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Raging Bull (A Martin Scorsese Picture) (1980)

Robert De Niro , Joe Pesci , Martin Scorsese  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler
  • Format: Black & White, Color
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301978900
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raging indeed-revised for Blu-ray edition February 23, 2005
Revised for Blu-ray release:The two disc 30th Anniversary release combo on Blu-ray looks extremely good but is flawed--there's a noticeable translucent strip in the corner of the image that is slightly brighter than the rest of the image. It's a bit distracting at first but once you get into the film, you'll find it less noticeable. This flaw was also visible in the DVD edition of the film. The transfer is very good but not flawless.

There are some new special features for this edition including: "Marty & Bobby" featuring director and actor interviewed about how they ended up working on the film together (DeNiro brought the project to Scorsese). "Raging Bull-Reflections of a Classic" features four directors Neil LeBute, Richard Kelly and Kimberly Pierce discussing the influence and impact of the film. "Remembering Jake" allows us to listen in as the Veteran Boxer's Association of New York do their monthly get together and discuss Jake LaMotta. "Marty on Film" allows Scorsese to discuss his career as a director. All of the new material presented on this disc is in HD.

We get the previous special features carried over from the previous DVD edition. The set also includes a DVD with no special features included as well. The packaging is problematic--the Blu-ray packging is about as flimsy as it comes with the "green" packaging that isn't solid with plastic "bands" supporting the disc. The only problem is that if something pokes the packaging it'll rip the paper (and in my case it also caused the Blu-ray to be badly scratched. It also means that it's MORE likely to get knocked loose inside the packaging because it doesn't hold the disc as securely.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A mood masterpiece from director Martin Scorsese, Raging Bull is the authority on boxing films as well as cinematic biographies. The life and times of Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) are as troubled and bumpy as that of any great figure. A furious man from the backstreets of the Bronx, La Motta rises from the ravages of poverty to become one of the most unbeatable contenders in boxing history. Set amid the backdrop of the 1940's and 50's, this film is the modern pinnacle of the always-arresting theme of Rise and Fall. A man who had everything he wanted, La Motta was forever haunted by personal demons that were expressed through forceful paranoia and the obsessive need for reassurance. Driven by anger rather than passion, he was able to defeat any opponent with sheer grit and thirst for blood. Among his Achilles heels were his young wife, Vikki, whom he met when she was only fifteen. Moving at a steady and always involving beat, La Motta is shown taking more beatings, winning more titles and self-destructing. As through a looking glass, there is always a feeling of not knowing what this fighting man will do next. And in the great tradition of Scorsese's Italian American fables, this film forges a somber and exciting attitude all the way through. Intensifying the film's dismal and violent beauty is the soundtrack, which mainly consists of the Intermezzo, from Cavalleria Rusticana, an Italian opera by Pietro Mascagni. This choice of scores not only furthers the feel of darkness, but it immediately foreshadows La Motta's downfall, while at the same time bestowing Italian artistry on the picture. Always worried that his wife is cheating on him, and thinking that his counterparts are working against him, Jake La Motta ventures beyond the point of no return. Read more ›
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bull on blu is a knock-out! February 26, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a blu-ray for film lovers. The film grain has been reproduced beautifully. There is some minor ringing on a few high contrast edges, but other than that nit-pick, this looks just like watching it at the movie theater, but with a pristine print. Looks just as Scorcese intended in gorgeous black and white. One of the greatest films has been given a great restoration and now looks its very best on blu-ray!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock yourself out with Raging Bull December 6, 1999
By Kris
Format:VHS Tape
This is Scorsese's finest moment. A poetic work that mixes the deeply personal story of a boxer with unbelievable directorial style. The movie's fighting scene's are something to behold. We get almost a dance sequence of poetic movements and violence. There is also a religious underplay in the movie (Scorsese is a devote catholic) which is shown through the final boxing bout, where DeNiro is 'crucified' on the ropes. Aside from the black and white photography and expert use of the camera, the movie's real focus is not boxing, but masculinity. LaMotta feels somewhat inadequate sexuallly and as a man. He has to constantly prove that he can fight and be a 'contender.' He is violent and a bad husband because he is constantly beating himself up. He struggles with the notion that his girl finds another boxer attractive. His response is mauling him in the boxing ring so that he is not a 'pretty boy' anymore. Another conflict exists between LaMotta and his brother, who is played brilliantly by Joe Pesci. La Motta suspects and eventually accuses him of sleeping with his wife. By the end of the movie he is a pathetic performer. A man who is now paid to provide cheap laughs. A man who was never knocked down by one of the greatest boxers in history. He is alone and decreped. Overweight and driven to a life of sleazery by his own paranoia and narcoticism. Scorsese is showing us that it is LaMotta, and not other people, who keeps fighting himself. This movie is a touching and brutal look at a fighter. It is a hallmark movie in terms of its style and film work, but more improtantly it shows us the tragic fate of a man not being able to come to terms with his own worth and manhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
De Nero!
Published 6 days ago by karynlee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Sports Film
This is the best sports film ever made precisely because sports are ultimately incidental to its story.
Published 7 days ago by Anyong
5.0 out of 5 stars Because it's the greatest movie of all time
I have a few copies of this. Because it's the greatest movie of all time. The bluray looks incredible.
Published 8 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Life Story
Published 10 days ago by Sean Morrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film. Weak Ending.
Loved it until the very end. I know it's a classic and all, but the ending was weak and could have really been a chance to put a coda on LaMotta's life, rather than just end it... Read more
Published 19 days ago by M. Nuisance
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As listed.
Published 24 days ago by Cpl. Utterback
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie, excellent streaming
Published 29 days ago by juampi
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Robert DeNiro is at his best in this story of Jake LaMotta. I watched the fights with my dad when I was very young, so it was very interesting to see what the man was really like.
Published 29 days ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci deliver first rate acting performances in this must see classic film. The story line really keeps your interest.
Published 1 month ago by ole_nodak
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Classic Scorcese. De Niro incredible in his Oscar winning performance. Black and white cinematography captures the feel of the 1940's and 50's.
Published 1 month ago by baileyleonard
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