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  • Manufacturer: Lionsgate
  • UPC #012236218043
  • Model #21804

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    Detailed Description
    (Manufacturer # 21804 )

    Plot
      The gritty underbelly of New York's complex, ethnically divided criminal world is exposed in this dark drama from director Abel Ferrara. Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, a drug lord who's just been released from a long stint in prison. Aware that feeding off of society's depravity has made him a wealthy man, Frank has become determined to give something back to the city, and he hatches a scheme to build a multimillion-dollar public hospital in one of Brooklyn's worst ghetto neighborhoods. Needing the assistance of his fellow criminals to pull it off, Frank and his adjutant Jimmy Jump (Laurence Fishburne) encounter a wall of resistance from every faction, including drug-trade partner Lance Wong (Joey Chin) and temperamental cop Dennis Gilley (David Caruso). Frank's do-gooder efforts ultimately result in a Mob war and in a bloody showdown between the city's various ethnic criminal actions. Ferrara followed King of New York with a similarly themed film that many critics considered his masterpiece, Bad Lieutenant (1992). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Crime
    Movie Level Themes
      Drug Trade, Criminal's Revenge
    Movie Level Tones
      Tense, Visceral, Confrontational, Rousing, Gritty

    DVD Features

    • 1080p high definition
    • 16x9 widescreen version
    • 6.1 DTS HD audio
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX audio
    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • Audio commentary with director Abel Ferrara
    • Audio commentary with director Abel Ferrara
    • Audio commentary with producer Mary Kane, editor Anthony Redman, composer Joe Delia, associate producer Randy Sabusawa
    • "A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrera" - documentary
    • "The Adeventures of Schoolly D: Snowboarder" - featurette
    • TV spots
    • Schoolly D music video
    • Theatrical trailer
    Awards
      AMG Rating

      Review

        With The King of New York, Abel Ferrara takes what could have been a run-of-the-mill shoot-em-up and comes up with a study of inner-city morality. Much like he would do a year later with his masterpiece Bad Lieutenant, Ferrara refuses to let the good guys and bad guys be black and white. Instead, he fills their violent world with grays, seeing the criminals in a sympathetic light and turning a critical eye on the police. Christopher Walken plays Frank White, a drug kingpin whose idea of helping out the neighborhood kids is recruiting subway muggers to become drug dealers while financing a neglected hospital. He takes out rival gangs not to further his business, but because he doesn't like the way others run theirs. His attitude: the drugs are out there, why don't I make a little money off that and help out the city in the process. This doesn't jive with the local cops, particularly Dennis Gilley played by David Caruso. Dennis is a bitter flatfoot who's sick of money floating Frank above the law. He takes matters into his own hands only to see his illegal crusade of street justice go disastrously wrong. The script sometimes underestimates the audience and goes out of the way to connect the dots, but it's still a wild ride. The hidden gem of the film is Laurence Fishburne as Frank's number one guy Jimmy Jump. An appropriate name, for he literally bounces off the walls and cackles hysterically while slicing people down in a spray of bullets. Coming out at the close of the "Just Say No" '80s, The King of New York took a refreshing look at the war on drugs and how it effects the soldiers on the front line. ~ Scott Engel, Rovi


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      Blu-Ray Drive or Blu-Ray Player





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