Nightcrawler [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2014]

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  • Release Date: 02/10/2015
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (475 out of 502)

Special Features


  • If it bleeds, it leads: making Nightcrawler
  • Feature commentary with writer/director Dan Gilroy, producer Tony Gilroy, and editor John Gilroy

Synopsis


Nightcrawler
An ambitious young crime journalist probes the dark underbelly of L.A. in this cynical urban drama that marks the feature directorial debut of film writer Dan Gilroy (Real Steal, The Bourne Legacy). Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a petty thief in search of a payday when he stumbles onto the scene of a grisly car accident, and witnesses seasoned "Nightcrawler" Joe Loder (Bill Paxton) gathering video footage for a local news broadcast. Convinced that this is a career he could excel at, Lou promptly purchases a police scanner and a cheap video camera, and hits the streets. In short order Lou has hired an assistant (Riz Ahmed) to help him navigate the city streets, and started selling footage to local TV producer Nina (Rene Russo), one of Joe's regular buyers. A fast learner with an eye for detail, Lou isn't above manipulating a crime scene in order to get a picture that tells a story. When Lou beats the police to the scene of a deadly home invasion in an affluent neighborhood, however, his shocking footage catches the attention of two homicide detectives who suspect he's hiding evidence that could be crucial to their investigation. But that very footage may be just what Lou needs to enter the big time. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jake Gyllenhaal
    Jake Gyllenhaal - Lou Bloom
  • Rene Russo
    Rene Russo - Nina
  • Bill Paxton
    Bill Paxton - Joe Loder
  • Michael Papajohn
    Michael Papajohn - Security Guard
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    Marco Rodriguez - Scrapyard Owner



Overall customer rating

4.4
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Film, Great Presentation

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    VandyPrice
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    In almost every aspect from which you can approach this film it is a character study of the most fascinatingly disturbing mind. Lou Bloom is a shameless psychopath of sorts and this is a movie more about him than the elements that surround him. That said, there is still a lot of other stuff going on that is impressive, if not for the fact this is Dan Gilroy's directorial debut, but for how well everything comes together. Nightcrawler knows there isn't much of a narrative here beyond the obvious descent of Bloom falling deeper into the traps of exploiting his crime scenes that make him more concerned with shot composition than saving a life. We know the type of character that Rene Russo's Nina is as we've seen her plenty of times before (which takes nothing away from Russo's performance, trust me), but Gilroy knows this is about his main character and the mood and tone he elicits wisely keeps the focus on that. There is some wonderful cinematography here by Robert Elswit (long-time collaborator of Paul Thomas Anderson) that seizes the atmosphere present in Los Angeles after dark that is reminiscent of something like Collateral. This adds a layer of electricity to the proceedings while the score from James Newton Howard is only present in the right moments as we come out of a shockingly vile act and are in need of some kind of polish. As both writer and director (with his brother John working as editor) Gilroy paces his film expertly, letting it build perfectly so that the deterioration of Bloom resonates throughout. The film culminates in a climax that sensationalizes its lead story to the point of artificiality rather than conveying the humanity and validity we count on our news programs to provide. To this point, we understand the full extent of the themes Gilroy is playing with while still being unable to look away from Jake Gyllenhaal whose directness and delivery is so darkly humorous it is spine tingling.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's "Drive" meets Dark News Tabloid Satire!

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    jaycee
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    The nightly news broadcast brings us crime headlines on a close proximity within our city, but we if looked closer on the scene? That's where Lou Bloom comes in, a clever and ambitious sociopath who after a life of petty crime and thievery turns to a new path: tabloid news in Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance to come. Through his own resources, Lou "nightcrawls," spending every night to videotape crime scenes, competing with other "nightcrawlers and outsmarting police obstacles until his own passion for "nightcrawling" takes him to the dark and dangerous lengths, story after story. From his professional relationship with crooked news director, Nina Romina(Rene Russo), Lou's cold, calculating ethic pushes him to get closer to the next headline, risking his young, starving peer Rick (Riz Ahmed). Will Lou continue to go to desperate lengths to capture the next story or will his actions put him on a radar for criminal investigation? Nightcrawler is a revelation of neo-noir filmmaking that is meant to be experienced in BluRay with sharp, crisp HD resolution to bring the dark cinematography to your own T.V. set and a palpable 5.1 soundtrack that comes alive. Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal, Neo-Noir film and just film consumerism in general rejoice, NightCrawler is the one for you!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected- in a good way.

