L.A. Confidential (Blu-ray)

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Great Film Noir!

on 7/7/2011

Based on the James Ellroy novel, "LA Confidential" is written and directed by Curtis Hanson, a terrifically talented writer and director. Hanson dives the audience right into the story, engrossing us in the story from the outset. His vision of LA in the 50's feels real- no rose-colored looks at 1950s America here. The crooks are violent, the cops either corrupt or (mostly) well-intentioned, and all is not well in paradise. Los Angeles may be paradise, but there is sure trouble in it. Give Hanson credit for casting too. The cast is terrific- James Cromwell (one of my favorite actors), Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey (another one of my favorites), Danny DeVito, David Strathairn, and newcomers Guy Pierce and Russell Crowe are outstanding. Crowe in particular does an outstanding job, taking a character that seems at first glance to be a big thug and making him into a complex hero. Everything else about "LA Confidential" is right on the money. Film noir at its finest. Read More

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 208442505
UPC 085391156994
UPC 14 00085391156994
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/16/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
Big City
Blackmail
Cops
Corruption
Detectives
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Murder
Prostitution
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Curtis Hanson captures the duality of 1950s Los Angeles in this striking film noir adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. The City of Angels might be sunny, inviting, and glamorous to the rest of the world, but it's also filled with corrupt cops, elegant hookers, murder cover-ups, and manipulative paparazzi, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. It's impossible to know exactly who's trustworthy and who's not as three detectives (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce) each use their own tactics to investigate a coffee-shop massacre.^The script by Hanson and Brian Helgeland maintains the fragile framework of human relationships developed in the novel, while 45 different shooting locations give the film a solidly unique tone and feeling of integrity, immersing the viewer in 1950s Los Angeles. The entire cast is first-rate, with compelling performances from Spacey, Crowe, Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, and David Strathairn.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I admire you as a policeman, particularly your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job."--Capt. Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) to Bud White (Russell Crowe)
Quote "There's blood on your shirt. Is that an integral part of your job?"--Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger) to Bud White|"Yeah."--Bud White|"Do you enjoy it?"--Lynn Bracken|"When they deserve it."--Bud White|"Did they deserve it today?"--Lynn Bracken|"I'm not sure."--Bud White|"Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush."--Sid Hudgens (Danny De Vito)
Reviews
USA Today "...Savory color schemes provide a vibrant backdrop for L.A. Confidential....Spacey puts the pride in snide and is a joy to watch..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 09/19/1997 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...L.A. Confidential brings the rancid thrill of corruption crackingly alive..." 05/30/1997 p.51-2
New York Times "...Resplendently wicked L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is a tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right..." 09/19/1997 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "...A dark, dangerous and intoxicating tale of big trouble in paradise, smartly done with the blackest possible humor..." 09/19/1997 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are convincing characters here....Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are two Australian actors who here move convincingly into starmaking roles..." 09/19/1997 p.35
Total Film "[A] crime classic. Faithful in spirit to James Ellroy's grimy masterpiece....Irresistible but deadly." 04/01/2004 p.136
Wall Street Journal "[T]he style is delicately ironic. Curtis Hanson directed a flawless cast..." 11/18/2010
Directors
Curtis Hanson
Actors
Russell Crowe
Kevin Spacey
Guy Pearce
Cast & Crew
Kim Basinger - Star
Russell Crowe - Star
James Cromwell - Star
David Strathairn - Star
Danny DeVito - Star
Kevin Spacey - Star
Guy Pearce - Star
Ruth Myers - Costume Designer
Dante Spinotti - Director of Photography
Peter Honess - Editor
James Ellroy - Source Writer
Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Curtis Hanson - Producer
Curtis Hanson - Screenwriter
Jeannine Claudia Oppewall - Production Designer
Michael G. Nathanson - Producer
Arnon Milchan - Producer
Brian Helgeland - Screenwriter
Curtis Hanson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 1000025053
UPC 00085391156994
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Awards
Name Kim Basinger
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1997
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Curtis Hanson
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1997
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Brian Helgeland
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1997
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
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