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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson Blu-Ray

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/5/16

I watched most of this series when it aired, but it was great to get the DVD so I could catch up. It's a very good story, although a little bit over-the-top at times. As I said back then when I reviewed it, I'm not thrilled about the casting of Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J.  O.J. was much taller, and just bigger (he's a football player, a big guy), and he had a much deeper voice. Gooding does a very good job, but I think he's just completely miscast.   It's probably difficult to find someone that looks and sounds a lot like him, though.

I thought all of the other actors did great jobs, and it won a lot of Emmys. I've enjoyed the DVD, even though it only has a few extras. They are very lengthy features. One talks about the movie and how they made it, and about the real-life event. They do say a few hyperbolic things that are false, such as that the Internet was not around when O.J. went on the run (it was; but not that many people were on it yet).  Or someone said that it was the first reality show (it definitely wasn't) and that Kato Kaelin was the first celebrity who was famous for no reason (also not true. Ever heard of Zsa Zsa Gabor? Just to name one).  But otherwise, I enjoyed it.

The only other feature is an interactive timeline. Interesting idea, but not really my kind of thing. I would have liked to have seen more features. I look forward to the next American Crime Story on FX.

MORE INFORMATION:

NOMINATED FOR 22 EMMY® AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

THE GROUNDBREAKING TELEVISION EVENT “THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY
AND DVD SEPTEMBER 6

Includes an Exclusive Look at The Trial of the Century
 
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
A phenomenal cast, including John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown, lead this critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating O.J. Simpson murder trial. Told  from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time. Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this must-see TV event shows you the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before.  Nominated for 22 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, this groundbreaking television event is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, D.V. DeVincentis and Brad Falchuk.

Special Features

  • Past Imperfect: The Trial of the Century – Filmmakers, cast, crew and consultants share their reflections of The Trial of the Century in never-before-seen interviews, including author Jeffrey Toobin, whose book served as the original source material for the landmark series
  • Facts of the Case: An Interactive Timeline – Incredible interactive experience that will allow viewers to follow the series of events in the case paired with clips from the series

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Blu-ray
Street Date:                  September 6, 2016
Screen Format:            Widescreen 16:9
Audio:                           English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
Subtitles:                      English / French / Spanish
Total Film Run Time:    Approximately 498 minutes  
U.S. Rating:                 TV-MA
Closed Captioned:       Yes
 
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story DVD
Street Date:                   September 6, 2016
Screen Format:             Widescreen 16:9
Audio:                           English / Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:                       English / French / Spanish
Total Film Run Time:     Approximately 498 minutes  
U.S. Rating:                  TV-MA
Closed Captioned:        Yes


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