J Edgar (Blu-ray + DVD)

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From director Clint Eastwood comes the drama "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country.

Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.

As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, "J. Edgar" explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.


Studio Warner
SKU 227830864
UPC 883929213429
UPC 14 00883929213429
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/1/2013
Rating Rating
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note Acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood's richly detailed biopic exploring the life and career of controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. For nearly 50 years, Hoover (DiCaprio) fought crime as one of the most powerful law enforcers in America. During Hoover's extended stint as Director of the FBI, however, his penchant for bending the law in the name of seeking justice and using the secrets of high profile leaders to gain personal leverage won him just as many supporters as detractors. Little did many other than his loyal colleague Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) and faithful secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) know, however, that Hoover himself was a man with many secrets to hide. Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, and Stephen Root co-star in film written by Oscar-winning MILK scribe Dustin Lance Black.
USA Today "Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for MILK, has crafted a complex portrayal of HOOVER..." 11/11/2011
Los Angeles Times "[A] somber, enigmatic, darkly fascinating tale....J. EDGAR benefits from the convincing acting of key cast members..." 11/09/2011
New York Times "Anchored by a forceful, vulnerable Leonardo DiCaprio....It portrays a 20th-century titan who, with secrets and bullets, a will to power and the self-promotional skills of a true star, built a citadel of information in which he burrowed deep." 11/11/2011
Hollywood Reporter "[The film] tackles its trickiest challenges with plausibility and good sense, while serving up a simmeringly caustic view of its controversial subject's behavior, public and private." 11/03/2011
Entertainment Weekly "DiCaprio does more than disappear behind steely glasses and prosthetic old-age makeup. He transforms himself in a feat of acting, from the inside out." -- Grade: B 11/18/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "J. EDGAR is a classically made biopic graced with potent performances..." 02/01/2012
Film Comment "Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic cuts elliptically back and forth through a 50-year career of crime-busting and witch-hunting, while including some big-scene digital recreations....Solidly structured, emotionally and physically..." 05/01/2012
Judi Dench
Leonardo DiCaprio
Naomi Watts
Joshua Lucas
Cast & Crew
Judi Dench - Star
Leonardo DiCaprio - Star
Naomi Watts - Star
Joshua Lucas - Star
Armie Hammer - Star
Tommy Christensen - Co-Star
Aaron Lazar - Co-Star
Ed Westwick - Co-Star
Austin Basis - Co-Star
Shannon McClain - Co-Star
Michael Gladis - Co-Star
Gerald Downey - Co-Star
Michael James Faradie - Co-Star
Denis O'Hare - Co-Star
David Cooper - Co-Star
Brady Matthews - Co-Star
Ryan McPartlin - Co-Star
Emily Alyn Lind - Co-Star
Gunner Wright - Co-Star
Christopher Lee Philips - Co-Star
Michael Klinger - Co-Star
Jeff Cockey - Co-Star
Kaitlyn Dever - Co-Star
Scott C. Roe - Co-Star
Kelly Lester - Co-Star
Dylan Burns - Co-Star
Scot Carlisle - Co-Star
Sadie Calvano - Co-Star
William Bebow - Co-Star
Tom Archdeacon - Co-Star
Kahil Dotay - Co-Star
Eric Larkin - Co-Star
Eric Frentzel - Co-Star
Evan Charest - Co-Star
Joe Bagg - Co-Star
Kye Palmer - Co-Star
Jason Harnell - Co-Star
Jamie Labarber - Co-Star
Craig Zucchero - Co-Star
Brennan Coulter - Co-Star
Jenny Phagan - Co-Star
Adam Driver - Co-Star
Justin Alston - Co-Star
Ary Katz - Co-Star
