DVD: Public Enemies, For retail & rental, (Universal)

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Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in Michael Mann's gangster biopic as John Dillinger, the infamous bank-robber, and Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent assigned to bring him to justice.

There are one or two exciting shoot-outs, but Public Enemies is ultimately unfocused and underwhelming. It's not quite a pulp thriller, and it's not quite a serious examination of the men and their era. It looks odd, too. Digital video cameras just don't mix with fedoras and tommy guns.

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