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Hollywood VS the Mob: Fact VS Fiction (2008)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 610 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DW2BJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With the assassination of JFK in Dallas in November of 1963 and the fall of Cuba to Communism, America entered a new chapter in its history. It was also a time when the American Mob entered a new chapter. It was a Mob no longer defined by the once unyielding code of 'omerta' - the Sicilian code of silence. A Mob no longer led by the colorful characters that saw it rise from the Roaring Twenties, through the Depression to the Cold War.

The American Mob began at the turn of the 20th Century as immigrants from Europe began pouring into cities along the East Coast, particularly New York City. Poor and isolated, these immigrant Jews, Irish and Italians banded together to develop their own version of the American Dream. A unique form of business called organized crime.

Through newspapers and film, the leaders of organized crime became household names, often lionized in the mold of true American heroes, the rugged frontier individualists of the past. These names included Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky.

This series, Hollywood vs. The Mob - Fact vs. Fiction, will reveal the truth behind the myth of the American Mob and its godfathers.

Episodes:

1. The Mafia Comes to America - Little Caesar
2. The Irish Gangs - The Public Enemy
3. Al Capone's Chicago Mob - Scarface
4. The Law Gang: AKA the F.B.I. - G-Men
5. Lucky Luciano's New York Mafia - Marked Woman
6. The Rackets - Loan Shark
7. The Black Mafia - The Black Godfather
8. The Jewish Mafia - The Purple Gang
9. The Godfathers - Honor Thy Father

Bonus features include interactive Mob timeline and Hollywood actor and the real-life Mob Boss photo slide show comparison.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for True Crime fans January 24, 2012
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If you know anything concerning the history and the bio's of the criminals covered here you'll discover that the narrator constantly make comments that are false. It's almost like he doesn't know what he's talking about. They're just minor technicial mistakes but True Crime fans with knowkedge on the subject might find it annoying. For example when he states Lucky Luciano's real name he gets that wrong. Then he says the Luciano and Lansky called their paid killers "Murder Inc." which is incorrect. The press labeled the killers as "Murder Inc." and from what I studied they refered to themselves as "The Combination". That said, you still might enjoy the movies being compared to the real life situation. But every episode opens with the same first 3 minutes and every episode uses the same old footage over and over again no matter what's be commented about. I found that annoying. Overall, because I am a True Crime fan as well as a fan of the Ganster movies discussed, I'd give this 2 and a half stars but since I can't give half stars I had to give it 2 because it's just not a 3 for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation January 14, 2009
By No1Bob
This is an excellent set of DVDs that compares movies about crooks, and cops, and the actual people and events they represent. Lots of footage from the movies and quite a bit of factual information. One of my favorites, "The Law Gang-AKA the FBI", is based on the movie "G Men", and J. Edgar Hoovers"s FBI. It more or less affirms the contention that sometines the only difference between the crooks and the cops is that the cops wear a badge, or in some cases, an evening gown, although that bit of information was not disclosed in the segment. All in all, this collection is a great value for the money. Very good quality picture and sound.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinema's fascination with organized crime September 15, 2008
MILL CREEK's HOLLYWOOD VS. THE MOB consists of nine documentaries that focus on American cinema's depiction of organized crime, right from its early 20th Century roots. Bonus features include an interactive Mob timeline, plus a slide show comparison between actors and the Mob bosses they portrayed.

A related item of interest: MADACY's 6-hour documentary series, CRIME INC: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MAFIA.

PROGRAM for "Hollywood vs. the Mob"--

DISC ONE--
1. The Mafia Comes to America - Little Caesar
2. The Irish Gangs - The Public Enemy
3. Al Capone's Chicago Mob - Scarface

DISC TWO--
4. The Law Gang: AKA the F.B.I. - G-Men
5. Lucky Luciano's New York Mafia - Marked Woman
6. The Rackets - Loan Shark

DISC THREE--
7. The Black Mafia - The Black Godfather
8. The Jewish Mafia - The Purple Gang
9. The Godfathers - Honor Thy Father
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood & the Mob February 27, 2014
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Interesting how the turn of events created & infiltrated Hollywood but I thought it would be better. I would recommend it if you are curious as to how Hollywood was run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie and the facts are right February 11, 2014
I've read some of the 2 star reviews and get the point, but it is not that big of a deal. Sure, Buchalter called it the Committee, but nobody else did. LOL. They were Murder Incorporated, period. The only annoying thing was the same 3 minute clip before each new story. Besides that, they should have went into dept about the Mafia vs the KKK, and how the Mafia was used during the WWII. Besides that, they cover a lot of ground and for the few bucks this DVD costs, it is an informative steal.
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