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L.A. Confidential

Kevin Spacey , Russell Crowe , Curtis Hanson    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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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 (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) 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 L.A. 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 costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled 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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't misunderstand me--this movie IS the tour de force that others have expounded on here already--and I love it as much as anyone, ranking it right up there with Chinatown as an L.A. film noir classic. But you will NOT see the movie Curtis Hanson made if you watch this widescreen DVD edition!!
I have watched this movie countless times on videotape and so I was SHOCKED to find that the DVD noticably detracted from what this film is! Though the back of the DVD case details "WIDESCREEN VERSION Presented in a "letterbox" widescreen format preserving the SCOPE ASPECT RATIO of its original theatrical exhibition", I did NOT find this to be true (and I am no newcomer to widescreen format). Shots that had appeared as medium shots on video have become head shots--people are now out of frame--this is a CHANGED film! --and WEIRD things also occur with the soundtrack! Dialogue is mixed at a noticably lower level relative to background and peripheral noises that are overly augmented.
I have to say, it boggles my mind that watching this movie in the "newest and most improved" format has, for the first time, left me feeling like I watched 2 entirely different movies. There is an artistic freedom being threatened here by what is ultimately a revisionist medium, the implications of which are truly frightening--and oddly parallel to current world events.
In all fairness, I haven't even gotten to the special features, and maybe this DVD is worth having for those rarities themselves, I don't know. But if you have never watched this extraordinary film, I beg you, SEEK IT OUT ON VHS! or you will miss the experience. If you love this film already, be prepared for a letdown with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie Jan. 3 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all, this movie is really good. The way they have improve the quality of the image and the sound on the Blu-ray makes it even more interesting. Buy !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merci Feb. 22 2012
By MauL
Vraiment super, la livraison s'est effectuée très rapidement, à peine 2-3 jours. Aussi le DVD était neuf, donc en trés bon état! Donc je vous recommande ce vendeur!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I do not understand why I waited so long Feb. 14 2004
I wanted to watch this movie right from the moment of its release more than six years ago, but for one reason or other I never got around to do it...until now. Luckily I did not continue procrastinating, because this is probably one of the best movies in the film noir category.
The story, based on the novel by James Ellroy, starts with Danny De Vito's narration of the latest events in the city of angels, which include the arrest of Mickey C, head of the organized crime. I have always enjoyed listening to De Vito narrate a story, and as happened in "The War of the Roses", I was enthralled from the beginning. De Vito plays a journalist working for a tabloid called Hush-hush, who has several contacts inside the police department that give him exclusives in exchange for publicity. One of these is Sergeant Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), a classic "ladies man", interested in fame and in the Hollywood world much more than he is interested in police business. Vincennes works in the same precinct with Sergeant, soon to be Detective Lieutenant, Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) and with Officer Bud White (Russell Crowe). Exley is the typical "go by the book" guy, son of a famous officer murdered years ago in a crime that was never solved. White is a cop whose main interest is helping ladies in distress, playing a typical knight in a shinning armor. After a situation at the police station ends up in disaster, the relationship among the three policemen is turned into a confrontational one when White's partner is forced to quit his job.
Shortly after those events a multiple murder in the Night Owl will have the three policemen desperately trying to solve the same crime and facing a well-oiled criminal organization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good price, came in good time July 25 2014
By Ramon
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
God quality, good price, came in good time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Confidential Aug. 7 2011
By litgo
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Film Noirs
While I cannot say I like watching this movie I feel compelled to do so every so often, and it never disappoints. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars An unflinching tale of police corruption and scandal in the 1950's
L.A Confidential is a great movie.it is very well written and very well
directed.it is an unflinching tale of police corruption and scandal in
the 1950's. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This is magnificent. A top notch cast throughout, Guy Pearce is a revelation, Russell Crowe (not my favourite) is just brilliant, James Cromwell is great. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by sp
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Off The Record, On The QT And Very Hush Hush'.
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. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by George Annessa
5.0 out of 5 stars She is Lana Turner
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. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Trial Critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid WhoDunIt Hollywood Style!
Murder - Double Cross - Mystery -Double Double Cross - Paradise. Beautiful women. Good cops. Gangsters. Bad cops. Politics. Gun fights. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Jeffrey E Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Confidential (1997)
Director: Curtis Hanson
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito.
Running Time: 156 minutes. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by The Tweeder
3.0 out of 5 stars Good try but still just an updated B-rated 1950s movie
An updated version of a bad B-movie of the 50s, good sets and makeup, hairdos and acting. It was the story that didn't quite come together and the movie was much much too long. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Linda Linguvic
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