BUGSY Ė You either like Warren Beatty or you donít. I can usually dig him in these type pictures like DICK TRACY and BONNIE AND CLYDE. I had never seen BUGSY and it ended up being a decent gangster flick. The hitch of this movie shows Benjamin Siegel and his romance with Virginia Hill (Anette Bening). Along the way, he takes Hollywood by storm, envisions Las Vegas out of nothing, and plans to assassinate Mussolini because he can. Thatís badass. The powerhouse performances by Beatty, Elliot Gould, Ben Kingsley, and Harvey Keitel are worth the trip.
SNATCH Ė Guy Ritchieís surprise hit is included here, for what purpose Iím not sure. The film is great in itís own right though and remains one of my favorites. Ritchieís signature editing and musical styles add to the handpicked ensemble cast; all of which revolve around a single diamond. This movie bleeds cool.
AMERICAN GANGSTER Ė Wonderful! I would say this extensive documentary on Americaís most intriguing gangsters is worth picking this set up for. SNATCHís own Dennis Farina narrates tales of Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Charlie Luciano, and more. Rarely seen photographs, newsreels, and footage are all put together with flare.
I was confused why SNATCH made it into this set, but even more confused why they took out a whole discís worth of special features. All thatís left besides the movie is a Branching version that muddled with the filmís already perfect pacing. Finally, Director & Producer Audio Commentary is available which is also decent with some interesting trivia thrown out by Vaughn and Ritchie.
Wrapping things up, this Mob Box comes with a slick booklet that outlines all four films, complete with cast and crew interviews, production photographs, Awards lists, and more. Shoot, you may even learn something about the history of gangster films.