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WSR Detailed DVD Review
American Gangster
Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 130 (Apr 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, John Ortiz. John Hawkes, RZA, Lymari Nadal, Yul Vazquez, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino & Joe Morton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a five-part making-of documentary Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster (119 minutes), a three-part featurette Case Files (25 minutes), two deleted/alternate scenes, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 61032280
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence pervasive drug content, language, nudity and sexuality
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 158/177
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 02/19/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Ridley Scott
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
American Gangster Frank Lucas (Washington) has become Harlem

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD shows somewhat solid black levels and good shadow delineation, helping deliver a fairly dimensional-looking image. There are times, however, when black levels are milky, which can be distracting. The picture has a muted appearance, limiting the image

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