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Mean Streets (Special Edition) (1973)

Robert DeNiro , Harvey Keitel , Martin Scorsese  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, David Carradine, Robert Carradine, Cesare Danova
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286RP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mean Streets (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer
  • Vintage featurette: "Back on the Block"

Editorial Reviews

Harvey Keitel plays Charlie, working his way up the ranks of a local mob. Amy Robinson is Teresa, the girlfriend his family deems unsuitable because of her epilepsy. And in the starmaking role that won Best Supporting Actor Awards from the New York and National Society of FIlm Critics, De Niro is Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler in big-time debt to loan sharks. This is a story Martin Scorsese lived, a semi-biographical tale of the first-generation sons and daughters of New York's Little Italy.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:by Martin Scorsese
Featurette:"Back on the Block"
Theatrical Trailer

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112 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most influential independent film December 2, 1999
By vladb
Format:VHS Tape
"Mean Streets," simply put, is the greatest independent film ever made. At the very least, it pioneered what modern audiences have come to associate with the best of indie cinema, and what, by the late '90s, has become so essential to our perception of so-called "hip" movies that the once daring and exhilarating techniques are now mostly used as frustrating cliches. The picture itself, made in 1973, is most famous for kick-starting three major careers. Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro later collaborated as a director/actor team on four more masterpieces: "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" "The King of Comedy" and "Goodfellas." Harvey Keitel, in the leading role, went on to play other memorable characters, like "Pulp Fiction"'s Mr. Wolf. Cast as Charlie , a small-time, young gangster in New York's Little Italy, Keitel struggles to make sense of his Catholic background and help his troubled friend (DeNiro) stay out of the powerful Mafia players' way. What seems to be a familiar scenario, used as far back as the classic Bogart/Cagney vehicles, gets an unusually complex treatment from Scorsese. A conventional, linear plot structure with big speeches and witty one-liners from main characters is abandoned for a grittier, naturalistic approach. The film consists of a series of telling episodes, related only through their participants. "Mean Streets" has much more in common with the works of Italian Neo-realism or French New Wave, rather than a typical gangster drama. Its unorthodox, original, yet unpretentious camera work gives the film an unprecedented vitality that young filmmakers have attempted to recreate for decades. Read more ›
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese's defining film is a must see. May 10, 1999
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If Mean Streets did nothing more than introduce Martin Scorsese, Robert de Niro and Harvey Keitel to the general filmgoing public (although not the first film for any of the three, it certainly was the first film to capture the attention of the critics and public), then it would still deserve to be considered one of the most important of all contemporary films. But the film is much more - it established the interwoven themes which Scorsese, perhaps the greatest living film-maker now that Stanley Kubrick has died, carries through virtually the entire spectrum of his work. See this film, and then watch Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas and see how a master director developed his craft. Even so, Mean Streets is arguably Scorsese's best film: because the style was so innovative, the rawness and violence of both the treatment of the subject matter and of the two lead performances perhaps had a greater impact than anything either the director or the actors have done since. De Niro's stunning performance as Johnny Boy takes on the proportions of a Greek tragic hero, moving steadily toward his violent and inevitable destiny. In one fell swoop he established himself as one of the greatest actors of his generation (and would go on with Scorsese to achieve his greatest triumph - Raging Bull). Keitel, a Scorsese regular from the latter's very first film (Who's That Knocking At My Door), has never been better.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Scorsese August 22, 2004
The first time I saw "Mean Streets" was on a double-bill with "Straw Dogs" at a repertory film house off the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Now I can't put my put my finger on it but I had seen "Raging Bull" shortly before this but that film did not have the visceral impact on me that "Mean Streets" did. Where do you begin with this film? The dynamic soundtrack, the neighborhood ambiance, the great editing and cinematography. Primarily this film has two great characters in Harvey Keitel's "Charlie" and Robert DeNiro's "Johnny-Boy". They couldn't be more polar opposites. Charlie is essentially a moral man who tries to make peace with the immoral world in which he inhabits. Johnny-Boy is a loose cannon, oblivious to the choices that he makes, whose world could blow up in his face and he wouldn't have a clue. Charlie is misguided by feeling that he has to make some sort of penance in reigning in Johnny-Boy. Charlie doesn't realize how impossible this task is in the world he inhabits where order and chaos co-exist and order is enforced at the point of a gun. Both Keitel and DeNiro make dynamic entrances in this film even though they had previously appeared in more obscure films. One note about the commentary track on this special edition. A gripe I've had about previous editions of Scorsese films is that they lacked a commentary track, however, maybe I should have kept my peace. His commentary doesn't seem to be specific to the action on the screen and he speaks a lot of film-school arcana. It's intermittently interesting but not greatly so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By R Kahn
First off, I should say that this film is most enjoyable to watch. You really get a sense of what NY streets are all about. There is no intricate story here, however,the charactor development is exceptional. The viewer gets to know Tony (David Provol), Harvey Keitel and Deniro's (Johnny Boy)charactors. There is an underlying message of loyalty and friendship in the midst of a daily life struggle to make a buck. Scamming some teenagers out of $20.00 seems to be a highlight to a full day of running numbers and collecting on debts. There is a simplicity in this lifestyle that illustrates the precise mind set that these charactors have. There are shots in this film that certainly layed the groundwork for Goodfellas and Taxi Driver. Scorcese went on to make Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore just to escape a stereotype image of making hard core films. Thank someone for Scorcese's urge to get back to what he does best. If Mean Streets was a training ground for making films that would become many peoples top 10 fav's than it must be a film making blueprint that should not go under rated. By the way, I did notice some distortion in some of the audio tracks; like Be my Baby the film opener. Otherwise, the transfer is excellent; better than you would expect. In the scene where Keitel and Amy Robinson are walking down the hall way, there is some film dropout that is noticeable. Scorcese went to great lengths to remaster this film and re-released in theaters two years ago for a limited run. As DVD viewers we get to benefit from those efforts. This is a DVD worth owning, no question about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick
May be a little dated by today's standards, but absolutely worth seeing for the performances. De Niro and Keitel at there best.
Published 5 days ago by Mike
2.0 out of 5 stars Laughable, Plotless, Overrated, Boring, and Pointless.
Viewed: 7/03, 3/14
Rate: 3

