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Landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in...Chinatown. Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Awardr-winning script by Robert Towne, Chinatown captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.
For the screenplay of "Chinatown," Robert Towne drew upon the actual history of Southern California in the complex life of William Mulholland (1855-1935). Read morePublished 24 days ago by James Norwood
Anyone who says this is Polanski's best...is a loony :0
Seriously, what a disappointment. Read more
Great movie but I returned it cause I had already ordered it and this was a mistake.Published 26 days ago by Paul B Dalnoky
Brilliant! Beautifully written by Robert Town-- tight, balanced, sophisticated. Perfectly cast. Complicated story, but that is part of the pleasure in viewing this outstanding... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Werner R.
This film never grows old. It would still be a major achievement if it had been made yesterday. Nicholson and Dunaway blow you away.Published 1 month ago by W. Robinson
An amazing film that is enough to make Jack Nicholson an all time great even if he had never done anything else.Published 1 month ago by Ronald J. Chase
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|2009 Centenial Collection vs. 2007 Special Collector's Edition?||
Finally, here's a report, for what it's worth. The 2-disc Centennial Collection print of the film is... less good than the previous Special Edition (single disc). I see it as darker but not in a good way. Shadows that have definition in the previous edition print are blobby oil slicks on this... Read More
Apr 22, 2010 by MEC | See all 5 posts
|The Special Features||
Were you able to find a copy that came with a slipcover? I went to three different Best Buy stores, Fry's and DVDPlanet..... none of the copies had slipcovers!
Is Paramount cheapening this line already only after nine releases!?!
Oct 7, 2009 by ANDREW HESS | See all 4 posts
|The line "You gotta be rich to kill somebody...."||
Turns out it was never filmed, as the Los Angeles Times revealed in an article called "Sleuthing 'Chinatown'." Wish it had been!
One change they agreed upon that Towne now regrets is the opening scene in which Gittes meets with his client Curly. It was originally written with Curly... Read More
Oct 2, 2014 by Jan W. | See all 2 posts
|Would "Chinatown" be nefit from Blu-Ray ?||
A film like "Chinatown" definately deserves the frame by frame restoration! A masterpiece! If Paramount isn't willing to spend the money and do this film justice...then don't waste our time. Do it right or not at all!
May 30, 2010 by Dennis | See all 3 posts
I don't know if it's out of print, technically, but Books A Million had a half-dozen copies new (cut-outs, but sealed/new) for $6.97 each. I scooped one up. I hope it looks and sounds as good as some reviewers claim. :)
Mar 5, 2010 by bass boy | See all 4 posts