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American Hustle (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) (2013)

Christian Bale , Amy Adams , David O. Russell  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner
  • Directors: David O. Russell
  • Writers: David O. Russell, Eric Warren Singer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,668 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GMV8LIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The con is one when scam artists and lovers Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are entrapped by ambitious FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) and coerced into participating in a major sting operation which hinges on snaring politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) and his associates. Complicating matters is Irving’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), who could bring the whole operation crashing down around them all. From the director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, AMERICAN HUSTLE is outrageously entertaining and one of the most acclaimed films of the year.

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162 of 182 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"American Hustle" (2013 release; 138 min.) opens with the reminder that "Some of this actually happened", after which we are transported to New York, April 1978, where the mayor of Camden NJ (played by Jeremy Renner) is apparently being set up in an FBI undercover sting operation of some sort. We see the main characters yet do not know who is who exactly. Then in a further flashback (along with voiceover), we get to know Irving (played by Christian Bale), who meets Sydney (played by Amy Adams) at a party. They hit it off on all levels, and soon the are doing various scams. Comments Sydney: "the more you say 'no' to people, the more they want in!". Unfortunately in one of those scams, the 'victim' was an undercover FBI agent named Richie (played by Bradley Cooper). Richie eventually convinces Irving and Sydney to help him uncover corrupt politicians, and they set in motion a giant scam. Apart from all that, we learn that Irving is actually married to Rosalyn (played by Jennifer Lawrence), who seems to be a 'dumb blond'. At this point we are barely 30 min. into the movie, but to tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this movie is another tour de force for director David Russell, after last year's Silver Linings Playbook, and The Fighter the year before that. From the moment the movie opens, Russell pulls us in and won't let go until some 2 hours later. At some point in the movie it becomes impossible to tell who is manipulating whom, and you'll just let go and be surprised as the movie unfolds. Because of the nature and era of the movie, "American Hustle" feels like The Sting-meets-Taxi Driver-meets-The Godfather, just a delight from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Feet Up March 14, 2014
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"American Hustle" begins with one of the best opening scenes in recent memory. Before we see anything else, we see Christian Bale -- the guy who played millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne not that long ago -- meticulously arranging, pasting, and spraying into place a terribly elaborate and truly hideous comb over. It's funny, and it tells us volumes about this character. He's a con man, a master at the art of deception, and a very careful one. Every detail has to be exactly right, "from the feet up" -- all the way up to the fake hair.

But he's gotten himself into a situation where nothing's right, everything is slapdash, and he's out of control. It's only a matter of time before he ends up in prison, or worse. That's all thanks to Bradley Cooper, an FBI agent who caught on to one of his small time schemes, and is using it as leverage against him and his partner, Amy Adams into larger and ever more dangerous schemes, until they're looking at taking down powerful politicians, and ending up on the wrong side of the mob. Bale isn't happy about any of this; he's a small fish happy in his big pond; he'd rather be scamming gambling addicts than having a sitdown with Robert De Niro.

Some of this actually happened. The film is based on the "Abscam" scandal from the late '70s, loosely. The historical situation is pretty crazy in and of itself, and indicative of the dysfunction in American government and culture in the '70s. ("Argo" this ain't.) In a nutshell, the FBI grew tired of being reprimanded by Congress, so the feds launched an operation against Congress itself. It involved a fake "Arab" seeking to invest millions into New Jersey's slumping economy, and willing to grease whatever palms necessary to get the casino licenses, citizenship and anything else needed to get the job done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the "average" American consumer March 13, 2014
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I hate to sound rude but.... the truth is, my perception is that those who gave this movie horrible ratings or claim they "fell asleep" is simply because they just could not keep up with the plot. You have to truly pay attention to every detail, but boy does it pay off. The twist ending rivals that of Catching Fire (for those who didn't read the books.) The acting is phenomenal, there was no stand-out because every character played his/her role to absolute perfection. I especially loved Jennifer Lawrence as the psycho, bi-polar wife of the famous con-man, as she manages to come across as someone you absolutely cannot stand while maintaining a sexy, untamed woman's pull which you can easily see why she has such a pull on Bale. The chemistry between all the main characters is something you can't make up. The wit of the con artists is impeccable, perhaps because it is based on actual events, but Adams, Bale and Cooper pull it off in a sense that would make you think they themselves were the subjects of the sting. I saw this in theaters, and it was one of those movies where you debate peeing your pants because you don't want to miss a second. It's hard to compare this to any other movies because it's so unique, but if I were to compare it to other movies of the same caliber that I myself like to give potential viewers an idea of what they might get.... I'd say if you liked Casino, Goodfellas, Blow, etc., you'll love this. Also, I saw this with FOUR friends, all of us with different tastes in movies, two of us were excited to see this, two were not, but we all left giddy and wanting to go back to the time period it happened and live the lives of the characters (even though they were criminals, we wanted their lives... goes to show how well they sold their parts! Read more ›
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I purchased this Amazon. There was no disclosure that the digital copy of the movie was not able to be loaded into my iTunes account with this product. This is not only very disappointing, but in my opinion false advertising. It is very common for consumers to expect to be able to use digital... Read More
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