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King of New York (Widescreen) [Import]

Christopher Walken    X (Mature Audiences Only)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Walken/Caruso/Fishburne ~ King Of New York


This low-budget crime thriller has the feel of a major blockbuster and owes its roots to the hard-edged crime movies of the 1930s. Christopher Walken stars as a drug kingpin who is released from prison and vows to use his position and influence--and criminal enterprise--for charitable means. But a core group of New York cops are all over him and his gang, determined to go to war, whatever the cost, to bring him down. Eventually his empire--headquartered at, of all places, Donald Trump's Plaza Hotel--crumbles under the weight of double-crossing and a body count of open warfare with the cops. This is one of the most stylish films of the last decade, with a strong supporting cast (including Lawrence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes, and David Caruso) and some truly enthralling set pieces, including a stunning car chase and gunfight across a rain-soaked Queensboro Bridge. The film's tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top style offsets its nihilism; and its riveting visuals will have audiences hooked from beginning to end. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "King Of New York" DVD Review June 1 2004
Just like "Scarface" and "New Jack City" before it, "King Of New York" is a gritty gangster flick that takes real-life issues and mixes them with charismatic characters and stylized action that is so over-the-top that it could only work in a cinematic world. Walken's Frank White is the ultimate anti-hero, a murderous drug kingpin who uses his money for good purposes. No matter how good intentioned his motives are, the police are sick of his whole operation and are ready to go to war. The first half of the film has a rough but realistic edge to it while the second half spins into a bullet-riddled, blood-soaked, Hollywood action movie. The movie does have its faults. Fishburne's violent sidekick, while providing some entertaining moments, does occassionally come off looking like a dated and ignorant sterotype of Black youth in the late 80's. Not that it ever kept this movie from acheiving a type of urban cult following that is rivaled only by "Scarface". This movie was one of the first to showcase such young unknowns as David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, and Steve Buscemi and while it can't exactly be credited for launching their careers, it can at least boast their talented performances. But everyone in this film pales in comparison to Walken. He steals the show here. Speaking of steal-showing, this special edition DVD features an audio commentary with director Abel Ferrara that has to be heard to believed. I can safely say that I've never heard a director's commentary like it. A documentary on Ferrara should have been as entertaining but due to the fact that it has no interviews with the director himself, it doesn't quite live up to my expectations. There are a few colorful stories here and there but nothing like what you get on the commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice new DVD package May 26 2004
By A Customer
I own the new special edition 2-disc set that includes 2 versions of the film- standard frame and widescreen, and contains the director's audio commentary track voice-over the video portion the film.
The director is a very very sick dude, folks, who hates the police and makes films which accuse the police of being responsible for everything thats bad in this world- both Bad Lieutenant and this film contain the cop haters theme to the max.
What makes this director a nihlistic sick mother is his attitude and language in his commentary (which quite frankly I enjoy!)- during the film his voice-over commentary reveals a sick mind- every woman who appears on the screen is singled out by the director and called a "piece of ..." while other such ditties do not pass unnoticed. This director has a serious mental abberation, a problem which he uses film to work out- hes basically working out his emotional problems by directing very sick films. While I enjoy his choice of language in the commentary and his absolute honesty, I cant help thinking what a sick mother this director is in real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Revealing DVD April 30 2004
KING OF NEW YORK is, for my money, the most valuable (and the most underrated) film of the last 20 years. It is a homage to the classic American genre - the gangster fable - with the depth and subtext of a European art-movie. It's a precursor to urban crime thrillers like New Jack City and Menace II Society (Ferrara points out they first used a rap-score in 1982). An ode to drug-culture. A pitchblack satire of capitalism and its grotesque fallout. It's got a cast to die for, and a close-knit crew at the height of their powers.

