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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JK6P7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Scorsese's acclaimed biopic of Jake La Motta, the boxing world champion who rose rapidly to fame but swiftly fell from grace. On the road to success, La Motta (Robert De Niro) marries the beautiful young Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), but the pressures of success soon make him paranoid and he ends up alienating both his wife and his brother, Joey (Joe Pesci). Shot entirely in black and white, the film features brutal fight scenes and sees an Oscar-winning performance by De Niro, who famously tailored his physical appearance to suit the role, putting on 50 pounds to portray the portly, middle-aged La Motta.

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Even considering the many highs that his career has touched since, there’s still a convincing argument that Robert De Niro has never matched his towering performance as Jack La Motta in Raging Bull. Marking one of his many successful collaborations with director Martin Scorsese (and check out the likes of Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and the woefully underappreciated The King Of Comedy for more examples), it was a role that rightly rewarded De Niro with an Oscar, and the fact that it’s still being talked about nearly three decades later tells its own story.

Shot in black and white and pulling no punches, proverbial or otherwise, Raging Bull is a genuinely deserving recipient of the word masterpiece. Boasting superb supporting turns from Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci, and with some editing of simply textbook quality, it’s a film that’s there’s little point even trying to pick holes in. A superb piece of cinema.

As for the Blu-ray? It’s not bad at all. The picture improvements over the DVD release still leave it some way behind the finest exponents of 1080p transfers, but that’s to be expected given the age of the film. The sound mix is enhanced too, and it’s good to see such a substantial collection of extras on the disc too. And while it’s not a perfect Blu-ray beneficiary, this is nonetheless as good as a genuinely masterful film is ever going to get, and as a result, it’s simply hard to resist. --Jon Foster

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on 23 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Can I assume that you are all familiar with this film? An iconic classic that features one of the finest ever performances from Robert Deniro as Jake LaMotta, chronicling the rise and fall of the ill-tempered, insecure, flawed man but brilliant boxer. You are? Good, ill move onto the Bluray itself then. If you aren't familiar with this movie though, you owe it to yourself to see it. Fantastic acting performances from literally everyone involved, beautifully shot in black and white with a mesmerising soundtrack and moments in the boxing ring that look, at times, impossibly authentic.

This 30th Anniversary edition of Raging Bull uses the same transfer as the 2009 Bluray release, although that is no bad thing to be honest. The picture quality is excellent and one of the finest Bluay transfers from a 1980's film ive seen. Blacks are solid, whites are nice and crisp, the greys are varied which considering it was shot in black and white means a lot. Fine detail is very good and no DNR has been applied. There is a layer of grain over the picture, but not only is this a natural by product of the film used, it also adds to the gritty realism of the movie. Inside the boxing ring you can see the swirls of smoke passing across the ring lights, the beads of sweat on the boxers, and the blood appears thick and dark. The increased detail also allows you to really appreciate the shape Deniro got himself in to play this role. Which makes the transformation to washed up LaMotta all the more impressive.

The DTS-HD audio track is also very good, standing out in particular during the boxing scenes. You really get the feeling that you are in their with LaMotta.

Extras: Some quality extras here, most of them will have been seen before though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Caffyn-Parsons on 23 Mar. 2014
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Scorsese fully utilized the cinematic medium to create Raging Bull into a work of staggering brilliance and an emotionally powerful, gritty experience. The outstanding black and white cinematography crafts a haunting visual tone while Scorsese's distinctive style of direction flawlessly embodies LaMotta's psychological and violent dilemmas.

Truly magnificent in every aspect; with absolutely exceptional performances, a superbly constructed perceptive narrative and stunningly remarkable technical work, Raging Bull is simply a phenomenal cinematic achievement. It is an unparalleled piece of work that evocatively tackles the harsh realities of the Bronx boxer and transcends to be a character study of human nature. Raging Bull is arguably the finest film from one of the greatest American auteurs and a breathtakingly striking masterpiece.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr K Patel on 9 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
This is by far De Niro's best performance, and that is saying something. The performance is raw and he depicts the boxer La Motta perfectly. The film shows the highs and lows of the boxer Jake La Motta, and the film is a real roller-coaster ride, De Niro takes you through all the emotions, and put together with Scorsese's brilliant direction, this film is well worth its title of 'Best film of the 80s'.
Raging Bull is the best sports film ever made, the sheer emotion it puts you through, the detailed fights scenes, the first-class sound, this has never been repeated on big screen. Rocky may be fans favourite, but this is the best.
It is hard to believe that De Niro trained for the part for over a year, fought in three fights, then shot the film, take a few months out of filming to put on 50 pounds and then finished filming. Not only the best actor, but also this shows commitment to the part.
I loved Raging Bull from the first time I saw it, I am sure I am not the only one.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Martin Scorsese 'topped and tailed’ his 1980 'biopic’ (a wholly underselling description) of Bronx-born boxer Jake LaMotta with two magnificent scenes – opening with a balletic-like Robert De Niro floating, slo-mo, across the ring to Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and thence, having come full circle, to the same actor’s (though almost unrecognisable due to his 'new’ frame) warm-up 'Brando routine’, before hitting the 'down and out’ night-club stage for his 'pathetic’ variety turn. For me, Raging Bull is Scorsese’s ultimate masterpiece, as good an examination of physicality (and its decline) to ever reach the screen and, to boot, the finest 'sporting film’ ever – Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, King Of Comedy, Goodfellas, New York, New York (even) are all contenders but none quite attains the 'pure cinematic’ qualities of Raging Bull.

Not only is the film a compelling and visceral tale of a man’s battle with his inner demons (and questionable sanity) but it is (still, 35 years on) a mightily impressive technical achievement. Cinematographer Michael Chapman’s evocative black-and-white photography is stunning – whether it be the fast-cut, wide angle boxing ring shots, the steadicam, vérité-like sequences or the lingering, more intimate close-ups. Similarly, the film’s sound design (courtesy of Frank Warner) is like something straight out of Leone – with its echoing camera flashes and punches adding to the film’s sense of realism. Certainly, Scorsese does not hold back in terms of the brutality of his sporting focus – this is barbaric stuff (and, admittedly, rather exaggerated for effect) as LaMotta dishes out and (happily) takes vicious beatings ('He ain’t pretty no more’).
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