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Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)
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- Making-of documentary featuring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Martin Scorsese (1999, 70 min.)
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Top Customer Reviews
Many have universally praised Taxi Driver an American masterpiece.
In my humble opinion, it is Scorsese's crowning achievement.
I won't bother you a with a critical review of the narrative itself, the power of the performances, the lush cinematography not to mention the haunting soundtrack.
Lets get down to brass tacks with the Blu-ray experience:
The new 4K transfer and remastering ( under cinematographer Michael Chapmen and Scorsese's supervision ) looks fantastic. I can only hope for more studios to take their time when transferring vintage masterpieces. The clarity, color and detail even surpasses my last film-screening of this film at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome in the mid-90s. The soundtrack is presented in 5.1 DTS HD with wonderful results.
The special features are chock full of goodies, too numerous for me to list here fully:
I really enjoyed the "screen to script interactive", and also the "storyboard to film comparisons". Multiple documentaries are included in this single BR disc, including "Travis' New York " The changes of New York 1975 to Today" Multiple interviews and commentaries with both Scoreses and writer Paul Schrader + much more supplementary material.
The Picture Quality at 1080P was like peanut butter to jelly on my 52" LCD XBR, and switching the images to a 150" screen ( via Sony VPL-VW50 1080P projector ) was like adding a couple strips of crispy bacon to that peanut butter sandwich. If you are into HT and projection systems, this BR disc is made for you. Seeing New York City in the mid 70s presented in such detail and color was a visually arresting experience.Read more ›
- Travis is sitting in his apartment watching American Bandstand on TV. He is angered by the celebration of adolescent sexuality he sees and how "human" and accessible it is portrayed to be. In contrast, Travis is completely unable to conceptualize himself in this rite of passage, due to the self loathing image he has built up in his mind. Travis then sees an empty pair of shoes on the floor amidst the dancing couples, a stark metaphor for his inability to relate to the world he finds himself in.
- Travis, although seemingly articulate and confident about his emotional convictions in his journal entries, recognizes the impending disintegration of his mental state and decides to seek the advice of his colleague Wizard, in a last ditch effort to make sense of his feelings. Travis's somber desperation is evident in his discussion with Wizard and an attempt is made to address the situation.Read more ›
The second commentary is by the film's screenwriter Paul Schrader. He points out Travis' contradictory nature - he talks about purifying his body yet he also takes speed. There are several lulls during this commentary but he more than makes up for it with some excellent observations about the film and the nature of screenwriting.
"Original Screenplay" allows you to read the original shooting script and then go to the corresponding scene in the film.
The second disc starts off with "Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver." He talks about the genesis of the film and how hard it was to get a studio interested. Scorsese says that visually, everything is from Travis' point-of-view.
"Producing Taxi Driver" features Michael Phillips briefly discussing how he became a producer and how he got the script for Taxi Driver. When he saw Mean Streets, he knew that he wanted Scorsese to direct and Robert De Niro to star.
"God's Lonely Man" examines the theme of loneliness in the film and profiles Schrader, his background and it informed the script.
"Influence and Appreciation: Martin Scorsese Tribute" features fellow filmmakers Roger Corman and Oliver Stone along with actor Robert De Niro and others paying tribute to the man.
"Taxi Driver Stories" includes anecdotes told by actual New York cabbies who worked in the city during the `70s. Some of their stories are wilder than some that are in the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Movie kept cutting out and finally shut down with 10 minutes left which we never did seePublished 12 days ago by ward windrim
A classic movie blurring the lines between hero & villain in dirty old NY of the 1970's.Published 15 days ago by Rhino
Been hearing a lot about this movie in the office so I finally succumbed to the pressure and decided to give this one a peek! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Billy Hopkins
Robert DeNiro gives a tour de force of acting excellence in this movie. One of the best acting performances of all time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sony XL
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|HAS THIS BEEN REMASTERED????????||
Yes, there is a full review of the remastering job at DVD Talk with some nice screenshot comparisons.
Aug 16, 2007 by Magpie | See all 3 posts
No. Scorsese's commentary for Taxi Driver can be found on the Criterion Laser Disc.
Jan 25, 2008 by Taylor | See all 2 posts
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