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L.A. Confidential (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
138 minutes
performer:
Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Ron Rifkin, David Strathairn
director:
Curtis Hanson
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
66536, 2694, 5255, 9684, 66826
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Director Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential is a modern masterpiece of Los Angeles crime films — more morally complex than James Ellroy?s gleefully cynical source novel. The movie shoved Crowe into star status, and nearly every performance — from Graham Beckel?s boozy, corrupt cop to Guy Pearce?s straight arrow — is grungily superlative. This new edition is loaded with hours of extras, the best of which was on the ’98 DVD: ”Photo Pitch,” in which Hanson explains how he sold producers on the film by showing them not the script, but atmospheric shots of early-’50s L.A. The commentary is bogged down by no fewer than 13 voices yammering; and while it?s fun to see the 2000 pilot for a Confidential TV series with Kiefer Sutherland, the show was a tame dog compared with Hanson?s snarling beast. A?

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