Crime Story

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Abel Ferrara directed this pilot film to the short-lived, but well-regarded, television series Crime Story, which has been given a bare-bones presentation on DVD. Crime Story has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options or bonus materials included for this edition.
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DVD Brand New 6 Abel Ferrara (BAD LIEUTENANT) directed this feature-length TV pilot for producer Michael Mann (HEAT, MIAMI VICE). Set in 1963 Chicago, the story centers around ... a duel between tough cop Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) and slick, ambitious young mobster Ray Luca (Anthony John Denison). As the bullets fly and Luca's lawyer makes sure nothing sticks to his client, Torello descends into a moral abyss, using any dirty tricks he can to bring about the justice that the system doesn't seem to care about. He also grows insanely jealous of his neglected wife (Darlanne Fluegel) and begins to question his own integrity. The stellar cast features David Caruso, a family friend of Torello's working for Luca; Ted Levine; and a young Julia Roberts. The score is by rocker Todd Rundgren. Realistic performances, rich attention to period detail (including lots of classic rhythm and blues blaring from jukeboxes), beautiful photography, and intense action sequences make CRIME STORY a fine addition to the credits o Read more Show Less

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Abel Ferrara directed this pilot film to the short-lived, but well-regarded, television series Crime Story, which has been given a bare-bones presentation on DVD. Crime Story has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options or bonus materials included for this edition.
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
People expect different things from a cop show today than they did in 1986. Today, we ask that our cops be, in some way, like us: viewers seek, and find, evidence of themselves in detectives like NYPD Blue's Andy Sipowicz. Michael Mann, the executive producer behind Miami Vice, perhaps the definitive cop show of the 1980's, specialized in cops who were broader and flashier and cooler, not to mention better dressed, than the people watching them. Crime Story, Mann's confidently wrought, highly stylized period follow-up to Vice, brought Vice's bold visuals and stylized approach to characterization to the mean streets of Chicago, circa 1963 with a style rarely seen before or since on network TV. Crime Story was a critical success, but not a commercial one, lasting only two seasons on NBC, from 1986-1988. The pilot, reissued by Anchor Bay, reminds us why the show a cult favorite: For starters, it is the first mainstream work by the mercurial Abel Ferrara Bad Lieutenant, Body Snatchers, a director who varies between fierce brilliance and woozy pretension, often in the same film. Here he's somewhat restrained and in great form, coaxing a tough, authentic performance from former Chicago cop Dennis Farina as Mike Torrello, top cop in Chicago's Major Crime Unit, and a memorably intense turn from Anthony Denison as Torrello's nemesis, the impeccably pompadoured thug Ray Luca. Ferrara and photographer James Contner also provide some strikingly exciting visuals, notably in a climactic shootout in the women's section of a department store. That stylistic confidence makes Crime Story a remarkable anomaly among the cop show also-rans that fill network schedules, then and now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • UPC: 013131124590
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

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0. Chapter Selections
1. Program start/Runaway [1:59]
2. The Stand-Off [3:24]
3. Road Race [5:14]
4. Main Titles [2:36]
5. Long Cool Woman [2:43]
6. O'Donnell [1:42]
7. Luca [3:04]
8. M.C.U. [3:12]
9. Hitting The Streets [6:48]
10. Bad News [7:21]
11. Abrams [4:31]
12. Bullet In The Head [6:12]
13. Crossing The Line [6:51]
14. Laying Down The Law [5:47]
15. A Friendly Warning [5:42]
16. Love On The Rocks [4:31]
17. Goin' For A Ride [4:20]
18. Last Rites [4:21]
19. Torello At War [4:01]
20. The Heist [4:58]
21. "Where's Luca?" [3:00]
22. A Future In Management [2:28]
23. End Credits [1:02]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cars, music, action - with both flash and substance

    This crime drama not only recreates a style, but has substance as well. Beneath the 1963 vintage cars, music and interiors is a character-driven story that concerns itself with the personal themes of justice and revenge. The show's 44 episodes can be summarized in this brilliant pilot film that introduces us to the trigger-happy police lieutenant Mike Torello, who sees himself as the guardian angel of Chicago. His nemesis is a stylish gangster-on-the-rise, Ray Luca. There is also a cast of secondary characters that includes some of the most memorable villains ever portrayed on television. The pilot contains two superb action scenes: a car chase and a department store holdup, and also the start of a powerful theme, when Torello vows to avenge the murders of two friends. His determination to bring down Ray Luca and his organization confuses justice and revenge - a theme that is carried throughout the series up to its final (and controversial) episode. Yet, Lt. Torello, as played by Dennis Farina, is a complete character, unlike the ''action heroes'' of so many crime dramas. We see his sense of humor, his tensions with his wife, and he even weeps following the death of one of his officers. John Dennison's portrayal of Luca is equally substantive: his calculating mind, his interest in things like chess and modern jazz, and his stoic indifference to death (even his own!) And, of course, there's a good sampling of humor. Upon arriving at a murder scene, Torello looks at the corpses and remarks ''This looks like a Jackson Pollack.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CRIME CLASSIC

    Every now and then, TV gets it right...CRIME STORY was such a moment. This was a misplaced masterwork...it belonged on the big screen, week after week like the classic serials of old. It may have just started a revival of that golden age. Michael Mann's genius beams across each frame and Dennis Farina earned his stardom playing Lt. Michael Torello, Chicago Police MCU. Made me miss the great Lee Marvin's work in M-SQUAD (1957-62).

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