|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Beulah Quo, Darrell Zwerling, Denny Arnold, Richard Bakalya, Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd, Bruce Glover, John Hillerman, James Hong, Roy Jenson, Perry Lopez, Noble Willingham, Burt Young, Joe Mantell, Roy Roberts /|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 must-see movies, 100 Top Thrillers, American Film Institute's top 100|
|Run time:||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Oct 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Classic JackBy a customer from Stevenage, England , 21 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Jack Nicholson is in danger of being remembered as a snarling, gurning, eyebrow-wriggling loon, chewing up scenery and gloriously overacting his way through some otherwise forgettable films. Which would be a shame, as he is an incredibly talented actor, and in more types of roles than some might imagine. One of these roles is that of Jake Gittes in Chinatown, a dour and bleak detective story and probably Polanski's finest film. What seems to be a routine adultery investigation spirals into a wide-reaching conspiracy somehow connected to water supplies, which Gittes uncovers to his cost as his investigation continues. Evocative, brilliantly observed, and made with meticulous attention to detail, the film is a real slow-burner, with Nicholson as it's centre, doggedly searching for the truth as the intrigue deepens. The ending is also justifiably famous - whether you agree with Polanski or not, his downbeat and pessimistic ending certainly has resonance.
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Old ChinatownBy DiamondBob (9 reviews) from Weymouth , 14 Apr 2010Jack Nicholson at his real best no mucky sex just a good story where the bad guy wins - made a very nice change from today's usual stories. Don't be put off because it was made in 1974 and although it appears a little slow to start keep at it, we felt it was a good evening's entertainment.
brilliantBy a customer from Wales , 24 Mar 2010What's to say? This film is a classic, 'nuff said.
I Mustn't Be A Polanski FanBy a customer from Sheffield , 21 Mar 2010I have seen this film crop up on many all time best film lists but I was let down by this.
It is slow, I can appreciate that but I really cannot see what is good about it - only the locations and Jack Nicholson's acting as usual but as films go I just don't rate it.
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A genuine classicBy LGF (69 reviews) from Sandhurst , 19 Mar 2010A good old-fashioned thriller The acting is first class and the plot is gripping. A totally believable plot and thoroughly engrossing throughout. Most satisfying.
Forget it Jake, it's ChinatownBy Bassman71 (695 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 17 Mar 2010Private Investigator, woman hires him to catch her cheating husband, husband's real wife turns up, husband drowns, corruption, twists & turns.
Film noir with Jack Nicholson doing what he does best before he started grunting his way through films.
It has a great atmosphere with it set in 1930s Los Angeles & helped by good dialogue, music & locations.
Definitely an influence for later films with LA Confidential & Basic Instinct taking from this.