The Departed (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)
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Martin Scorsese directs an all-star cast in this action-packed thrillerset in Boston, where a long-simmering hostility between the policedepartment and an Irish-American gang led by Costello (Academy Awardwinner Jack Nicholson--About Schmidt, Something's Gotta Give) is primedto explode. The fuse is lit when a gangster (Matt Damon--The BourneIdentity, The Bourne Supremacy) is chosen to infiltrate the policeforce--and a young cop (Leonardo DiCaprio--The Aviator, Titanic) goesundercover within the gang. Now, when the two moles uncover each other'sidentity, the battle begins]]>
Such convenient coincidences might sink a lesser film, but The Departed is so electrifying that you barely notice the plot-holes. And while Nicholson's profane swagger is too much "Jack" and not enough "Costello," he's still a joy to watch, especially in a film that's additionally energized by memorable (and frequently hilarious) supporting roles for Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and a host of other big-name performers. The Departed also makes clever and plot-dependent use of cell-phones, to the extent that it couldn't exist without them. Powered by Scorsese's trademark use of well-chosen soundtrack songs (from vintage rock to Puccini's operas), The Departed may not be perfect, but it's one helluva ride for moviegoers, proving popular enough to become the biggest box-office hit of Scorsese's commercially rocky career. --Jeff Shannon
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Two state trooper academy graduates one an undercover officer named Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a mole in the department Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) working for crime lord Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson)have opposite goals. Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Sgt. Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) charge Costigan with gathering as much dirt as possible on Sullivan so they can finally take him out. They work up a false history for Costigan which includes a brief stint in prison to create credibility. By comparison Sullivan is a boy scout who rises to the top of his department rapidly working for Ellerby (Alec Baldwin)in a rival department. Both are charged with ferriting out the mole in their respective organizations and both are romancing the same woman (Vera Farmiga) without ever meeting.
It's a brilliantly constructed game of cat and mouse with each playing the respective role at one point in time. Filled with brilliant visuals that echo the themes of the script adapted by William Monahan ("Kingdom of Heaven")from the script by Siu Fai Mak and Felix Chong the film manages to stay true to the elements that worked best in the Chinese film while incorporating elements unique to "The Departed". DiCaprio and Damon give complex, compelling performances as opposite sides of the same coin.Read more ›
A highly suspenseful cops and gangsters story with the main driver provided by the mutual spy set-up, i.e. both sides having their undercover agents in the opposite camp.
Leo D. and Matt Damon are perfect in their parts as "rats". Of course they represent different species of the rodent. Leo is the good rat, who hides among the baddies and has to pretend to be one of them. You suffer with him and are near a nervous breakdown, just as he. Damon is the smooth and admirable bad rat who seems to his environment like a good solid bloke, but the viewer knows better. Well, also Wahlberg's character does not like him, but he likes no one. This is the Hitchcockian technique of letting the audience know more, which increases suspense dramatically. Imagine the same story, but you don't know who is the bad rat. That would be much less interesting.
Nicholson as the evil gangster boss is possibly slightly overdone, but very well so. A good cast in the cop team includes Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg, the latter being mainly remarkable for his foul mouth and his crucial role in the story's conclusion.
The movie is a remake of an excellent Hongkong movie of a few years ago. Scorsese's version is quite different, but neither better nor worse. Most Hongkong reviewers seem to have decided not to like the new version. Up to them.
First of all, the acting, directing, and just about everything else was state of the art. Jack Nicholson was perfect as Frank Costello, a mob boss who is in charge of the organized crime ring in Boston. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Billy Costigan, an undercover cop who sneaks his way into Costello's gang so he can be an informant for the police department. Meanwhile, Matt Damon plays Colin Sullivan, an informant for Costello's mob who works for the police department, and is on his way to be promoted in the Special Investigations Unit. Both men cross paths, and fall in love with the same woman - a psychologist played by Vera Farmiga from the little-known indie Running Scared. Each man starts to become consumed by their work, and when they are both in danger of being found out, only then do tensions rise, and things get a little out of hand. The performances from the leads are all Oscar-worthy. I never thought that I'd ever say that about Matt Damon. Well, let me back that up. He was quite good in Good Will Hunting and he was great in The Talented Mr. Ripley, and his performance here is no exception. Leonardo DiCaprio gives his best performance here since What's Eating Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio is becoming a fixture in Scorsese's recent films, almost as if he is the director's newfound muse amongst male actors, the last one being Robert DeNiro.Read more ›
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Its my favorite movie. 11 out of 10. Would watch again and again. Great.Published 6 days ago by Kyle Baker
This DVD was very bad quality. It looked like a VHS. Bad product, don't buy DVDs from this sellerPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|How come people review the movie on here, but not the product?||
While you are actually buying the feature, Amazon.com is not the correct place for you to make your introductory foray into move criticdom. There are hundreds of blogs and other sites devoted to just that topic. What I would like to see here is a review of the DVD itself: Is it high quality? ... Read More
Mar 30, 2007 by sailfast | See all 8 posts
|Same content as single version DVD or the two-disc collectors?||
The single disc edition contains just the movie. The 2 disc version has deleted scenes, a couple shorts on mob life, and some other stuff. So if you want extras, it's the 2-disc version for you.
Feb 11, 2007 by G. Fiumara | See all 3 posts
|Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?||
Yeah, I agree it is stupid. Since they sell for about $30+ in stores, I just get on here and you can usually find someone selling them new for about $20.
May 27, 2007 by CGL | See all 3 posts
|What's the difference between this version and the one from 2007?||
From what I can tell the one from 2010 is a few dollars more. I don't know why though.
Oct 17, 2010 by Arturo Nuno | See all 2 posts
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It's actually only about $7 more than the normal widescreen edition so I would have to say that the picture and sound benefits of blu ray outweigh your concerns. I just received the blu ray version from amazon yesterday and it blew me away.
Feb 21, 2007 by S. Mathews | See all 5 posts
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