Martin Scorsese Collection (After Hours/Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore/Goodfellas/Mean Streets/Who's That Knocking At My Door?)
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Five masterworks from master filmmaker Scorsese, all featuring commentaries including Scorsese plus documentary extras. Collection contains: Goodfellas: Two-Disc Special Edition After Hours Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Mean Streets Special Editon Who's that Knocking at my Door]]>
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) put Scorsese in the mainstream. This tale of a single mom (Ellen Burstyn in an Oscar-winning performance) finding second chances in the arid Southwest proved the New York City kid could tell other types of stories. After Hours (1985) saved Scorsese. The drain of big movies and his unsuccessful first attempt to make The Last Temptation of Christ left the auteur doubting his talent. The nightmarish comedy starting Griffin Dunne is a love-it-or-leave-it for many Scorsese fans, but the fast shoot schedule and claustrophobic story rejuvenated Scorsese and won him Best Director kudos at Cannes. The highlight of the collection is a two-disc edition of his masterpiece, GoodFellas (1990), complete with a remastered print and a dynamite commentary by several key talents (recorded separately) including Ray Liotta, author Nicholas Pileggi, and even Robert De Niro. Even with an extra disc of three featurettes, it's the film on which we hear the least from the man himself, but perhaps all we need to know is on the screen. --Doug Thomas
- Contains Five Martin Scorsese Films all with director commentary:
- After Hours
- Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
- Goodfellas: Two-Disc Special Edition
- Mean Streets: Special Edition
- Who's That Knocking At My Door?
- See individual DVDs for more details
Top Customer Reviews
But a batch of his best films has finally been issued on DVD, three of them for the first time, and they're a good example of how great his past and later work really is. The big coup here is that Scorsese offers commentaries for some of his best movies but there's a slight catch: the commentaries are presented scene specifically (meaning he only comments on certain scenes and the player automatically skips from one to the next; also, Scorsese tends to talk more about the movies as a whole, rather than what we're actually seeing onscreen, which is fine but most people who've read anything at all about the guy already know a lot of what he's saying and would probably prefer nuts-and-bolts discussion; I know I would). The movies, however, are classic regardless.
The big kahuna of the bunch, "Goodfellas," is arguably Scorsese's masterpiece and a film that encapsulates everything he does well as a director. It's rough stuff, lurid and violent and told with equal measures of dreamy nostalgia and nightmarish detail. Even 15 years after its release, it's definitely not for everybody, but it's a great American movie anyway, filled with so many vivid details, great performances and excellent tunes that it actually improves on a second and third viewing.
"Goodfellas" was issued on DVD before but only as a hastily thrown-together "flipper" disc that split the film into two parts.Read more ›
That aside, I LOVE these films, and always have. But, I must admit that I was disappointed (sort of) with the bonus stuff. No new Scorsese or De Niro interviews, and NO Harvey Keitel interviews at all.
I was expecting a little more, but STILL LOVE the films!!!
There is so much to talk about that we might as well get started. "Who's That Knocking At My Door" is the story of J.R. (Harvey Keitel), a young man of no ambition who, quite by accident, finds himself sitting next to `the girl' (Zina Bethune) on the Staten Island ferry. The girl is impressed by J.R's knowledge of classic movies and the pair quickly become lovers in a problematic relationship that is, sadly, doomed nearly from the start. This is the only B&W film in this box set. Contrast levels appear a bit weak with whites slightly on the gray side. Image detail is also unstable, some scenes appearing quite detailed and others just so-so to extremely blurry. These shortcomings appear to be inherent in the original film negative and are not a flaw of DVD mastering. Film grain is present but hey, it's a Scorsese film: he generally likes a gritty image and this film is certainly a fine example of that.
"Mean Streets" is the first teaming of Scorsese and DeNiro on film. Harvey Keitel is Charlie, a thug who collects debts and runs a numbers game.Read more ›
Mean Streets alone is worth the price but it also contains epic gangster-lifestyle Goodfellas with all the extras and a sleeper pic (popular then but usually forgotten now) After Hours about a lost and loony night in lower Manhattan.
Alice is a period road movie about a divorcee' played by Ellen Burstyn (who won the Oscar for it) and her wise acre son trying to make ends meet while traveling through the Southwest. It holds up well stylistically with great performances by the 2 leads, the mom and the kid.
Lastly a student film of Scorcese's that later became a feature, Who's That Knocking. It's an interesting artifact of early Scorsese style, (served as a template for Mean Streets) but a rather dull narrative. Best seen with his commentary playing on top of it.
With plenty of special features, this is one of the better box sets, , I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in popular cinema of latter half of 20th Century. 5 choice films and not all the obvious ones (all Warner Bros.) for a Scorsese pack.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The individuals behind this epic collection/set deserve comfortable places in heaven! Thanks guys!Published 5 months ago by Craig Frazier
Great set for the price, some hard to find ones in there. My husband loved it!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I Ptimarily bought this collecction foir Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymire. A Freat film starring a celebrated cast. This film is the primer for the much loved Al;ice series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
A+++Bs Person and transaction..If you enjoy Martin Scorsese as a director, then this is a wonderful collection to get a good compilateion of some of his early films.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Russell C. Peterson
ALL MOVIES INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION ARE EXCELLENT. A TRUE VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!Published 12 months ago by Immy Ferrara
This is one of my favorite box sets it has one of my films of all time period that being After Hours. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Van Buren
as always.. if you're looking at this review, you're obviously a fan.. scorsese's work never disappoints..Published 16 months ago by Kristopher G. Reed
The package arrived on time, but one of the movies is broken and the box is as well. I still think it's a great price for what you get, but it's not first rate qualityPublished 18 months ago by karen
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