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American Gangster (2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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One of my favorite movies and favorite based on a true story, Denzel play's a great role and pulls it off with amazing acting, from a young man to a older one. Read morePublished 1 day ago by James tuccillo
The director could have (and should have) cut out at least an hour of this movie.Published 10 days ago by Milkandhoney
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|incldues rated version as in theaters?||
Yes, it has both versions.
Feb 4, 2008 by DeAd MiKe | See all 2 posts
|American Gangster the 3 disc version. I have a Question????||
check out this site: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/conte
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
A complete re-edit of the film.
Feb 18, 2008 by Theo Canius | See all 2 posts
|2 disc vs. 3 disc||
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 3 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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