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American History X [Blu-ray] (2009)

Edward Norton , Edward Furlong , Tony Kaye  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (834 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks
  • Directors: Tony Kaye
  • Writers: David McKenna
  • Producers: John Morrissey, Steve Tisch, Kearie Peak, Lawrence Turman, Bill Carraro
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 ES Matrix), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (834 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O7JHSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,426 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American History X [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Derek Vinyard is dangerous, a coiled fury of hate who leads a neo-Nazi gang. But time and events start to change him. He reassesses his ways while doing time for manslaughter and emerges from prison eager to keep his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from falling victim to the thug cycle of violence and payback. It may be too late. Weaving in and out of events past and present in Dereks life, American History X is revealing in its look at white-supremacist gangs and impassioned in its message that hatred and bigotry can be unlearned. Edward Norton (Fight Club, Pride and Glory) portrays Derek, giving a powerful, persuasive, Oscar®-nominated* performance.

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146 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History X June 14, 2004
Format:DVD
How terrifying is it while listening to some of Edward Norton's rants in this movie....that you actually begin to understand his point of view on things? That's a very important aspect of this film. The hatred spewing from his mouth along with statistical evidence and insightful rhetoric places the viewer amist what seems to be an actual white supremicist rally. It becomes easy to see how so many fall into crowds like this with characters like the fictional Derrick Vinyard preaching to the masses. Many people don't like the way the world around them is. They're looking for a change. People like Vinyard offer a path to that change.
But this story is mainly about redemption. The redemption of the character in question, Derrick Vinyard. Only after he loses everything can he begin to see the horrible path that he has beaten for his younger brother who is speedily chasing after him. The unlikely friendship with a black prison inmate and the tutalage of his former principle are what helps him return to his humanity. The simple yet distanced solution to all the hatred and anger that he's felt most of his life comes like an epiphany: "It's just not worth it." A point that he vehemently drives into those around him.
Be forwarned, this is not a happy story. The ending is tragic yet depressingly real. Hatred becomes a vicious circle.
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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I have ever seen. February 7, 2000
Format:DVD
This is one of the movies that touched me more than any others have in quite a long time. It puts a human face on skinheads, not glorifying them yet showing how a young person can be warped by a racist father and what racism can do to a family. Derek Vinyard had to learn the truth about racism the hard way by being betrayed in prison and he began to question his beliefs after a black man is the only person who befriends him. He begins to understand how futile and destructive hatred is only to pay for his mistakes in the end. At times this movies is difficult to watch but I think it is important for everyone to see. Ed Norton definitely deserved the oscar for this film and was cheated. Anyone who watches this will see how racism only destroys families, hurts others and destroys one's self in the end. It is brutal yet honest and it is what good filmmaking is all about it. I would give it ten stars if I could. Simply brilliant.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...From the better angels of our nature... September 1, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Stunningly powerful movie which left me and my friends in a state of quiet and thoughtful contemplation even as the titles were concluding. A cautionary tale I guess set in Venice Beach,California about hate and prejudice.Two common human traits of which none of us are innocent.
A talented cast led by those two Edwardians,Norton and Furlong of a story about a young neo nazi who is jailed for three years after the cold blooded killing of a black man attempting to steal his car.This flashback scene is not for the faint-hearted.He is unremorseful at first but eventually finds his epiphany within the stark reality of the prison walls.Enough said.
Despite the controversial nature of the film it does cut to the core hard and fast.I especially liked the flashbacks in black&white.An often used device which works well here,as does the quote by Abraham Lincoln towards the end,"...we must not be enemies but friends..." Many critics have been scathing of the one dimensional supporting characters and they may be right in that respect,Nortons exceptional performance not withstanding but this still does not devalue it from being one of the most critical and memorable films to come out of hollywood for a long time.One of my top ten for this last decade of the millenium and well deserved.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth about Racism........ June 18, 2000
Format:DVD
