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.

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Studio Warner
SKU 227830864
UPC 883929213429
UPC 14 00883929213429
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/21/2012
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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.
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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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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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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