Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: American Hustle

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: March 18, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

American HustleMuch awarded comedy-drama movie American Hustle features an A-list cast and some really bad hair.

Christian Bale (The Fighter) stars as Irving Rosenfeld, a con man who, along with his seductive partner (Amy Adams, Trouble With the Curve), are forced to work for unscrupulous FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper, Limitless).

Richie’s got his sights on taking down a politician (Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy) and pulling in the mafia boss (Robert De Niro, Everybody’s Fine) for an even bigger score. As Irving and his partner work their hustle, they also have to contend with Irving’s crazy wife (Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who could just ruin the whole thing.

American Hustle won top Golden Globe awards — Best Actress for Comedy or Musical for Adams, Best Supporting Actress for Lawrence and Best Motion Picture for Comedy of Musical — and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film also was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bale, Best Actress for Adams, Best Supporting Actor for Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Lawrence and Best Original Screenplay for Eric Warren Singer (The International) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook).

Russell also directed the R-rated crime movie, which also stars Michael Peña (End of Watch), Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie) and Shea Whigham (TV’s Boardwalk Empire).

American Hustle grossed $133.5 million in theaters and received huge acclaim from critics, 93% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers weren’t as excited, giving it only 79%. You be the judge on DVD and Blu-ray.

The discs contain only two special features:

  • a making-of featurette
  • deleted and extended scenes
  • and digital copy via UltraViolet.


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About S. 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.