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Bugsy (Unrated Extended Cut) (1991)

Warren Beatty , Annette Bening , Barry Levinson  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Dean Jennings, James Toback
  • Producers: Warren Beatty, Barry Levinson, Charles Newirth, Mark Johnson
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TH20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bugsy (Unrated Extended Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Extended cut wih 15 minutes added back into the film
  • Documentary:  "The Road to Damascus: The Reinvention of Bugsy Siegel"
  • Filmographies
  • Video Montage: Bugsy Siegel's "Screen Test"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Digitally re-mastered picture and sound

Editorial Reviews

Bugsy represents an almost miraculous combination of director, writer, and star on a project that represents a career highlight for everyone involved. It's one of the best American gangster movies ever made--as good in its own way as any of the Godfather films--and it's impossible to imagine anyone better than Beatty in the movie's flashy title role. As notorious mobster and Las Vegas visionary "Bugsy" Siegel, Beatty is perfectly cast as a man whose dreams are greater than his ability to realize them--or at least, greater than his ability to stay alive while making those dreams come true. With a glamorous Hollywood mistress (Annette Bening) who shares Bugsy's dream while pursuing her own upwardly mobile agenda, Bugsy seems oblivious to threats when he begins to spend too much of the mob's money on the creation of the Flamingo casino. Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley) and Mickey Cohen (Harvey Keitel) will support Bugsy's wild ambition to a point, after which all bets are off, and Bugsy's life hangs in the balance. From the obvious chemistry of Beatty and Bening (who met and later married off-screen) to the sumptuous reproduction of 1940s Hollywood, every detail in this movie feels impeccably right. Beatty is simply mesmerizing as the man who invented Las Vegas but never saw it thrive, moving from infectious idealism to brutal violence in the blink of an eye. Director Barry Levinson is also in peak form here, guiding the stylish story with a subtle balance of admiration and horror; we can catch Bugsy's Vegas fever and root for the gangster's success, but we know he'll get what he deserves. We might wish that Bugsy had lived to see his dream turn into a booming oasis, but the movie doesn't suggest that we should shed any tears. --Jeff Shannon

Bugsy: Extended Cut special features

Anyone who's heard how intense (or perhaps the word is "torturous") it can be to make a film with Warren Beatty will be captivated by the behind-the-scenes extras on the Bugsy: Extended Cut DVD. The highlight is the chat among screenwriter James Toback, director Barry Levinson, and star and co-producer Beatty on how the project and the final film came to be. Tellingly, Beatty is sitting quite apart from the other two, though they're in a semi-circular banquette at Perino's in Los Angeles.

The conversation starts out slowly, with Toback, a genial blowhard, talking about losing the original script, but it picks up steam when the topic turns to the casting of the excellent actors in the film, including Sir Ben Kingsley and Elliott Gould, who also participate. And of course the most interesting off-screen component of the project--Beatty meeting his future wife, costar Annette Bening--is given a fun spotlight in the film. Levinson remembers that after meeting Bening for the first time, Beatty called him enthusiastically saying, "She's great, I love her, I'm going to marry her" ("you know, just a throwaway line," Levinson says, laughing), and Toback and Levinson and Bening herself talk about the signs the two were slowly falling in love. It's as dishy as anything you're likely to see about the notoriously private Beatty, and well worth the investment.

Other extras include several deleted scenes that are now included in the film (and unlike many other "extended cut" releases, actually enhance the depth of the story). One is a harrowing scene in which Bugsy contemplates, and nearly commits, suicide, via Russian roulette. Another is an amusing screen test that Siegal takes, thinking his roguish charm will translate to the big screen. Though it takes Beatty's considerable talents to make that happen, the earnestness of Siegal's outsider character is touching in glimpses like this. --A.T. Hurley

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Product Description

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening star in the incredible true story of Benjamin Bugsy Siegel, the playboy gangster who betrayed the Mob for love. A cold-blooded killer who dreamed of Hollywood stardom, a crazed patriot who plotted against Mussolini, and the brilliant visionary who carved Las Vegas out of the dry Nevada desert, Bugsy had it all. Until he fell for the one woman who wanted more. A critical masterpiece, BUGSY is a remarkable collaboration of Hollywood's best: director Barry Levinson, screenwriter James Toback, and an all-star supporting cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Oscar®-winner Ben Kingsley (Best Actor, Gandhi,1982), Joe Mantegna, and Elliott Gould. But at the center of itall is the white-hot romance between Bugsy and the insatiable starlet, Virginia Hill.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake Eyes May 5, 2005
Bugsy Siegel: mobster lunatic visionary, poet, prophet, a mercurial monster and marketing supergenius, a living contradiction, a man known to fly into a wild rage if a stranger called him "Bugsy" to his face, who simultaneously encouraged his Nom De Guerre among his friends, his enemies, and his publicists.

Bugsy Siegel, who revelled in his gangster image, even had screen-tests shot of himself with a Tommy-gun looking hard and "blazing" away at the screen---this hardboiled felon worked slavishly at English diction to erase traces of his Brooklyn brogue.

A suave wildman and visionary who made water---and money---flow in the middle of the desert, and even volunteered his services to put a bullet through Mussolini's heart. '

Now: to crawl over the crater-pocked landscape of cinematic exposition here would be a bore and a waste, compared to the embarrassment of riches that is Barry Levinson's masterpiece "Bugsy", a flick that will go down with "Scarface", "The Godfather", "Goodfellas", and "Heat" as one of the greatest gangster classics of all time. This is a gorgeous, sumptuous, lush, seductive movie. Watch it.

