L.A. Confidential: Two-Disc Special Edition 

5 stars
Russell Crowe

In 1997, the brutal big screen adaptation of James Ellroy's novel of police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles burst into theaters and established itself as one of the best films of the decade. Director Curtis Hanson (with a big assist from co-scripter Brian Helgeland) lays out the complicated story in a clear fashion, maintaining a gloriously upscale-tacky noirish atmosphere as he draws great performances out of a remarkable cast including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger. 136 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track featuring critic Andrew Sarris along with Ellroy, Crowe, Spacey, Pearce, Basinger, DeVito and many others, a music-only track, plus a whole disc full of featurettes along with the 2000 pilot for a proposed TV series based on the film. 

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