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#1 of 42 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 16 2008 - 03:47 AM

“Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush!”
- Sid Hudgens LA Confidential

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL TWO-DISC
SPECIAL EDITION

New Regency’s Oscar®-Winning Tour-de-Force
Comes to DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def™
September 23 from Warner Home Video


Burbank, Calif., June 16, 2008 – Everything is suspect, everyone is for sale and nothing is what it seems. Word on the street is that on September 23, Warner Home Video will revisit 1950s Hollywood with New Regency’s intense film noir L.A. Confidential, to be digitally remastered and released as a Standard Definition Two-Disc Special Edition ($20.97 SRP) and single disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def ($28.99 SRP).

Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects), Russell Crowe, (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind), Guy Pearce (Memento, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Kim Basinger (Batman, I Dreamed of Africa) and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, Erin Brockovich) star in L.A. Confidential which was directed by Curtis Hanson and based on James Ellroy’s “L.A. Quartet” series of novels. Nominated for seven Academy Awards,® including Best Picture and Best Director, the film won two Oscars® (Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Ms. Basinger). The evocative and sordid tale of Hollywood back in the day, about three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire and a tabloid journalist, is rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor. Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert called the film “seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted -- one of the best films of the year.”

Special Features

Disc 1
Commentary by Andrew Sarris
Music Only Track
Trailers and TV Spots
Showest
Nite Owl Action
Hollywood
Theatrical Trailer
Soundtrack Promo

Disc 2
Whatever You Desire: Making L.A. Confidential
Sunlight and Shadow: The Visual Style of L.A. Confidential
A True Ensemble: The Cast of L.A. Confidential
L.A. Confidential: From Book to Screen
Off the Record
Photo Pitch
The L.A. of L.A. Confidential Hollywood Center Motel
Formosa Café
Sid Hudgen's Office
Victory Motel
Bidwell's Office
Nick's Liquor
Lynn Bracken's House
Frolic's Room
Pierce Patchett's House
Movie Premiere Pot Bust
Mrs. Leffert's House
Nite Owl Café
Navarette's Hole-up
Fitch House
City Hall
L.A. Confidential [2000 TV Pilot]


L.A. Confidential Two-Disc Special Edition
Street Date: September 23, 2008
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def
$28.99 SRP

Run Time: 138 Minutes; Rated R
16X9; Widescreen; Color

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#2 of 42 OFFLINE   seanOhara

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Posted June 16 2008 - 03:54 AM

The Sarris commentary is okay, but I was really hoping they'd get Ellroy to do one.

"When I wrote the book I pictured Bud as a big [bleep] like Sterling Hayden. Crowe's all right, but Hayden would kick his [bleep] [bleep] until he [bleep] [bleep] [bleep] and bled out his [bleep]."
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#3 of 42 ONLINE   John Hodson

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Posted June 16 2008 - 04:28 AM

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"When I wrote the book I pictured Bud as a big [bleep] like Sterling Hayden. Crowe's all right, but Hayden would kick his [bleep] [bleep] until he [bleep] [bleep] [bleep] and bled out his [bleep]."

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#4 of 42 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted June 16 2008 - 06:43 AM

That would've been the first DVD commentary to come in a plain brown wrapper!
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#5 of 42 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted June 16 2008 - 06:52 AM

Having worked on the production, I can say there were two scenes we filmed that were deleted from the movie.

One was a confrontation between Jack Vincennes and DA Ellis Lowe after Vincennes finds the dead body of the young actor at the hotel. The second was a post-passion conversation in bed between Exley and Lynn Bracken. It's possible that pieces of either scene might show up on the featurettes.

I should note that it was a very difficult shoot - moving around Los Angeles on location and trying to turn the clock backward by 45 years on a very limited budget. There are some great performances in the movie, but it was no picnic.

#6 of 42 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted June 16 2008 - 07:33 AM

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"When I wrote the book I pictured Bud as a big [bleep] like Sterling Hayden. Crowe's all right, but Hayden would kick his [bleep] [bleep] until he [bleep] [bleep] [bleep] and bled out his [bleep]."

