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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'American Gangster' as Never Before Seen!

The Original Theatrical Film AND The Unrated Extended Edition


OVERVIEW: Inspired by a true story, "American Gangster," the grippingly intense crime-thriller acclaimed by critics and audiences as one of the best films of 2007, will be available in two versions on the exclusive "American Gangster" 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition DVD that includes both an unrated, extended movie with over 18 additional minutes and an alternate ending PLUS the original theatrical film.

Academy Award(R) winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe portray one of Harlem's most notorious crime bosses and the outcast cop who pursues him, respectively, ultimately leading to a climactic confrontation that alters the destiny of an entire generation in New York City.

Directed by Ridley Scott and produced by Brian Grazer and Scott, "American Gangster" boasts an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, Ruby Dee, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Chiwetel Ejiofor, Armand Assante, Carla Gugino, and popular rap artists Common, RZA and Tip "T.I." Harris.

In addition, the "American Gangster" 3-Disc Collector's Edition, available for a limited time only, includes over five hours of bonus features, a 32-page collectible book and a downloadable digital copy of the unrated, extended film. Also available on February 19 is "Gangsters: The Ultimate Film Collection," a nine-disc set containing four of Hollywood's most iconic gangster films including "American Gangster," "Scarface," "Casino" and "Carlito's Way."

2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition

Disc 1
-- Unrated Extended Version -- 18 additional minutes of never-before-seen
footage and an alternate ending
-- Original Theatrical Version Including Commentary with Director Ridley
Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian

Disc 2
-- Deleted Scenes- Including an alternate opening
-- 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

-- 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
Includes Above Bonus Features PLUS
-- 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

SYNOPSIS: Academy Award(R) winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) in this powerful epic story. Armed with ruthless, streetwise tactics and a paradoxically strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, both men are plunged into a legendary confrontation.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION: 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition
Street Date: February 19, 2008
Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved
Selection Number: 61032280
Price: $29.98 SRP
Running Time: 2 Hour 38 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layers
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

3-Disc Unrated Extended Edition
Street Date: February 19, 2008
Price: $34.98 SRP

Gangsters: The Ultimate Film Collection
Street Date: February 19, 2008
Price: $69.98 SRP

Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding,
Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, John Ortiz, John Hawkes,
RZA, Lymari Nadal, Yul Vasquez, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino, Joe
Morton, Common, Tip "T.I." Harris.
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Produced By: Brian Grazer
Written By: Steven Zaillian
Executive Producers: Nicholas Pileggi, Steven Zaillian, Branko Lustig,
Jim Whitaker, Michael Costigan
Director of Photography: Harris Savides
Editor: Pietro Scalia
Production Designer: Arthur Max
Costume Designer: Janty Yates
Co-Producer: Jonathan Filley
Music By: Marc Streitenfeld

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --

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Ridley Scott puts on his "sweeping saga" gameface again, this time not for the sci-fi vistas of Blade Runner or the ancient world of Gladiator but for an urban epic. American Gangster gives the story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a real-life Harlem crime lord who built an empire on Southeast Asian heroin in the 1970s. Running parallel to Lucas's somewhat standard story is the investigation led by a persistent New Jersey cop, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe). Roberts is a more interesting character than Lucas--too honest for his own good, unlucky in his personal life--and this kind of character, easily patronized by others, fits Crowe like a polyester shirt. Scott's tendency to hit his points square on the noggin is much in evidence here, including the typecasting of the supporting roles and the predictable Serpico atmosphere of the whole thing. (And speaking of supporting actors, the film needs more Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose role as a Lucas sidekick feels cut down.) It succeeds as a kind of chewy entertainment, fueled by the presence of two big stars working their muscles. Both Washington and Crowe look pretty brawny here. --Robert Horton

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