New York, New York [Blu-ray]
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As a story, NEW YORK, NEW YORK draws from a number of oddly "Noir-ish" musicals made at Warner Bros. in the late 1940s. Most particularly, according to Scorsese's commentary, it drew from MY DREAM IS YOURS, a film that not only starred Doris Day but actually reflected her life in its tale of a talented big band "girl singer" trapped in an abusive marriage with a musician. Although the film force-fed the audience a happy ending, later films would not. In the mid-1950s, Doris Day's LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME and Judy Garland's A STAR IS BORN offered stories of a gifted female vocalists locked into disastrous romances that played out to a very distinctly unhappy ending, and NEW YORK, NEW YORK draws from them as well.
Scorsese not only repeats the basic stories and themes of these films, he also repeats the artificially heightened visual style typical of Hollywood films of the 1940s and 1950s--it is no accident that Liza Minnelli looks and sings remarkably like mother Judy Garland in this film--but he does so to an entirely unexpected end. The bravado performing style of such films is completely snatched away, and the characters are presented in an almost documentary-like realism.Read more ›
Even the non Special Edition of Boxcar Bertha from the Martin Scorsese Collection was presented in Widescreen , but alas New York, New York was only Letterboxed.
It only included the so called restored version of the film which is in reality only one of three versions released.
If any film is more deserving than The Abyss for a "watch it the way you want to" DVD release it's New York, New York.
The deleated / alternate scenes included did not represent the differences between the first and third versions of the film, nor do they include the scenes deleted from the first release to shorten the running time for the second run release.
The Laserdisc Special Edition release had more bonus material than was included on that DVD.
Guess we'll have to wait for the Ultimate Edition Boxed set for a truely special edition .
In the meantime this one will due.
Oct 2007: Pre - order pages are appearing for New York, New York: 30th Anniversary Edition, Reportedly 2 discs. Hopefully it's a vast improvement on the last one.
Details are starting to appear :
Mono - English, Spanish
Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
Subtitled - English, French, Spanish - Optional
Additional Release Material:
Disc 1: NEW YORK NEW YORK - Feature Presentation
Alternate Scenes - 1. Alternate Takes
2. Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentaries - 1. Martin Scorsese - Director
2. Carrie Rickey - Film Critic
Introduction - Martin Scorsese - Director
Trailers - 1. Theatrical Trailer
2. Teaser Trailer
3.Read more ›
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It's filmed fabulously, the music is wonderful, and the lead performers are both exceptionally talented, but there is one fatal flaws, and that is that the movie is largely a... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Michael Sikkila
The quality of this Blu-ray (image especially) is the poorest of all Blu-rays ever made...It is just an old VHS version of the movie on a deceiving Blu-ray presentation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ulises Flores
Haven't seen it in forever, so nice to see it again after all these years. As good as you would expect.Published 3 months ago by Thomas F
A real classic. Terrific couple Liza Minelli & Robert De NiroPublished 3 months ago by Cliente Amazon
MUSICAL LOVERS THIS IS A MUST SEE. MY HUSBAND AND I TRULY ENJOYED THIS SHOW. LIZA MINELLI AND ROBERT DE NIRO AT THEIR BEST.Published 6 months ago by Immy Ferrara
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