TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA REVIEWED
“To Live and Die in LA” was a film I knew about from a young age, but never tackled until college. Friedkin has always been hit and miss for me, so I’m glad that I didn’t see this at an earlier age. It would’ve been terribly easy to dismiss the Wang Chung score and the fast moving action as being Friedkin selling out. However, what Friedkin did was cultivate an amazing cast that tapped into the zeitgeist. Hell, I’d say they hit the zeitgeist harder than Miami Vice and its TV contemporaries.
While the alternate ending is well known by fans, it’s nice to have it included in the bonus materials. It shows how if Friedkin listened to MGM, he could’ve gutted the point of this film. Things can change at a moment’s notice and nobody is safe. Good guys, bad guys and the informants they use are all expendable in this world. Plus, I’ve never seen this film look better. The 4K restoration blows away my old MGM DVD. Pick it up.
- Deleted Scene
- Alternate Ending
- Still Gallery
- Radio Spot
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track