3/14: Mean Streets is a long, boring, pointless, and plotless mob movie. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Austin Somlo
2.0 out of 5 stars A plot would have been a nice addition to this movie.
My review title pretty much sums up my feelings on this movie. It takes almost two hours, for some reason, for the thin plot to unfold. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AllUpInYoGrill
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected
Being somewhat of a Mafia historian I had heard this movie was pretty good. I found it extreamly boring and only made it through about 30-40 minutes before shutting it off and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kt
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Families Unlimited!
Schemers belonging to or with connected and/or unconnected families of the Mafioso getting what's do them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce Grafford
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie start for Mr. Scorsese.
This was the start of a new film maker, Mr Scorsese, plus the start of the great career of some of the greatest film stars.Robert De Niro, and Harvey Keitel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Fitzgibbon
5.0 out of 5 stars the start of something . . .
It's hard to believe that "Mean Streets" is 40 years old and I'm seeing it for the first time. It still packs a punch, mainly because of the acting of Harvey Keitel, Robert de... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars when o when will this site man up?
This page is selling the blu ray but the first review is of ....a VHS tape!! Are you kidding me? From 1999!! And most of the current reviews are about content (duh... Read more
Published 2 months ago by isabelle a
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for New Yorkers / Amy Robinson
I remember the days of being a kid from Queens going to Chinatown to 'score' fire crackers and trying to dress like the Italian kids. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Henderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the Hype !
Dated, dull and boring !
Made it through about half of the whole movie.
Would rather watch Goodfellas backwards and in slow motion that suffer through this movie !
Published 2 months ago by Edward B. Carp
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