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The Iceman (Blu-Ray) (2013)

Michael Shannon , Winona Ryder , Ariel Vromen  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, James Franco
  • Directors: Ariel Vromen
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D5XC8VS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and hard-as-nails but riveting May 17, 2013
Format:DVD
"The Iceman" (2013 release; 106 min.; not to be confused with the 1984 movie "Iceman" with Timothy Hutton) brings the true-life story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious New Jersey contract killer with a double life as devoted husband and father. As the movie opens, there is a very short glimpse of a very old Kuklinksi, saying "I don't regret anything", after which we are transported back in time to 1964 when Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon) is on a date with Debbie (played by Winona Ryder). Debbie asks him what he does and he answers "I do Disney movies" (when in reality we later find out he works as a porn movie manufacturer). It is the beginning of a long double-life. Kuklinski and Debbie get married and soon have two young daughters. Meanwhile, Kuklinski gets involved in dubious dealings that lead him to become a contract killer. To tell you much more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out,

Several comments: this movie (which in the end credits is shown to be based on the book of the same name, as well as the infamous "Iceman Tapes: Interviews With a Killer") is chilling and hard-as-nails, but ultimately riveting and yes, entertaining. There isn't so much surprise as to the story (since we all pretty much know how it's going to end), but in the circumstances of the story. How was Kuklinski able to have parallel lives in which his family had no idea about his "other life"? Director Ariel Vromen does a great job in giving us clues. About midway into the movie there is a pivotal scene in which we see Kuklinski visiting his younger brother, who it turns out is in jail for murdering a 12 yr. girl.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No One Could Make This Up May 19, 2013
Format:DVD
This is one of those gnarly stories based on real life; Richard Kuklinski's story has to be true, no one could make it up. In this R-rated thriller written and directed by Ariel Vromen, we see what shapes a contract killer, what is important to him and whether or not he holds any values. It's awkward for an audience when we find ourselves in a position to be rooting for a cold-blooded killer, and yet we really do NOT want to see his sweet family jeopardized, so we want him to survive.

The cast:
* Michael Shannon ("Premium Rush" and "Boardwalk Empire") is Richard Kuklinski, our contract killer; he is a limited man with limited options: no education, no charm and no skills (other than lethal ones), so he does the best he can with what he has. Shannon is one of the finest actors working today and this difficult role is worthy of him.
* Winona Ryder ("The Dilemma") is Deborah Pellicotti, the shy Catholic girl who wouldn't even do any heavy petting until she was married. Her devoted husband respected and adored her.
* Chris Evans ("What's Your Number?") is Mr. Freezy, whose ubiquitous ice cream truck moves invisibly through the city. This scraggly haired thug bears NO resemblance to "Captain America" let me tell you!
* Ray Liotta ("The Details") is Roy Demeo, a pornographer/crime lord who tested and then exploited the ice water which ran through Kuklinski's veins.

Because this takes place over a time span of nearly 20 years, you will get a kick out of the different cars, clothes, hair styles and mustaches that enjoyed passing popularity. Also, it's refreshing to see pagers and pay phones instead of the ever-present cell phones in today's world. If you are anything like me, you will appreciate "the rest of the story" which appears during the final credits. You can't like a film like this, but you can be impressed by it. Amazon will notify me when this is available.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorff, and David Schwimmer like you've never seen him before, lead a first-rate cast in this dark attempt to bring the true story of Jersey City-bred mob contract killer Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski to the big screen and almost succeeds. Yeah, there's a few minor flaws here. The first mistake is one that I would consider to be debatable - using Anthony Bruno's book as a key reference instead of the late Philip Carlo's. IMO Carlo's was superior to the former. The second being a somewhat sketchy plot. For those who don't know, Kuklinski (Shannon) was a killer living in Bergen County and worked in the porn business before doing contract killings for Roy Demeo (Liotta) of a Brooklyn faction in the Gambino Family. An awesome cameo from Stephen Dorff as Richard's deranged child rapist/murderer brother Joe Kuklinski is spot-on, and Shannon's dead-on impersonation of Kuklinski's HBO interviews is chilling. Schwimmer is hilariously sleazy as Josh Rosenthal (character's real name was Chris Rosenberg, Demeo's "adopted son") Oh, and there's a terrific scene in a disco, involving John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco from Sopranos), with Blondie's 'Heart of Glass' blasting in the backround, that you have to see to believe.

3˝ stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Shannon was Incredible! September 19, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Before seeing this movie I had read books on the Iceman and had already seen the documentaries on HBO, so when I saw this movie I knew pretty much what to expect from it. That being said, I really enjoyed the movie, however, what shook me the most was the performance by Michael Shannon. He blew me away and nailed his performance. The talent that came out of him was breathtaking. Honestly. I enjoyed seeing Wynona Ryder as his wife, she added such a sweet appearance to his home life. Ray Liotta fit perfectly. Chris Evans surprised my husband and I as we are watching the movie I am commenting how nasty (looking) his character is and my husband says he looks so familiar, then after the movie we realize it's Chris Evans (aka Captain American) and got such a kick out of it. It really was a great cast! I found the move to be very enjoyable and being based on a true story made me enjoy it even more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well presented.
While the story content is interesting, there is a problem with much of the crude language involved. No recommended for immature audiences.
Published 9 hours ago by Lee Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Shannon is a powerhouse in this film.
I have never seen an actor pull off a better performance in a movie like this. Normally you don't get great performances with killer biographies. Read more
Published 10 days ago by J. L. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was a great movie, lots of action and drama. It caught my attention right from the start. I will definitely watch this movie again.
Published 15 days ago by Sandra Naylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete.
I read the book, only thing that I see in the movies that are similar in the book are the names. Richard had three children, two daughters and one son. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Underboss
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Thriller. Almost unbelievable! I watched it twice. This movie should be at the top of you list. Grab some popcorn
Published 25 days ago by Michael Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars great
This was a great movie! The actors were great and the action was great. His acting was superb and very believable.
Published 1 month ago by MelissaLynn88
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Shannon As "The Iceman" Was Chilling To Watch.
This movie is not one I would generally watch, although sometimes I like to see a mafia-type film; "Good Fellas", "The Departed", "The Godfather", you get the idea. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheryl Fechter
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good (true story) Movie
Wow. I didn't even realize this movie existed, but glad I came across it. My father in-law was always watching these documentaries on this guy, so I was going to order them on dvd... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason's Review
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
3 1/2 stars - It could have been better. I would recommend seeing it on a discount day or weekend. Do not pay full price.
Published 1 month ago by Mike L
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!!!
Michael Shannon is terrifying! A sneak peek into the mafia world I knew nothing about. I'm considering buying this movie I like it so much.
Published 2 months ago by Dan
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