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    nck7125
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    Picked this up after reading almost universal praise from critics and I was not disappointed. It opens with one of the most abnormal main character introductions I've seen in a long time. Just when I was about to write this off as another "Fatal Attraction" clone, with too much reliance on genre cliches, it made a sharp u-turn choosing to take a darker, gritter backstreet. It turned out be be truly frightening on so many levels, leaving the erotic thriller behind and instead became one of 'those' films. You know, where you talk to the screen muttering, "they can't possibly go there." Then when it does, in even more graphic detail than I could have imagined. At times it left me peaking through my fingers and sighing.. not a sigh of relief but more like the kinda sigh that rhymes with Jolie - Pitt. Definitely worth a watch for anyone who enjoys disturbing thrillers. Another reason to watch- Rene Russo gives an awesomely unsettling performance .

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

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    Trav606
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    A chilling, career best performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. His portrayal of the morally repugnant, sociopathic crime journalist, Louis Bloom is one of this years best performances. It's hard to find a single redeemable character in the film. Everyone seems to have questionable agendas and the only character who isn't reprehensible is Bloom's assistant who just needs a job. That's the only character the audience can even attempt to relate to. The path Bloom takes as he immerses himself and the viewer into this seedy world is fascinating and it winds itself to a tense and unsettling climax that has stuck with me well after the film has ended. Bloom's blind ambition becomes both dangerous and fascinating and it reveals a very telling commentary on how the news is presented to the country and how our thirst for blood and violence reaches further beyond actors portraying in on TV or in movies. This was quite a film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Movie, Good Extras

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    Osnard
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    Nightcrawler is a slick and stylistic examination of the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality of TV news, as well as an indictment of modern business culture...but it's ultimately one heck of an entertaining movie. Lou Bloom, a creepy young loner, discovers that "nightcrawlers," freelance cameramen, prowl LA to film car accidents and shootings and sell the grisly footage to the highest bidder. Lou is a natural, but his success comes at the cost of common decency. Jake Gyllenhaal gives the best performance of his career as Lou, and supporting turns by Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton are all excellent. The Blu-Ray looks and sounds great. The extras are sparse, but there is a great commentary track by first-time director Dan Gilroy (who also wrote), and his brothers, Tony and John.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jake G is creepy brilliant

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    SeminoleReed
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    Jake Gyllenhaal gives the performance of the year and it's a shame he wasn't nominated for an Oscar. He transforms into an ambitious, sociopathic coyote that hunts the LA after hours for the most shocking crimes, crashes and crisis to capture on film and sell to local news editors all in the name of ratings, ratings, ratings. Think De Niro in Taxi Driver for the level Jake ascends to here. One of the best films of the year and sorry to Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, etc. but Jake's Lou Bloom should go down as the most memorable acting gig and individual character of 2014. It will make your skin crawl. Rene Russo is excellent as well. The extras are good and Audio/Video presentation is top notch. Highest Recommendation!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorilla News!

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    wondervamp
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    Nightcrawler is a dark and brutal take on what deems newsworthy to downright disturbing videos of people in harms way. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a solid performance as he is just as disturbed as the videos he's on the hunt to capture. Bill Paxton has a small but humorous role and its a nice plus to see Rene Russo back on screen. She is tough as nails in this one. Universal's bluray presentation features an excellent PQ presentation, most of the movie is shown at night but the city lights on L.A are vibrant and clear. Audio is clean and clear and the bonus features are light but effective. Final thoughts for this blind buy was well the worth and a definite plus for anyone interested in a great dark drama!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gritty neo-noir with great photography.

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    AOPisaac
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    NIGHTCRAWLER is a very uncomfortable flick. Gyllenhall's lead is not likable; in fact, few characters are in this ode to greed & the night. The movie very successfully evokes the wave of 80s neo-noir and rarely strays from topic in its portrayal of an unrelenting sociopath. There is a minor subplot involving a relationship with Rene Russo's character that is grossly underdeveloped and became distracting at a point, but the film is very much worth a watch. As much as I like dark character pieces about psychotic murderers, it is refreshing to watch something that lies a bit closer to possible reality when it comes to nut jobs!

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