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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: DVD Region, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment In Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGAVY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oscar-winning crime thriller from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. The Massachusetts State Police Department in South Boston is waging an all-out war to take down the city's top organised crime ring. The key is to end the reign of powerful mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) from the inside. A young rookie, Bill Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), is assigned to infiltrate the mob run by Costello. While Billy is working to gain Costello's trust, another young cop, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), is quickly rising through the ranks of the state police. Earning a spot in the Special Investigations Unit, Colin is among a handful of elite officers whose mission is to bring Costello down. But what his superiors don't know is that Colin is working for Costello, keeping the crime boss one step ahead of the police.

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Martin Scorsese makes a welcomed return to the mean streets (of Boston, in this case) with The Departed, hailed by many as Scorsese's best film since Casino. Since this crackling crime thriller is essentially a Scorsese-stamped remake of the acclaimed 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, the film was intensely scrutinized by devoted critics and cinephiles, and while Scorsese's intense filmmaking and all-star cast deserve ample acclaim, The Departed is also worthy of serious re-assessment, especially with regard to what some attentive viewers described as sloppy craftsmanship (!), notably in terms of mismatched shots and jagged continuity. But no matter where you fall on the Scorsese appreciation scale, there's no denying that The Departed is a signature piece of work from one of America's finest directors, designed for maximum impact with a breathtaking series of twists, turns, and violent surprises. It's an intricate cat-and-mouse game, but this time the cat and mouse are both moles: Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is an ambitious cop on the rise, planted in the Boston police force by criminal kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hot-tempered police cadet who's been artificially disgraced and then planted into Costigan's crime operation as a seemingly trustworthy soldier. As the multilayered plot unfolds (courtesy of a scorching adaptation by Kingdom of Heaven screenwriter William Monahan), Costigan and Sullivan conduct a volatile search for each other (they're essentially looking for "themselves") while simultaneously wooing the psychiatrist (Vera Farmiga) assigned to treat their crime-driven anxieties.

Such convenient coincidences might sink a lesser film, but The Departed is so electrifying that you barely notice the plot-holes. And while Nicholson's profane swagger is too much "Jack" and not enough "Costello," he's still a joy to watch, especially in a film that's additionally energised by memorable (and frequently hilarious) supporting roles for Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and a host of other big-name performers. The Departed also makes clever and plot-dependent use of mobile phones, to the extent that it couldn't exist without them. Powered by Scorsese's trademark use of well-chosen soundtrack songs (from vintage rock to Puccini's operas), The Departed may not be perfect, but it's one helluva ride for moviegoers, proving popular enough to become the biggest box-office hit of Scorsese's commercially rocky career. --Jeff Shannon

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Format: Blu-ray
Picture quality is fantastic - definitely worth upgrading from DVD. Jack Nicholson's wrinkles have never looked finer.

Special Features are:
- Additional Scenes With Introductions By Martin Scorsese.
- Stranger Than Fiction: The Story Of The Boston Mob.
- Crossing Criminal Cultures: How Little Italy's Crime And Violence Influence Scorsese's Work.
- Theatrical Trailer.

Other Information:
- English Subtitles: Feature Only.
- DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio.
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.
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This is really top notch movie making , fantastic script and plot , really its just brilliant ...cpl of things bugged me ...bit where Jack Nicholson goes into a familiar ' mad jack ' persona that jilted me momentarily out of the world of the film into noticing it was a an actor ...and the cheesy last couple of seconds ( doesnt interfere with the movies ending though , its just a last lingering shot but it was too 'comedy ' rather than ironic or meaningful ..other than that , I basically watched this two days in a row it was so good , and Leonardo Di Caprio is stunning in it .
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The screenplay: Top Notch
The performances: all-star cast delivering all-star performances
The music: perfect
The Directing: Martin Scorsese at his finest and that is saying something.

Once again Scorsese delivers a film that meets or exceeds the expectations of its audience in nearly every way. There are moments of incredible tension, violence, and drama, moments where characters reveal their vulnerabilities and weakness. Comedic moments and moments of sadness and through it all a multi layered and brilliant story is told by an American film maker who once again proves Harvey Keitel correct when he said, "Maybe he (Scorsese) got what he deserves--exclusion from the mediocre."

This film is Scorsese's finest work since Raging Bull, but it is not simply about Martin Scorsese or the amazing screen play by William Monahan, it is more than an amazing score, and great cinematography. While many of the accolades for this film belong to those behind the scenes people who envisioned and directed this film. One would be remiss to not point out the great performances of an all-star cast, many of whom deliver the finest performances of long and storied careers. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon deliver incredible performances.

However the performance that stood out for me was Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg's Sgt. Dignam stole every scene he was in, and he shared screen time with each of the afore mentioned actors. He gets to deliver some of the best lines, and with every scene he leaves the audience wanting more, and anticipating his next scene.

That was the long version; the short version is if you like a movie with incredible performances, direction, music and visuals.
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A classic thriller telling of corruption in Boston. Nicholson, Di Caprio n Damon act their socks off with fine supporting turns from Baldwin n Wahlberg amongst others. Just who is the good guy n who is the mole? Well paced n packed with twists n turns to keep you guessing.
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Excellent crime drama which justifies its long running time! The acting is uniformly excellent as you'd expect from this group of actors, but it must be said Mark Wahlberg stands out as a wincing lay obnoxious cop
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The Departed is a modern day gangster epic by widely acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. Whilst this movie was the one that the director won an Oscar for, it is arguable whether it is his masterpiece. It has a fast moving plot, polished violence and a special mention to Jack Nicholson for playing a wonderfully devious Mafioso. However, unlike many of his other films, it is difficult to sympathize with a character, although some people believe this to be a part of the experience, it is nice to have a main actor that the audience roots for. Good movie, possible buy.
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Saw this movie on tv and bought it for my son, he is a Di Caprio fan.
The performances from the main actors were excellent.
Very good storyline. It is violent but it is a gangster film and so not unexpected.
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Good, I suppose if you like this kind of thing. Sorry if that sounds a bit tired but it's taken me two nights (with regular naps) to labour my way through the best part of three hours of guys cussing each other out and occasionally getting shot in the face. It was all a bit wearying.

I'm a fan of Scorsese from the 70s onwards and there's no question that he's made some great movies - Goodfellas and Casino would be my (not very controversial) picks of a pretty good bunch - but is it just me that finds it all a bit by numbers these days? Nasty men - check. Bad language - check and (insert cuss word) check again. Periodic megaviolence, with plenty of red sauce spread around - absolutely. Spurious Catholic iconography - yup, all in place.

This stuff has been Scorsese's stock in trade for years of course, and whenever one of his side ventures - the woeful Aviator and the dead-on-arrival Gangs of New York for example - flops (and they did flop, regardless of awards) he retreats back to his comfort zone of bad - but hey, deeply troubled - guys with big handguns and limited vocabulary (is there something you need to talk about, Marty?). This didn't matter a bit of course when the films had the amoral but highly enjoyable sparkle and flash of the aforementioned Goodfellas and Casino, but unfortunately The Departed offers none of that. It's just damn bleak and airless, maybe drawing on the superior US cop dramas like The Wire and The Shield (which have arguably left Scorsese's world behind) as much as its Hong Kong source, and reeking of well-past-its-use-by-date testosterone. This is a man's, man's world and boy, does it need a Sharon Stone to liven it up. Or any women of significance in fact.
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