Goodfellas 1990

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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)...

Starring:
Robert De Niro,Ray Liotta
Runtime:
2 hours, 19 minutes

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Goodfellas

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta
Supporting actors Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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44 of 47 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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162 of 175 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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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 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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9 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 25 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
The term "Goodfella" means a gangster, especially a member of a Mafia family. The non fiction novel the film is based on was originally titled Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who also has a co-credit with Scorsese for screenplay. The title was changed to Goodfellas (in a move evidently jointly made by both men) Despite the dramatisation this is based on actual events that took place.

It's easy to get carried away with a review on this, but lets..it's worthy of the attention.

The story is a good one, perky up and coming wannabe gangster Henry Hill (played brilliantly by Ray Liotta) gets closer to local "Capo" Paul "Paulie" Cicero (Paul Sorvino) and his mob associates Jimmy Conway (De NIro), Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). Soon the three main characters get themselves into all sorts of top level criminal activities. During this time Henry meets his future wife Karen (Lorraine Bracco) who plays a feisty Jewish girl who has reservations about Henry, but can't help but fall for his charms and newly developed flashy lifestyle.

The crime trio soon up their game by getting into bigger and more dangerous ambitions. During this time the hot headed Tommy and Jimmy, manage to kill a made man Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) who insults Tommy in a classic scene where he mocks him for being a "shoe shine boy". Now the problems the three face are even bigger, as a member of the Gambino family killing Batts is a recipe for disaster.

After this Henry's problems continue with serious marriage woes, a mistress, and out of control drug use and dealing. All three have gone far beyond the control of the local boss, and they are attracting too much attention. Henry's also detached from reality and feeling the pressure on all sides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
There is very little doubt that Goodfellas is probably the best "Gangster" movie ever made. Where as The Godfather and Godfather 2 were almost Operatic, balletic even, and Scarface was just over the top, Goodfellas is the real thing. No pretence at honour amongst theives here, these are the real thing, one wrong move and you're likely to end up dead in the trunk of someones car on your way to the docks or the desert. These guys don't think of themselves as gangsters, their just making a living best they can. The 9 to 5 and paying taxes route is just not an option. If you get in the way of the guys watch out!

Based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi it tels the supposedly true story of Henry Hill who became a gangster at a very young age. Told often in flashback and with a wonderfully real sounding voice over, the film is for the most part a tremedously exiting, stylish and witty telling of a very sad story, the indoctrination of a young boy into a life of crime, and at the time he thinks it's just a bit of fun. It turns out that the life was so exiting and flush with all the matrial things young men want, it was never an option for young Harry not to be sucked in and then not want to leave these exiting men called Wiseguys.

Scorsese's decision to make these guys real meant he had to make their actions real. The talk is real, the clothes are real and the violence is very real, quick, close up, ugly, and often difficult to watch. His decision to show these guys as they are with no real cinematic restrictions is brave because you can turn audiences off if you make violent scenes too real or have them too often.
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