Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia comes out on Blu-Ray this week, but I doubt that it's going the be the second chance the film deserves. Released in 2006, the film received generally unfavorable notices and audience response, but it has basically one major problem: it's not L.A. Confidential. That movie was written by Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland, based on the James Ellroy novel, and it remains a superb model of adaptation. It's an incredibly smart, literate script and a very good film; many talents contributed to its success. The Black Dahlia represents the vision of one man: Brian De Palma. It doesn't even have much to do with James Ellroy, really. Once you can get past this essential difference, one can go on to appreciate The Black Dahlia as something extraordinary.
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