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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Jake LaMotta, Joseph Carter, Mardik Martin, Paul Schrader, Peter Savage
  • Producers: Hal W. Polaire, Irwin Winkler
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792833236
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Scorsese's brutal black-and-white biography of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta was chosen as the best film of the 1980s in a major critics' poll at the end of the decade, and it's a knockout piece of filmmaking. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta (famously putting on 50 pounds for the later scenes), a man tormented by demons he doesn't understand and prone to uncontrollably violent temper tantrums and fits of irrational jealousy. He marries a striking young blond (Cathy Moriarty), his sexual ideal, and then terrorizes her with never-ending accusations of infidelity. Jake is as frightening as he is pathetic, unable to control or comprehend the baser instincts that periodically, and without warning, turn him into the rampaging beast of the title. But as Roman Catholic Scorsese sees it, he works off his sins in the boxing ring, where his greatest athletic talent is his ability to withstand punishment. The fight scenes are astounding; they're like barbaric ritual dance numbers. Images smash into one another--a flashbulb, a spray of sweat, a fist, a geyser of blood--until you feel dazed from the pummeling. Nominated for a handful of Academy Awards (including best picture and director), Raging Bull won only two, for De Niro and for editor Thelma Schoonmacher. --Jim Emerson

Synopsis

With Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese's personal approach to film-making is taken to a whole new level. Shooting in a crisp black and white, Scorsese tells the story of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, played with incredible intensity by Robert De Niro, in an Oscar-winning performance. As La Motta rises through the ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown, he falls in love with Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a gorgeous girl from his Bronx neighbourhood. Jake's inability to express his feelings pours out in the ring and eventually takes over his life in his dealings with his brother, Joey (a brilliant Joe Pesci). Irrational jealousy over Vickie, as well as an insatiable appetite, sends him into a downward spiral that costs him his title, his wife, and his relationship with Joey. As the out-of-control fighter, De Niro delivers one of the screen's most unforgettable performances. Pesci is just as intense as Joey, who finally realises that he is unable to tame his animalistic brother.


Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman shoot the film with a stylish flair that fills the boxing scenes with boundless energy and adds immediacy to the endless arguments that erupt whenever Jake is outside the ring. Coupled with Thelma Schoonmaker's breakneck editing and the film's audacious sound design, said scenes are the most brutally realistic depiction of the sport the cinema has ever seen. Simply put, Raging Bull is one of American cinema's masterworks.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 17 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 S. R. Slayford on 11 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
So the wife and I have been reviewing the classics, and finally got round to a long overdue viewing of Raging Bull. Yes, the film is massively hyped,and maybe that didn't help from the outset. We had high expectations, further compounded my watching some excellent classics over recent weeks.

I can safely assume that there will be some negativity towards this review - but ultimately I found the film long-winded with little to retain interest. Yes the sound track is solid, acting is v strong throughout with De Niro looking every inch the part and visually its unique and defining.
The trouble is you just don't care for anyone in the film, nor are the fights engaging, the drama plays out as you would expect and its a little style of substance.
I can see why people love it, i can also see why people THINK they should love it... but honestly i didn't do much, if anything for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Caffyn-Parsons on 23 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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22 of 26 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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