Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Contemporary (Mean Streets / The Untouchables / Goodfellas / Heat / The Departed) (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
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Includes: Goodfellas, Departed, The Town, Heat, Untouchables]]>
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Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4; 1080p/VC-1 | Aspect Ratio(s): 2.40:1; Goodfellas 1.85:1; The Departed 2.35:1
Audio Formats: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono, English PCM 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, English DTS-HD High Resolution 6.1 Matrixed, English Dolby Digital EX Surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, English 2.0 Dolby Surround, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, German Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Portuguese Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French, Spanish, Dutch, English, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Arabic, Finnish
Special Features: 4 Audio Commentaries, Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes
As a boxed set, this five-disc collection is a little overpriced but might be worth buying if you only own one or two of the films but want them all. Everyone else should just pick and choose their favorites, or just wait for the inevitable re-releases. The accompanying hardcover book is painfully basic and only contains a short two-page retrospective on each film with a few photos and memorable quotes. Bottom line: this boxed set is a fairly lazy, by-the-numbers effort, hence the somewhat average three-star rating I've given it.
And yes, I actually own the product and have checked it first hand. I received an advance copy for review purposes for a website not affiliated with Amazon.
NOTE: By the way, the listing of "Blu-ray Book Packaging" is kind of misleading. Only the accompanying book is, well, actually a "book", as the discs are packed in a separate multi-disc keepcase. In turn, both the book and the keepcase fit inside a slipcover. So it looks nice...but it's techincally not a Digibook, like "Alien Anthology" or the "Blade Runner" Anniversary Edition.
MEAN STREETS - 1973 - 112 minutes - Director: Martin Scorsese - Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel - Genre: Crime, Drama - Plot: A small-time hood struggles to survive on the "mean streets" of Little Italy. R
THE UNTOUCHABLES - 1987 - 119 minutes - Director: Brian De Palma - Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro - Genre: Crime, History - Plot: A deadly, hand-picked team of law officials set out to rid Chicago of gangster Al Capone. R
GOODFELLAS - 1990 - 146 minutes - Director: Martin Scorsese - Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci - Genre: Crime, Drama - Plot: The story of gangster Henry Hill, and his rise and fall in the criminal hierarchy. R
HEAT - 1995 - 170 minutes - Director: Michael Mann - Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer - Genre: Crime, action - Plot: A ruthless team of bank robbers and a driven cop clash wills in LA. R
THE DEPARTED - 2006 - 151 minutes - Director: Martin Scorsese - Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson - Genre: Crime, drama - Plot: Two moles who have infiltrated a mob and the police force struggle to identify each other before they are discovered. R
Let's crunch some numbers. This Ultimate Gangsters Collection costs $34.96, and there are 5 films contained in it. When we divide $34 by 5, we find a cost of $6.99 per film, an excellent deal to own this brilliant and iconic set of gangster films! I hope this information was helpful to you.
In this set, you get a sturdy outer cardboard box, a hardcover book with production notes, pictures, as well as other information about the films, and the five discs are in a separate case. As far as audio/video content is concerned, all of the discs are re-issues of the previously released films, with all of the same special features, commentaries, etc. So you are getting nothing new in that regard. The only thing which is actually new is the hardcover book, which in my opinion, books like this (or at least paper booklets) are what is sorely missing in almost every blu-ray release.
The bottom line is that if you don't have any of these films on blu, and you are a fan of gangster films, then this set is definitely for you. On the other hand, if you do already have all (or most) of the films, then you're probably better off keeping what you have since the only thing that is actually new is the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what's pictured. The booklet is pretty cool, provides some nice quality photos and decent info. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is an amazing collection. All 5 are amazing movies and for a great price. Definitely worth it!Published 6 months ago by Jordan Miller
Great movies, good for any collection. Bluray transfer looks good on all of them, nice little book included.Published 12 months ago by Tim Case
Except for "The Departed," this is a pretty good box. At $20, it was only a bit more than what the single disc of "Mean Streets" would have cost (12/14). Read morePublished 13 months ago by Torpedo
This is a great set of movies at a great price!! You can pay 8-20 bucks apiece fore them, or you can get this set! Do the math!Published 18 months ago by Jon The Killer
The price was quite reasonable and it arrived in good time and in good order - I do like good action, crime stories and this fitted the bill very good!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Danny
I bought two different " Ultimate Gangsters " dvd sets and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. These movies are the classics and I really enjoyed seeing them again. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Vpr93
haven't watched all yet but skimmed through. love the extras and picture quality is good. only issue I had was bluray case was damaged but amazon was great in sending me a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael C. Roussakies
Excellent selection on all time favorites, ultimate gangsters! These are classics and must haves for the ultimate fan. Highly rated.Published on December 28, 2013 by Maggie Ramos
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