Blu-ray, DVD Release: Gangster Squad

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video


Gangster SquadSean Penn (Fair Game) is at war with Los Angeles in the R-rated crime movie Gangster Squad.

Set in 1949 Los Angeles, the drama film is based on true events. Penn plays Brooklyn-born Mob king Mickey Cohen, who rules the City of Angels, reaping his ill-gotten gains from drugs, guns, prostitutes and, if he has his way, every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it with the protection of his paid goons, as well as the police and politicians under his thumb.

But a small crew of LAPD outsiders are determined to bring down Cohen, led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin, Men in Black 3) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine).

Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Anthony Mackie (Man on a Ledge), Michael Pena (End of Watch), Nick Nolte (Warrior) and Robert Patrick (Safe House) are also in the cast.

Gangster Squad is based on the book by Paul Lieberman and directed by Ruben Fleischer (30 Minutes or Less), from a script by Will Beall (TV’s Castle).

Despite the movie’s string of A-name stars, critics weren’t too excited about Gangster Squad, giving it only 31% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers liked it better, giving the film 64%. The movie grossed $46 million in U.S. theaters.

Both the DVD and the Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack include the featurette “Tough Guys With Style” and digital copy and streaming via UltraViolet. But the Blu-ray also has these special features:

  • commentary with director Ruben Fleischer
  • “The Gangland Files”
  • “Rogues Gallery: Mickey Cohen”
  • deleted scenes.

Check out the trailer:

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About Sam Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.