You're in competent hands here, Gangster.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gangster movie with style October 16, 2000
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The story about Bugsy Siegel is well documented in this motion picture, although not historically accurate in details, but it doesn't matter as the character and the story of Bugsy comes across very well. The notorious gangster who is credited with bringing high-class gaming to Las Vegas, is played by Warren Beatty. We think it's Beatty's best role so far ... he really plays very good, and so does Annette Bening as Virginia Hill. Siegel was a dreamer, a visionary and a ladies' man no doubt. The movie is inspiring about pursuing your vision, but it is also a warning against wrong affiliations. The set and styling (cars, clothes, etc.) are just great and they look absolutely authentic. The script is also very well written, the cinematogrpahy is excellent, and the soundtrack fits perfectly, and it's certainly one of the best gangster movies ever made.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cinematic masterpiece! It's what movies should be. November 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The sets, costumes, cars, clothes, hairstyles, and music were perfectly chosen to take you back to Los Angeles in the 40's. Nuff said.
The dialogue was absolutely brilliant and Ms. Benning's performance is reminiscent of the glamour, style, and crassness that i'm sure was characteristic of many of the Hollywood actresses of the day. I remember thinking when I saw her... Now that's a movie star! And her delivery of many of the classic one liners was fabulous. Unfortunately I couldn't repeat the vulgarity online but it was classic.
Barry Levinson's direction is as always fabulous. His use of camera angles, lighting, depth of field, setup, and overlays was perfect. The scene where Ms Benning first comes over to Bugsy's house was beyond perfectly shot. I would also highly recommend Avalon and Mr Levinson's television work Homicide for quality viewing.
Warren Beatty's performance as Bugsy Siegel was masterful. It's hard to imagine that someone as complex as apparently Bugsy was could be personified so flawlessly. Bugsy was a man of many passions. How one man could be so brutal yet compassionate, stylish yet crude, brilliant but foolish, selfish yet concerned is amazing. And Beatty brings all those elements to his portrayal of Bugsy. An incredibly complex individual.
Just check it out. You won't be disappointed. One of my 10 favorite films of all time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Characters, Brilliant Performances! March 19, 2000
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A power-house performance by Warren Beatty is the pilar to this character-driven gangster epic. The story and characters are fascinating and great production values turn it into eye candy. Warren Beatty gives one of the best performances of his career as 'Bugsy' Siegel, he makes him a multi-layered complex character that changes from a nice guy to an absolutely ruthless person with such ease that we wonder if it's the same actor. Annette Bening is also great in support and the real-life chemistry between them (they married off-screen) also helps. An outstanding supporting cast includes Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna and Elliot Gould. Attentive direction by Barry Levinson and a nice script keep you entertained as the movie flows. Great acting and entertaining. From a scale of 1-10 I give this film an 8!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for 'Bugsy' Fans December 27, 2006
'Bugsy' was one of my favorite films in 1991, mainly because of the sharp as a tack writing of James Toback and the smooth direction of Barry Levinson.

This new two-disc DVD set is a must-have for any fan of this film. The picture quality is vastly improved and more vibrant than the previous single-disc edition. It's a beautiful transfer. In my opinion, the movie is even stronger with the restored footage. There is one particularly chilling and powerful interaction between Beatty and Bening (**spoiler alert** - look for the suicide attempt) that probably should never have hit the cutting room floor. Such great acting.

There is also a very uniquely styled documentary on Disc Two. Screenwriter James Toback, Director Barry Levinson and star Beatty sit at a restaurant and discuss their memories of the process. Film critic Richard Schickel (of TIME magazine), Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley and Elliott Gould also share their thoughts. It is all extremely compelling.

This is the version of 'Bugsy' to own if you're going to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best gangster films ever made.
I can't believe I didn't get this one sooner, this is a very good film about Las Vegas founder Ben "Bugsy" Seigel who had a vision of Vegas but never lived to see his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Pettinato
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as an online movie
This is a great movie and def one of my top 20 to see.
The acting, score and costumes are perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Pait
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Hollywood and the mod
Loved the music, and compared to every other mob movie, not too dopey-violent, nor sex-drenched. Tells a true story very well without too many frills. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Don Cobblerone
5.0 out of 5 stars Bugys
I have watched the actual history of this man, & having said that it's a shame his name isn't erected about the founder of Las Vegas as the man who had a dream about the casino in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ted OMary
5.0 out of 5 stars << Dont call him Bugsy! >>
Great film from the 90's, directed by barry levinson(rain man, diner and sleepers). Great true story and great cast, warren beatty, harvey keitel and ben kingsley just to name a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matt Gunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Las Vegas
It is a true classic about the birth of Las Vagas. The greatest part was a view into the design of the autos of that era.
Published 4 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of my favorite movies
was like seeing a old friend again watching this movie is a treat warren is perfect in this role what a awesome actor
Published 8 months ago by ron jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at best..
The movie, frankly, is ridiculous. Siegal is protrayed as a slightly comical misunderstood romantic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by I. Luv Sushi
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
I love the way Bugsy loves Virginia Hill or better known as the Flamingo.Great movie.
Great love story!I recommend to all
Published 8 months ago by jennifer dana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Annette Bening looks and acts great as the tough guy, take no bull actress. Beatty underplays to perfection the lunatic rage that lurks under the surface of his character, Ben... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ron Chase
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