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Taxi Driver [VHS]

Robert De Niro , Jodie Foster , Martin Scorsese    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Paul Schrader
  • Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips, Phillip M. Goldfarb
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, Swedish
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Uca
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V8VW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,365 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I just knew I had to make this film", Scorsese would later say), combined with a perfectly timed post-Watergate expression of personal, political and societal anxiety. Robert De Niro, as the tortured, ex-Marine cab driver Travis Bickle, made movie history with his chilling performance as one of the most memorably intense and vividly realised characters ever committed to film. Bickle is a self-appointed vigilante who views his urban beat as an intolerable cesspool of blighted humanity. He plays guardian angel for a young prostitute (Jodie Foster), but not without violently devastating consequences. This masterpiece, which is not for all tastes, is sure to horrify some viewers, but few could deny the film's lasting power and importance. --Jeff Shannon

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Actors: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel
Director: Martin Scorsese
Manufacturer: Uca

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure whether this was going to be a good purchase after reading both good and bad reviews on its blu ray transfer.
But after watching it, I can only say... NO REGRETS!!!
The one disc blu ray comes in a typical blu ray plastic case inside a protective cardboard sleeve, both the case and the sleeve have the same image and film information on the front and back.
The blu ray contains some great extras including commentary from Scorsese, from storyboard to screen comparisons and much more.
For anyone worrying about the transfer to blu ray, DON'T. Its a film made in 1975, transfered with a 1080p HD 1.85:1 ratio, leaving the picture really good throughout, especially in the daylight scenes.
The sound is crisp and the dialogue clear.
Highly recommend this classic for anyone wanting to buy it for the first time, or wanting to upgrade from VHS or DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speaks to the loneliness 27 April 2013
By Tando
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is a masterclass of writing, acting, and directing. Paul Schrader admits to being a bit like Travis when he wrote this, and so he empathised with the loneliness and the contradictions of a personality who wants love but when he gets a date, takes her to a porno theatre to show her what a loser he is. And who writes in his diary about the importance of getting healthy and then sits staring at a tv popping pills and eating bread and cereals laced with whiskey. He is a social misfit, a reject determined to remain rejected, because to his subconscious mind this is what he deserves, no matter what he writes and says. I like that the script doesnt explain why he is this way, but just shows the behaviour and allows our imagination to fill in the gaps. De Niro prepared by driving a taxi and he IS the character more than in any other movie he made.
The only scenes that i don't quite believe are those between Travis and Betsy, played by Cybill Shepherd. Here the writing is not so realistic, as i don't believe she would go out with a guy like him, not even for a coffee, and when he tells her he feels there is a strong connection between them, and asks if she feels the same, she replies "I wouldnt be here if i didn't." That is the worst line in the whole movie, but is taken from many ad-libbed versions of scenes between the two actors, who never look comfortable together. That aside, Taxi Driver spoke to the souls of thousands of lonely outsiders, rejects, so called losers in life, but in reality it is the life itself that is fundamentally unnatural for humans to live in, being a slave-like existence with little or no affection or love.Travis reacts in a natural way to this unnatural city existence,and so for me he is normal, while all the people who put forward a fake front of self control and enjoyment in place of the turmoil they should be exhibiting, it is they who are the unnatural ones. Scorcese's best film and De Niro's best acting.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Career Making Performance and Film 23 Oct 2006
This the film that really nailed it for Scorcese and DeNiro. Jodi Foster is amazing, especially as she was just at the stage of her career when she was making the transition to more grown-up fare. There is also a sterling support cast including a brilliant "Peter Boyle" as the Wizard and Harvey Keitel in the part of the pimp which he had Scorcese build up for him. The score from an ailing Bernard Harman is among the best and most disquieting of his work (sadly his last score he died on the day the recording was completed). The dvd extras are the kind I really like, quality rather than quantity. I mean who needs an extra dvd of stuff most probably taken from the media hand-outs given to the press? What you have hear is a really good length (70 min) making of with all the main movers and shakers taking part; Scorcese, DeNiro, Shepherd, Keitel, Shraeder. The only thing I'm slightly dissapointed about is that there is no mention of the rumoured animosity between DeNiro and Shepherd. Hell, maybe they've put the past behind them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vast improvement on the DVD 21 Aug 2012
By Neil
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The DVD I had of this was a crude transfer with annoying artifacts. Switching between the DVD and the Bluray is like night and day. In addition to resolution, the colours are lighter and cleaner which i didn't immediately prefer due to familiarity with the DVD, but have since adapted to and imagine this is more representative of clean film stock.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Amazing Quality! 13 Mar 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant film; for me it's aesthetically beautiful (the Taxi bumper shots showing the bright lights of New York are stunning), it's also got a lovely melancholic jazz soundtrack that highlights Travis' perceived pointlessness and ambling in and through life.

(Plot spoilers) The story is simple: an insomniac wants to better spend his sleepless nights so enrols to drive taxis, slowly but surely falling into the abyss of loneliness and insanity. He witnesses the depraved and seedy nature of New York at night (prostitutes, drug dealers et al.) and brands them the scum of the earth. This, ironically, coming from a man who regularly visits dirty movie theatres. At the same time, we see Travis develop obsessions with Betsy who is a campaign worker for Palantine, a presidential candidate. Soon after their relationship develops, Travis makes the mistake of taking her to one of the aforementioned dirty movies, which immediately sees an end to this relationship. Travis later angrily confronts her and makes various violent remarks towards her, the first sign of his unstable mental state. Throughout the film Travis encounters a young child prostitute who he feels is being forced against her will to ply her trade. Meanwhile he begins training and preparing to assassinate Palantine. When it comes to it however, he fails to do so after being spotted by Secret Service Agents before he attempts the assassination. His desire to exact violence upon those he despises (Palantine for his connection to Betsy) leads him to the location of the child prostitute who he feels he must help escape from prostitution. Therefore, he murders her pimp, the bouncer and her customer (these being the scum of the earth that he despises). He is injured in the battle and fails to commit suicide.
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I wasn't over impressed but very watchable
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So so
Published 21 days ago by IAN DORAN
3.0 out of 5 stars ... Niro films and I have to say I didn't like this one very much
I am gradually working my through De Niro films and I have to say I didn't like this one very much. I know it has had rave reviews but how this film got them I have no idea,I... Read more
Published 24 days ago by merlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A superb movie
Published 1 month ago by Maurice Blunden
5.0 out of 5 stars De niro classic
What more can I say it is De niro in his younger days and great movie. Have added to the library of great titles to keep forever
Published 1 month ago by pimparola
5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary and very powerful masterpiece
Taxi Driver is simply one of the greatest films ever achieved in America Cinema. The film studies the dark and complex misanthrope, Travis Bickle, and Taxi Driver covers problems... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Max Caffyn-Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you talking to me?
Martin Scorsese has made many movies in 40 year he's been in the business, but of the films He's made I've seen (which to be fair is only a few) Taxi Driver is my favourite as it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Present.
Given as part of a present and was well received. Recipient lives in France but wanted the UK version (even though he speaks fluent French. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David J. Clifton
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviews?
None of the reviews actually coincide with one very important factor...The film is good..we can see that..the actors are good..we know that too.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul G. Fuller
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