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Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition) (1976)

Robert De Niro , Jodie Foster , Martin Scorsese  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Paul Schrader
  • Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips, Phillip M. Goldfarb
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • 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: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767830555
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taxi Driver (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of documentary featuring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Martin Scorsese (1999, 70 min.)
  • Interactive screenplay with access to the film
  • Liner notes
  • Photo montage/portrait gallery, storyboard sequence & advertising materials

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Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I just knew I had to make this film," Scorsese would later say), combined with a perfectly timed post-Watergate expression of personal, political, and societal anxiety. Robert De Niro, as the tortured, ex-Marine cab driver Travis Bickle, made movie history with his chilling performance as one of the most memorably intense and vividly realized characters ever committed to film. Bickle is a self-appointed vigilante who views his urban beat as an intolerable cesspool of blighted humanity. He plays guardian angel for a young prostitute (Jodie Foster), but not without violently devastating consequences. This masterpiece, which is not for all tastes, is sure to horrify some viewers, but few could deny the film's lasting power and importance. --Jeff Shannon

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Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I jus

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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As we all know, a film's critical review is a subjective journey.
Many have universally praised Taxi Driver an American masterpiece.
In my humble opinion, it is Scorsese's crowning achievement.
I won't bother you a with a critical review of the narrative itself, the power of the performances, the lush cinematography not to mention the haunting soundtrack.

Lets get down to brass tacks with the Blu-ray experience:

The new 4K transfer and remastering ( under cinematographer Michael Chapmen and Scorsese's supervision ) looks fantastic. I can only hope for more studios to take their time when transferring vintage masterpieces. The clarity, color and detail even surpasses my last film-screening of this film at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome in the mid-90s. The soundtrack is presented in 5.1 DTS HD with wonderful results.

The special features are chock full of goodies, too numerous for me to list here fully:
I really enjoyed the "screen to script interactive", and also the "storyboard to film comparisons". Multiple documentaries are included in this single BR disc, including "Travis' New York " The changes of New York 1975 to Today" Multiple interviews and commentaries with both Scoreses and writer Paul Schrader + much more supplementary material.

The Picture Quality at 1080P was like peanut butter to jelly on my 52" LCD XBR, and switching the images to a 150" screen ( via Sony VPL-VW50 1080P projector ) was like adding a couple strips of crispy bacon to that peanut butter sandwich. If you are into HT and projection systems, this BR disc is made for you. Seeing New York City in the mid 70s presented in such detail and color was a visually arresting experience.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master character study October 23, 2002
Format:DVD
The importance of Taxi Driver cannot be overstated. More than a well made film, the movie is a genuine character study of the highest achievement. The absurdity of the decade in which the film was made lends an incredible amount of reinforcement to the presentation. The "conspicuous consumption" lifestyle of the 1970's makes the cheapness of human life depicted in the film (prostitution, exploitation, violence) seem all the more engaging. A few of the more important, albeit subtle scenes that I feel make the character study so realized include the following (I would ask that any viewer of the film pay close attention to these scenes and try to interpret the subtle importance of them as they relate to the character):
- Travis is sitting in his apartment watching American Bandstand on TV. He is angered by the celebration of adolescent sexuality he sees and how "human" and accessible it is portrayed to be. In contrast, Travis is completely unable to conceptualize himself in this rite of passage, due to the self loathing image he has built up in his mind. Travis then sees an empty pair of shoes on the floor amidst the dancing couples, a stark metaphor for his inability to relate to the world he finds himself in.
- Travis, although seemingly articulate and confident about his emotional convictions in his journal entries, recognizes the impending disintegration of his mental state and decides to seek the advice of his colleague Wizard, in a last ditch effort to make sense of his feelings. Travis's somber desperation is evident in his discussion with Wizard and an attempt is made to address the situation.
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291 of 359 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The case for delirium March 9, 2003
Format:DVD
The ending of Taxi Driver has generated a lot of controversy and confusion because most people tend to assume that it's a simple continuation of the narrative of the film. In critical studies, however, the possibility is often raised that the end (after the the shoot-out scene to the end of the movie) is no less than Bickle's dying delirious imagination. I want to set forth the case that this is so.
First, at the end of the shoot-out scene, Bickle rolls his eyes backwards in the classic movie signature of death. Just before, of course, he put his blood-dripping finger up to his temple and mimed blowing his own brains out (after having failed with the empty real guns). Bickle is suicidal, dying, and will not recover.
Second, after this scene the camera pans across various news clippings on the wall of Bickle's room; these clippings describe him as a "hero" that saved a young girl. Also we hear the voice-over of Iris' parents saying that Bickle would always be welcome in their home for saving Iris. But think about real life crimes for a moment. When newspapers report about a man that goes on a shooting spree in a run-down part of town, do they really ever report them as "heroes"? Even if Bickle could explain to them why he did this (Iris' dad says he was in a coma after the shoot-out), would anyone really take a person like this at their word? And would Iris' parents really want to allow a murderous man a place at their table? What we have here is Bickle's fantasy about how he _wants_ the press and Iris' folks to interpret his actions, not a realistic view of how the world generally views such actions.
Third (along the same lines as #2), it's hard to imagine Bickle's buddies at the cabstand glossing over his rampage and treating him like old times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hip
This is a really nice release. For the price I didn't expect more than a plastic case and a disk. Was really surprised. Tri-fold case with photos and stuff, very hip.
Published 5 days ago by Lord Rugdumph gro-Shurgak
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
This is one of Scorsese's best films. The blu ray rendition is far superior than the dvd. It worth the extra money.
Published 13 days ago by Robin Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent.
Published 13 days ago by laura green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
PERFECT THANX!!
Published 13 days ago by Keith P.
1.0 out of 5 stars I would like to get a refund but can't find a way ...
The order never downloaded to my PVR. I ended up re-renting it from xfinity.

I would like to get a refund but can't find a way to do that on the Amazon website.
Published 14 days ago by John McKenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Great In My Opinion
"To some, Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader's perception of hell-as a crazed taxi driver's vision of New York City-was brilliant. Read more
Published 16 days ago by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic angst, I still feel the same now as a had when it first came out.
Published 19 days ago by Matlocktheartist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent movie
Published 21 days ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic!!. To bad they dont make them like this anymore.
Published 24 days ago by Gilberto Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scorsese's finest film in stunning High Definition
Published 24 days ago by Alex Bergmans
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HAS THIS BEEN REMASTERED????????
Yes, there is a full review of the remastering job at DVD Talk with some nice screenshot comparisons.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=29454&___rd=1
Aug 16, 2007 by Magpie |  See all 3 posts
Scorsese Commentary
No. Scorsese's commentary for Taxi Driver can be found on the Criterion Laser Disc.
Jan 25, 2008 by Taylor |  See all 2 posts
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