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Raging Bull [VHS] [1981]


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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
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZZU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,065 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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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 16 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
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 Sep 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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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 m on 16 Feb 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James M. on 18 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
While Raging Bull is the best boxing film ever put to celluloid, it is not really a film about boxing. Instead, we get a biopic of the man, a chance for Scorese to examine his own issues of Catholic guilt -- a recurring issue in his films. Having been seriously addicted to cocaine prior to making this movie, it is also a chance for Scorsese to look at the self destruction he caused to himself by examining the rise and fall story of Jake La Motta.

Consdiering Scorsese thought this could be his last film, he put his all into making it, and it shows. Creatively this is his zenith, with his mesmerising black-and-white style and the brutal yet almost grandiose fight scenes.

If Scorsese is at his best in this movie, it can be argued that so too is De Niro. Famously pilling on pounds to play the overweight La Motta, he took his Method acting genuis to spectacular heights. Joe Pesci is superb also, another actor on top of his game in probably his best role, with Moriaty also superb as La Motta's long-suffering wife.

While De Niro got an Oscar, Scorsese was criminally ignored for the film he most deserved one. This is him at his best, though, producing a raw, brutal, visceral tale of a pugilist at war with himself that is difficult to watch yet hugely rewarding. But, alas, as with alot of film classics, they are not recognised upon release for what they are. Raging Bull is no different, widely regarded now as a modern classic, yet upon its release it lost out on the Best Picture Oscar to Ordinary People. Criminal.
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