Once Upon a Time in America (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Despite what can seem like turgidness on first viewing, this film is likely to stick to your ribs and merit repeat screenings. DeNiro smolders throughout, while James Woods delivers a teriffic scenery-chewing performance. The story is friendship (and betrayal, of course)--or is it Romulus and Remus? Greek tragedy, perhaps? Godfather parts 1 and 2 rolled into one film? Yes, and more. And viewers familliar with Leone only through his spagetti westerns are in for a surprise: Leone is a world-class film-maker here, capable of stunning beauty and cruelty, often within the same frame.
Does it really need to be this slow? Does the flashback to childhood need to be almost and hour and a half long (don't worry--it's absorbing enough in its own right to keep you from noticing)? Does the the chronology need to be so screwy? Does that darn phone need to ring so long? Absolutely.
Fans of Woods, DeNiro, Leone, or gangster movies in general canot afford to pass this film up. The supporting cast, especially the young actors playing the gang members in thier childhood, is also consistently stellar. Best viewed on a cold wintry afternoon when you've got plenty of time. Opium not provided.
I remember when it first came out, I was mesmerized by it for three reasons. Firstly, when it was released there was possibly never a more violent film than this one, with the possible exception of Scarface. Thus, the action is first-rate. Secondly, the performances were all compelling. One performance that went overlooked, I think, was Tuesday Weld's volatile performance as the damaged and emotionally scarred girlfriend of the equally volatile Woods. DeNiro, of course, holds every scene he's in; there's a great sequence in the film involving crooked cop Danny Aiello and a sick practical joke played on him by the gangsters seeking to influence him; additionally, a young Jennifer Connelly gives a fine performance as the childhood sweetheart of one of the gang-members. Thirdly, the pacing of the film was deliberately extended in several sequences to allow for Ennio Morricone's haunting, melancholic, and most deeply felt musical score.Read more ›
Warner Brothers 2 disc set does have its drawbacks. First, the movie itself is spread over two discs and, there is no polite way to say it, the interruption is obtrusive. The break happens right in the middle of a crucial scene. Interruption aside, the DVD is marred by considerable film grain and a bit of digital grit that make most of the images digitally harsh instead of creamy smooth. Many scenes offer remarkable clarity and depth while others, mostly night time or dark scenes suffer from a loss of fine detail that disappears into a haze of undistinguished muddy blacks, browns and blues. Edge enhancement, pixelization, shimmering and aliasing are present throughout the transfer, sometimes distractingly so. The audio is remixed 5.1 and is strident and lacking in tonal bass.
Extras: Pretty much a retrospective and audio commentaries. Some toss away stuff. That's it, that's all!Read more ›
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One of the best movies of our time! Best gangster movie with the young boys looking just like their grown up counterparts! Recommend it to all!!Published 3 days ago by jacqueline mckibben
Pesci, Woods, De Niro in the same movie....
Outstanding movie from every aspect. By far the best representation of mob life and crime. And the sound track is simply amazing. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favourite American film (well, Breakfast at Tiffany's excepted) and this best possible restoration is beyond important. Read morePublished 8 days ago by david crothers
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Yup, it's on one disc.
However, Blu-Ray.com has announced that Serio's children have acquired the rights to the movie and there is talk of adding an additional 40 minutes to the already existing 229 minutes we know and love.
What I would love to see on this release (if it comes out at all) is... Read More
Mar 17, 2011 by Ivan Samuelson | See all 4 posts
|Once upon a Time in America getting an extended cut||
And its been said that it won't be shown in britain until spring 2013 at the earliest, since its still going through a restoration process. Rather slow... But it seems like it'll be here eventually. Likely 2014 for a blu-ray release. I highly doubt we will see it on video this year.
Feb 5, 2013 by Bryan Willis | See all 7 posts
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