Jeri Jacquin

Coming to 4K Ultra HD, Bluray and Digital from director David O. Russell and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment comes a look back to the AMERICAN HUSTLE.

Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a complete con man who takes life one hustle at a time. He falls for Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who helps bring the hustle a few steps up the ladder and classier.

That is until they get caught by Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) who is a hustler of another kind. As an FBI agent Richie wants to get all the bad guys from politicians to the mafia and he’s going to use Irving and Sydney to do it.

Beginning with Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), Irving begins to lead Richie further and further into it all. The plan is to have a Shiek Abdullah (Michael Pena) invest in New Jersey to bring industry and jobs. But there is a problem, Irving’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), a woman whose mouth and attitude have no filter.

Now Irving, Sydney and Richie are spinning like crazy to keep the hustle under control before they all fall down!

Bale as Rosenfeld is interesting to watch – not for acting reasons but because of his character’s mannerisms and dress. That in itself is enough to jaw drop because the transformation is pretty wild. That being said his performance didn’t blow me away and I’ll sum up why after I’ve finished here.

Adams as Sydney gets a chance to be gritty in her low cut nicely done British accent. Between babysitting Irving and charming Richie she had more than her fair share of man problems. There was no doubt who was the brains of the operation – it’s just too bad she was dealing with those two guys!

Cooper as Richie is pretty much a twitchy-perm-wearing-living-with-his-Mom-wanna-be-FBI-big-shot. Yea, he’s still cute but not so cute as to kind of bore me a time or two. I know, I know maybe I had seat-lag or something.

Renner gets to play a nice guy family man politician who isn’t above trying to make his hometown a better place or is he a nice guy family man politician who isn’t above taking a bribe masked as a make is hometown a better place – I don’t know.

Lawrence as Rosalyn is annoying, but that’s the point. She’s married to a criminal and as long as that criminal keeps her happy it’s all-good. My problem here is that the commercials make her role out to be so big when it’s only her presence that’s so big!

Other cast include: Jack Huston as Pete Musane, Shea Whigham as Carl Elway, Alessandro Nivola as Anthony Amado, Elisabeth Rohm as Dolly Polito and Louis C.K. as Stoddard Thorsen with a nice cameo that I’m keeping to myself.

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Bonus Materials include presented on 4K Ultra HD Disc Presented in 4K Resolution with Dolby Vision, Featuring English Dolby Atmos + 5.1 Audio, HDP and Atmos approved by Director David O. Russell and Theatrical Trailer.

On Bluray Disc the Special Features include Feature Presented in High Definition, English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio, Eleven Deleted and Extended Scenes and The Making of AMERICAN HUSTLE.

The music was awesome, the costuming brilliant and parts of the story interesting to be sure. I felt like I was watching a twisted GOOD FELLAS and an equally twisted version of THE STING. The costumes are absolutely stunning and that could be because I remember a few of the outfits Adams wore. It was a cool time with cool clothes and music that kept us all going in that era.

The cinematography just brings back that time in America from cars to the streets and everything in between. This 4K Ultra HD features include nearly 15 minutes of new deleted and extended scenes. It is also available in a limited edition Steelbook. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of AMERICAN HUSTLE!

In the end – everyone hustles to survive!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.