American Hustle
American Hustle DVD
It takes a brilliant mind or two to create a great con and Academy Award nominee American Hustle is full of the right sorts of larger-than-life personalities. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper all star in the political corruption expose, bringing to life a con man, an FBI agent with bigger aspirations, a tough cookie paramour and a feisty housewife. How their lives intertwine will keep fans invested for the duration of the flick’s lengthy two+ hour run.

American Hustle starts with a love story. Here we meet Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), a schlubby man who has nonetheless caught the eye of Sydney Prosser, the type of beautiful that favors plunging necklines and as few clothing items as possible. The two soon begin a life of conning those who cross their paths. He’s as affable as she is charming, but things are complicated when FBI Agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) enters the picture. Additionally, Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Lawrence), also revels in adding a hiccup or two into any good con.

There’s plenty of drama when the storylines get tense, but David O. Russell has always been good at infusing comedy into convoluted plotlines and complicated characters. He’s also great at writing side characters, and this time around Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena and Jack Huston all infuse extra mirth into the flick. American Hustle may not work for everyone, but if you decide to go along for the ride, you’ll no doubt find a movie that is as exciting as it is tense, and as fun as it is messy.

Best Special Feature:
We’re taking a look at the DVD copy, so there’s nothing exciting to say about the picture. However, Blu-ray and DVD copies of the flick do come with the same extras, a "Making of American Hustle" segment and deleted and extended scenes. The "Making of" bit is actually pretty interesting. The first few minutes take a look at how Eric Warren Singer put together the story for the film and then David O. Russell picked it up and added more depth. It’s a pretty good watch if you like to hear from the actors and crew members involved with the film.

Other Bonus Features:
Deleted and Extended Scenes

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