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WSR Detailed DVD Review
King Of New York

Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 87 (Aug 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Larry Fishburne, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Janet Julian, Joey Chin, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Calderon & Steve Buscemi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc special edition includes trailers and a 47-minute featurette on The Long Career Of Abel Ferrara and the making of King Of New York. There are also two audio commentary tracks (found under the set-up menu): one with director Abel Ferrara and the other with producers Mary Kane and Randy Sabusawa, editor Anthony Redman, and composer Joe Delia. Disc Two adds the fullscreen version of the movie, a Schoolly D music video, a 42-minute Adventures Of Schoolly D: Snowboarder featurette (which is annoyingly edited), and TV spots.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 14208
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/20/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Abel Ferrara
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
King Of New York is an ambitious and visionary crime film in which Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, a drug kingpin recently freed from prison with plans to take on the Big Apple. Leading a gang of African American drug dealers (including Larry Fishburne), with the cops declaring war on him, White decides to use some of his ill-gotten wealth to support a hospital for the poor. But as White

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits slightly dated characteristics, with an ever-so-soft appearance. Still, textures and details can be quite satisfying. Much of the picture is dark, but viewing this DVD in a completely blackened environment is optimal for the pleasing shadow delineation. Color fidelity can be richly saturated with warm hues or cool with stylized blue overtones. Fleshtones are naturally balanced, and blacks are deep and solid. There is some minor smearing noticed, and occasional pixel breakup, but edge enhancement is rarely a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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