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Format: DVD
Sku: 208442506
UPC: 085391165118
UPC 14: 00085391165118
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/23/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 138 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000025482
Video UPC UPC: 00085391165118
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review L.A. Confidential (Two-Disc Special Edition) - DVD Review
By: Andy Sayers Reviews
Published on: 11/3/2008 1:02 PM
I've been having trouble with how to approach this review since I watched the new two-disc special edition DVD of L.A. Confidential a little over a week ago. Generally, it's standard reviewing technique to withhold one's ultimate opinion of the movie until a big flourish at or near the end, parsing out smaller opinions to slowly make one's case until the big finish (this technique has the added benefit of forcing readers to keep reading until the end). But in this case, I don't feel like I have anything to say about the movie until I get the big flourish out of the way, so I'm trusting you all to keep reading after I do, so here goes: L.A. Confidential is easily one of the best movies of the past 20 years, an absolute masterpiece that is as fresh today as it was 11 years the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kim Basinger
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info James Cromwell
Video Cast Info David Strathairn
Video Cast Info Danny DeVito
Video Cast Info Kevin Spacey
Video Cast Info Guy Pearce
Video Cast Info Ruth Myers - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Dante Spinotti - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Peter Honess - Editor
Video Cast Info James Ellroy - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Video Cast Info Curtis Hanson - Producer
Video Cast Info Curtis Hanson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jeannine Claudia Oppewall - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael G. Nathanson - Producer
Video Cast Info Arnon Milchan - Producer
Video Cast Info Brian Helgeland - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Curtis Hanson - Director

Memorable Quotes

"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)

"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)

Professional 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

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