DVD Lord of War [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Special Edition] (DVD 54385),
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Lord of War [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Special Edition]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on actual events, this black comedy/drama stars Nicholas Cage as international arms smuggler Uri Orlov. The story follows Uri from his humble beginnings as a Soviet immigrant in 1970s Brooklyn and peaks with his involvement in selling off the stockpiled arsenal of post-Cold War Ukraine to--among other top clients--the sadistic African dictator Andr Baptiste, Sr. (Eamonn Walker). Jared Leto costars as Uri's little brother Vitaly, whose conscience and a burgeoning cocaine problem get in the way of business. Ethan Hawke is good as a sanctimonious Interpol agent with a vendetta against Uri, but the film's biggest dose of onscreen gravitas comes from Walker, whose Baptiste seethes with a heavy, serpent-like malevolence. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film makes fine use of the brisk stream-of-consciousness narration style that Martin Scorcese brought to the true crime genre with GOODFELLAS (1992), and a near constant flow of action and classic rock songs that ensure a speedy, riveting ride through three decades of global carnage. Cage, who coproduced, lets his patented oddball magnetism slowly change polarity, until viewers realize they've been led into a moral quagmire by falling for his self-delusory spiels about supply and demand, making this one of the bravest and most jet-black comedies of its decade.
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    • Rating - Strong violence, drug use, language and sexuality
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 18739

  • Credits
    Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Coppola, Nicolas Coppola, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm, Ian Holm Cuthbert, Sammy Rotibi, Eamonn Walker
  • Critic Reviews
    "Cage has excelled at playing gaunt-faced but sympathetic loners. He excels again here in a role that allows him to show his flair for deadpan comedy..."
    Sight and Sound

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