American Gangster (Blu-ray) (2007)

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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality

Overview

British director Ridley Scott may not seem a logical choice for this truly American crime drama, but the filmmaker does an excellent job. The film is based on a true story and set in 1968 Harlem, where Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is a driver for Bumpy Johnson, one of the top figures in the city's criminal world. When Bumpy dies, Lucas swoops in, taking over his predecessor's empire and expanding it over the next few years with his sale of a particularly potent brand of heroin. Meanwhile, New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) begins to investigate the New York drug world and discovers that there's a new power in town.

Thanks to screenwriter Steve Zallian, as well as Washington and Crowe, AMERICAN GANGSTER creates a convincing portrait of two men who are neither entirely good nor entirely bad. Washington plays Lucas as a man who buys his mother a palatial home but doesn't hesitate to beat his brother's head against a window. Crowe's Roberts may turn in a million-dollar find, but he cheats on his wife. Sadly, they only meet onscreen toward the end of the film, but the minimal interaction between the two Oscar winners is fascinating. Even though the focus is on Lucas and Roberts, AMERICAN GANGSTER is filled with a wealth of strong characters played by talented actors. It seems everyone with a SAG card turns up for the film, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, John Hawkes, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Carla Gugino, Ruby Dee, Joe Morton, and rappers T.I. and RZA. It's an epic film, with a run time of over two and a half hours, but it's time well spent. Fans of classic crime films such as THE GODFATHER, SERPICO, and CARLITO'S WAY will certainly be pleased by this addition to the genre.
Theatrical Release Date 2007
Format Blu-ray Disc
Number of Discs 2

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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    2
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Universal Studios Home Video
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    158
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French
  • Subtitles
    English, French, Spanish
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    Blu-ray Disc Features:

    2-Disc Set
    Full Frame - 1.33
    Widescreen - 1.85
    Audio:
    DTS 5.1 Surround - French
    DTS-HD Master Audio - English
    DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround - English
    Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish - Optional
    Additional Release Material:
    Deleted Scenes
    Audio Commentary: Ridley Scott - Director; Steven Zaillian - Writer
    Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    Music Video:
    1. "Do You Feel" (Remix) Performed by Anthony Hamilton Featuring Ghostface Killah
    2. "Blue Magic" from Jay Z's Album "American Ganster"
    3. Hip-Hop Infusion Featuring Common and T.I.
    Featurette:
    1. Fallen Empire: Making AMERICAN GANGSTER
    2. Case Files
    3. Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look
    Interactive Features:
    U Control Picture in Picture
    U Control Tutorial
    Feature:
    1. Theatrical Version
    2. Unrated Version
    Theatrical Release: November 2, 2007
  • Release Date
    10/14/08
  • Theatrical Release
    2007
  • Rating
    R (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality
  • Format
    Blu-ray Disc
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Editorial Reviews

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Entertainment Weekly 11-09-2007 "AMERICAN GANGSTER is meticulous and detailed, a drug-world epic that holds you from moment to moment, immersing you in the intimate and sleazy logistics of crime." -- Grade: B
Empire 12-01-2007 3 stars out of 5 -- "[U]ndeniably enjoyable....Served up with enough verve to engage."
Rolling Stone 11-01-2007 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t has bite and timely relevance....Washington and Crowe clash like titans -- they're something to see."
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