L.A. Confidential [DVD] [1997]

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  • Release Date: 08/11/2015
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (167 out of 171)

Special Features


  • Off the record: vintage cast/creator interviews
  • Director Curtis Hanson's photo pitch
  • The L.A. of L.A. Confidential interactive map tour
  • Music-only track (5.1)
  • showcasing Jerry Goldsmith's score
  • Production notes
  • Theatrical trailer & TV spots
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


L.A. Confidential
Based on the best-selling novel by James Ellroy and directed by Curtis Hanson, this award-winning crime drama explores both the dark side of the Los Angeles police force and Southern California's criminal underbelly in the early '50s, when Hollywood was still seen as America's capital of sophistication, glitter, and glamour. Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) is the head of the LAPD and is loyal to his officers and eager to turn a blind eye to violence or corruption within his department, as long as it's the "bad guys" who are getting hurt. Bud White (Russell Crowe) is a police detective whose violent and cynical nature is often at war with his basic sense of decency and justice. Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) is a beat cop-turned-detective whose strict by-the-book philosophy and willingness to blow the whistle on other officers is balanced by a shrewd and opportunistic understanding of the internal politics of the department. And Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) is a flashy "Hollywood" detective who serves as technical advisor for the TV series Badge of Honor. He is also in cahoots with Sid Hudgeons (Danny DeVito), publisher of the scandal sheet Hush Hush, who throws kickbacks to Vincennes in exchange for being brought along when showbiz figures get busted. White, Exley, and Vincennes find themselves drawn into a tangled and sticky web of violence and betrayal following a multiple murder at a coffee shop that is believed to be part of an effort by Mickey Cohen (Paul Guilfoyle) to consolidate his hold on organized crime in L.A. This lead appears to be connected to the discovery of a bizarre pornography and call-girl ring operated by Pierce Patchett (David Strathairn), whose women are given plastic surgery so that they more closely resemble well-known movie stars. White's role in the investigation is complicated when he falls for Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger), one of Patchett's prostitutes, who is the spitting image of Veronica Lake. L.A. Confidential was nominated for nine Academy Awards and netted two, with Brian Helgeland honored for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Kim Basinger taking home a statuette as Best Supporting Actress. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey - Jack Vincennes
  • Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe - Bud White
  • Guy Pearce
    Guy Pearce - Ed Exley
  • James Cromwell
    James Cromwell - Dudley Smith
  • Kim Basinger
    Kim Basinger - Lynn Bracken



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Neo-Noir at its Very Finest

    Posted
    CrimsonKing42

    L.A. Confidential begins with the introduction of its fascinating major characters. There's Ed Exley (Guy Pearce), a young cop who aspires to surpass his dead father's legendary record. There's Bud White (Russell Crowe), tough enforcer with a vendetta against wife-beaters. Last but not least, there's Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), a cool narcotics detective who serves on the side as a consultant for a "Dragnet"-style cop show called "Badge of Honor". There's a slew of memorable side characters, particularly James Cromwell as Dudley Smith, the police captain who may not be as straight as he seems, and an unforgettable turn by Danny DeVito as Sid Hudgens, the lead editor for a trashy tabloid called Hush Hush for which Vincennes often makes celebrity busts. The story is very elaborate, yet perfectly established by director Curtis Hanson and writer Brian Helgeland. It begins with a brutal mess of police brutality at the police station, which leads to the discharge of several officers, including White's partner, Stennsland, and the promotion of Exley, who snitches out the cops. When Stennsland turns up dead in a brutal robbery, a lengthy investigation ensues, which eventually involves all of the detectives and turns up layers of corruption that reach unthinkable levels. This is a great mystery, a great thriller, and just an all-around great film. It's very impressive, and it's a must-see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Film All Around

    Posted
    marcoelo
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    LA Confidential is probably one of those films that people tend to forget how great it was. It was overshadowed by Titanic during the award ceremony, but this a great fill all around with great performances, an intricate, interwoven, interesting plot, writing that doesn't hit you over the head with its social commentary or spoon feed you everything you need to know through exposition. I owned this film on DVD and I decided to watch it on my new 60' TV and it was hard to not see how poorly it looked, so I bought the Blu-Ray and I really like the way it looks and even sounds now when watching it on my entertainment system. The special features are great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film

    Posted
    CKCSWHFFAN
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    This is a great film. IT SHOULD HAVE WON THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE OF 1997 INSTEAD OF THAT NUDIE BOAT MOVIE. Although not my personal favorite film of 1997, that honor goes to "Air Force One". I am glad they FINALLY came out with this 2 disc special edition. SHOULD have come out in 2007 for the 10th anniversary. It was this film I learned about Russell Crowe. Became a fan at once. And, another SHOULD, he SHOULD have been nominated an Oscar as well. The cast are perfect in their roles. A flaw. Did NOT need the nudity in the film. There are good extras in this special edition. They did a good job with this. Now, the mistakes with the DVD packages. Although it comes with a CD this does NOT make up for these mistakes to me 1. NO chapter list 2. No printed material on the film 3. Badly designed how they input the discs inside the package

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great View!

    Posted
    CWLW
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    This film really has the ability to “connect with its’ audience” thus my very positive review. It’s a “throw-back” Detective, Murder Mystery, and Romance with more action than 10 movies that’s set in the early 1950’s Los Angles, Calf. One thing is for sure: This film is certainty bot a bore. Kim Basinger won a well-deserved Academy Award – she was “hot” and she thoroughly understood the role she acted. This moving-picture very adequately captures the “dark-side” of Los Angles, Calf. during the early 1950’s – L.A. was not all “glitter and tinsel.” It is a film that that is a joy the re-visit more than just once and it won’t fail to entertain on subsequent views.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good film

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    CKCSWHFFAN
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    I heard the film was good. I read the reviews before I saw it. NEVER read the book. After reading the reviews & seeing clips that was the reason I watched it the 1st time. It was this film I first heard about Russell Crowe. Became a fan the moment I saw him. And, he is my age. Very good film. And, SHOULD have won the Best Picture Oscar that year. NOT that “boat movie”. Cast was very good although I disliked Guy Pearce’s character, the “goodie” cop. The DVD is the same version that came out on laser disc. Do we remember those? A new version with more extras is needed. Was NOT a fan of the brief nude scenes, those are NEVER necessary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Helluva movie; helluva deal

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    mywriter
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    This has long been one of my favorite films, and when I heard that a 20th anniversary special edition was set to arrive, I checked it out immediately. However, when I examined the features on the special edition compared to this version, the only difference I could come up was the cover. And the price. . .by quite a few bucks. This copy turned out to be a great price for nothing other than a cosmetic alteration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great crime story...a fun ride!

    Posted
    Stillrockin56
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    This is about the underside of Los Angeles, late 40's...drugs, prostitution, corruption, racism and violence (did I miss a vice?). Everyone plays a part in this tangled web...good, bad...who knows! A fascinating story with some well-known actors...well paced, some action...not a dull moment as you follow along to find out how everyone's involved and who'll come out on top in the end. Excellent!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Top Crime Drama

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    coverstory
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    LA Confidential is a great crime drama. Its based on an Elroy James story and is a period piece set in 1950's Los Angeles. A Stellar cast makes this a mesmerizing journey into the film noir school of film making.Russel Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito and an amazing Kim Bassinger will keep you going until the thrilling climax.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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