Limited extras. While I am a huge fan of Clint Eastwood as a director, this was not his best work, too restrained, too dry. But it has good performances by Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as Hoover's longtime associate Clyde Tolson.
The official word: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. Discover the man behind the secrets when “J. Edgar,” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download February 21 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, “J. Edgar” explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.
Oscar® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed the film from a screenplay by Oscar® winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”). Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (“Inception,” “The Aviator”) stars in the title role. ”J. Edgar” also stars Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts (“21 Grams”) as
Helen Gandy, Hoover’s longtime secretary; Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Hoover’s protégé Clyde Tolson; Josh Lucas (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) as the legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, whose son’s kidnapping changes the public profile of the F.B.I.; and Oscar® winner Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) as Hoover’s over-protective mother, Annie Hoover.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD include an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, which allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.
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During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.
Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets—particularly those of others—and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable.
He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover’s designs, remained loyal to the end... and beyond. Only Hoover’s mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval.
“J. Edgar” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the film, for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98.
On February 21, “J. Edgar” can be purchased for permanent download or rented on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
Blu-ray Combo Pack:
· J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man in the World
· J. Edgar- A Complicated Man
Warner Bros. is taking Digital Copy to a whole new level. UltraViolet Digital Copy includes a Standard Definition Digital Copy of the theatrical version of the film. Restrictions apply. See packaging for details.
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
Single disc Amaray (WS) $28.98
Standard Street Date: February 21, 2012
DVD Languages: English, Parisian French
BD Languages: English, Parisian French
DVD Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
Running Time: 137 minutes
Rating: R for brief strong language