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
Big City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, an ultracool crime boss, in this moody gem from director Abel Ferrara. Released from a long stint in jail, White rejoins his devoted gang, which includes the trigger-happy Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne), Test Tube (Steve Buscemi), and his attractive attorney girlfriend, Jennifer (Janet Julian). Setting up headquarters in Trump Plaza, they start wiping out members of rival mobs in a bid to take back the streets and indulge in lots of cocaine and sex, but ultimately White has more noble ambitions, such as giving a fortune in drug money to charity. David Caruso, Victor Argo, and Wesley Snipes costar as a group of bitter cops who don't buy Frank's change of heart and decide to go outside the law to take him down. Poetic, sexy, funny, somber, and very violent, this critical hit cemented the rep of Ferrara and has earned a strong cult following. Bozan Bajelli serves as director of the arresting cinematography, which is full of rich shadows and gold, blue, and red hues. For fans of films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE, this is essential viewing.
Plot Summary
Summary In Abel Ferrara's KING OF NEW YORK, drug lord Frank White, recently released from prison, ruthlessly maneuvers to take control of the entire city's drug trade. When the police declare war on the convict, White strikes back by putting a contract out on the cops.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I spent half my life in prison. I never got away with anything, and I never killed anybody that didn't...that didn't deserve it."--Frank White (Christopher Walken) to Bishop (Victor Argo)
Rolling Stone "...Ferrara's blend of toughness and lyricism turns this visionary crime film into something stylish, seductive and haunting..." 10/18/1990 p.49
Sight and Sound "...Christopher Walken lends the role a certain sleazy charm..." 07/01/1991 p.46,"Canny casting caught Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes early in their careers..." 11/01/2008 p.85
USA Today "...Ferrara knows how to shoot the grimmer parts of New York..." 10/01/1990 p.4D
New York Times "...Grisly yet electrifying..." 09/22/1990 p.13
Film Comment "...Exhilaratingly nasty....It moves like a bat out of hell..." 01/01/1991 p.54-8
Los Angeles Times "...Abel Ferrara, director of KING OF NEW YORK is a virtuoso of grunge....Christopher Walken is the ideal actor for Ferrara because he combines an ultra-scary stolidness with balletic grace..." 10/26/1990 p.F6
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a giant performance from Walken, who turns silence into noise with every icy look." 10/01/2008 p.174
Abel Ferrara
David Caruso
Wesley Snipes
Laurence Fishburne
Christopher Walken
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 21804
UPC 00012236218043
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
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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