American Gangster (Blu-ray)

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on 12/17/2012

In American Gangster Ridley Scott has created the perfect storm of an American movie masterpiece. An amazing group of actors, headlined by Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe, produces a very convincing period piece of 1970s New Jersey and New York and the crime culture that existed there. It's hard to feel anything but shame watchig this movie. This movie is both believable and tragic, and it startles me that neither Crowe nor Washington received nominations for two incredible performances.

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Nice movie

on 5/27/2013

Another great movie that will stand out for years to come, so be sure to add it to your DVD library. Inspired by true events, Denzel does an excellent job of actually making the audience feel some 'sympathy' for a murdering gangster! Not an easy task for an actor, or the screenwriters. We are given the story of a working man who only wanted a better life for his entire family, and he does his best to provide the best for them and his wife. However, he was a killer. It is only through the most superb writing and acting that a story like this can evoke the deeply mixed emotions brought to the surface. I believe most viewers will experience the same mixed emotions I did.

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In 1970s america, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of frank lucas, a heroin kingpin from manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the far east.


Studio Universal
SKU 208966425
UPC 025195045681
UPC 14 00025195045681
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/14/2008
Rating Rating
Drug Dealers
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
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,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
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
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
Ridley Scott
Russell Crowe
Denzel Washington
Cast & Crew
Chjwetel Ejiofor - Star
John Ortiz - Star
Josh Brolin - Star
The RZA - Star
Russell Crowe - Star
Denzel Washington - Star
Armand Assante - Star
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Star
Common - Star
Ted Levine - Star
Ruby Dee - Star
Carla Gugino - Star
John Hawkes - Star
T.I. - Star
Brian Grazer - Producer
Steven Zallian - Screenwriter
Harris Savides - Director of Photography
Ridley Scott - Producer
Marc Streitenfeld - Composer
Pietro Scalia - Editor
Ridley Scott - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 61105472
UPC 00025195045681
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 158 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
English, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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