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Goodfellas (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Goodfellas 25th Anniversary (BD Book Collection) Martin Scorsese’s unforgettable film of Nicholas Pileggi’s true-crime best seller Wiseguy is presented here in a stunning new remaster from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. Arresting performances from an all-star cast led by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco drive this brutal yet darkly funny narrative of life in the mob. Nominated for six Oscars®, with a win for Joe Pesci*, and named one of the AFI’s top 100 American movies, this instant classic would forever change the rules for gangster films to come.
Goodfellas 25th Anniversary (BD Book Collection)
Martin Scorsese’s unforgettable film of Nicholas Pileggi’s true-crime best seller Wiseguy is presented here in a stunning new remaster from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. Arresting performances from an all-star cast led by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco drive this brutal yet darkly funny narrative of life in the mob. Nominated for six Oscars®, with a win for Joe Pesci*, and named one of the AFI’s top 100 American movies, this instant classic would forever change the rules for gangster films to come.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.32 Ounces
- Item model number : 1000529318
- Director : Various
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 2 hours and 25 minutes
- Release date : May 5, 2015
- Actors : Various
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00SM3GSQC
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #4,327 in Drama Blu-ray Discs
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But now comes the 25th anniversary edition of "GoodFellas", in which the movie has been given a 4K resolution from the original camera negative. The results? "GoodFellas" doesn't look great; it looks absolutely phenomenal! The image has a fine, naturally grain quality that gives the movie a documentary feel (which is appropriate since that was the filmmakers' intentions), there is greater detail in even the extreme long shots that weren't noticed in the previous versions (just watch Karen's wedding scene and the famous Copacabana long take in both this version and the 2007 one and the difference in quality is staggering), there are various shades of blackness and color that give the picture more depth (the burial and subsequent digging of Billy Batts, for example, looks even more detailed than before) and contrast, unbalanced in the previous version, is excellent. At long last, "GoodFellas" has come out in a presentation that would make the even stoic Paul Cicero crack a smile.
"GoodFellas" is a film that needs no explanation or even a sentence of exultation, but I'll do it anyway. It is a film that changed the way we look at gangster movies. "The Godfather", as brilliant of a film it is, was pure gangster mythology. "GoodFellas", however, went the opposite direction by depicting the life of organized crime as if it was real. These were people you could have met in the street; seemingly nice, likable people that just happen to be criminals.
Scorsese's dramatization of Henry Hill's life as a gangster shows us the seduction, the allure and ultimately the sickness and fatalistic consequences of living the life as a somebody in a world of nobodies. By revealing the skulls behind the smiles, Scorsese shows us the dark side of corruption under such facile smiles. Rarely has violence been portrayed less glamorously, with more moral effectiveness and absolute repulsion. Rather it's the brutal murder of an innocent waiter, the slaying of a made man in the trunk of a car, the strangulation of a whiny but harmless hair wig owner or the senseless murder of all involved in a heist out of fear of being caught, these are senseless killings by senseless people - the work of scared, inadequate men.
And yet, and what makes this film great, is that Scorsese makes us care for these characters. As demonic of a psychopath that Joe Pesci is, we are still shocked to see him gunned down. We sense Liotta's paranoia when he rightly feels that he is being chased around by a surveillance helicopter during his drug hubris. We feel De Niro and Sorvino's sense of betrayal when Liotta testifies in court. All this is a testament to the magnificent acting and Scorsese's flawless direction that shows us a group of human beings who become intoxicated in the glamour of gangsterism, only to be destroyed by it.
Gangster movies make us admire such vile people because they go against the norm of what society dictates, functioning like outlaws who rebel against authority and do things their own way. The triumph of Scorsese's "GoodFellas", and the horrific irony, is that as much as we don't want to admit, we want to live that lifestyle too. We want to go to airports and make off with a couple of hundred thousands of dollars without taking hostages. We want to park in front of fire hydrant and not get tickets. We want to hijack trucks and use them for personal goods. We want go to restaurants without having to wait on line. We want to beat people up and make them stop complaining. In short, we want to rule. Maybe that's why some people prefer "GoodFellas" over "The Godfather".
But is the life of a criminal worth taking? Scorsese clearly doesn't, but he shows us that criminality is a temptation for ordinary people. Lorraine Bracco's performance as the naive Karen is a perfect example of how anyone could be enticed into criminality. Karen doesn't understand the world she is getting herself into and only looks at the surface. It's only by the movie's third act when everything falls apart for her and her husband that she realizes the consequences of this deadly lifestyle.
Having watched "GoodFellas" hundreds of times, I continue to marvel at the film's superb direction, outstanding performances, rich visuals and themes, moral ambiguity and its seamless blend of horror, drama and black humor. It's a film that 25 years after its release in 1990 continues to affect me as much as it does to everyone in my generation. Most movies grow dated after numerous viewings; not "GoodFellas". Now on a spellbinding 25th anniversary Blu-Ray set that restores the film to its original form, the movie's power has been enriched. You don't know "GoodFellas" until you've watched this set. Get it now while you stand can.
Is it dark? Is it grainy? Perhaps, if you're looking for it, but not negatively so. The overall quality and the details that pop out in low-light scenes swamp any concerns on that topic within the first 10 minutes of the film. Really.
Bottom line: I've wanted good copy of this film for years ... and I finally found it! So, be a Wise Guy, and pick one up .... I'm just sayin'!
The movie is broken up into two parts. The first is Hill’s rise in the mafia. He and his friends could do no wrong and if they ever got caught they paid off the authorities or had it easy in prison. This is your usual gangster tale of working class people finding riches and power through crime. The first half of the movie definitely glamorizes the mob.
The second half of the movie is another story. There Scorsese shows that mobster life is not all that it’s cut up to be. It emphasizes that although the mafia always talks about family if anyone screws up they would be killed in the drop of a hat. For example, Jimmy kills almost every involved in a big robbery he pulled off just because he didn’t want anyone to talk about it or worse rat him out. Tommy excels at the reckless behavior of people who feel empowered beating and shooting people left and right. The problem was that even the bad side of the mafia got romanticized. The murders for example showed what power the mobsters had. They killed people and nothing ever happened to them.
Scorsese also creates one memorable scene after another. One of the best is towards the end when Hill is strung out on drugs and thinks a helicopter is following him. It plays into his paranoia and his drug abuse just makes it worse. The did a great make-up job because he looks completely pale and he’s sweating all over the place. It’s also very funny.
Goodfellas is one of the best mafia stories ever. It’s one of those plots that you can talk about forever. The acting was on point. It is and remains a classic.
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Reviewed in Mexico on January 10, 2020