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Product: American History X
Company: New Line Home Video
Review By: Alex Harris

Aspect Ratio Regional Information DVD Disc Details
1.85 : 1

1 : USA
Closed Captioning: CC
Master format: Film
Sides: 1 (SS-RSDL)
Chapter stops: 36
Average bitrate: 7.5


Sound: English English


2.0 Surround



There are not many movies that I have seen that have dealt with the idea of White Supremacy. This is the first one that I have seen that has had such strong visual images, and has gotten the point across without the use of to many words. This movie show how a man's white supremacist actions have a knock on affect on the rest of his family. There are strong performances from Derek (Edward Norton) and Danny (Edward Furlong). After Derek has been put in prison for 3 years for the manslaughter of two black men while they tried to steal his car. Derek changes his views of White Supremacy after he has seen Neo Nazi's at prison have dealings with "Indians" in prison. When he segregates himself from the rest of them they turn on him and he finds the only ones that save him from being killed in prison are the "black brothers" that are in there. When he gets out he finds that Danny is going down the same road that Derek did 3 years before. There is a strong performance from Avary Brooks (Captain Sisko from Star Trek:Deep Space 9) as the Head Teacher who tries to help Danny understand that his view is very narrow minded by having Danny rewrite his report he handed in to about how his brother got to where he is.

How It Grades
Picture Quality: A
Sound: A-
Special Features: B-
Movie Overall: A+
DVD Overall: B+

Even though this DVD doesn't have many extras (only a trailer and a couple of Deleted Scenes) this power of the movie more than makes up for this. With the deleted scenes, even though not that good and looking slightly out of place, they do explain some of the queries that come up with the film. Although there is a lot of swearing and this film does have a 18 rating (UK), this is still a very good film for mature audiences. This film is a must for any collection of DVD's you might have.

Release Date Out Now
Special Features Three deleted scenes
Cast Biographies
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