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Raging Bull (Wide Screen) [DVD] [1981]

Robert De Niro , Cathy Moriarty , Martin Scorsese    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 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: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXAC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The high-point in the long fruitful partnership of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, and widely reckoned one of the finest films of the 1980s, Raging Bull still looks like a contender. Based on the ghosted autobiography of 1940s boxing champion Jake La Motta, it's the most searing, intense and often painful to watch of Scorsese's explorations into the nature of masculinity and macho values. The rise of La Motta, the taut, cocky young fighting machine from the Bronx, is bookended by the scenes in which, as a paunchy, bloated has-been 20 years later, he's reduced to acting out self-pitying monologues in a tawdry Manhattan nightclub. The film is shot in crystalline black-and-white, masterfully framed and lit by Michael Chapman, partly as passionate movie-buff Scorsese's response to the way in which classic colour films were at this time being allowed to deteriorate into pinky-mauve travesties of their original rich tones.

Making their starring debuts, Joe Pesci as La Motta's long-suffering brother and manager, and Cathy Moriarty as his delicate-featured, abused child-wife, both grab their opportunities with both hands. But the film's dominated from the outset by De Niro's tour de force performance as the brutal, hair-triggered La Motta, viciously lashing out at the world in self-destructive fury. De Niro, who had first suggested the project to Scorsese back in 1973, threw himself into the role with near-demented dedication, submitting to a full year's punishing training programme to gain a boxer's physique and fighting skills--then taking two months off in Europe to stuff himself relentlessly till he had gained 60 lbs to play the slobbish, washed-up ex-champ. It's a performance of scary believability that makes you realise how casually, these days, the actor is coasting through his later career. Raging Bull was nominated for eight Oscars and picked up two, one for De Niro, and one for Thelma Schoonmaker's editing.

On the DVD: not much, just the original trailer, and a brief promo for some of MGM's other DVD releases. There's some useful production info in the printed booklet enclosed in the box, but couldn't they have got Marty to say a few words? The images look stunning in their original widescreen (1.85:1) ratio, but neither the Dolby Digital sound nor the print seems to have been remastered. Such a major re-release deserved a little more effort. --Philip Kemp

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Product Description 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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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Well worth it
Great film. Well worth it
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1.0 out of 5 stars A FAILED FILM
For once I stand as a rarity amongst men as I thought Raging Bull was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jamie Cunningham
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Bull.
Boring. Dull. Overrated. Just awful.
Published 4 days ago by Deep Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Amazing movie
Published 7 days ago by J2K3
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick delivery :)
I bought this for My Dad's birthday on recommendation from hubby as they apparently really good films if you like boxing :)
Published 1 month ago by Kantaiabi
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What a classic film. cannot fault it, great direction and performances.
Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 5 months ago by G. Richardson
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