Ha ha, he pretty much says that on the commentary to "Crimewave" found on the Film Noir Vol 4 colelction by warners.

I'll grab this release, love the movie and passed on the old one.

#7 of 42 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted June 16 2008 - 09:13 AM

Can't wait to pick this one up!

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Ha ha, he pretty much says that on the commentary to "Crimewave" found on the Film Noir Vol 4 colelction by warners.
If you think he's good on Crime Wave, listen to his commentary on Zodiac. He's in full James Ellroy mode on that. Posted Image

#8 of 42 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted June 16 2008 - 09:21 AM

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If you think he's good on Crime Wave, listen to his commentary on Zodiac. He's in full James Ellroy mode on that. Posted Image

I have, goood stuff there too. I just finished reading BLACK DAHLIA, and am about to dip into the book leading into LA CONFIDENTIAL. This release should be a nice capper to reading the LA QUARTET. Posted Image

#9 of 42 OFFLINE   ZacharyTait

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Posted June 16 2008 - 04:25 PM

I wonder why Warners didn't release this last year as a 10th Anniversary Edition?

Good thing the pilot wasn't picked up, otherwise, 24 wouldn't exist!

September is going to be one expensive month!

#10 of 42 OFFLINE   Ray H

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Posted June 17 2008 - 04:40 AM

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One was a confrontation between Jack Vincennes and DA Ellis Lowe after Vincennes finds the dead body of the young actor at the hotel. The second was a post-passion conversation in bed between Exley and Lynn Bracken.
Nice to know. Both those scenes sound pretty interesting as some of those elements (especially Vincennes' reaction to the kid getting killed) weren't made all that clear in the movie.
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#11 of 42 OFFLINE   Garysb

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Posted June 17 2008 - 09:01 AM

Was recently shown on Starz HD but at 1:78:1 ratio. Will be great to see in HD in its proper 2:35:1 ratio.

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Posted June 17 2008 - 02:24 PM

I KNEW holding off on buying this for six years would pay off in the end! (I NEVER EVER double dip.)

*does victory dance*

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Posted June 17 2008 - 05:48 PM

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Danny DeVito was in Erin Brockovich? I watched that recently and don't remember seeing him in it...

#14 of 42 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted June 18 2008 - 01:02 AM

DeVito's company had a hand in producing ERIN BROCKOVICH.

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Posted June 18 2008 - 05:41 AM

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Danny DeVito was in Erin Brockovich? I watched that recently and don't remember seeing him in it...

He was the desk Erin worked at.

#16 of 42 OFFLINE   Michael Harris

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Posted June 18 2008 - 06:45 AM

I normally don't double dip but this one will be an exception. One of my favorites of all time and by being released in the Fall, it synchs up with my BD player purchase plans. Yes, an expensive September.

Oh, and "LA Confidential" was robbed of the Best Picture Oscar, IMHO.

#17 of 42 OFFLINE   Richard Matich

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Posted June 18 2008 - 09:14 AM

Wow!!! Its coming in September [does even bigger and more elaborate victory dance than the other guy]!!! I still agree that because of all that was involved [and risked] in its making that Titanic still should have gotten Best Picture for 1997. The commentary track by Sarris will be good but has he done any tracks for movies? I still wish that Ellory or Hanson had made a commentary track. THANK YOU WARNERS [AND GEORGE FELTINSTIEN] FOR A GREAT DVD. All the people that said Warners would let us down this year [Bonnie & Clyde, L.A. Conf, and B berkley 2, ETC]. HAAAAAAAAA! Posted Image Thanks WB.

#18 of 42 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted June 18 2008 - 09:18 AM

Press release sounds amazing and I can't believe the wealth of extras on this one!

Any art work available yet?

#19 of 42 OFFLINE   Ed Moroughan

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Posted June 18 2008 - 03:29 PM

Yay! One of my favorite crime movies. I was disappointed when this didn't show last year, but this year is just as good. Posted Image

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Posted June 18 2008 - 04:22 PM

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Oh, and "LA Confidential" was robbed of the Best Picture Oscar, IMHO.

You're not the only one who feels that way. Posted Image

Have there ever been any deleted scenes released for this film?
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