It's shot across an array of locations including Sing-Sing, Donald Trump's Plaza Hotel, and various crack-lanes; it weaves seamlessly between an original score, and the music of Vivaldi and Schooly D; the film is meticulously colour-coded (as pointed out by Nick Johnstone in his book) to add up to a cold critique of the red WHITE and blue, the all-American war-on-drugs; the tempo is expertly-managed, the movie simmers for a while then explodes into heavy-metal carnage, and then it dies with a sad whimper. The film is spectacularly violent, but think about the handling of the violence. There's a big Peckinpah slo-mo shootout, then the audacious shootout in Chinatown. But in the 2nd half of the movie the deaths are direct, painful to watch, and pitiful in their execution.
And then there's the cast: Walken was never better. He mesmirises you, brilliantly charismatic. And he looks so otherworldy, what with the hair and the deathly complexion, he's like the man who fell to Earth, the oddest looking 'hero' you've ever seen. Fishburne reinvented a character imagined for James Russo and the whole movie turns on that transition. Its simply impossible to imagine how it could have worked  as well with Russo, or any1 else for that matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Gangster Films Of All Time Dec 24 2003
By mark__d
Scarface is the greatest gangster movie ever made. This one is second. King of New York is one of the most underrated movies of all time. To begin with, if you really sit back and look at all of the actors in this movie, there is no way in this day and age you could assemble a greater cast. King of New York features Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, and Wesley Snipes before most of them were truly famous.
This is one of those movies that I found myself watching over and over again, in fact when I was a teenager I watched this film once a day. I now have to limit my viewing to once a year so I do not ruin it and it still remains fresh, although I'm not sure how fresh a movie can be when you have the full dialog memorized.
The story is about a New York drug lord named Frank White (yes, this is the same Frank White that the Notorious BIG and other rappers refer to in their rhymes.) played by Christopher Walken who is let out of prison after serving 5 years. Once out of prison White is determined to make up for lost time and to continue to build his cartel and ultimately use money to fund hospitals and make the city of New York better. He teams up with his former workers led by high strung and insane Jimmy Jump and unforgettable character played by Laurence Fishburne (Larry at the time) who wields to 9 mili's and a sinister laugh when the stuff hits the fan.
David Caruso, Wesley Snipes and highly underrated Victor Argo play cops who are outraged by Whites release from prison and are so determined to get him back in that they will do anything to make sure White and his crew are off the street one way or the other.
This is a highly dramatic, riveting, and action packed film that will blow even the most jaded movie watchers away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love mob movies then add this to your collection!
Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Tarantino fans?.... Add Abel Ferrera to this list. This gritty, dark direction is sure to please the mob movies fans among you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DavidGDisherToronto
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Film!
Love this gangster film set in New York with one of my all-time favorite actors Christopher Walken with Laurence Fishbourne who is just another amazing addition to this cast. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. Terisa Turba
5.0 out of 5 stars The best gangster film you've probably never seen
Ranking up there with Scarface and even Goodfellas, King of New York is one of the best gangster films ever made, thanks largely in part to the magnetic and explosive performance... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by N. Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars The most darkest charecter, Frank White
This is one of Chris Walkens best movie, rated and nomminated for 4 oscars, King of New York is a classic gangstar movie based on 1930s crime caper lifestyle and the hunger of... Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by The Critic
seriously underrated,overlooked and unappriciated.this movie will stand the test of time and be looked at as one of the best gangster films ever made. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by B. Fitzgerald
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars for Walkens acting only.
This movie was terrible. Walken was the only thing that helped me sit through it. Snipes did a terrible acting job and Fishborne did even a worse job. Read more
Published on March 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars There's some things I don't do..
An absolute acting masterclass by Chris Walken at his peak. The two scenes where the cops kidnap and roughhouse Frank and the scene in the hospital where he tries to talk Larry... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ferrara film!
In the Abel Ferrara tradition, this flick is a caricature of violence. It's nonstop, from the very beginning when Lawrence (then Larry) Fishburne blows away some Latino drug... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A total fantasy
Christopher Walken as an idealistic, EOE, Robin-Hood-inspired, freelance drug kingpin battling an NYPD death squad.
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Not CW's best performance, either. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003
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