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The Rise and Fall of a Mobster
Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s best-selling book Wiseguy, GoodFellas recounts the story of true-life gangster Henry Hill, his associates, and his career as a member of New York’s Lucchese mob. Co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring electrifying performances from a standout cast, GoodFellas delivers on all levels.
- According to co-writer Nicholas Pileggi, a few real-life mobsters were hired as extras to make some scenes more authentic.
- Al Pacino turned down the role of Jimmy Conway because he was afraid of being typecast.
- Director Scorsese’s mother and father both played roles in the movie, she as Tommy’s mother and he as a prisoner.
- Even though GoodFellas was a scripted film, much of the dialogue was improvised by the actors.
- The real Henry Hill claimed that Robert De Niro called him several times a day to ask questions about Jimmy Conway’s mannerisms and behavior.
A Modern Classic
- On the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest movies of all time
- Called 'the best mob movie ever made' by critic Roger Ebert
- More than two hours of suspenseful drama and sharp wit
- Bonus material includes commentaries and documentaries by cast, crew and the real Henry Hill
- Available in DVD and Blu-ray formats
Meet the Cast
Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)
A young Irish-Italian from a poor working-class family in Brooklyn, Henry drops out of school to join the ranks of the Lucchese mob.
Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco)
The daughter of strict Jewish parents, Karen meets and then marries Henry. Theirs is a tumultuous union darkened by crime and love affairs.
Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci)
A member of the Lucchese mob, Tommy has an explosive temper and a psychotic need to prove himself through violence.
Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro)
Jimmy is a close associate of mob capo Paulie Cicero. But because Jimmy is Irish, he can never become a made man in the crime family.
Top Customer Reviews
**UPDATE No. 2 - 6/16/2015**
"I don't care if they come out with the deluxe 25th Anniversary 3D Super-BluRay Scratch 'n Sniff Edition, I'm not biting." --Me, 2010
Well hello again, folks, I guess it's time to eat my words. I was going to abstain from buying this new 25th Anniversary release, I really, really was. But then the rumors started. A new remastering of the film personally supervised by Martin Scorsese. A freshly remastered DTS-HD audio track. An anniversary screening at the Tribeca Film Festival to show off the movie's facelift. I scoffed. I grumbled.
And boy, was I wrong to do so.
This is the presentation of the film cinephiles have been wanting for years. Warner Brothers has produced a superlative Blu-ray (the original iconic poster design is gone and replaced by a garishly colored new cover, but we've seen the original plenty), spread over two discs to preserve picture quality (movie on disc one, extras on disc two). Included in the package is a nice booklet with production stills, an essay by Mr. Scorsese, and instructions on how to redeem the Ultraviolet Digital Copy (which I've always found needlessly complicated, but that's an issue for another review).
The original negative has been scanned in at 4K for this release-- don't worry if you don't know what any of that stuff means, just know that this is the best Goodfellas has ever looked. Details and colors pop like never before. (And personal pet peeve addressed, that stupid line running down Robert DeNiro's face during the scene at Henry's girlfriend's apartment is GONE.Read more ›
I'm happy to report that the Blu-Ray is a significant improvement over the remastered DVD. The picture is brighter, the colors are more vivid, and many scenes have much more detail and clarity. Of course, the overall picture is much sharper.
Goodfellas is not the kind of movie that is a showcase for high-resolution video, however. It has a lot of dark indoor scenes; very little takes place outdoors (something I never noticed before). I noticed some graininess, which has a lot to do with how Scorcese shot the picture. It's just more noticeable in the higher resolution.
There are some minor problems with the audio in one scene. The dialogue drops in volume and then jumps back up in the following scene. Other than that, the audio is fine, although I would have liked a more aggressive surround mix, at least in the musical selections. However, there's not much use of the surrounds here.
Also, at one point there's a vertical line halfway across the screen. Why this wasn't cleaned up is mystery to me; it lasts for about fifteen seconds. Admittedly this is a very minor problem, but with expensive new technology flaws of this kind stand out more than they would on tape or standard DVD.
If you're a fan of the movie and are considering upgrading to the Blu-Ray, I'd highly recommend it. It's not an eye-popping effects movie to begin with, so this disc isn't the first one to reach for if you want to show off your system. But it's probably the best way to watch the movie.
With that said, this review will focus on the audio and video portions of the product as well as the packing and other extras included. The film comes packaged in a very nice hard/sturdy slipcover that holds both the 2 BD discs (in a very cheap eco case!) and the included booklet. The booklet itself is hard bound and extremely nice. Leaving Joe Pesci off the cover amounts to sacrilege, no question about it. I am at a loss to explain it. Bit rate for the transfer lingers in the low to mid 30's and I could see no visible compression issues of any kind.
I REALLY wanted this new disc to be perfect or close to perfect. And guess what? It ALMOST is......
Picture Quality has improved many times over from both the previous Blu Ray and HD-DVD versions and of course wipes the floor with any of the DVD releases.
The two main improvements are color rendering, both in grading/timing and overall saturation levels, and sharpness. MY only real complaint regarding color comes from one scene in particular when the saturation is just way WAY too high and causes both smearing and actual flaring and noise. This occurs right as Henry crosses the street to have it out with Karen's neighbor in his driveway. Everything is just plain NEON at that point. Thankfully it comes and goes and does not return but it took me out of the movie for a few moments. Everything else was very well balanced color wise.Read more ›
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This movie appeared to be a pirated movie. There was no writing on the disc, and it skipped repeatedly. Read morePublished 2 days ago by SMJM1976
Audio is messed up. Regular dialog is hard to hear while the narration is very loud.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
So, although this movie is called 'GoodFellas' there aren't really many 'Good Fellas' in at all. In fact most of them are very bad fellas and I probably wouldn't invite many of the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by DCJr
I was sceptical to if a movie I've seen 20-30 times over the years could actually be better with a new transfer from original film to BluRay. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Matthew Turner
Dis da gr8est filmograph eva made!!! Truely uh clasic 4 all da ages. Movee abot irish toad named henry hill like da fukin propain man hank hill. Read morePublished 10 days ago by HEEHAWilluminati
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