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American Gangster [Blu-ray] (2007)

Denzel Washington , Russell Crowe , Ridley Scott  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kevin Corrigan, Josh Brolin, Ruby Dee
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 335 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EIOOVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Gangster [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) in this powerful, epic story. Armed with ruthless tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.

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75 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Film That Exceeds Expectations February 18, 2008
Format:DVD
This viewer rented the DVD form of AMERICAN GANGSTER, having passed it by in the theatrical run, thinking that it was yet another 'crime and corruption in New York' genre film. It was surprising to discover that this very long film (just under three hours in the Unrated version) is completely riveting and in a way far different than the usual gangster film: this story, based on real people as outlined in an article by Mark Jacobson (transformed for the screen by Steven Zaillian), and while it has its share of grisly killings, it seems more concerned with the issues of integrity in the face of police corruption as embodied in the character of Richie Roberts, the etiology of the heroin use escalation following the Vietnam War, and the presence of a 'Black Mafia' lead by one Frank Lucas. It is delivered with compelling gusto and intelligence by director Ridley Scott and has some of the best acting of the year. In other words, this is not a film to be lightly dismissed as a Hollywood retread, but instead it is a tense drama with many very fine points.

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) follows the footsteps of his idol Bumpy (Clarence Williams III) who 'ran' the Harlem streets, and when Bumpy dies, Lucas inherits his mantle. Lucas is wise, cunning, a gentleman, a powerhouse of ideas, and quickly finds a way to bring the best uncut heroin from the Far East to the streets of New York at a price that undercuts the other mobsters' product. To establish his control he enlists his family, including his brother Huey (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and rapidly becomes the kingpin of the streets.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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American Gangster 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition

In American Gangster Ridley Scott has created the perfect storm of an American movie masterpiece. An amazing group of actors, headlined by Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe, produces a very convincing period piece of 1970s New Jersey and New York and the crime culture that existed there. It's hard to feel anything but shame watchig this movie. This movie is both believable and tragic, and it startles me that neither Crowe nor Washington received nominations for two incredible performances.

The Story and the Script

The story is supposed to be based on the real life exploits of Frank Lucas. Movies like this usually exaggerate. The fact that this movie is so believable makes it all the more tragic. There are no black and white characters and we are left to choose between murdering drug pushers and crooked cops.

The writing and the story structure are both excellent. The plot is developed slowly and masterfully. While there is less shooting and action than one would expect from such a tale, the movie is filled with drama and suspense.

Cinematography

They have managed to create a period piece here that is beautiful, gritty, real and romanticized. The framing of the actors and the skylines are beautiful. Much of the scenery and shots are darkly lit. This is most often used in the scenes with the police in their shadowy research rooms, clearly to juxtapose them against the Lucas empire, almost always shown in the light.

The first disk in the unrated edition is in a beautiful widescreen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellently acted and directed, but . . . December 11, 2007
we've been here many times before. This film offers nothing new to the genre, but it is still a terrific film.

Ridley Scott is an already proven director who is well overdue for an Oscar, but just what attracted him to this story is something of a mystery. Perhaps being a diverse director with films like the first Alien and Gladiator he wanted to add another genre to his credits and that is admirable (more admirable than Martin Scorsese who keeps making the same film over and over again and then wonders where the Oscar is). However, Scott could have selected a gangster film that didn't include so many tributes to better films in the genre (The Godfather, The Untouchables and Serpico come to mind). In this regard the film disappoints even though Scott directs his great cast in both subtle and stylized fashion. He deserves kudos for his efforts if not for the end result.

Speaking of the cast, it is hard to criticize Crowe and Washington, however, their roles are not very original and Crowe, while good, pales in comparison to the ever-charismatic Washington who is simply playing a variation of his Oscar-winning character in Training Day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
As usual, great performance by Denzel Washington! He has the ability to adapt to a role, no matter the type!
Published 22 hours ago by jrengelhardt
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much
This movie tries to cover too much ground. Although the movie is around three hours, it didn't feel like it, which is a good thing, however, you could have made three movies from... Read more
Published 7 days ago by eric groza
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
when i ordered the product it said i would get the bonus dvd with it. but when i got the dvd in the mail, it wasnt there. Read more
Published 11 days ago by jerseyghostgrl
5.0 out of 5 stars The true follow up to The French Connection......(no spoiler revue)
Viewing this recently It occurs to me that this is the very best French Connection Part 2. This movie takes place about a decade after the French Connection and in the early... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see movie..............................
A great enjoyable movie, fantastic acting & a terific story line with excellent locations.
the extras are well worth the money
Published 22 days ago by B. W. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Washington at his best
I have seen almost all of his movies and I feel this is one of his best.
I really liked the plot and especially the ending.
Published 22 days ago by QUIZ KID
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
This movie is intense to watch; especially for the fact that it is a true story. Crazy times in Harlem.
Published 29 days ago by kathleen steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
There's not much to write about a movie review. It was a brand new Blu-ray and worked as stated! The best Denzel movie ever!
Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, pretty gritty
My headline is pretty obvious, but it's the only proper way to describe it. Ridley Scott, Denzel Washington, and Russell Crowe are like an unstoppable trio. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alex
1.0 out of 5 stars I am deeply disappointed with this product
I bought a blue ray for the second time and the product cannot be viewed. I don't understand why I cannot view it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joey15
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American Gangster the 3 disc version. I have a Question????
check out this site: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=66769
it has a good description of the different versions. from what i gather the unrated version is on both the 2 and 3 disc editions and is 19 minutes longer with an alternate ending.
Feb 18, 2008 by J. Ancevicius |  See all 3 posts
incldues rated version as in theaters?
Yes, it has both versions.
Feb 4, 2008 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 2 posts
additional footage?
A complete re-edit of the film.
Feb 18, 2008 by Theo Canius |  See all 2 posts
2 disc vs. 3 disc
2-Disc Edition:
Deleted Scenes including an ALTERNATE OPENING
Fallen Empire: Making of American Gangster
Case Files: Behind-the-scenes segments reveal how the art of collaboration brings the film's script to life.
Commentary with director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian

3-Disc... Read more
Feb 2, 2008 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 2 posts
question about 2 disc version
The discs are single sided.
Feb 21, 2008 by Movie Fan |  See all 3 posts
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