Black Dahlia & Hollywoodland

The Black Dahlia & Hollywoodland

Director: Allen Coulter, Brian De Palma

Cast: Adrien Brody, Josh Hartnett


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Brian De Palma’s masterful adaptation of James Ellroy’s superb crime novel is, like most of the director’s stylish thrillers, densely plotted and richly textured. Its jumping-off point is the real-life 1947 Los Angeles murder and gruesome disfigurement of aspiring actress and suspected prostitute Elizabeth Short (hauntingly played here by Mia Kirshner). Assigned to the case are ambitious detectives Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), the LAPD’s current fair-haired boys. Each brings his own emotional baggage to the investigation, which takes them from the lowest levels of Tinsel Town’s underworld to the upper reaches of L.A.’s high society. In the best film noir tradition, nothing is what it seems and no one can be fully trusted. Black Dahlia boasts two female leads, both playing characters of questionable virtue: Scarlett Johansson is Kay Lake, Lee’s ex-hooker girlfriend, and Hilary Swank is Madeleine Linscott, a wealthy debutante whose sexual tastes run to the outré. De Palma deftly juggles numerous subplots, each of which he skillfully ties in to the Dahlia case. As is customary with this director’s films, Black Dahlia contains several bravura sequences of violence, each precisely choreographed and staged. Though it may not rank as high in the De Palma pantheon as, say, The Untouchables and Scarface, Black Dahlia remains riveting entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Black Dahlia
   Bonus Features
      Reality and Fiction: The Story of The Black Dahlia
      The Case File
      The De Palma Touch Presented by Volkswagen
      Spoken Language: English 5.1
      Spoken Language: Español 2.0
      Spoken Language: Français 5.1
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Hollywood Land
   Bonus Features
      Re-Creating Old Hollywood
      Behind the Headlines
      Hollywood Then & Now
      Feature Commentary With Director Allen Coulter: On
      Feature Commentary With Director Allen Coulter: Off
      Deleted Scenes
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Feature Commentary With Director Allen Coulter
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off

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