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L.A. Confidential / Los Angeles Interdite (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: John Mahon, Paul Guilfoyle, Danny De Vito, Danny Devito, Kim Basinger
  • Directors: Curtis Hansen, Curtis Hanson
  • Writers: Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 23 2008
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHE9TW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,991 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing: a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal and corruption of all sorts in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of LA history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male co-stars are so uniformly fine that they may have cancelled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero"; (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 15 2006
Format: DVD
"L.A. Confidential" is the story of three Los Angeles police officers who work in a rather corrupt department in 1953. Bud White (Russell Crowe) has a violent temper and is not above beating up a suspect to get answers. Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) loves the spotlight; he's the technical consultant for a TV show and takes bribes from a gossip columnist. Exley (Guy Pearce) is a young, straight-arrow cop who wants to live up to his late father's reputation. Together, they investigate some murders that may involve a high-priced call-girl (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger).

This movie is often described as a "film noir," and that kept me from seeing the movie for a long time. But I do like the movie a lot; the actors are all wonderful and there are several twists to the story. It is an ensemble piece; the four stars give exciting, yet understated performances, and James Cromwell, as the police captain, and Danny De Vito, as the tabloid writer, are also outstanding. This is a trip back to days of "Dragnet," with interesting characters, some violence, and lots of suspense. Heartily recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Annessa on June 29 2004
Format: DVD
If not for a film about a ship hitting an iceberg and going down L.A. Confidential would have been a sure-fire Academy Award Best Picture winner. The best parts of the movie are Kim Basinger in an Oscar winning performance for her role as a Veronica Lake lookalike hooker and Russell Crowe as a fearsome cop who finds a surprising capacity for love.
The genius of the film is the three inter-related stories (hookers cut to resemble movie stars, missing heroin and a murder investigation) in LA of the early 1950's. Cops, prostitution, corrupt politicians and gangsters all touch each others lives and in the tabloid press in surprising ways.
The acting is terrific with James Cromwell, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pierce and Danny DeVito all selling their souls for ambition - and the price to be paid; deserved or not. The costumes and set design are first rate. If you like film noir, or just love well-crafted movies you'll have to look hard to find a better film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By litgo on Aug. 7 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This movie may be the best of the police detective genre. Brilliantly written and brilliantly acted. The movie flies by and takes you in so many different directions that you hardly have time to catch your breath. This was Russell Crowe's breakout movie and although he was not given star status, he made it his movie. Kevin Spacey is incredible, Kim Basinger utterly "steamy" and James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and James Strathairn are perfect in their roles. The transfer to Blu-ray is well done but has some problems with the video at the start and does not meet all the expectations of a Blu-ray. Lots of bonus features, some interesting, some not so much.
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By Trial Critic on June 27 2004
Format: DVD
Curtis Hanson's "L.A.Confidential" was the best movie of the year. It had class, acting, story line and macabre plot that was captivating. Though one might find it close to a comic Godfather and a cop-mafia movie, there is more to it. Right from the beginning when they introduce the city of Los Angeles in the "Hush Hush" magazine with Danny DeVito, it starts beautifully. I bet that they can never put together such a set of actors in one movie - Guy Pierce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe, perish the thought.
I could not believe that they gave Titanic the Best Picture over this movie, the academy must have had a case of temporary dementia. I have no words for how bad that movie was in comparison. This movie was a masterpiece. Some people might have had problems with the violence. Guy Pierce was fantastic in the way he changes from the budding junior cop to the ambitious detective. This was Russell Crowe's ideal role, the part where he and Pierce go and challenge the DA is hilarious. Kevin Spacey is his usual witty self - his badge of honor role is outstanding. This had excellent screenplay - I was disappointed that it did not get enough oscars.
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Format: DVD
Director: Curtis Hanson
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito.
Running Time: 156 minutes.
Rated R for violence, language, and some sexuality.
A toast and dedication to the fine film noir classics that evolved in the 1940's and 1950's, "L.A. Confidential" is a cop story told the way it should be--intellectually, right in your face, and with a spice of humor. Based on the bestselling novel by James Ellroy, this crime caper is a masterpiece of suspense, sensuality, and straight-up heroism.
After a holiday mishap at the police station in which several officers brutally beat up inmates and a killer maniacally shoots and kills numerous victims at a local bar, detectives Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe search for answers. Spacey is a high-profile cop who benefits from raunchy tablod writer Danny Devito's busts of movie stars and political figures, while Crowe is wonderul as the straight-laced detective who finds his life in shambles of corruption as he gets closer and closer to the truth, and also as he gets more involved with one of an enigmatic millionare's erotic hookers (Kim Basinger in a knock-out role). Guy Pearce plays the up-and-coming son of a police station legend who will do whatever it takes to get a promotion, including selling out his colleagues and stealing their girls.
Excellent adaptation of the wonderful novel, using the cast to create a rigorous, enveloping story that will keep audience's guessing until the very last second. Bold, telling performances from the entire cast, especially Crowe (which should have been at least Oscar-nomination worthy) and Pearce (who steals the show from Crowe time to time).
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