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Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) and nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture (1976), TAXI DRIVER stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's classic film of a psychotic New York cabby driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. Co-starring Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd, the film is presented on Blu-ray for the first time following an extensive 4K digital restoration and remastering under the guidance of cinematographer Michael Chapman and director Martin Scorsese.
Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I just knew I had to make this film," Scorsese would later say), combined with a perfectly timed post-Watergate expression of personal, political, and societal anxiety. Robert De Niro, as the tortured, ex-Marine cab driver Travis Bickle, made movie history with his chilling performance as one of the most memorably intense and vividly realized characters ever committed to film. Bickle is a self-appointed vigilante who views his urban beat as an intolerable cesspool of blighted humanity. He plays guardian angel for a young prostitute (Jodie Foster), but not without violently devastating consequences. This masterpiece, which is not for all tastes, is sure to horrify some viewers, but few could deny the film's lasting power and importance. --Jeff Shannon
- Making-of documentary featuring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Martin Scorsese (1999, 70 min.)
- Interactive screenplay with access to the film
- Liner notes
- Photo montage/portrait gallery, storyboard sequence & advertising materials
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Seeing "Taxi Driver" after such a long time really took me by surprise. Sure I remembered the 'classic' scenes and lines ("You talkin' to me?"), but there were so many other things that I had outright forgotten. Such as: how Travis (played by incredibly young--and skinny--Robert de Niro) finally manages to get a date with the woman of his dreams Betsy (played by incredible young--and beautiful--Cybill Shepherd), only to then promptly ruin it by taking her to the "movies". Or Travis' utter paranoia (when flowers intended for Betsy are returned to his apartment, he is overwhelmed by the smell and he worries that "I think I've got stomach ache"). Or the rather uplifting ending of the movie, which also came as a surprise. Other things that stuck out are that this movie is now a time capsule of New York 1975. It is astonishing to see in what terrible shape New York then was. Really enjoyed the score of Bernard Hermann. I had bought the soundtrack CD some years ago just for that (it also contains some of de Niro's musings seen in the movie).
As to the Blu-ray edition: the colors are quite nice but since most of the movie plays out at night, there isn't as much opportunity for the color to truly shine (compare that to, for example, the Blu-ray for the 50th anniversary of "Lawrence of Arabia", which I also recently bought here). As to the bonus materials, there is so much of them that it's almost overwhelming. I enjoyed sampling them. The "Making of Documentary" is my favorite of the bunch, but there are many, many others. It also includes 12 supersize postcards with stills from the movie. Not really sure what to do with them once you've looked at them once. But bottom line is that "Taxi Driver" remains an outstanding, if divisive/controversial, movie but with the passage of time I can only see the legacy of this movie grow in stature. If you are a movie buff, this is a "can't miss". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!