. Hanson contrasts the brightly lit exteriors with the dark storyline of police corruption and Hollywood decadence. This is a movie about facade, not just Hollywood's but our own personal facade as well.
Russell Crowe became a star as LA Detective Bud White, a tough cop willing to do whatever is necessary, something the political up and comer Guy Pearce finds archaic about the force and wants to change. What may stop him from doing so is his investigation of the murder of several people at "The Night Owl" cafe, one of which is Crowe's partner, recently "retired" after a well publicized jail brawl christened "Bloody Christmas" by the papers.
Crowe and Pearce come at this from different angles but the road for both leads right to beautiful Kim Basinger and a millionaire in the lush Hollywood hills played by David Strathairn. There is a reason Basinger looks a little like Veronica Lake the first time we see her in this film, she's suppose to.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this 132 min REGION B/2 DVD that had a good story line with a few twists and turns. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JD Ch-le-St
A great film, great service and great value for money. What's not to like!Published 6 months ago by Steve Hastings
One of my favorite 1990s films (it should have beaten Titanic that year for the Oscar), that I had on DVD, but wanted to upgrade. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Freddy Lubin
If a fault , it is that an entire city cannot be corrupt , or can it .
So the top ganster gets bird and the whole operation is simply
taken over by a corrupt police... Read more
An excellent film - full of tension and excitement. Not for the faint-hearted! Quite a bit of violence but not vicarious.Published 8 months ago by Harriet Morris
Police corruption in 1950's LA. Wonderful cast and some great music from Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Kay Starr, Lee Wiley, Betty Hutton and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J J Gittes