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With assistance from his brother, Joey (Joe Pesci), La Motta's fortunes rose until he lost the ability to tell the difference between the ring and real life. He battled his share of sluggers--Cis Corman cast actual boxers for the fight sequences--but his primary opponents were Vickie, Joey, and his own warped self-image. By the '50s, he was just another has-been hocking prized possessions and cracking jokes for money (paving the way for Scorsese's King of Comedy). De Niro famously bulked up for the role (a broadened nose and wiry hairstyle made the transformation complete), while Michael Chapman's dazzling cinematography--black and white with slow-motion sequences and flashes of color--remains a wonder to behold.
Two more commentaries allow the writers (plus La Motta) and cast and crew (including Chapman and musician/composer Robbie Robertson) to recount their contributions. Other extras include footage of La Motta in his prime; Moriarty's soft-spoken appearance on The Tonight Show; a four-parter on the production; and featurettes on Scorsese and De Niro, the reflections of fighters and filmmakers, and the critical reception. Naturally, there's some repetition here, but true fans need this Blu-ray in their collection. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Bobby D, performance is so frightening real, you could feel the sweat from Lamotta's body hitting your impulse like a wounded fist. Read morePublished 5 days ago by alie kamara
Slow, pessimistic movie. Stopped watching it after 15 minutes.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Raging Bull is a classic. The story, the acting, the filming are all works of art. Needs to be on everyone's must see list.Published 20 days ago by Ira Howard Slackman
Raging Bull has earned a spot on BoldList's Top 5 Greatest Films of the 1980s!
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