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American Gangster (R1) in February

Universal Studios Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of American Gangster on 19th February 2008. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott for this epic gangster story. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation.

Available in 2-Disc ($29.98 SRP) and 3-Disc ($34.98 SRP) editions (the latter is "available for a limited time only"), features are detailed below…

2-Disc Edition - Includes both the Theatrical Cut (2hrs 38mins) and Unrated Extended Cut (2hrs 57mins) with an alternate ending on Disc 1 plus a second disc of bonus material…

Disc 1: Main Feature (Theatrical & Extended)

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • French DD5.1 Surround (Theatrical Cut only)
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary with Director Ridley Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian (Theatrical Cut only)

Disc 2: Extra Features
  • Deleted Scenes: "Alternate Opening" and "Frank and Eva's Wedding"
  • Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster:
    • Tru Blu: The Real Story: An in-depth look at the true story that inspired the movie and the long road to developing the film. Featuring interviews with the former real-life Harlem crime boss Frank Lucas and now retired detective Richie Roberts
    • Killer Threads: A look at how the world of the 1970’s was brought back to life
    • Crime War: Follow production from the streets of NY to the jungles of Thailand
    • Rhythm of the Streets: Look into the film’s music, featuring tracks such as “Do You Feel Me” performed by Anthony Hamilton
    • Into the Arena: Ali vs. Frazier: Setting up the infamous Ali-Frazier fight
  • Case Files:
    • Setting Up the Takedown- Be on the set as Ridley Scott directs the climactic drug bust and watch this master director at work
    • Script Meeting: A look into the production office where director Ridley Scott, writer Steven Zaillian, and detective Richie Roberts discuss the script and break down of the scenes.
    • Drug Test: Ridley Scott receives information on the preparation of heroin from a New York detective

3-Disc Collector’s Edition - As above plus a third disc of bonus features and special packaging, a 32-page collectible book and a downloadable digital copy of the unrated, extended film. This one is "available for a limited time only".

Disc 3: Extra Features
  • Hip Hop Infusion- Featuring popular rap artists Common and Tip “T.I.” Harris discussing their roles
  • Music Videos:
    • Do You Feel Me (Remix) Performed by Anthony Hamilton featuring Ghostface Killah
    • Blue Magic From Jay-Z’s album “American Gangster”
  • BET Special- The Making of American Gangster
  • Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look
  • Digital Copy of the Unrated Extended Movie For Your PC

The 3-Disc Collector’s Edition will also be available as part of Gangsters: The Ultimate Film Collection which is released the same day. This 9-Disc set includes American Gangster 3-Disc Collector’s Edition, Scarface Platinum Edition, Casino Anniversary Edition* and Carlito’s Way Ultimate Edition** in premium packaging which consists of 4 digipacks inside a highly collectible faux-velvet lined box. Retail is $69.98 SRP, and the set also includes the national booklet from the American Gangster 3-Disc Collector's Edition.

*Casino is now a 2-Disc release, instead of the original DVD18 format.
**Carlito's Way is now a 2-Disc release, instead of the original DVD14 format.

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