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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino Star in the Suspenseful Thriller, "Righteous Kill"


“The two best actors alive at the top of their games, with a twist at the end that will blow you away. ****!” – Larry King, CNN’s Larry King Live

BURBANK, CA – Academy Award® winners and box-office superstars Robert De Niro (Oscar® winner for The Godfather – Part II and Raging Bull) and Al Pacino (Oscar® winner for Scent of a Woman) set the screen on fire in the incendiary suspense thriller Righteous Kill, which will get the new year off to an explosive start when it makes its eagerly anticipated DVD and Blu-ray debut on January 6, 2009 (pre-book: December 4, 2008). Righteous Kill is directed by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, 88 Minutes) from an original screenplay by Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man). SRP is $29.98 for the DVD and $39.98 for the exclusive Blu-ray.

With 14 Academy Award® nominations between them, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are among the most revered and celebrated actors of our time, yet Righteous Kill marks the first time that they’ve shared more than fleeting screen time. They previously appeared separately in The Godfather Part II, and more than twenty years later had one brief scene together in 1995’s Heat.

“This matchup is undeniably cool,” said Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News. “The Oscar® winners bring back the qualities that made them great.” “The real deal,” praised Jeffrey Lyons of Reel Talk. “The performances by De Niro and Pacino are solid, as you’d expect … You’ll walk away wishing these two parallel superstars made many more movies together over the years but it’s not too late. This is a taut thriller you’ll enjoy.”

Styna Chin of Film Threat awarded the film three and a half stars (out of four) and added: “I’d like to recognize Russell Gewirtz for a screenplay that boasts humor, an impressive plot twist, and for setting up plenty of room for De Niro and Pacino to get their grooves back in order.” “A gritty old school crime thriller,” said Prarie Millier of WBAI Radio. “Righteous Kill delivers the goods.”

Righteous Kill features a superb supporting cast that includes Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominee John Leguizamo (Summer of Sam, The Happening), Golden Globe® and Tony Award® winner and four-time Emmy® Award nominee Brian Dennehy (First Blood, Cocoon, F/X 1 and 2), Carla Gugino (Sin City, the Spy Kids trilogy), Donnie Wahlberg (Saw II-IV, HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and hip-hop phenomenon Curtis Jackson (Get Rich or Die Tryin’).

The Righteous Kill DVD will boast two bonus featurettes: The Investigation: An In-Depth Look at Righteous Kill and The Thin Blue Line: An Exploration of Cops & Criminals, audio commentary with producer/director Jon Avnet and the theatrical trailer. The Righteous Kill exclusive Blu-ray Edition is a 2-disc set that also includes a digital copy of the film and BD-Live features.

After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated Detectives David Fisk (Pacino) and Thomas Cowan (De Niro) should be ready for retirement, but aren’t. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. His mission is to do what the cops can’t do on their own—take the culprits off the streets for good. The similarities between the recent killings and their earlier case raise a nagging question: Did they put the wrong man behind bars?


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