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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
On the DVD
Introduced by director Martin Scorsese, the nine deleted scenes from The Departed are all interesting to watch, though not a significant loss from the picture. The other bonus features are very good as well. "Stranger Than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed" is a 21-minute history of the real-life Boston gangster Jack Nicholson's character was based on. Scorsese, screenwriter William Monahan, and a number of journalists are among those interviewed. In "Crossing Criminal Cultures" (24 minutes), Scorsese and the cast discuss gangster pictures and specifically Scorsese's. Consider that a warm-up for Scorsese on Scorsese, an 86-minute documentary from 2004. (It's the only bonus feature not available on the HD DVD or Blu-ray versions.) There's no narrator or interviewer: it's just Scorsese talking about his upbringing and influences. There's a generous use of clips through The Aviator and even his American Express commercial. --David Horiuchi
Beyond The Departed
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The original inspiration: Infernal Affairs
One of the best movies I have ever seen.
What a great cast--- Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson....they are all just awesome and give superior performances.
This is a well done film on the Mafia with Great acting by all the actors and a very good story .
Great movie, a classic. It's what you expect from a cast like this.Published 6 days ago by Jason Hackney
Had to collect even though its not original, thanks to Infernal Affair!Published 7 days ago by Daniel Iyageh
With the 2013 arrest and trial of Irish Mafia kingpin Whitey Bulger (on whom the Jack Nicholson character is based), The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese) takes on an eerily new... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Stephen T.
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|Infernal Affairs - Give credit where it's deserved||
May 28, 2007 by J.L. | See all 3 posts
|How come people review the movie on here, but not the product?||
I agree, I wanted to check out what people thought of the whole special edition and if it was worth the money, and was kind of sad to see people only posted on how the movie was.
Mar 1, 2007 by Vincent M. Modica | See all 7 posts
|AYHNUM THE MYSTERY FORCE IN DEPARTED||
Um, yeah dude.
Feb 19, 2007 by J. L. Sosa | See all 5 posts