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Chicago – On paper, Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” looked like it would be a clear contender for end-of-the-year consideration but it has been largely forgotten, only a few months after its release. The cold, dense film didn’t register strongly enough with critics or audiences and it looks like it could disappear without much fanfare. What I think is more likely is that Mann’s dark, complex film will slowly get the recognition it deserves on the home market and it starts with this Blu-Ray release.
Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
“Public Enemies” is an examination of the intersection of the end of the era of the bank robber and the beginning of the legend of the G-men. The former is represented by one of the “public enemies” of the day, John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), and the latter by the man assigned to catch the elusive mastermind, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). Dillinger stole »
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It’s no secret that I think Michael Mann is the greatest director of all-time, dead or otherwise. One can throw all the Scorsese, Kurosawa, Ford, or Spielberg they want and I’ll still conclude that Mann is better than all of them. His style is unparalleled and has influenced my own approach to the way I make films. Maybe it’s how cool he makes everyone appear in his movies, or maybe it’s how no one does action better than him. Mr. Mann just has a touch to his films that really speaks to me. I’m awed by how well and how different he’ll shoot his material and how he builds his characters for the actors. While not every one his films has been masterworks (Ali and The Keep come to mind) he rarely misses. Public Enemies, I’m proud to say, falls into the latter category. »
- Philip Barrett
I ended my theatrical review of Public Enemies with the following line: I am leaving room for this one to grow on me or slowly settle down to the middle, but one thing's for certain, it had my wheels spinning and may likely end up an all-time classic of mine a few years down the line. This is the approach I try to take to all films whether I like them out of the box or not, but this one in particular felt like a film that was either going to slowly attach itself or just die away quietly. My expectations, as with other Mann films such as Heat and Thief (unfortunately not Miami Vice), were that this one would improve upon repeated viewings and after watching Universal's Blu-ray release it does just that. As a matter of fact I no longer have any doubts as to this film's quality »
- Brad Brevet
I root for Michael Mann even when he missteps, because he is one of America’s premier filmmakers, and one of the great visionaries of cinema. And, really, he’s only been building up steam. TV seemed to occupy him in the 80’s (even with three efforts, the best being Manhunter), but it wasn’t until 1995 that he really struck gold with Heat, and followed that up with The Insider. Both of which qualify as two of the best films of the 90’s. Since then it’s been a film every two or three years, and though none have been as great as those two, they run from the interesting to awesome. Public Enemies falls more into the interesting than awesome camp, but it is definitely solid, albeit familiar ground. My review after the jump.
Johnny Depp stars as John Dillinger, the bank-robbing, folk-hero of his era. A little bit Robin Hood-ish, »
- Andre Dellamorte
Black Friday is approaching, fellow readers. No, I'm not talking about some sort of economic free-fall or any apocalyptic event that we might see in 2012. I'm talking about the shopper's paradise/nightmare that is the day after Thanksgiving, where all the hot holiday items are paraded about with slashed prices galore. While this day does wonders for your pocketbook, it takes a toll on your sanity with malls full of shoppers packed in like sardines, scurrying to complete their lists. We all know how trying these times are, so we here at MovieWeb are trying to make it a little easier on our readers. No, we won't be selling Blu-ray players for under $100, but we are compiling a tidy little list of our own complete with our top DVD buys of the season. Below you'll find a comprehensive guide to all of the hot titles that will be on the shelves this season, »
Although it’s a small role, Channing Tatum plays the iconic criminal Pretty Boy Floyd in the historical drama 'Public Enemies', a movie that follows the true-life FBI hunt for 1930’s gangster John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp). The critically acclaimed crime saga will be available in two-disc Special Edition Blu-rayTM Hi-Def, two-disc Special Edition DVD, single disc DVD and digital download on December 8, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Both the two-disc Special Edition DVD and the Blu-rayTM Hi-Def versions include:
Last of the Legendary Outlaws— A look at the real John Dillinger and other notorious American gangsters including Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd. »
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Public Enemies is set for a DVD and Blu-ray release on December 8th. Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, the Depression era original gangsta’ film will be released on a single-disc edition, a two-disc Special Edition with a Digital Copy for road warriors and, yes, the HD version on Blu-ray.
The Br version also has a Digital Copy.
Check out the specs for the DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Universal studios:
- Larger Than Life: Adversaries
- Feature Commentary with Director Michael Mann
- Reel Loop News Staff
Michael Mann's Depression-era gangster tale can be relived on DVD and Blu-ray just in time for the holiday season. Public Enemies will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 8. The film will be released in a single-disc edition ($29.98 Srp) a two-disc Special Edition with Digital Copy ($34.98 Srp) and the Blu-ray, also with Digital Copy ($36.98 Srp). The film stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.
A film inspired by one of the country's most captivating and infamous outlaws - John Dillinger - and the FBI agent who pursued him. It's an escalating game of cat and mouse that culminates in an explosive, legendary showdown.
From award-winning director Michael Mann comes the film inspired by one of the country's most captivating and infamous outlaws - John Dillinger. Johnny Depp stars as the charismatic and elusive bank robber marked by the FBI as America's first "Public Enemy Number One." Academy »
Michael Mann's latest theatrical effort, Public Enemies starring Christian Bale and Johnny Depp, has been assigned a December 8 release date for Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The July 1, 2009 release about bank robber John Dillinger made nearly $200 million worldwide and will bring that success to Blu-ray with 2.4:1 1080p video, 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and D-box Motion Code support.
An extensive array of bonus features take advantage of Blu-ray technology including an iPhone app. The complete list is as follows:
U Control - Interactive Timeline U Control - Picture in Picture Larger than Life: Adversaries Michael Mann: Making Public Enemies Last of the Legendary Outlaws On Dillinger's Trail: The Real Locations Criminal Technology Gangster Movie Challenge Feature Commentary with Director Michael Mann Bd Live Gangster Movie Challenge My Chat My Movie Commentary My Scenes Sharing IPhone App Digital copy
Public Enemies on Blu-ray will »
9 items from 2009
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