Blu-ray Release: American Buffalo

Blu-ray Release Date: May 12, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar), Dennis Franz (Blow Out), and Sean Nelson (Stake Land) star in the 1996 film version of David Mamet’s acclaimed 1975 play American Buffalo, which makes is Blu-ray debut via Twilight Time.

Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz in American Buffalo.

Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz in American Buffalo.

The R-rated drama concerns three inner-city losers and their long-repressed feelings of bitterness and betrayal explode when they plot the robbery of a valuable coin from a seedy second-hand junk shop.

A stylized parody of classic gangster films reveals some profound truths about “free enterprise” even as it gives us a look at three resonant sad-sacks born into the “land of opportunity.”

Filmed on location in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the movie was directed by Michael Corrente (Outside Providence) and features a score by Thomas Newman.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.