Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin (Denzel Washington) who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. There was a time when no one noticed reserved driver Frank Lucas (Washington), but when the criminal kingpin he was charged with transporting through the city streets suddenly dies, Lucas seizes the opportunity to build his own criminal empire. In the following months, Lucas solidifies his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer by delivering a product that is purer than the competitors' and cheaper, as well. When innovative businessman Lukas attempts to go semi-legit by becoming one of the Manhattan borough's biggest civil supporters, however, street-savvy outcast cop Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe) begins to sense a sizable shift in the hierarchy of the drug underworld. But Roberts is one of the few honest detectives operating within a corrupt system, and as he sets out to investigate the case, crooked detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) does everything in his power to compromise the integrity of his idealistic counterpart. Upon clearing all of the usual Mafia-connected suspects, Roberts begins to believe that a previously unknown black power player has come out of the woodwork to dominate the local drug trade. While Roberts and Lucas may be operating on opposite sides of the law, the one thing that both men have in common is a strict code of ethics that separates them from their opportunistic colleagues. Now, as a confrontation between the two men becomes inevitable and the fate of each becomes inexorably tied to the other, it gradually becomes apparent that only one of them will emerge from the conflict victorious.~Jason Buchanan
Feature commentary with director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian
If you’ve seen this movie, you know what to expect. If not, the movie is based loosely on the life of Frank Lucas, who was a multimillionaire Harlem druglord in the 70s who smuggled drugs from Vietnam in the coffins of dead soldiers. It’s Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, reunited for the first time since Virtuosity. Great performances all around. The transfer is full screen, at 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks and sounds great with a new native 4K transfer and DTS X soundtrack. It’s never looked or sounded better. Sadly, there’s no Dolby Vision, but this film has more realistic colors.
Nothing to complain about. Highly satisfied.......
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
An undervalued Crime Drama
American Gangster is an overlooked gem that many people don’t give enough attention to. Based on a true story, this film boasts great performances from Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. With a stellar supporting cast and soundtrack, this is a great period piece that tells a compelling narrative that incorporates a lot of great elements from classic crime dramas.
This movie looks gorgeous when upgraded to crystal clear 4K. Packed with the original special features from the initial release and a free digital redemption code, this is a good set to own if you’re fond of upgrading your collection or if you don’t already own the film.
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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
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Owned for 11 months when reviewed.
It's a great movie with two big name stars, and a big name director. The two stars interact, and they're both the "good guys" to some degree. The only problem is the audio on the 4K. It's delayed and isn't syncked to the video.