To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: William Friedkin
Starring: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout! Select
Federal agent Richard Chance (Petersen) has a score to settle, and he’s through playing by the rules. Whether that means blackmailing a beautiful parolee, disobeying direct orders or hurtling the wrong way down a crowded freeway, he vows to take down a murderous counterfeiter (Dafoe) by any means necessary. But as the stakes grow higher, will chance’s obsession with vengeance ultimately destroy him?
From the same director most us horror fans will know about due to The Exorcist, William Friedkin, To Live and Die in L.A. is a very stylish, well-acted, and often times violent take on a hot shot cop who decides it’s time to bring down the bad guy by any means necessary once his partner is killed. That leaves the door open for conflict from his new partner and a whole heck of a lot of action. We see guns fired, chases, and some very gnarly car scenes that only ensure that this is a movie without a dull moment. While most people might know actor William Petersen for his time on CSI or even Manhunter, this might be the movie that got him all those roles. He isn’t the only great actor here as we also have the movie’s bad guy being played by the very eccentric Willem Dafoe who is just great in every scene he is in here in the movie. To be honest, you won’t find a bad performance in this one which might be one reason why the end results of the film are such a good one. This isn’t a by the book cop or “buddy cop” movie. This one is very far from it and makes for one of the most interesting and unpredictable films of its genre that I have had the pleasure of seeing.
From the music to the L.A. setting, this is a movie that just clicks. It is also one that when the credits role seems to leave some folks with more than a few questions. I think we can all thank William Friedkin for this, as the man knows how to do things with just the right touch to ensure that nobody wants to stop talking about his films long after someone has seen them. Sure, you will think of The Exorcist or The French Connection first when you think of him but I like to think people who see this movie might start having this one come to mind a bit once his name pops up. The movie comes to us here on Shout’s Shout Select Line and it looks great and comes with some new extras as well as some old ones carried over from other editions of the film. Everything might be in question or counterfeit in the film, but rest a sure this is one solid and true release for a great film that you all need to have in your collections.
– NEW 4K Scan Of The Negative Supervised And Approved By William Friedkin
– NEW Taking A Chance – An Interview With William Petersen
– NEW Wrong Way: The Stunts Of To Live And Die In L.A. – An Interview With Stunt Coordinator Buddy Joe Hooker
– NEW So In Phase: Scoring To Live And Die In L.A. – An Interview With The Band Wang Chung (Jack Hues And Nick Feldman)
– NEW Renaissance Woman In L.A. – An Interview With Actress Debra Feuer
– NEW Doctor For A Day – An Interview With Actor Dwier Brown
– Audio Commentary With Director William Friedkin
– Deleted Scene And Alternate Ending
– Counterfeit World: The Making Of To Live And Die In L.A.
– Still Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer
– Radio Spot
Quality of Transfer: 94%