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The Martin Scorsese Film Collection (New York, New York / Raging Bull Special Edition / The Last Waltz / Boxcar Bertha)

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Two major collections of Martin Scorsese DVDs were released within a year. While the Warner set contains more popular films, this MGM set digs deeper. It combines a new, knockout two-disc edition of Raging Bull, the concert film The Last Waltz, and two Scorsese curios--Boxcar Bertha and, making its DVD debut, New York, New York. Bertha (1972) is Scorsese's first Hollywood film, a low-budget Roger Corman film adding sex to a Bonnie and Clyde formula of train-robbing outlaws starring Barbara Hershey and David Carradine. After seeing the film, John Cassavetes told Scorsese what he already knew--"make a movie about something you really care about"--thus providing the spark for Scorsese to make Mean Streets and turn his career around.

After Taxi Driver, Scorsese went musical. The Last Waltz (1978), a record of the Band's 1976 farewell performance is a solid candidate for the best-ever concert film. Using the lessons learned as assistant director/editor on Woodstock, Scorsese storyboarded as much of the live concert as he could and relied on expert cinematographers to handle the tough shoot (big cameras needing constant attention for the live event). Scorsese's earthy interview segments were parodied in This Is Spinal Tap a few years later. New York, New York (1977) was Scorsese's attempt to recreate the musicals of his youth. He added the realistic flair of a modern film, but re-created the vintage look and style, with mixed results. The design and music are lavishly produced, but the story involving Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro doesn't click. This "director's cut" has been around for years on home video. The new commentary by Scorsese is interesting, but there's too much dry by-the-facts talk from film critic Carrie Rickey. The DVD extras are plentiful and far more engaging with the new edition of Raging Bull (1979), a Scorsese masterpiece of design and effect following the tumultuous times of prizefighter Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro in an Oscar-winning performance). --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • New York, New York
  • Commentary by director Martin Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • 25 minutes of alternate takes and deleted scenes
  • Photo gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Raging Bull (Special Edition)
  • Commentary by director Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Commentary by director of photograpy Michael Chapman, producer Irwin Winkler, music producer Robbie Robertson, producer Robert Chartoff, actress Theresa Saldana, actor John Turturro, casting director Cis Corman, and supervising sound effects editor Frank Warner
  • Commentary by writer Mardik Martin, writer Paul Schrader, boxer-author Jake LaMotta, and LaMotta's nephew Jason Lustig
  • "Raging Bull: Before the Fight": documentary on the writing, casting, and preproduction of the film
  • "Raging Bull: Inside the Ring": in-depth look at the choreography and the shooting of the fight scenes
  • "Raging Bull: Outside the Ring": Behind-the-scenes stories
  • "Raging Bull: After the Fight": featurette on the sound design, music, and impact of the film
  • "The Bronx Bull": making-of documentary
  • "De Niro vs. LaMotta": shot-by-shot comparison of De Niro and LaMotta in the ring
  • Newsreel footage of the real LaMotta
  • The Last Waltz
  • Commentary by Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese
  • 5.1 audio remix
  • Featurette: "Revisiting The Last Waltz"
  • Archival outtakes: Jam 2
  • 8-page booklet written by Robbie Robertson
  • Boxcar Bertha

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Robertson
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Ben L. Reitman, Earl Mac Rauch, Jake LaMotta, John William Corrington, Joseph Carter
  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 497 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IVL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Martin Scorsese Film Collection (New York, New York / Raging Bull Special Edition / The Last Waltz / Boxcar Bertha)" on IMDb

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2005
Format: DVD
It is hard to argue with any box set of films created by the now legendary Martin Scorsese, but although this set will no doubt draw a host of purchasers through its inclusion of RAGING BULL, it will really be of most interest to hardcore Scorsese fans curious to explore some of the director's lesser-known works of the 1970s.

