Empire [WS] [DVD] [2002]

This gritty tale of a drug lord whose attempts to go straight lead him even deeper into crime gets a polished presentation on DVD. Empire has been given a widescreen transfer, letterboxed at 2.35:1 and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 X19 monitors. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and the dialogue is in English (there's also a separate Spanish language edition); subtitles in English and Spanish have also been included. In addition to the picture, this DVD release includes a number of special features, including an alternate commentary track from director Franc Reyes, a collection of deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the film, Empire's original theatrical trailer, biographies of key members of the cast and crew, and footage from the film's world premier in Los Angeles.
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  • Empire [WS] (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 2002
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Special Features

  • The Making of Empire
  • Feature commentary with director Franc. Reyes and director of photography Kramer Morgenthau
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Los Angeles premiere
  • Samples from the Empire soundtrack
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Empire
A man who has made good in an illegal business discovers going straight is a more complicated matter than he imagined in this urban drama. Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) is a drug dealer who has made a small fortune selling a heroin-based drug cocktail he's concocted called "Empire." Victor doesn't see himself as a dope pusher; instead, he considers himself an entrepreneur and a businessman who is simply making the most of the economic opportunities presented to him in the ghetto. Through his girlfriend Carmen (Delilah Cotto), Victor makes the acquaintance of Jack Wimmer (Peter Sarsgaard), an upscale investment banker who admires Victor's business savvy and street smarts. Victor is interested in getting out of drug dealing and into a legitimate business, and when Jack offers Victor the chance to buy into a new business, Victor eagerly accepts and makes a good profit in the deal. After this, Victor is all the more enthusiastic when Jack gives him the opportunity to invest in a much bigger project; the price, however, is more than Victor can afford, and he has to borrow from another high-stakes drug dealer, La Columbiana (Isabella Rossellini) in order to make the nut. It isn't long before Victor learns La Columbiana is not a good person to be in debt to -- and that Jack may not be all he imagined him to be. Empire marked the directorial debut of dancer and choreographer Franc Reyes; the supporting cast includes Denise Richards, Sonia Braga, Ruben Blades, and rapper Fat Joe. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Leguizamo
    John Leguizamo - Victor
  • Peter Sarsgaard
    Peter Sarsgaard - Jack
  • Denise Richards
    Denise Richards
  • Vincent Laresca
    Vincent Laresca - Jimmy
  • Delilah Cotto
    Delilah Cotto - Carmen

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