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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Nicholas St. John
  • Producers: Augusto Caminito, Jay Julien, Mary Kane, Randy Sabusawa, Vittorio Squillante
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 15 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6303391524
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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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Format: DVD
I had seen this movie once before, and thought it pretty cheesy. But yet some memorable scenes that stuck with me. As I was later blown away with Bad Lieutenant, I started learning more about Abel Ferrera as well. And I believe it was being so immersed in this movie I learned Abel initially wanted to cast Chris Walken, and it was Chris that recommended Keitel. So that wanted me to check out King Of New York yet again. And I'm very glad this issue has come out. Not only does it have the movie restored and preserved in it's dual formats, but also contains a great crew short entitled 'A Short Film Of Abel Ferrara's Long Career'. Which covers everything from early 70's to 2001 of Abel's work. And upon recently seeing the great 'Black Mass' with Johnny Depp, it dawned on me that Abel and others may have drawn from that actual incident long before the recent others. The similarity of the names - Frank 'Whitey' Bulger/Frank White. White's connection with political officials giving him carte blanche immunity. And the old cliche of getting rid of all the competition, he was doing good; not only for himself, but for the city as well. And as classy and comical as Walken can be, he can be viciously brutal in this film. Yet at the end, this empathy for him that his momentary reign wasn't all that bad. If not for the do good cops, how far could it have gone? And too, King Of New York must be the genesis for the 'gangster/gangsta' exploitation. But to me, does it in such a harmonious and tension-less way. Sure, some slurs come out - but in the right and realistic places. Nothing gratuitous and/or righteous at all IMHO. And for those that love Pulp Fictions scene where Jules eats the hamburger and the drinks the soda pop.Read more ›
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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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By A Customer on May 26 2004
Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on April 30 2004
Format: DVD
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 ½ as well with Russo, or any1 else for that matter.
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