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King of New York - Blu-ray Preview

The King of New York

Preview by Jack Foley

ARROW Films is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated deluxe Blu-ray, DVD & Steelbook editions of Abel Ferrara’s cult gangster classic King Of New York, will be released in the UK on Monday June 25, 2012.

Taking influence from the hard-edged crime capers of the 1930’s, King Of New York stars Christopher Walken in electric form as the snake-like mob boss Frank White.

Originally released in September 1990, on the same day as Goodfellas,King Of New York is widely regarded as one of the most stylish and visually stunning movies of the decade.

Ferrara perfectly captures New York’s gritty underbelly. The near non-stop action showcases the vast contrasts of a city after the sun goes down; from the luxury Penthouses and restaurants of Manhattan, to crack dens, apartment blocks, and the rattling carriages of the New York subway.

King Of New York features one of cinema’s legendary car chases, as White and an accomplice attempt to out-run undercover cops in the torrential rain.

Critically acclaimed upon release, King Of New York helped to launch the careers of some of today’s most recognisable faces, alongside Christopher Walken star David Caruso (CSI: Miami’s Horatio Cane), Wesley Snipes (Blade), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, TV’s CSI) and Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Boardwalk Empire).

The film features an incredible cutting edge hip-hop soundtrack by Schoolly D.


Christopher Walken is out of prison and back on the dirty streets of New York as convicted drug kingpin Frank White.

White returns to his old patch, vowing to use his influence and criminal enterprise for charitable means, but finds his city in a state of disarray. During his time on the inside, parasites have moved in to capture his business, and they do not share in his Robin Hood spirit.

White soon has his men back, and they are violently taking out the competition, stealing their stashes and turning a healthy profit, putting it towards building a new South Bronx hospital.

But you can’t make an omelette without breaking some heads… As the street killings rise and the corrupt cops close in, White’s crazed mix of criminal psychosis and heartfelt charity threatens to tear apart everything he’s fought so hard to build…

Complete with amazing special features, Arrow Films have once again breathed new life into one of cinema’s classic cult masterpieces. The DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Edition Steelbook editions of King of New York include a reversible sleeve with original artwork and newly commissioned artwork cover; a collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Brad Stevens, author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision, audio commentary with director Abel Ferrara; audio commentary with composer Joe Delia, producer Mary Kane, casting director Randy Sabusawa and editor Anthony Redman; a new interview with director Abel Ferrara and 3 original trailers.

Win King of New York steel books

To celebrate the release of Christopher Walken classic King of New York on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, June 25, 2012, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 steel book editions. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Which two CSI stars appear in King of New York?

Simply send the answer to King of New York competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Certificate: 18
Running time: 103mins
UK Blu-ray and DVD Release: June 25, 2012