Duncan Hood - Co-Star
Ernest Heinz - Co-Star
Teresa Hegji - Co-Star
Thomas Langston - Co-Star
Larkin Campbell - Co-Star
Jeffrey Donovan - Co-Star
Joe Keyes - Co-Star
Jessica Hecht - Co-Star
Joseph Culliton - Co-Star
Christopher Shyer - Co-Star
Manu Intiraymi - Co-Star
Amanda Schull - Co-Star
Mark Thomason - Co-Star
Mike Vaughn - Co-Star
Josh Stamberg - Co-Star
Damon Herriman - Co-Star
Eric Matheny - Co-Star
Miles Fisher - Co-Star
Geoff Stults - Co-Star
Lea Coco - Co-Star
Billy Smith - Co-Star
Allen Nabors - Co-Star
Johnny Cicco - Co-Star
Michael Rady - Co-Star
Greg Hoyt - Co-Star
Maxine Weldon - Co-Star
Gary Werntz - Co-Star
Robert C. Fleet - Co-Star
Ken Howard - Co-Star
Jack Donner - Co-Star
Jordan Bridges - Co-Star
Chris Caputo - Co-Star
F. Stephen Schmidt - Co-Star
Kyle Eastwood - Co-Star
Zach Grenier - Co-Star
Josh Hamilton - Co-Star
Ernest Harden Jr. - Co-Star
Scott Johnston - Co-Star
Cheryl Lawson - Co-Star
Steve Monroe - Co-Star
Dermot Mulroney - Co-Star
Sean Murphy - Co-Star
Michael O'Neill - Co-Star
Geoffrey Pierson - Co-Star
Stephen Root - Co-Star
Lea Thompson - Co-Star
Clint Eastwood - Composer
Gary Fettis - Set Decorator
Ashley Irwin - Music Director
Roger Lifsey - Special Effects
Buddy Van Horn - Stunt Coordinator
Steve Riley - Special Effects Supervisor
Gregg Rudloff - Sound Re-Recording
John Reitz - Sound Re-Recording
Kathryn Blondell - Hairstylist
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. - Supervising Art Director
Dustin Lance Black - Screenwriter
Tom Stern - Director of Photography
Terry Baliel - Hairstylist
Method Studios - Visual Effects Designer
Tim Moore - Production Manager/UPM
Chris McGeary - Music Editor
Duncan Jarman - Makeup
Duncan Jarman - Special Makeup Effects
David Bernstein - Assistant Director
Ante Dugandzic - Special Effects
Jay Wejebe - Makeup
Lola Visual Effects - Visual Effects Designer
Zoe Hay - Makeup
Stephanie Fowler - Makeup
Patricia Dehaney - Hairstylist
Sian Grigg - Makeup
Sian Grigg - Special Makeup Effects
Alessandro Bertolazzi - Makeup
Gennady Loktionov - Music Arranger
Ryan Riley - Special Effects
Ryan D. Compton - Special Effects
Jack Axelrod - Co-Star
Roberta Bassin - Co-Star
Christian Clemenson - Co-Star
David Clennon - Co-Star
Clint Eastwood - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00883929213429
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 137 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review J. Edgar is a somber, enigmatic, darkly fascinating tale, and how could it be otherwise? This brooding, shadow-drenched melodrama with strong political overtones examines the public and private lives of a strange, tortured man who had a phenomenal will to power. A man with the keenest instincts for manipulating the levers of government, he headed the omnipotent Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years. Though in theory he served eight presidents, in practice J. Edgar Hoover served only himself.
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review As a period biopic, J. Edgar is masterful. Few films span seven decades this comfortably. The sets, the props, the clothes, and details, look effortlessly right, and note how Eastwood handles the many supporting roles (some of them depicting famous people). These minor characters are all to some degree relating to Hoover's formidable public image. As a person or as a character, he was a star of stage, screen, radio and print; he was said to have the goods on everyone. People tip-toed around him as they might have with Stalin. It's a nice touch, the way Eastwood and DiCaprio create a character who seems to be a dead zone and make him electrifying in other actors' reaction shots.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Arizona Republic ...ultimately captivating.
Austin Chronicle ...the look of J. Edgar is spot-on.
Entertainment Weekly ...a feat of acting, from the inside out.

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