The "Jewel in the Crown" of the set is the aforementioned RAGING BULL (1979), which many consider the single best boxing film ever made--and which many consider Scorsese's single finest film to date. Based on the scandal-plagued career and private life of boxer Jake LaMotta and featuring powerhouse performances by Robert De Niro and Cathy Moriarty, it is indeed a film that is difficult to overpraise--a remarkable balance of passion and violence against the sheer beauty of the film itself. The DVD edition, which includes two disks, is remarkably fine here, featuring a remarkably large number of commentary guests and a host bonuses that are never less than interesting and often remarkably insightful as well.

The remaining titles, however, are somewhat problematic--with Scorsese's first major film BOXCAR BERTHA (1972) easily the weakest link in the set. Starring David Carradine and a frequently nude Barbara Hershey, the film concerns the exploits of a pseudo-Bonnie and Clyde as they pillage and lust across Depression era America; suffice to say that the film was produced by the notorious Roger Corman and is best recalled for Hershey's physical charms. Although it receives a respectable transfer the DVD does not offer bonus material of any kind.

If BOXCAR BERTHA is a near-turkey, NEW YORK NEW YORK (1977, now available on DVD for the first time) might best be described as a near-miss--and the only musical Scorsese has thus far attempted.
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Martin Scorsese is one of the world's greatest filmmakers living today. At first, this may seem like so much over-inflated hype, and to be sure, he would be the first to avoid this title, but think, for a moment, about a handful of the films this man has done: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, and GoodFellas. All of these films have received numerous awards, they are studied extensively in film classes all over the world, and have been well-received critically, while also gradually developing a loyal following of admirers consisting of not only of discerning cineastes but other filmmakers who are inspired by both the content of his films and the style in which they are presented. Scorsese has made several films that are generally regarded as landmark works that continue to entertain and inspire future generations.

Included with each DVD is a theatrical trailer for its corresponding movie.

New York, New York features a fine collection of extras, including an audio commentary by Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey, who proceeds to put the movie into context and gives a brief run-down of the down-beat musical sub-genre. Scorsese is a great talker with an encyclopedic knowledge of film, making this a must-listen for fans.

Scorsese introduces the movie and describes it as a love affair between two creative people. He wanted to recreate the artifice of old Hollywood movies but with realistically behaving characters a la the films of John Cassavetes.

Also included are 15 alternate takes/deleted scenes totaling 19 minutes that involved a lot of improvising between the actors.
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If you bought this Martin Scorsese Film Collection & The Martin Scorsese Collection (released last year), you would have a definitive overview of the greatest American film director ever. This box set contains three of Scorsese's more underappreciated films and quite possibly the best film ever made, Raging Bull. The 2 disc edition of Raging Bull is a monumental release. The original DVD had been out of print for years, and it contained no special features, bu this release is packed with great features. There are 4! documentaries on the making of the film, which have new interviews with everyone involved, even the elusive Robert Deniro. The picture & sound are both improvements over the original DVD as well as he packaging. In fact the packaging for the entire box set is probably the most sturdy and easy to handle packaging of any box set that I own (and that is quite a few), especially when comparing it to the flimsy packaging of the other Scorsese box set. So, if your consider yourself a film buff of any kind, this set is essential. Buy this box set & the other Scorsese box set, then pick up Last Temptation of Christ, Casino, King of Comedy, & Gangs of New York and then you can bask in the glory of one of the true geniuses of modern cinema.
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I recently purchased the Warner Bros. Scorsese collection, and it was great (other than the fact that I was a little disappointed with the special features). This one I'm equally ecstatic about, because it contains a very long-awaited and overdue Special Edition of "Raging Bull"!!!! It also contains the DVD debut of "New York, New York" in a special edition right out of the gate; it also contains the already available Special Edition of "The Last Waltz" and "Boxcar Bertha". "Bertha" is, obviously, not the strongest film in Scorsese's film canon. And, "NY,NY" is not his best, either (although it IS far better in it's director's cut than it originally was). However, "Last Waltz" is truly great for a concert film, and "Raging Bull" is a supreme masterpiece. I will buy this set for the S.E.'s of "New York" and "Raging Bull" alone.

Now all we need is for Universal to put out a boxed set of the films he did for them! I'd LOVE a "Casino" Special Edition!!!!
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