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Format: DVD
Sku: 206807018
UPC: 025193228024
UPC 14: 00025193228024
Sales Rank: 6467
Category Keywords: 1960s  1970s  Cops  Crime  Drug Dealers  Theatrical Release  True Story
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|Inspired by a True Story.
Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott for this epic gangster story. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.

2-Disc Edition - Includes both the Theatrical Cut (2hrs 38mins) and Unrated Extended Cut (2hrs 57mins) with an alternate ending on Disc 1 plus a second disc of bonus material…

Disc 1: Main Feature (Theatrical & Extended)

Disc 2: Extra Features

"...takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Finely made and richly satisfying film.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Denzel Washington dazzles in his best screen performance to date as Frank Lucas.  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Call it the black "Scarface" or "the Harlem Godfather" or just one hell of an exciting movie.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...an engrossing story, told smoothly and well, and Russell Crowe's contribution is enormous.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...has the aspirations of an epic of crime and punishment, a superb feel for time and milieu, and an almost subliminal feel for myth.  Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post
"A riveting piece of movie storytelling, mounted with a genuinely epic flair, shot and edited in a no-nonsense, classic style.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's Note
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.

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Video Features DVD, Rated R, Unrated, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/4/2010
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61032280
Video UPC UPC: 00025193228024
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review American Gangster - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/8/2008 5:27 PM
There's something dead in Denzel Washington's eyes nearly all of the way through Ridley Scott's American Gangster, which takes what should have been a mesmerizing slice of urban historical grit and grinds it into roughly two hours of standard issue cinema. Washington is playing Frank Lucas, a real-life crime boss who for a period lasting from the late 1960s into the following decade, ran Manhattan "from 110th to 155th, river to river." A real slick character who doesn't need to strut his worth on the street, Lucas hates flash like a junkie hates rehab: It reminds him of all he truly is but doesn't want to be....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Armand Assante
Video Cast Info Carla Gugino
Video Cast Info Chiwetel Ejiofor
Video Cast Info Common
Video Cast Info Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Fab 5 Freddy
Video Cast Info Josh Brolin
Video Cast Info Kevin Corrigan
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info RZA
Video Cast Info T.I.
Video Cast Info Arthur Max - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Brian Grazer - Producer
Video Cast Info Harris Savides - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Marc Streitenfeld - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Mark Jacobson - Based On Article By
Video Cast Info Nicholas Lundy - Art Director
Video Cast Info Nicholas Pileggi - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Pietro Scalia - Editor
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - Director
Video Cast Info Steven Zaillian - Screenplay

Awards


Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Best Film
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, American Gangster, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Ridley Scott, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Denzel Washington, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Image Award, American Gangster, Outstanding Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Image Award, Ruby Dee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Image Award, Steven Zaillian, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
   Video Award Name Screen Actors Guild, Denzel Washington, et. al., Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Screen Actors Guild, Ruby Dee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t has bite and timely relevance....Washington and Crowe clash like titans -- they're something to see." 11/01/2007 p.91

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] bravura photography, assured performances and flawless period detail....A top-of-the-range example of genre filmmaking..." 11/01/2007 p.56

Entertainment Weekly
"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 11/09/2007 p.76-77

Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "[U]ndeniably enjoyable....Served up with enough verve to engage." 12/01/2007 p.56

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Crowe and Washington are extremely charismatic here; particularly Washington, whose man-of-the-people charm disguises a ruthless, shark-like drive..." 12/01/2007 p.134

Sight and Sound
"AMERICAN GANGSTER moves along at quite a clip....[Scott] does bring panache to the film's tense climax..." 01/01/2008 p.56

Los Angeles Times
"[A] finely made and richly satisfying film....[Washington] is always at his best, as he was in the Oscar-winning TRAINING DAY..." 11/02/2007

Rolling Stone
Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "Ridley Scott digs into this juicy tale with epic style and wit." 12/27/2007 p.120

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "Scott brings his stylish shot composition and impeccable eye for detail to the streets of Seventies Harlem, melding his striking visuals with an enthralling story..." 04/01/2008 p.78

ReelViews 8 of 10
American Gangster is compelling in the same way that many mob-related motion pictures are compelling, but it fails to achieve the greatness that the best of them attain. The problem with American Gangster may be that it tries to hard to provide balance between the protagonist and the antagonist but never really achieves it. While the story is rarely dull and there's plenty of material to fill up the more than 2 1/2 hour running time, there's an overall absence of dramatic tension. Ridley Scott rarely creates an uninteresting motion picture, and this is no exception, but American Gangster will not go down as one of the respected director's best efforts...While the decision to focus on a black gangster isn't original, the way in which Frank is developed is unique, and that's the primary reason why the film works. Characters whose personalities mix so many contradictory and volatile elements are always the most interesting - that's what has made Michael Corleone one of the all-time best screen gangsters, and there's more than a little of this in Frank. Like in Training Day and Malcolm X, where he portrayed less than perfect individuals, Washington rules the screen. His portrayal is one of many things that elevates this film to the level of being consistently entertaining and occasionally compelling. - James Berardinelli

Variety 8 of 10
"American Gangster" wants to be a great epic crime saga so badly you can feel it. The true story at its core -- of the rise, fall and redemption of a '70s-era Harlem drug lord -- is so terrific, it's amazing it wasn't put onscreen long ago, and it would be difficult today to find two better actors to pit against one another, as hoodlum and cop, respectively, than Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. With so many elements going for it, this big, fat Universal release is absorbing, exciting at times and undeniably entertaining, and is poised to be a major commercial hit. But great it's not...Memories of numerous classics hang over this film like banners commemorating past championship teams -- "The Godfather," "Serpico," "Prince of the City," "Scarface" and "Goodfellas," among other modern-era crime-pic landmarks. Like most of those, this is a quintessential New York story, one you feel could have been the basis for a Sidney Lumet masterpiece. But while "American Gangster" is made with consummate professionalism on every level, it just doesn't quite feel like the real deal; it delivers, but doesn't soar...Based on a New York magazine article by Mark Jacobson, the story arc is so sensational it warrants outsized treatment...Still, Washington's steely grip on his impersonation of Frank Lucas holds the film together. - Todd McCarthy

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