American Gangster (Blu-ray) R

There are two sides to the American dream
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 14, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • DTS 5.1 Surround - French
    • DTS-HD Master Audio - English
    • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround - English
    • Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Ridley Scott - Director; Steven Zaillian - Writer
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Music Video:
      1. "Do You Feel" (Remix) Performed by Anthony Hamilton Featuring Ghostface Killah
      2. "Blue Magic" from Jay Z's Album "American Ganster"
      3. Hip-Hop Infusion Featuring Common and T.I.
    • Featurette:
      1. Fallen Empire: Making AMERICAN GANGSTER
      2. Case Files
      3. Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look
  • Interactive Features:
    • U Control Picture in Picture
    • U Control Tutorial
  • Feature:
    1. Theatrical Version
    2. Unrated Version

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh80%

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Total Count: 214

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User Ratings: 963,035
AMERICAN GANGSTER moves along at quite a clip....[Scott] does bring panache to the film's tense climax...
Sight and Sound
Jan 1, 2008
Rating: 1/5 -- Ridley Scott's American Gangster offers both belated history-lesson and demented hero-worship, and seems to be intended as a kind of gift to black America. One hopes that black America will have nothing to do with it. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Nov 16, 2007
Rating: 2/5 -- Here's a startlingly original true-life story told in an oddly unoriginal way. And that attempt at instant classic status in the title doesn't quite convince. It's got no more dark grandeur than American Idol. Full Review
Guardian
Nov 16, 2007
4 stars out of 5 -- [With] bravura photography, assured performances and flawless period detail....A top-of-the-range example of genre filmmaking...
Total Film
Nov 1, 2007
Rating: B+ -- A highly entertaining crime epic that may feel a little familiar, but succeeds thanks to the star power of its two leads. Full Review
Bowling Green Daily News
Oct 28, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- Though it's certainly admirable to aim high, it's like Frank Lucas himself says: "Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody." Unfortunately for American Gangster, it ends up somewhere between the two. Full Review
TheShiznit.co.uk
Nov 3, 2012
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Something akin to a time warp, stepping back into a time of higher filmmaking integrity and more personal visions. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Jun 5, 2019

Product Description:

British director Ridley Scott may not seem a logical choice for this truly American crime drama, but the filmmaker does an excellent job. The film is based on a true story and set in 1968 Harlem, where Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is a driver for Bumpy Johnson, one of the top figures in the city's criminal world. When Bumpy dies, Lucas swoops in, taking over his predecessor's empire and expanding it over the next few years with his sale of a particularly potent brand of heroin. Meanwhile, New Jersey cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) begins to investigate the New York drug world and discovers that there's a new power in town.

Thanks to screenwriter Steve Zallian, as well as Washington and Crowe, AMERICAN GANGSTER creates a convincing portrait of two men who are neither entirely good nor entirely bad. Washington plays Lucas as a man who buys his mother a palatial home but doesn't hesitate to beat his brother's head against a window. Crowe's Roberts may turn in a million-dollar find, but he cheats on his wife. Sadly, they only meet onscreen toward the end of the film, but the minimal interaction between the two Oscar winners is fascinating. Even though the focus is on Lucas and Roberts, AMERICAN GANGSTER is filled with a wealth of strong characters played by talented actors. It seems everyone with a SAG card turns up for the film, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, John Hawkes, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Carla Gugino, Ruby Dee, Joe Morton, and rappers T.I. and RZA. It's an epic film, with a run time of over two and a half hours, but it's time well spent. Fans of classic crime films such as THE GODFATHER, SERPICO, and CARLITO'S WAY will certainly be pleased by this addition to the genre.

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  • Theatrical Release: November 2, 2007

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  • UPC: 025195045681
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