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Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 1999
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Scorsese's violent true-life gangster epic which follows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he rises through the ranks of the Mafia. Upon turning FBI informant to help pay for his drug addiction, Hill recalls how he got started in the Mob following the $6 million robbery of a Lufthansa cargo at a New York airport. Hill and his partners, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci), went on to rise through the ranks of the Mafia over three decades, eventually eliminating Paul Cicero (Paul Sorvino), the neighbourhood godfather who originally took Hill under his wing. Joe Pesci won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

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Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalises the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting Hill's ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; in fact, no one has ever rendered the mental dislocation of cocaine better than Scorsese. Scorsese uses period music perfectly, not just to summon a particular time but to set a precise mood. GoodFellas is at least as good as The Godfather without being in the least derivative of it. Joe Pesci's psycho improvisation of Mobster Tommy DeVito ignited Pesci as a star; Lorraine Bracco achieves a career-defining performance as the love of Hill's life; and every supporting role, from Paul Sorvino to Robert De Niro, is a miracle.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE on 16 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
In response to the previous reviewer, this is an extremely good transfer on Blu-ray. The colours are vibrant, the detail is excellent (particularly apparent in close-ups such as the shot of young Henry's face as he looks out of his bedroom window across the street to the cafe) and the lighting is gorgeous. The sound also is as good as you could expect it to be. In summary, the film looks like it was filmed this year, rather than 20 years ago.

Extras provided include 2 commentaries (one with cast - not including de Niro or Pesci - & crew, the other with Henry Hill himself and Edward McDonald, FBI), 3 documentaries, storyboard to screen comparisons and the theatrical trailer.

Excellent!
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160 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Praxision on 27 May 2009
Format: DVD
Has anyone noticed that these 105 reviews (so far) are used by Amazon against 3 different versions of this movie? The 1999 & 2004 DVD releases and the 2007 Blueray release all share the same 105 reviews. How is one supposed to determine whether the 2004 version is better quality or no longer split on A and B sides of the disc? What is Amazon doing?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel 90 on 17 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Nothing wrong with the film however my problem is with the dvd itself. Whoever put the film onto disk for some reason thought it would be a good idea to have you turn the dvd over mid scene. This results in missing the rest of the scene.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anorakus on 6 Feb 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film is classic Scorcese/De Niro and one of the best gangster movies ever made, but you knew that already :) This blu-ray release, whilst welcome, could have been better in the sound department. Be aware that all you get is a standard DD 5.1 soundtrack - no DTS-HD Master or Dolby TrueHD.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec 2001
Format: DVD
The only things keeping this movie from being known as Scorsese's crowning achievement are those other movies he made known as known as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
It is usually accepted that Raging Bull was the greatest movie of the 1980s. That's probably true. Goodfellas is possibly the greatest movie of the 1990s.
The thing that makes this movie so attractive to me is that Scorsese could have easily made another Godfather. Goodfellas isn't about Mafia Kings, or Crime Lords. This is about the lower levels of the mafia who don't have the glamorous lifestyle as "the kings". These are the people who are several levels down from Don Corleone. Hence, the tone of the movie is much more raw, and violent. Thus, this film is more similar to Scorsese's 1973 classic Mean Streets as opposed to Coppola's Godfather.
Scorsese pays attention to every little detail in this movie. He uses so many different aspects of cinema in order to turn what may be a typical scene into something that you always remember. Examples of this include the brilliant camera work through the back entrance of the nightclub ; freeze frames that are accompanied with interesting narrative ; great shifts in scenes that highlight twists in the characters' minds. It is as though Scorsese had a whole bag of tricks that he was picking from to put into this movie - and they all work perfectly.
The soundtrack is brilliant. In some cases it places an exclamation point on a dramatic scene, in other cases it is used to give the viewer a sense of a time period. Scorsese even shows the same scene twice from two different angles just to illustrate two different points of view...brilliant!
This is Scorsese's best film from the 1990s, even better than Cape Fear and Casino.
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Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas is without question one of the finest gangster movies ever made, a benchmark even. It’s that rare occasion for a genre film of this type where everything artistically comes together as one. Direction, script, editing, photography, driving soundtrack and crucially an ensemble cast firing on all cylinders. It’s grade “A” film making that marked a return to form for Scorsese whilst simultaneously showing the director at the summit of his directing abilities.

The story itself, based on Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book Wiseguy, pulls absolutely no punches in its stark realisation of the Mafia lifestyle. It’s often brutal, yet funny, unflinching yet stylish, but ultimately from first frame to last it holds the attention, toying with all the human emotions during the journey, tingling the senses of those who were by 1990 fed up of popcorn movie fodder.

It’s not romanticism here, if anything it’s a debunking of the Mafia myth, but even as the blood flows and the dialogue crackles with electricity, it always remains icy cool, brought to us by a man who had is eyes and ears open while growing up in Queens, New York in the 40s and 50s. Eccellente! 9/10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John P. Galantini on 31 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
We have recently started collecting most of our favourite classic movies on Blu Ray because we love how good these movies look after they've been cleaned up, scanned and remastered then presented in their full glory. Prime examples of this are Universal's The Thing (1982) and Jaws (1976); classic movies that look incredible. Sadly we were left very let down by Goodfellas - Arguably our favourite crime flick; we were hoping for stunning colour and crystal clear picture, instead we get something that looks pretty much exactly like our double-sided DVD version. Cracks and pops are visible at times, around the 1 hour 17 minute mark we saw a very noticeable black line right down the middle of the picture for about 10 seconds. The film is also visibly grainy most of the time. There are some scenes, the daylight ones, which meet the vivid quality we were expecting; but the other 80% of the film is mainly shot in darker environments and you can really see the grain, which is hugely disappointing. We may as well have been watching our old DVD copy.

I doubt Warner Brothers have any plans to re-release this film in a more visually stunning and restored presentation. If you are buying this film to replace / upgrade your DVD copy, don't bother - you really cant see the difference.
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