Black Dahlia

Black Dahlia

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Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Brian De Palma, Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart

     
 

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Director Brian De Palma returns to the helm for the first time since 2002's Femme Fatale with this stylish screen adaptation of James Ellroy's novel detailing one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Hollywood history. Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) was a strugglingSee more details below

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Overview

Director Brian De Palma returns to the helm for the first time since 2002's Femme Fatale with this stylish screen adaptation of James Ellroy's novel detailing one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Hollywood history. Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) was a struggling actress looking to make a name for herself in 1940s-era Tinseltown. Unfortunately for Elizabeth, it was her grim fate that would ultimately overshadow anything she would accomplish during her short and tragic career. When police discover Elizabeth's body cut clean in half and with all of her organs missing, ex-pugilist detectives Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) are the men charged with cracking the case and apprehending the killer. This isn't your average murder case, however, and as Blanchard's marriage to Kay (Scarlett Johansson) begins to suffer due to his obsession with the sensational crime, his partner Bleichert discovers a troubling link between the victim and the mysterious Madeleine Linscott (Hilary Swank), a prominent socialite and the daughter of one of the town's most connected key players.

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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:
12/26/2006
UPC:
0025192918025
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
1,620

Special Features

Reality and Fiction: The Story of The Black Dahlia - Sit down with best-selling novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) as he gives his in-depth perspective on the Black Dahlia crime; The Case File: Go behind the scenes to meet the filmmakers, actors and crew who brought an infamous legend to the screen; The De Palma Touch: See how acclaimed director Brian De Palma brings his unique and shocking visual style to the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hartnett Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert
Scarlett Johansson Kay Lake
Aaron Eckhart Lee Blanchard
Hilary Swank Madeleine Cathcart Linscott
Mia Kirshner Elizabeth 'Betty' Short
Mike Starr Russ Millard
Fiona Shaw Ramona Linscott
Patrick Fischler Ellis Loew
James Otis Dolph Bleichert
John Kavanagh Emmett Linscott
Troy Evans Chief T. Green
Anthony Russell Morrie Friedman
Pepe Serna Dos Santos
Angus MacInnes Captain John Tierney
Rachel Miner Martha Linscott
Victor McGuire Bill Koenig
Gregg Henry Pete Lukins
Jemima Rooper Lorna Mertz
Rose McGowan Sheryl Saddon
Daniel Ponce MP
Graham Norris Cop

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
John Thompson Executive Producer
Joseph Urbancszyk Camera Operator
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Black Dahlia [WS]
1. Fire and Ice (Main Titles) [8:17]
2. Ten Rounds [6:00]
3. Proposition B [5:30]
4. Trouble [9:23]
5. The Hottest Number [8:36]
6. Screen Test [6:24]
7. Searching for the Dahlia [9:12]
8. Social Graces [6:34]
9. Little Secret [5:28]
10. Now Showing [4:43]
11. Withholding Evidence [7:18]
12. Deal Gone Bad [3:47]
13. Last Remains [2:53]
14. Inside Out [3:45]
15. Remorse [3:10]
16. Underneath the Surface [6:07]
17. Location Scout [7:01]
18. Cruelest Joke of All [5:55]
19. Striking a Match [6:58]
20. End Titles [3:53]

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