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To Live and Die in LA (Special Edition) [Import]


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  • Actors: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, John Turturro
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: William Friedkin, Gerald Petievich
  • Producers: Bud S. Smith, Irving H. Levin, Samuel Schulman
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled, Color, Dolby, Import
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • Release Date: Dec 2 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLJW


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Lobascio on July 19 2004
Format: DVD
Director William Friedkin, the man who brought us The French Connection and The Exorcist, fell into a bit of a slump after those box office successes. To Live And Die In L.A. was the shot in the arm he needed. And while the movie is not perfect, it's still very good, and worth your time.
When a notorious, highly sophisticated counterfeiter murders his partner, Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William Petersen) launches a furious vendetta to capture the man responsible. But master counterfeiter Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe) is always just one step ahead of Chance. Clashing with one bureaucratic road block after another, Chance is forced to break the rules in order to obtain enough cash for a sting operation, in the hope of bringing Masters down. The risks he takes soon spiral out of control though, leading to a wave of violence with moral reprecussions, taking Chance down to a morally ambiguous road from which there may be no return.
One of the things that makes To Live And Die In L.A. work is the fact that the hero isn't exactly a saint. In fact, he can be as "dastardly", as the villian of the film, doing things that are just as awful. Petersen goes to those darker places and gives a great perfomance. Based on Gerald Petievich's novel, the script, written by Friedkin and Petievich, allows for plenty of drama and action. As director and the "father" of the modern car chase, Friedkin almost tops the one he crafted for the aforementioned film, The French Connection...Almost.
For its DVD debut, MGM has put together a nice special edition, complete with some fine extras. The talky audio commentary from Friedkin is a good...but I wonder if it wouldn't have turned out better if Petersen sat in for it as well?
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By Zman on Feb. 25 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great sound track with Wang Chung, well acted fast moving story line...what is not to like!? I especially got a kick out of the alternate ending Bonus feature at the end....and very glad they didn't use it instead!
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By Ronica Hopkins on May 8 2004
Format: DVD
I actually bought my dvd back in January, and it was a case of me walking by telling my friends about this movie (which they had never heard of) and lo and behold, there it was!!! I saw this movie probably a year after it came out and was VERY EXCITED to see it finally released on DVD (i could never find the VHS version anywhere anymore).
This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time ( i have been a William Petersen fan since this movie and Manhunter) and the soundtrack score just adds to it! I do plan on ordering the soundtrack very soon! This is one of those movies that if you have seen it, you have a great appreciation for it. Too bad it didn't get the respect it deserved for it's time, but for those who do remember it and love it, continue to enjoy it!! I know I will!
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Format: DVD
One of the reviewers wrote about "To Live and Die in LA" along the lines of 'if you get it, you get it and if you don't, you don't.' That's it in a nutshell. I think this is an extraordinary crime film, competent sufficiently to stand on it's own 2 legs with Friedkin's other great effort, "The French Connection" and also the interesting and now rarely seen except for late at night "The Seven Ups."
That it was also near introductory roles for Will Petersen and Willem Dafoe almost adds to the rawness of the plot, actors and the roles they play really living on the edge, taking chances. The solitary confinement of 'the job,' the apocryphal manly humor, the viciousness of the bad guys . . . and the good guys, reminds me of McQueen's role in "Bullit," notwithstanding that Bullit's car chase (in that beautiful Mustang) is the only one that comes close to this car chase on the Long Beach Freeway. This one may be the better of the two.
The fine line between the good guys and the bad guys blurs and at times becomes indistinguishable. Also interesting to note is the osmosis whereby, albeit reluctantly, the character played by the confused partner, John Vukovitch (John Pankow) eventually transforms to the character played by Will Petersen (Richard Chance), much like the transformation of Jon Voight into Burt Reynold's character in "Deliverance."
The cinematography is superlative; the techno-rock soundtrack by Wang Chung almost a speaking part throughout the movie. One of the best. 5 stars. Larry Scantlebury
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By Charles Mason on April 1 2004
Format: DVD
Just ordered my DVD. Can't wait. I've burned up my VHS over the years and this upgrade has been a long time coming. Those who "get" this movie just get it. Yes, parts come off as cheesy these days. But there is some stuff in this film that is as good as it gets. Dark dark dark. Bold enough to end the way no film dares end these days. Every performance is great. Probably the best car chase of all time. On my all time top ten films list (I ain't playin').
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By H Y Seo on Feb. 28 2004
Format: DVD
This is the premiere example of how police officers, regardless of what level, be it municipal, state or federal, bond and build relationships that may be all that they have to rely on between live and death. That the movie is set is LA is perfect. Total and modern decadence and being teasury agents that chase "funny" money fuels the fire. And fire is a major theme as well. The bonus of seeing three excellent character actors hone their craft, unrescrictedly, is a tribute to Friedkin as a director. Pacing is well done, and the action only breaks long enough to catch one's breath before the next jolt of excitement. The secondary characters are well acted as well. None of the actors overshadow the characters that weave the story to a splendidly, twisted ending, especially for a hollywood movie. Good enough to watch several times.
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