Casting aside, the mood of this film is dark and gloomy, to which the musical score matches perfectly, as it also is melancholy and dark. There is not much light in this film, and many night scenes set the tone perfectly. The theme of this film required this darkness, metaphorically speaking as well as physically. I liked the gloomy music, it fit the deserted streets of New York City night scenes very well. I especially loved these gorgeous New York City night shots because I have always loved Manhattan at night, it is magical. Any film filmed in New York at night and starring Mr. Walken is all right with me. As far as the story line goes, it flows smoothly, keeps you guessing and fully entertained for almost two hours. There were even a few very suspenseful moments in the film where I caught myself holding my breath in anticipation of what was to occur next, of who was going to get killed now. My favorite Walken line from this film has got to be, “I never killed anybody who didn’t deserve it.” Well said and so true. A very atmospheric film, filmed beautifully in a beautiful city. I would even go so far as to say that the city of New York is as crucial to this film as any cast member.
The Adventures of Schoolly D: Snowboarder – A Portrait of Schoolly D, the Father of Gangsta Rap, and the Inspiration behind King of New York. This segment is educational and cool, I really enjoyed it. There is a lot of rap music in this film, and it was thoughtful of the makers of the DVD set to include a piece on the inspiration behind the film, Schoolly D. An insightful portrait of the man who many see as the Father of Gangsta Rap.
A Schoolly D Music Video: Very cool feature, good to see his work up close.
Audio Commentary with director Abel Ferrara: Mr. Ferrara shares his stories about the film and its making with us in a mumbled, jumbled and expletive-filled commentary that, many like me, will find annoying and not fun. A boring commentary if I ever heard one.
Audio commentary with producer Mary Kane, editor Anthony Redman, composer Joe Delia and associate producer Randy Sabusawa: Better than the Ferrara commentary, without a doubt, but still not the most exciting feature here. Includes many little known facts about the film, and no swearing here unlike the previous commentary track.
Also, TV Spots and a cool theatrical trailer of the film.