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?
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Ron Rifkin, David Strathairn; Director: Curtis Hanson; Author: James Ellroy, Brian Helgeland, Henry James, Rick Moody, Jane Smiley; Runtime (in minutes): 138; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted September 24 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
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