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American Gangster, Casino and Eastern Promises Get Gangster on Blu-ray on October 14th

By Brian Gallagher — August 15th, 2008

A trio of gangster films can be enjoyed in 1080p this October. American Gangster, Casino and Eastern Promises will all come to Blu-Ray on October 14. We have no cover art for these releases as of yet, but each film will be priced at $20.98 SRP. All three films will be packaged together in a gangster pack as well, which will run for $89.98 SRP. Full details on the discs can be found below.

American Gangster

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (Oscar winner Denzel Washington), the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas outplays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars.

Richie Roberts (Oscar winner Russell Crowe) is an outcast cop close enough to the streets to feel a shift of control in the drug underworld. Roberts believes someone is climbing the rungs above the known Mafia families and starts to suspect that a black power player has come from nowhere to dominate the scene. Both Lucas and Roberts share a rigorous ethical code that sets them apart from their own colleagues, making them lone figures on opposite sides of the law. The destinies of these two men will become intertwined as they approach a confrontation where only one of them can come out on top.

Special Features

- BD-50 Dual Layer

- Theatrical (158mins) and Extended (177mins) Cuts

- 1080P Widescreen

- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

- French 5.1 DTS Surround (Theatrical Cut only)

- English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

- U-Control Picture in Picture (Unrated Cut)

- Commentary with Director Ridley Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian (Theatrical Cut)

- Deleted Scenes

- Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster

- Case Files

- Hip-Hop Infusion Featuring Common and T.I.

- The BET Special: The Making of American Gangster

- Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look

- "Do You Feel Me (Remix)" performed by Anthony Hamilton featuring Ghostface Killah

- "Blue Magic" from Jay-Z's Album American Gangster

- Theatrical Trailer

Casino

Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), the consummate bookie who could change the odds merely by placing a bet, has come up through the ranks of the Midwestern mob to be picked by the bosses to front their entree into Vegas. In charge of four casinos, he insures that the money keeps coming in and looks the other way as the skim flows out the back, while keeping a canny eye on the quick hands of every cheat, hustler and blackjack dealer in the place. Ace lives and breathes the odds. He eventually doubles the mob's take and finally changes the very rules of how the casinos are run. Now he is ruler and high priest of all he surveys in his magic kingdom.

But Ace can't control the odds when it comes to Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), the chip-hustling vamp who charms him and becomes his wife. His infatuation with this glamorous denizen of the gambling room floor turns to obsession as she rises with him to the upper crust of society, then turns to the bottle and pill box for consolation in her gilded cage. Though she has broken through an icy protective layer and found her way into Ace's heart, as the story progresses, his love for Ginger becomes tainted by neurotic impulses and insidious possessiveness. This behavior portends Ace's impending downfall as he falls victim to the sin of pride.

Special Features

- BD-50 Dual Layer

- 1080P Widescreen

- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

- Spanish 5.1 DTS Surround

- English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

- Feature Audio Commentary - Moments with Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone, Nicholas Pileggi and more

- U-Control Picture in Picture

- Deleted Scenes

- Vegas and the Mob

- History Alive: True Crime Authors: Casino With Nicholas Pileggi (The History Channel)

- My Scenes

Eastern Promises

The new thriller from director David Cronenberg reteams him with his A History of Violence leading man Viggo Mortensen. The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Mr. Mortensen), who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.

Special Features

- BD-25 Single Layer

- 1080P Widescreen

- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

- French and Spanish 5.1 DTS Surround

- English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

- Secrets and Stories

- Marked for Life

- Two Guys Walk into a Bath House

- Watts on Wheels