King of New York (Blu-ray)

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In New York, crime gets done Frank's way - or it doesn't get done at all. Recently freed from prison, Frank White (Christopher Walken) hooks up with his old crew to challenge his fellow drug lords. Each bloody battle aims at a piece of the high-priced action where being at the top of the chain can mean the difference between life and death. Unable to keep him behind bars, the cops declare war on him. Frank's answer-put a contract out on the cops.

Academy Award winner Christopher Walken stars in this mesmerizing, ultraviolent street drama of a city on the edge. Larry Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes and Giancarlo Esposito also star in director Abel Ferrara's (Bad Lieutenant, Dangerous Game) riveting and horrifyingly realistic story of one man who takes the city beyond its limits.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 205124081
UPC 012236218043
UPC 14 00012236218043
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Walken,Christopher
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Cast & Crew
Abel Ferrara - Director
Anthony Redman - Editor
Augusto Caminito - Producer
Bojan Bazelli - Cinematographer
Christopher Walken - Actor
David Caruso - Actor
Giancarlo Esposito - Actor
Joe Delia - Original Music By
Laurence Fishburne - Actor
Nicholas St. John - Writer
Stephanie Ziemer - Art Director
Steve Buscemi - Actor
Theresa Randle - Actor
Victor Argo - Actor
Vittorio Squillante - Executive Producer
Wesley Snipes - Actor
Nominee (1991) Independent Spirit, Bojan Bazelli, Best Cinematography
Review The term that comes to mind when describing Abel Ferrara's King of New York is "crime opera." Ferrara stalwart Christopher Walken plays the aptly named Frank White, a kingpin running the New York drug trade with a crew of black drug dealers doing his dirty work for him..This movie has had a word-of-mouth following for years, and it's good to see it reissued with a remastered 5.1 soundtrack, even if the special features are a little skimpy. Ferrara ups the ante for on-screen violence at every turn, and the film is masterfully shot, edited, and put together. Still, it has a tendency to melt on contact, playing like a trashy grindhouse special all tarted up with sumptuous visuals and an ominous score. Maybe that's the best of both worlds, or maybe it's just a little shallow.
Reviewer Jerry Renshaw
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Instead of "Romeo and Juliet," this one recycles "Robin Hood," with Christopher Walken as a New York drug kingpin who wants to use his profits to pay the budget of a hospital for poor people. The Walken character never quite gets around to explaining precisely how he plans to set up his financing, and I am not sure any money actually goes to the poor and sick, but it's a good idea, anyway...He has gone about as far as a director can go on pure style, and he apparently isn't one of those filmmakers who can begin with a sketchy script and patch it up as he goes along. His effects are too good, his command of mood is too sure, for him to continue trying to bluff his way through half-written movies like this one. All it did was whet my appetite.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Walken,Christopher
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Eric Melin, ...gleefully over the top...good fun.
Nick Schager, Nick Schager Film Project Deliciously indecent.
Rolling Stone ...[the] blend of toughness and lyricism turns this visionary crime film into something stylish, seductive and haunting...

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