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1) Several Scenes are missing on the DVD version eg, Richard Greicos' love scene when they go to meet Sam Rothestein. Basically on the UNCUT version on VHS he just takes one of the ladies at the party by the hand and they go off to a room together and he starts to seduce her by moving an ice pick gently all over her body while talking softly to her about how to kill somebody properly, after finishing telling her how to kill a man properly he slides off the top with the ice pick.
In this DVD version, his love scene is cut back dramatically, basically he takes off one side of her top with the ice pick, kisses her, then takes off the other side. no talking about how to kill a man properly. Whoever decided to cut the footage back, deserves to be shot. It just made the scene SOOO much more tasteless, almost made it look like D grade soft porn.
Another Scene missing from this is a beautiful scene where Charlie and his Dancer girlfriend are out on a picnic and they get caught in a rain storm
Another scene is where Charlie runs away from Farenzano at
Who knows what else is missing, these were just to name a few.
2) When it says BONUS on the DVD menu, I actually thought I was getting a BONUS!Read more ›
Since this is a movie about Depression / Prohibition era gangsters you would expect some violence, sex, and other immorality and the movie does provide them, but not in as extreme a way as more recent movies. I am not claiming this is a virtue or an excuse, just letting you know what is in this film.
The story takes us from the four gangsters as kids and seeing their lives in their ethnic neighborhoods and seeing their parents struggle under the heels of the Black Hand, corrupt politicians, and paid off police. Instead of deciding to fight against this and clean up the system, they decide to become a part of it and carve out their own niche on their path to money, power, and the carnal life. The movie ends with their finally achieving the top rung of the mobster career path as still relatively young men.
This is an ok movie and if you are into this sort of thing you might enjoy this. But I wouldn't go out of my way to see it again.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
Other movies have spotlighted some of the characters from this 'based on the stories of...' movie, including Bugsy, etc., but this movie ventures into the origins of some of the bigger figures in organized crime from the early 1900's. It is also, as noted in the comments clipped by Amazon above, an excuse to put 4 hot young actors (at the time the movie was made) into these roles.
The movie itself it is ok with the story interesting and entertaining, but the experience on HD DVD does not live up to the 'look and sound of perfect' that I would expect. The film is ok, but not great and there are times when the image is disturbed with some noise or dirt in the field of focus. Not horribly distracting, but there to be seen at times.
Sound levels weren't bad and didn't suffer from problems of getting too loud or too quiet throughout the feature (as some discs definitely frustrate me with).
Extras are basically non-existent on this release. Some biographical information on the real figures would have been great, some making of of the movie information could have been included, but instead there's nothing.
If you like the movie, this might not be a bad purchase, but it seems underwhelming to me.
I saw the potential for a very good or even a great movie, if it had been handled better. This movie was based off of the factual creation of American Cosa Nostra as we know and love it. The formation of the Five Families. The creation of the Commission. The rise to power of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel. If handled right, this could have been another Godfather.
But it wasn't. Miscasting, for one. And I mostly mean Christian Slater. He could not pull off the role, struggle as he might. Christian, could you have at least tried to do a Sicilian accent? Just a hint of one? No? Ok, how about convincing emotions? A bit of character? No?
When I started watching the movie, I was prepared for pain at the portrayal of Meyer Lansky by that kid who was in all of those late 80's-early 90's screwy romantic comedies. But I was actually pleasantly surprised. The kid was actually trying, and it showed. Christian--take notes!
Anyway, I'm watching this movie, as I said, and watching a good movie try to emerge from a mediocre one, and I was struck by two magic words that could have made this a movie to remember, especially considering the source material.
Those two words? Martin Scorsese.
'nuff said? The Martin Scorsese treatment + better casting = a movie for the ages.
Well, hopefully someday Hollywood will do this real-life mob story *right*. Until then, watch "Mobsters" with low expectations and you should be able to deal with it.
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This movie is a classic. I feel one of the best. Reminds me of the story once upon a time in America another great classic.Published 23 days ago by Christopher Boozer
Looks even better on Blu-ray and the audio and video are perfect. Sure glad they came out with it in this format.Published 3 months ago by Deputy
I love this movie and am so very happy i found it! Im very satisfied with my purchase...it was in great condition!Published 4 months ago by Mary Sauceda
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