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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Movie

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    DaGuilty
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    L.A. Confidential 20th anniversary edition blu ray Curtis Hanson and Brian Hegeland along with Dante Spinotti behind cameras adapted one of the best novels of James Ellroy to one of the finest Hollywood film of the nineties. Full of stars (Oscar winner Russell Crowe, wonderful David Strathairn, beautiful Kim Bassinger and many more) wonderful set pieces, mystery and romance this neo-noir pays homage to the best film of the best Hollywood genre: Film noir. Shot with a magnificent color palette L.A Confidential was recognized as one of the best shot film of Hollywood history by the American Society of cinematographers. This blu ray edition by Fox renders the film color with accurate respect. It’s a wonderful home video presentation, especially if you re thinking of upgrading your tv set to 4k and fears the wrinkles that show on Dvd. Also it could be found on good price. This blu ray offers a really great price-value ratio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Neo-Noir at its Very Finest

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    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

    The more things DON'T change...

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    Chris
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    What struck me the most is that, even though it's set in 1947, there's still the same problems we're facing today. Racism, bigotry, political corruption, media sensationalism, police brutality, sexual exploitation, you name it. I also had no idea that 1947 Los Angeles was such rich ground for storytelling until after I saw this movie. Between it, the game LA Noire, the second season of Agent Carter, and who knows what else, you'd almost expect to see these characters bump into one another. Also, a little trivia: there was a brief HBO TV-spinoff at one point, that would've followed Kevin Spacey's character, only he was played by Keifer Sutherland. They filmed a pilot, but it never went to series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    TRY TO KEEP IT HUSH, HUSH !

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    MR4K
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    L.A. CONFIDENTIAL has all the trapping of a well directed film that was shot with that old Hollywood feel. It was like being taken back to more nostalgic times when everything in life was tailor made. Like the films of old I had the experience of seeing this one with a new set of eyes. I owned It on DVD but It pales in comparison to seeing the Blu-Ray version of it. Especially when you have a good 4K player and big screen that does a good job of upconverting the content. It was a great movie to see in the theater when first released in 1997 and a even more cinematic experience to enjoy at home present day. I'm loving these new releases and revamped versions of Blu-Ray & 4K movies. This with out a doubt should be in your top 100 If you're a collector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    1st Viewing

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    Slate
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    I just purchased the film and I thought I knew what I was buying but I was mistaken. Acting is good, storyline is alright. It’s worth $5. What made the flick for me is how everything came together towards the end. I had to make myself finish L.A. tho. I found myself bored yet intrigued with how the story might play out. The end was worth my time....for a single viewing. I have to think about watching it again. Would I recommend it? That’s iffy. An edited version of the film, I would def recommend. As for the disc, I say pass it up. Wait on buying the disc and just catch it on TBS or whatever channel edits it’s content. L.A. Confidential could have been better; it could have been much more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film

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    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

    Great Film All Around

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    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

    A Great View!

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    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!

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    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

    Excellent

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    Commando
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    Guy Pierce, Russel Crowe, and Kevin Spacey are magnificent. If you like cops and robbers then this is the movie for you. The nostalgia, the pomp and circumstance are indicative of an era when men were men and dames were dames. Kim Basinger is wonderful and sexy as ever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not to be missed

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    Philip
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    Picture quality on the blu ray disc is very good, considering the year that this transfer came out. Can't imagine anyone reading this review has not yet seen this film. But if not, and you're into great story telling with a solid cast, then pick this one up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great police story

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    MrMovie
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    Critics and moviegoers enjoyed this period piece about 1950s LA and 3 very different officers investigating a murder and corruption, An all star cast and based on a book by James Ellroy. Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger in an Academy Award nominated performance breathe life into this mystery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    L.A. Confidential

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    eckoe04
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    Warner Home Video has announced the specs for the upcoming Blu-ray release of 'L.A. Confidential', due to hit store shelves on September 23rd, day-and-date with the DVD re-release. On this BD-25, video will be presented in 2.4:1 1080p VC-1 accompanied by a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like this movie.

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    joev
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    This is old movie I watched before. And it's still good. I like movie who raises awareness of government corruption. Good cop, Bad cop and someone who really sacrified their life for the good of people. Kim Bassinger is very smart, beautiful and good character.

    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Superb cast & plot

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    kevindeets
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    I am normally not a fan of film noir, but this movie is the exception. Solid cast, acting, and a plot that'll make you not want to pause the movie at all. It's one of those "I can't wait to see what happens next" movies with a lot of good twists & turns. I can't really expand on that without giving away the plot. Watch this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still a favorite

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    CalPilot21
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    I'm a sucker for gritty movies and TV shows set in the sprawling environs of "LA." Chinatown, the most recent season of True Detective, and films going back for decades. I don't like to watch many movies more than once, but it's fun to re-watch this one every few years due to the great sets, costumes, acting, and directing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

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    kevman79

    I heard such wonderful things about this movie from just about everyone I talked to. Unfortunately, everyone I talked to was just plain wrong. 'L.A. Confidential' is decent entertainment at best, a movie I wouldn't recommend at all. Dvd presentation is good, with some fair extras, but nothing that will knock your socks off. Skip this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend