Public Enemies [Blu-ray] [2009]

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  • Release Date: 10/02/2012
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (186 out of 198)

Special Features


  • Larger Than Life: Adversaries
  • Michael Mann: Making Public Enemies
  • Last of the Legendary Outlaws
  • On Dillinger's Trail: The Real Locations
  • Criminal Technology
  • Feature Commentary with Director Michael Mann
  • D-Box Motion Enabled

Synopsis


Public Enemies
Based on author Bryan Burrough's ambitious tome Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43, director Michael Mann's sprawling historical crime drama follows the efforts of top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale ) in capturing notorious bank robber John Dillinger. A folk hero to the American public thanks to his penchant for robbing the banks that many people believed responsible for the Great Depression, charming bandit Dillinger (Johnny Depp) was virtually unstoppable at the height of his criminal career; no jail could hold him, and his exploits endeared him to the common people while making headlines across the country. J. Edgar Hoover's (Billy Crudup) FBI was just coming into formation, and what better way for the ambitious lawman to transform his fledgling Bureau of Investigation into a national police force than to capture the gang that always gets away? Determined to bust Dillinger and his crew, which also included sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi), Hoover christened Dillinger the country's very first Public Enemy Number One, and unleashed Purvis to take them down by whatever means necessary. But Purvis underestimated Dillinger's ingenuity as a master criminal, and after embarking on a frantic series of chases and shoot-outs, the dashing agent humbly surmised that he was in over his head. Outwitted and outgunned, Purvis knew that his only hope for busting Dillinger's gang was to baptize a crew of Western ex-lawmen as official agents, and orchestrate a series of betrayals so cunning that even America's criminal mastermind wouldn't know what hit him. Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, and Stephen Dorff co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp - John Dillinger
  • Christian Bale
    Christian Bale - Melvin Purvis
  • Marion Cotillard
    Marion Cotillard - Billie Frechette
  • Channing Tatum
    Channing Tatum - Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Giovanni Ribisi
    Giovanni Ribisi - Alvin Karpis



Customer rating

4.4
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good movie with a few mistakes.

    Posted
    Coolfox

    The acting and story of the public enemies is very good, the action is fun to get into and it's a very nice story to follow. However, in the story the writing is somewhat poor, (except there is some humor in it) at times John Dillinger says lines to Billie Frachette at the beginning of the movie that don't make much sense and leave you saying what is he talking about? ( IE: he says, i'm catching up) Also, one other problem is they expect you to know the story and the characters without actually establishing who they are, IE if someone dies you have no emotional attachment to them during the movie whatsoever, which can be good because it's easier to side with Dillinger (Johnny Depp) in this way, but I am just pointing it out so of coarse it depends how you look at it. The lighting in the movie gets dark, especially if you look around the eye sockets and under lit rooms. (mood lights) The editing has a couple of major errors at one point john dillinger is walking with Billie Frachette and as he turns his head to look at her it jumps. (seriously whoever made that mistake, should be fired because it is truly amateur) This movie had two head editors!! As far as the coloring, there is one mistake that really bothers me. When John Dillinger and Billie Frachette are in the restaurant the drapes are an awkward unusual color except from a distance. So all and all this is a good movie, but it would have been a lot better if they had editors that weren't so bad!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hollywood's interpretation of historical facts.

    Posted
    Longface

    This movie covers both sides of the governments fledgling attempts at controlling criminal masterminds that were controlling the minds of the depression era famished citizens. It showed some tolerance given to Dillinger, a "Robin Hood" type character (Depp), and the task for the bigger tha life lawman (Bale) that pursued him. Depp carefully crafts a human quality and face to the dark evil facet, countered by Bale's portrayal of good and crystalizes his resolve and dedication above and beyond to take down this heroic foe. What I feel the movie lacked in, was showing the true widespread plight of the times and the desperation of the common person. The control placed on them by thugs and criminals that took advantage of their plight and ruled their fears. Bale was the true hero in many minds of the time by my parents, not Depp. However, if the spin was that criminals take advantage of the poor and beaten down for their own personal gain, then that wouldn't fill theatre seats, would it!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Digital Transfer

    Posted
    thechemist

    If you plan on buying this movie, get it on DVD. The money will only be wasted on the Bluray. 75% of the film is great, looks crisp. But the rest is very distorted, has bad banding, is pixelated and just looks like a rough cut that had no editing or digital work done. It must be a bad transfer to disc from the master or they just moved too fast to get this on the shelf and didn't care about quality. p.s. The pics are examples of what it looks like. I don't have the tv that the pics are on, I have a Samsung 52 1080P 120hz bought in may and a panasonic bought 2 weeks ago. It hasn't happened on any other bluray or dvd film I've watched on them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The video in this picture was so crystal clear...

    Posted
    EBrown1
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    My shopping experience at BestBuy was very pleasant... I received my order quicker than the estimated delivery time... This movie was clear in standard dvd but the Blu-Ray version is too real to be true.... Everything from the audio & video were enchanced to crystal clear clarity to the detail of the wardrobe for the actors in the movie during the film's era... The comparsion scenario is like a Jimi Hendrix song on an 8-track or original cassette tape versus remastered on a enhanced Cd... I highly recommend this movie on Blu-Ray from BestBuy..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay Movie

    Posted
    Rokko
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    I have no complaints with the acting as Johnny Depp and Christian Bale are both accomplished actors, but the story - a very interesting one overall - was told in a rather boring way. One would've hoped for a bit more excitement in a movie about such an interesting time period and phenomenon in American history. Depp was good but his character seemed a bit shallow overall. It didn't keep me 100% interested and I found myself longing for it to end. Worth seeing, but not as good as one might have hoped for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Historic Crime Movie

    Posted
    HomeTheaterGuy
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    Public Enemies is the story of how the Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. Good story line from a first rate cast of Johnny Depp, Christian Bale etc. I love historical dramas so I was a sucker for this flick. If that sort of thing appeals, you might also like, Road to Perdition with Tom Hanks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A familiar story brought back to life

    Posted
    Flydude
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    Primary interest in this film was in locale that it was filmed which is an area we frequent during summer months. Story did not depict gangsters as particularly bad individuals but law enforcement, specifically FBI was characterized as brutal, corrupt and generally unsavory which was possibly factual. Aside from personal greed it was never clear what these criminals ultimate object was. Good acting and recreation of the times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Johhny Depp is wonderful!

    Posted
    Mary1217

    I didn't go to see this movie in the theater because I was told the sound of the machine guns were very loud. I decided to wait and see it on Blu-ray at home so I could adjust the volume, if necessary. There wasn't a need to; the sound was appropriate to the time and the type of guns used. I found the movie very interesting and Johhny Depp's acting was so acurate that I actually thought he was John Dillinger!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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