Rent King of New York (1990)

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1h 39min
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Synopsis:
After years inside, drug lord Frank White (Christopher Walken) is fresh out of jail and back on the streets of New York City. Seeing himself as half Scarface, half Robin Hood, Frank and his enforcers brutally take back control of the city, turf by turf - with starry dreams of using the millions to benefit the community and save a local hospital. Before Frank can fulfil his ruthless lust for power, though, he's got to get past the crooked cops determined to take him down, and the criminal competition that won't bend to his will.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , Carrie Nygren, , , , , , Michael Battin
Directors:
Producers:
Mary Kane, Augusto Caminito
Voiced By:
Anthony Redman
Writers:
Nicholas St. John
Studio:
Carlton Video
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Collections:
Top 10 Films By Year, Top Films of 1990: Vol. 1
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/10/2003
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/06/2012
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Abel Ferrara
  • Audio Commentary with Composer Joe Delia, Producer Mary Kane, Casting Director Randy Sabusawa and Editor Anthony Redman
  • Brand New Interview with Director Abel Ferrara
  • Interview with Producer Augusto Caminito
  • Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty: Documentary on Abel Ferrara from the French TV Show Cineastes de Notre Temps
  • A Short Film about the Long Career of Abel Ferrara: This Documentary looks at Abel Ferrara's career including interviews with his key collaborators
  • 2 Exclusive Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/11/2020
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by director Abel Ferrara
  • Audio commentary with composer Joe Delia, producer Mary Kane, casting director Randy Sabusawa and editor Anthony Redman
  • Interview with director Abel Ferrara
  • Interview with producer Augusto Cammito
  • Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty, a documentary on the director from the French TV show Cineastes de notre temps
  • A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara, a documentary looking back at the director's career, including interviews with his key collaborators
  • Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery

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Reviews (1) of King of New York

Classic pioneering crime drama - King of New York review by MB

Spoiler Alert
15/07/2022

King of New York was a film that was ahead of its time, that is now rightly regarded as a classic.

Featuring a stellar cast that includes great performances from Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes, David Caruso amongst others, the film of full of good performances from the supporting cast. Fishburne in particular plays a fantastic part as Jimmy Jump, the sidekick and assassin for Walken's Frank White character.

White is a powerful New York gangster with connections in high places, he is released from prison where he has spent a lot of his life. In the film he surrounds himself with gang members from the streets of New York. This was one of the first mainstream films, if I remember correctly, that featured hip hop culture (Boyz N The Hood came out a year later), there is a great soundtrack from pioneering rapper Schoolly D that features throughout the film, alongside that powerful and atmospheric score based on Vivaldi.

The film looks fantastic, great cinematography and lighting, with the scenes having a great atmosphere, something that Director Abel Ferrara talks about in the commentary (which is definitely worth listening to, there is also some great extras and interviews on the disc, which are worth watching), he also sings an acoustic version of Schoolly D's title track!

I watched this on Bluray and it looked great, the only criticism I have is that you need to check the audio settings and make sure you select the DTS-HD 2.0 version rather than the 5.1 version, first time I watched it I found the sound to be tinny and the dialogue hard to hear, but after changing it I was happy so its not a massive criticism.

An all time classic this one which ended up having a big influence on hip hop culture, Biggie Smalls even used to check in to hotels under the pseudonym Frank White, highly recommended.

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