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Mean Streets [Blu-ray] (2012)

Robert De Niro , Harvey Keitel , Martin Scorsese  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NQSQT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mean Streets [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A hard-hitting classic of streetwise realism: Martin Scorsese's searing study of a young hood and his friends in New York's Little Italy, starring Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. Year: 1973 Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and David Proval.

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112 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most influential independent film December 2, 1999
By vladb
Format:VHS Tape
"Mean Streets," simply put, is the greatest independent film ever made. At the very least, it pioneered what modern audiences have come to associate with the best of indie cinema, and what, by the late '90s, has become so essential to our perception of so-called "hip" movies that the once daring and exhilarating techniques are now mostly used as frustrating cliches. The picture itself, made in 1973, is most famous for kick-starting three major careers. Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro later collaborated as a director/actor team on four more masterpieces: "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" "The King of Comedy" and "Goodfellas." Harvey Keitel, in the leading role, went on to play other memorable characters, like "Pulp Fiction"'s Mr. Wolf. Cast as Charlie , a small-time, young gangster in New York's Little Italy, Keitel struggles to make sense of his Catholic background and help his troubled friend (DeNiro) stay out of the powerful Mafia players' way. What seems to be a familiar scenario, used as far back as the classic Bogart/Cagney vehicles, gets an unusually complex treatment from Scorsese. A conventional, linear plot structure with big speeches and witty one-liners from main characters is abandoned for a grittier, naturalistic approach. The film consists of a series of telling episodes, related only through their participants. "Mean Streets" has much more in common with the works of Italian Neo-realism or French New Wave, rather than a typical gangster drama. Its unorthodox, original, yet unpretentious camera work gives the film an unprecedented vitality that young filmmakers have attempted to recreate for decades. Read more ›
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese's defining film is a must see. May 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
If Mean Streets did nothing more than introduce Martin Scorsese, Robert de Niro and Harvey Keitel to the general filmgoing public (although not the first film for any of the three, it certainly was the first film to capture the attention of the critics and public), then it would still deserve to be considered one of the most important of all contemporary films. But the film is much more - it established the interwoven themes which Scorsese, perhaps the greatest living film-maker now that Stanley Kubrick has died, carries through virtually the entire spectrum of his work. See this film, and then watch Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas and see how a master director developed his craft. Even so, Mean Streets is arguably Scorsese's best film: because the style was so innovative, the rawness and violence of both the treatment of the subject matter and of the two lead performances perhaps had a greater impact than anything either the director or the actors have done since. De Niro's stunning performance as Johnny Boy takes on the proportions of a Greek tragic hero, moving steadily toward his violent and inevitable destiny. In one fell swoop he established himself as one of the greatest actors of his generation (and would go on with Scorsese to achieve his greatest triumph - Raging Bull). Keitel, a Scorsese regular from the latter's very first film (Who's That Knocking At My Door), has never been better.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Scorsese August 22, 2004
Format:DVD
The first time I saw "Mean Streets" was on a double-bill with "Straw Dogs" at a repertory film house off the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Now I can't put my put my finger on it but I had seen "Raging Bull" shortly before this but that film did not have the visceral impact on me that "Mean Streets" did. Where do you begin with this film? The dynamic soundtrack, the neighborhood ambiance, the great editing and cinematography. Primarily this film has two great characters in Harvey Keitel's "Charlie" and Robert DeNiro's "Johnny-Boy". They couldn't be more polar opposites. Charlie is essentially a moral man who tries to make peace with the immoral world in which he inhabits. Johnny-Boy is a loose cannon, oblivious to the choices that he makes, whose world could blow up in his face and he wouldn't have a clue. Charlie is misguided by feeling that he has to make some sort of penance in reigning in Johnny-Boy. Charlie doesn't realize how impossible this task is in the world he inhabits where order and chaos co-exist and order is enforced at the point of a gun. Both Keitel and DeNiro make dynamic entrances in this film even though they had previously appeared in more obscure films. One note about the commentary track on this special edition. A gripe I've had about previous editions of Scorsese films is that they lacked a commentary track, however, maybe I should have kept my peace. His commentary doesn't seem to be specific to the action on the screen and he speaks a lot of film-school arcana. It's intermittently interesting but not greatly so.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Movies Of The 1970s July 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I am a longtime fan of both Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro. Scorsese's "Mean Streets" is one of my alltime favorite crime movies.
Charlie(Harvey Keitel) is an up-and-coming hood in New York City's Little Italy. Charlie wants to save his half-wit best friend, Johnny Boy(Robert DeNiro), who is in deep debt to a loan shark. The ultimate result is tragedy.
Scorsese's "Mean Streets" is one of the greatest movies of the 1970s. "Mean Streets" was the first collaboration between DeNiro and Scorsese and also the film that brought both of them to national prominence. The story primarily focuses on Keitel's character, so I don't understand why DeNiro received top billing. The great performances by DeNiro and Keitel gave a hint to the stardom that would later be achieved by these two performers. Robert DeNiro may be the very last of the great movie actors. He is the ONLY present day actor who comes close to matching Marlon Brando for sheer talent and charisma. DeNiro completely immerses himself into the role of Johnny Boy. Scorsese also weaves strong themes of religion and redemption into his film. All of Scorsese's films are marked by intense realism. The low budget-"Mean Streets" has a strong grittiness that is sorely lacking in even Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" masterpieces.
I have already seen this movie six times and can stand to see it several times more. Well-recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very early Martin Scorsese, Robert Deniro, and Joe ...
Very early Martin Scorsese,
Robert Deniro, and Joe Pesci, lots of violence and brooklynese dialect ...A must for any film collector ...
Published 2 days ago by frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item
Published 4 days ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
Martin S.'s best movie by a million miles.

DeNiro vs Leo? HA!
Published 11 days ago by cassiusclaysugarray
5.0 out of 5 stars De Niro, Keitel, and Scorcese early in their careers
De Niro, Keitel, and Scorcese early in their careers........nothing else needs to be said except "a must watch".
Published 1 month ago by James Cruz
2.0 out of 5 stars great movie, do not rent!
Renting movies on amazon is a joke. When you purchase it, the website tells you that your rental will be available for a month. But when you watch it once, it disappears. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cait
5.0 out of 5 stars deniro magnificent
the dvd arrived early and in great shape! mean streets is a very good flik and robert deniro was terrific as 'johnny boy'!
Published 2 months ago by wayne milne
1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzzzzzz....
I think that this should rank as one of the most boring films ever made. If you are a Corrie or Eastenders fan you will probably love it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick
May be a little dated by today's standards, but absolutely worth seeing for the performances. De Niro and Keitel at there best.
Published 3 months ago by Mike
2.0 out of 5 stars Laughable, Plotless, Overrated, Boring, and Pointless.
Viewed: 7/03, 3/14
Rate: 3

3/14: Mean Streets is a long, boring, pointless, and plotless mob movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Austin Somlo
2.0 out of 5 stars A plot would have been a nice addition to this movie.
My review title pretty much sums up my feelings on this movie. It takes almost two hours, for some reason, for the thin plot to unfold. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
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