Considering the chaotic, often drug-fuelled circumstances of its production, New York, New York seems a lot more disciplined and successful than it has any right to be. While there's never once a sense or flavor of New York - this is pure Hollywood all the way - Scorsese's mixture of stylised settings and naturalistic drama goes beyond the traditional happy ending and takes what starts out a standard boy-meets-girl musical plotline into darker emotional territory. It may lose its way towards the and (partially due to the overlong Happy Endings number taking us away from the characters for too long), but it gets a lot more right than it gets wrong, and has a great use of color. It was also interesting to compare the theatrical version and director's cut included on the DVD - surely the easiest restoration ever since Scorsese literally cut two reels and left the rest of the film intact.
The extras from the original laserdisc release are present and correct on a very impressive and comprehensive two disc DVD set - audio commentary by Martin Scorsese and Carrie Rickey, alternate ending and 40-minutes of alternate takes and deleted scenes, two-part documentary The New York, New York Stories, an interview with Liza Minnelli, selected scene commentary by cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs, storyboards, stills and poster gallery, Martin Scorsese introduction, teaser trailer and full theatrical trailer and booklet. Not all have been carried over to the Blu-ray release, which only offers the 163-minute version, loses the storyboard and stills galleries, booklet and, most substantially, only has 19 minutes of deleted scenes and alternte takes ratherthan the full 40 minutes.