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Martin Scorsese Collection [DVD]
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2011
Apart from the unmatched Raging Bull (1980), the films in this box set are an excellent addition to the masterpieces that the true admirer of Scorsese's films already owns. Boxcar Bertha (1972) is a low-budget B-movie in the tradition of the exploitation films of Roger Corman (who produced Scorsese's second film) that was little more than a technical and economic practice for Scorsese's first memorable film, Mean Streets (1973). After Taxi Driver (1976), Scorsese, like so many other of his contemporary fellow directors (Friedkin's Sorecerer [1977], Cimino's Heaven's Gate [1980] and Coppola's One from the Heart [1982]), contributed to the end of the New Hollywood era with the overly stylized and nostalgic musical New York, New York (1977). Though visually impressive and well-acted by De Niro and Minelli, the film's narrative is at times unconvincing and clichéd. To my mind this was the least fruitful collaboration between Marty and Bob. After the financial and critical failure of NYNY, the now depressive and cocaine-addicted Scorsese shot one of the best music documentaries ever made, The Last Waltz (1978), which covers the last concert of The Band. Marty's peculiar state of mind is especially present in the awquard interviews with lead singer Robbie Robertson (who also supervised the score to Scorsese's latest Shutter Island). The King of Comedy (1983), his fifth collaboration with De Niro, is a brilliant satire about the world of media and celebrity. Possibly his most pessimistic, yet simultaneously also his most funny film.

Some details about the technical aspects of the DVDs:

Boxcar Bertha
Audio: English, German, French, Spanish (all in Mono)
Subtitles: English HOH, French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek
Extras: none

New York, New York (136/163mins)
Audio: English, French, Spanish (5.1) and Polish (Mono)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Dutch and a dozen more
Extras: Intro by Scorsese, Audio Commentary by Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey

The Last Waltz
Audio: English (5.1, 2.1)
Subtitles: English, German HOH
Extras: Audio Commentaries: The Filmmaker & The Musician and The Band & Others, Featurette: Revisiting the Last Waltz, Archival Outtakes Jam 2 (brilliant!), Photo Gallery, Trailers and TV Spots

Raging Bull
Audio: English (2.1), German, Spanish, French, Italian (Mono)
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and some more
Extras: Trailer

The King of Comedy
Audio: English (2.0)
Subtitles: English HOH, Dabish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Extras: Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Gallery, Trailer and TV Spot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
Great collection that any music/film lover should get. Raging Bull and King of Comedy are perhaps the best performances of Robert De Niro and fantastic movies in their own rite, King of Comedy being one of my favorites of all time. Boxcar bertha is a movie i've never seen, so i cant particularly recommend it :D However, it is just a bonus. The Last Waltz is of course the legendary concert by The Band and their "friends", like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and many others. superb concert dvd, one of the best around, regarded as one of the best concert dvds ever.. Really awesome, with great sound. And New York New York is a great movie for both movielovers and music lovers alike, with great music and fantastic performances from the actors.. Overall a great boxset, and buying 2 of the movies individually would cost more than buying this boxset of 4 great movies and and extra bonus in Boxcar Bertha
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
There's nothing very new here. For many, only Raging Bull would be of interest and of any infamy.

For the seasoned Scorsese follower however here is a brilliant example of the wide variety of lesser films that Marty made earlier in his career.

I wanted to buy New York, New York. A PG cert De Niro starring film about the war-time jazz scene and romantically co-stars Liza Minnelli. Can this be the same director who gorged us with ultra violence later with Goodfellas and such? The DVD features two versions - long & short (succinctly described as such!). It continues to divide current audiences. I like it and shows real flair, the leads and the music, as well as the period detail all shine and is quite an accomplishment in an otherwise alien genre to Scorsese - one that harks back to the golden Hollywood of the 1940's. But with more 'knowing'. Minnelli's singing seduces, too.

The Last Waltz is regarded as the standard, a music documentary that set the benchmark and to which Marty took on to his now legendary and critically respected Bob Dylan ones and such. However, the slimline cases that all five discs come in do not have any booklets. My original, full size DVD of this film, did.

There has been, I feel, a resurge in the popularity of the other DVD I wanted: The King of Comedy. Though this ultra satire looks a little dated now (due partly to changes in TV studios and dress) De Niro portrays a strange, annoying outsider who you can't take your eyes off. Jerry Lewis is the harassed chat show host. Though a flop at the time, in hindsight, this black comedy has shown an uncanny knack of highlighting the inanity (and insanity) of fame. What fame does, how it can be achieved and how it affects all that it touches. Chilling and strange and one of De Niro's best performances. From 1983.

Lastly, one I rather like and is generally forgotten - Boxcar Bertha. From 1972, some say not a particularly good film and is an early slant on the back of a waive of Bonnie & Clyde gangster-style movies. Barbara Hershey plays the hold-up train robber and a well matched David Carradine, her lean and lithe lover. There's much attractive nudity of the leads which may cover over narrative flaws but it's always very watchable. Sudden violence and interesting characters probably display the style that most will associate with the later Scorsese.

So - As a box set, the outer card for the case is thin and will get soon get scuffed and I personally dislike the colour of it. But at about £1.60 a film, with no duds, this must be the best value in a long time. Even if you really only wanted two of them, like I did, it makes good financial sense. (I already had Raging Bull & Last Waltz, so if want those too, even better value).

I'm not one for DVD extras but it looks like Last Waltz & New York... have quite extensive features whilst the others are only fairly basic.
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on 28 September 2014
Bought as a present and was much appreciated
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2014
Got as a present for my daughter and she loved it. The service was great and arrived in plenty of time for Christmas. I was really pleased with the packaging and the product was exactly what I wanted.
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on 5 February 2015
as expected
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
I am a little disappointed to see that all the disc containers are the cheap slim ones. Neither or less, it's pretty good box-set for such a price + it's brand new. The condition is perfect nothing wrong there. Overall a thumbs up from me!
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on 19 June 2015
I love it
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2013
Bough this for friend. He is fan of Scorsese and he hadn't seen the movies, so he was excited and he loved it. I guess if you are fan then it would be worth it!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2012
Hello

Great collection of Scorsese films at a good price. Chance to catch up a lot of his classics.

Peace
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