American History is chilling story about a skinhead Derek (Norton) who is sent to prison for killing two blank gang members. During his incarceration he is subjected to the brutal ways of prison society. In the prison laundry Derek meets a fellow black inmate who has no ill-feeling towards Derek's racist beliefs and helps Derek change his attitudes towards other people. Overtime, Derek begins too see the damage racism has brought to himself and his family. Unfortunately Derek's younger brother is heading towards the same path Derek took. Derek is determined too stop his brother and faces his former gang and mentor.
American History should be shown to all high school kids because the movie has such a strong message. The part of the movie that struck me was Derek's family. His family was emotionally and morally bankrupt by the past racism inflicted by Derek's deceased father and Derek himself. Ed Norton's portrayal as a young racist was chilling and convincing. You could feel his rage and hatred towards society and minorities in general. I thought Ed Norton deserved an Oscar, however the academy gets weak knees about issues such as racism. I would recommend this movie...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight the real enemy: hate. February 2, 2000
Format:DVD
Wow...I wasn't too keen on watching this film based on its premise, but it is truly one of the best films I've ever seen. Not many films would dare to peer into the cancer that is white supremacy, yet show that there can be a redemption of sorts. The most thought-provoking scenes occur during Derek's (Edward Norton) transformation in prison. Here, he finds that everything is not as he thought it was, and that some injustices are very real. He eventually befriends a black inmate who unconditionally treats him as an equal (despite clearly knowing Derek's racist views), and soon learns that his friend is serving 6 years for a mere theft that has been trumped up to "assault of a police officer", while his own sentence for murdering two black men is lesser. And yet this does not come off as some preachy statement on the injustices faced by blacks who commit crimes versus whites. The film levels the playing field quite admirably. Avery Brooks does a fine job as the Sweeney, a black teacher who recognizes the blind hatred in Derek and consequently in his younger brother Daniel (Edward Furlong), who is swiftly following in his brothers footsteps. Sweeney, reflecting on his own youth, sheds light on reverse-racism in growing up black. Both Edwards (Norton and Furlong) deliver intensely real performances.
This film, like no other I have seen in recent years, so well conveys the concept that the only real enemy is not to be found in another person, but in the blind, untempered hatred within us fueled by our fears, insecurities and misunderstandings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American History X
The plight of his redemption is so real.As a clean and sober person for 19 years,its hard to change a behavior that has been a part of your life so long. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Claire Stewart-gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Very profound movie
As disturbing as this movie was at times, it's very thought-provoking and has a redeeming message. Edward Norton is amazing in this movie.
Published 3 days ago by haha kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie but...
Excellent movie but the specs are wrong, its not in widescreen I realized once I played the bluray. Still love the movie but i wanted in in widescreen for a reason.
Published 5 days ago by melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I watched the movie with my teen aged son. It helped start him asking questions and an insightful dialogue on social issues. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars the movie to watch...
we just finish watching this movie and admire edward norton role, he is just amazing and I love the movie because it deals with some sensitive issues that society would rather not... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Anita R. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Amazon.
Great movie! I was skeptical about buying it at first but the movie was in great condition & don't regret this investment one bit!
Published 17 days ago by Gabrielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Got it because of recommendations, but this movie is awesome. Doesn't go the easy route of demonizing anyone, rather it shows the humanity behind what otherwise appears as... Read more
Published 18 days ago by nameisjustaword
5.0 out of 5 stars Does This Movie Teach Hate or Are We Glorifying It?
Ed Norton, a reformed racist/skinhead comes to grips with himself in prison. Upon leaving he finds his younger brother heading down the same horrifying road. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars What a sleeper
The first time I saw this on TV I wandered where did this come from. I do watch lots of movies and wandered how I missed it. It has a very good story line, one with a message esp. Read more
Published 27 days ago by phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars True stories are hard to watch
This is a film about racism There are parts that are just to tough to watch. It tells how racism can change and how it can hurt you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Mazur
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Best movie of all time
You are a liberal for liking this movie!!!

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I can't believe some of the garbage a few reviews are spewing. Probably the same ones that voted Bush into the White House. Good job!

Anyways, agreed. This movie is incredible. One of my all time favorites.
Jun 24, 2008 by D. J. Cook |  See all 8 posts
Worth Upgrading From Standard DVD Version?
no new features but for 15.00 worth the upgrade
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