American Gangster Combo 2pk (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

Armed with ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas' multimillion dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 221523394
UPC 025192108310
UPC 14 00025192108310
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Keywords
1960s
1970s
Cops
Crime
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.
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,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
Directors
Ridley Scott
Actors
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
UPC 00025192108310
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 177 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Golden Globe (2008) American Gangster, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
Image Award (2008) American Gangster, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture,Ruby Dee, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
British Academy Awards (2008) Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Nominee, Best Film
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Finely made and richly satisfying film.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Denzel Washington dazzles in his best screen performance to date as Frank Lucas.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Call it the black 'Scarface' or 'the Harlem Godfather' or just one hell of an exciting movie.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...an engrossing story, told smoothly and well, and Russell Crowe's contribution is enormous.
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post ...has the aspirations of an epic of crime and punishment, a superb feel for time and milieu, and an almost subliminal feel for myth.
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