American History X/A History of Violence [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 2684272
  • Release Date: 06/07/2011
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (18 out of 18)

Special Features


  • American History X:
  • Additional scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A History of Violence:
  • Commentary by director David Cronenberg
  • Acts of Violence documentary gallery
  • 3 featurettes: Violence's History: United States version vs. international version, too commercial for Cannes and the unmaking of scene 44
  • Deleted scene: Scene 44

Synopsis


A History of Violence
David Cronenberg directed this screen adaptation of a graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke which explores how an act of heroism unexpectedly changes a man's life. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) lives a quiet life in a small Indiana town, running the local diner with his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and raising their two children. But the quiet is shattered one day when a pair of criminals on the run from the police walk into his diner just before closing time. After they attack one of the customers and seem ready to kill several of the people inside, Tom jumps to the fore, grabbing a gun from one of the criminals and killing the invaders. Tom is immediately hailed as a hero by his employees and the community at large, but Tom seems less than comfortable with his new notoriety. One day, a man with severe facial scars, Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris), sits down at the counter and begins addressing Tom as Joey, and begins asking him questions about the old days in Philadelphia. While Tom seems puzzled, Carl's actions suggest that the quiet man pouring coffee at the diner may have a dark and violent past he isn't eager to share with others -- as well as some old scores that haven't been settled. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

American History X
Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks. Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different outlook as he contrasts white-power prisoners with black Lamont (Guy Torry), his prison laundry co-worker and eventual pal. Meanwhile, Danny, with a shaved head and a rebellious attitude, seems destined to follow in his big brother's footsteps. After Danny writes a favorable review of Hitler's Mein Kampf, black high-school principal Sweeney (Avery Brooks) puts Danny in his private "American History X" course and assigns him to do a paper about his older brother, who was a former student of Sweeney's. This serves to introduce flashbacks, with the film backtracking to illustrate Danny's account of Derek's life prior to the night of the shooting. Monochrome sequences of Derek leading a Venice, California gang are intercut with color footage of the mature Derek ending his past neo-Nazi associations and attempting to detour Danny away from the group led by white supremacist, Cameron (Stacy Keach), who once influenced Derek. Director Tony Kaye, with a background in TV commercials and music videos, filmed in L.A. beach communities. Rated R "for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity." ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Viggo Mortensen
    Viggo Mortensen - Tom Stall
  • Maria Bello
    Maria Bello - Edie Stall
  • Ashton Holmes
    Ashton Holmes - Jack Stall
  • William Hurt
    William Hurt - Richie Cusack
  • Stephen McHattie
    Stephen McHattie - Leland Jones



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What can I say...

    Posted
    melonheadtoo
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    First off, this review is about the movie "A History of Violence" since I have never seen the other: I'm going to make this short and sweet...if you haven't seen this movie, take my word for it, you gotta see this one. I consider this movie one of the best, my all time favorite. Be mindful that there are a couple of scenes that are adult in nature, but if you can overlook these what a movie you will be enjoying. Ok, enough of the movie, it has always been a pleasure to deal with Best Buy. For a big, national company, they get it; customer service, shipping costs, speed of shipping, all top notch. By the way, you gotta see this movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic deal for two fantastic movies!

    Posted
    Chimay
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    I don't know why anyone is reading this review instead of putting it in their cart but if you're reading this, STOP and just click ADD TO CART. I can not recommend these two movies enough. The first deals with uncomfortable subject manner deftly and expertly. It makes no excuses and still manages to make you feel both shame and pride. A History of Violence is just mind-blowing and again, doesn't spare the audience any discomfort. You want to just watch a movie? No, this will take you to places you don't want to go, provoke thoughts better left to greater minds and by doing so, challenges us to be more than just a passive viewer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    2 Great Stories

    Posted
    Harry2L
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    This compilation offers two great films in the Blu-ray format. They are involving stories that leave you at the edge of your seat waiting to see how everything unfolds. These movies have a dark and gloomy tone so they are clearly not for everyone, but if you're into those types of movies, these ones cannot be missed. The fault of these movies is the lack of bonus features although that is understandable because this is a compilation package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome double feature BluRay DVD!

    Posted
    KJDJD
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    This is a great double feature BluRay DVD that includes American History X, and A History of Violence. Both are excellent movies, but note that they both include harsh violence and redemption. I use American History X in my Race in Criminal Justice class!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    2 Solid Films

    Posted
    JohnDoom
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    2 good, well written films for the price of one, American History X has some violent scenes but is also a well written film about redemption. History of Violence has some solid acting and a well written script.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good pair of movies

    Posted
    Bryan
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    Both quality movies with decent casts. American History X can be a little slow but still worth watching. A History of Violence is an interesting story with a plot twist.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    2 Solid Films

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    JohnDoom
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    2 solid films at one price, American History X is a cult classic for a reason and Edward Norton is at the top of his game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great double feature

    Posted
    Riptide99
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    Both movies are classics. I've wanted them both in BD format for a long time, and this two disc set was very affordable.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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