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Raging Bull [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert De Niro , Cathy Moriarty , Martin Scorsese    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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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 (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792833236
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,981 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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


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.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's Entertainment. A Raging Blu review. 23 Aug 2011
By DeeJay
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De Niro at his Best 9 Sep 2003
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art in a Box 27 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This is Scorsese's masterpiece and no doubt De Niro's best performance. Much can be said about this film; But one thing that comes to mind is the use of powerfull imagery that is now regarded iconic in the film industry as being art on film.
It's not hard to believe why this film was voted 'The Best Film Of The 80's' as u sit through every last minute of the film in awe and respect for its genius script and performances.
The dvd does little for the film in terms of extras but makes up for it through the crisp picture quality and sharp score.
I recomend this film to anyone who wants to be entertained in ways that only films of this caliber han achieve. Purely inspirational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great product, excellent service! 31 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was expecting this blu ray movie to have little special features due to there being a 2nd release which was the 30th anniversary edition, when infact it has a lot, not to mention the excellent delivery which was very quick and accurate. 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raging bull 16 Feb 2012
By m
this looks amazing on blu ray the picture and sound are so perfect im glad i purchased this film. robert deniro and joe pesci are brilliant in this film
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a masterpiece 11 April 2003
By jbezzo VINE VOICE
The DeNiro-Scorcese partnership has been one of the most fruitful relationships in the history of cinema; and Raging Bull perhaps it's greatest product. Over 20 years after it was first released; it's impact is as great as ever as it profiles the rise and fall of The Bronx Bull - Jake LaMotta. It is one of the greatest performances of DeNiro's career; and as an example of method acting one of his most extreme; from training in New York's Time Square Gym to get himself in shape to putting on 3 stone to play the bloated slug that LaMotta became. This is a simply beautifully shot film; it's black and white imagery stark and brutal. Mascagni's haunting intermezzo plays over the opening credits; as a slow-motion deNiro bobs and shadow boxes; his robe swishing like a ball gown - giving the effect of a serene dance which precedes his slow-motion freefall into a personal hell. In 1949; the real LaMotta captured the world middleweight title; but his personal life was blighted by a struggle with his weight; combined with an aching sense of sexual inadequacy whch lead to an obsessive jealousy. From an objectionable lowlife; he becomes a pathetic slob; introducing strippers in seedy clubs in between indescribably bad comedy routines. This is simply a classic; thoug not easy to watch at times.
The 2 disc version also includes a documentary on the making of the film; a beautifully illustrated booklet and also some of the jokes from LaMotta's routine; told by the man himself. This is a must have in any film buff;s collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What a classic film. cannot fault it, great direction and performances.
Published 21 days ago by Gordon L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuff said
This film, in my humble opinion, represents the best collaboration between the electric formula of Martin Scorcese/ Robert De Niro/ Joe Pesci.
Published 1 month ago by B. Choudhry
5.0 out of 5 stars He Was A Contender
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Scorsese,De Niro,Pesci deliver another hard hitting (no pun intended) film about the boxer Jake LaMotta in what is to me De Niro's finest performance the passion and respect he... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. M. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, what more can be said? Fantastic and brilliantly acted true story about boxing legend Jake Lamotta
Published 3 months ago by G. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Expecting more than what was offered
It is an OK film, acting by the main players was good however storyline let this film down. Like a few other reviewers I thought the story long winded and a little hard to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leepy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films of American cinema
Scorsese fully utilized the cinematic medium to create Raging Bull into a work of staggering brilliance and an emotionally powerful, gritty experience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Max Caffyn-Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic De Niro
Golden oldy, love my boxing and this was one of the films (along with Rocky) that made me fall in love with the sport, a must have in the collection!
Published 4 months ago by Unhappy Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
bought it for my son and he loves it and at the rate he is going it will be worn out as he watches it over and over lol.
Published 4 months ago by A ham
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous !!!
I bought the film primarily to replace the VHS tape I had. This film always remains a firm favourite of mine, a timeless classic. Read more
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