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New York Confidential
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First time on Video or DVD! The kill-or-be-killed world of organized crime is the focus of this hard-hitting expose from the Oscar-nominated writing team of Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene. Broderick Crawford is the NYC mob boss dealing out death as the answer to every crisis--from a minor member of his own syndicate, to a Washington lobbyist, to his own hired killers! "Considerable brutality as well as sex... One's attention [is] held tight from start to finish" (Harrison's Reports). Bonus Features: Digitally Remastered & Restored from the original negative; Audio commentary by film historian & author Alan K. Rode and film writer, Kim Morgan; Advertising Gallery; Before and after restoration examples; Anamorphic Widescreen - Enhanced for 16x9 monitors. Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT: 87 minutes; B&W; 1.85:1 -Widescreen; NR; Year - 1955; SRP - $19.99.
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When gangster Pete Androtto avenges himself on New York crime boss Charlie Lupo (Broderick Crawford), Lupo feels he must hit back. He calls in a sharp hit man from Chicago, the son of an old mentor from Prohibition days, Nick Magellan (Richard Conte). Nick is a professional, cool guy with nerves of steel. Lupo needs someone with brains and class in New York, so he offers Nick a permanent position. Lupo has bought several Congressmen and Washington lobbyists in order to push through a government loan that the syndicate needs for a billion-dollar oil deal. But a national crime commission has its sights set on the syndicate. Meanwhile, the cycle of revenge killings threatens to compromise Lupo and undermine the syndicate's best-laid plans.
"New York Confidential" posits a centralized crime syndicate of unscrupulous and fabulously wealthy Italian businessmen who run a national criminal network, including legitimate front businesses, where decisions are taken by vote. This is along the lines of what the Kefauver Committee proposed in 1950, though the reality was a lot less centralized and more messy. Nick Magellan is a trustworthy, self-sacrificing professional who accepts that his future lies with the syndicate because of who his father was. Lupo's daughter Kathy (Anne Bancroft), on the other hand, tries mightily to escape her family's legacy. Both characters are appealing; Lupo is compelling as well. The film's "noir" element is limited, however, because Nick never seriously considers resisting his fate.
The DVD (VCI 2010): Bonus features are a Photo Gallery, which is a slide show of production stills (2 min), a theatrical trailer (3 min), a split screen of "Before & After Restoration" (1 min) that allows us to see the results of the restoration work in a few scenes. And there is an audio commentary by film historian Alan K. Bode and film writer Kim Morgan. Bode does most of the talking. This commentary is mediocre because it focuses heavily on discussion of the cast, with very limited discussion of story, themes, and sets. No subtitles.